A Never-Before-Seen Picture of Nas & Tupac From 1993 Was Just Unearthed

You’ve seen the picture.

The Notorious B.I.G., wearing a Morehouse shirt, standing next to Tupac and Redman who are both sticking up their respective middle finger. It was a photo captured at the Palladium on July 23, 1993. And it’s one of two Tupac and Biggie pictures that exist.

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It turns out there was another legendary rapper at the Palladium that night: Nas. On Tuesday morning, an Instagram account called Contact High Project posted a number of never-before-seen pictures from that night. One of the pictures featured Nas posting with future foe Tupac.

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Now, to put it in some context: in 1993 Nas hadn’t dropped Illmatic yet, while Tupac has released his sophomore album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… earlier in the year.

(On another note: Another picture displayed was one of Redman and Biggie hugging.)

So where did the pics come from? They were taken by legendary rap photographer Al Pereira, and were featured on a contact sheet from the show.

Apparently Pereira is getting ready to drop a book using some of his more iconic shots.

After the photo started spreading, Nas dedicated a number of posts toward the lost photo on his Instagram:

If only IG was around in the ’90s.

Source: Instagram 

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