The East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry
feud in the early-mid 1990s between artists and fans of the
and West Coast
hip-hop scenes. Seeming focal
points of the feud were West Coast-based rapper 2Pac
(and his label, Death
), and East Coast-based rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
(and his label,
Bad Boy Records
late 1970s, hip-hop emerged in the
streets of New York
City, which would remain the forefront of the genre
throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
As the 1980s drew to a
close, however, several west coast-based acts such as Ice-T
, MC Hammer
began garnering attention.
In late 1992
, rapper/producer Dr. Dre’s
solo debut album, The Chronic
, was released on the fledgling
Death Row Records. Into the new year, the album went triple
platinum. In late 1993,
Death Row Records released Doggystyle, the debut album by Dr. Dre
protégé and Long Beach-based Snoop Dogg, which
also became a multi-platinum opus.