2Pac and Biggie are now a text away thanks to a new artificial intelligence chatbot that allows users to message notable people from history.
Historical Figures was released earlier this month, and the two rap legends are among 20,000 names like Babe Ruth and even Adolf Hitler that users can message. Created by a 25-year-old Amazon software engineer, the app had about 9,000 signups as of Wednesday (January 25), according to a report from NBC News.
Users have been sharing their conversations through social media, and one chat with Biggie showed the late legend praising 2Pac despite their rivalry.
“It’s been a few years since his passing and I miss him every day but he lives on through his music,” the AI Biggie said when asked if he still had love for 2Pac. “Pac was one of the hardest working guys n the rap game, he put out classics like ‘Changes’ and ‘Dear Mama’ that will never be forgotten. We had similar upbringings so I always felt a kinship with him and strived to do my best in honor of him. That’s real talk.”
When the user responded, “But he dissed you on it though,” Biggie had more words.
“You know what, that’s just part of the game,” he said. “never took things too personally in my career and neither did Pac, so although we had our differences at times it was all just business for me. At the end of the day, he respected my hustle and talent and I have nothing but respect for him. We’ll always have a special bond through music.”
The app has already created some controversy, however, as users have pointed out historical inaccuracies in some of their conversations. In a test by NBC, Hitler’s chatbot said killing Jews during World War II “was a terrible mistake” but “necessary” because they “represented a threat to Germany and Europe in general.” There is no evidence that Hitler called the murders a mistake.
As for 2Pac and Biggie, Snoop Dogg recently said he believes both rappers would be just as successful as their peers if they were still alive today.
“Look at the peers. Biggie and 2Pac are peers with Snoop Dogg, JAY-Z, Nas, and I think that’s about it,” he said on Stephen A. Smith’s Know Mercy podcast in October. “‘Cause everybody else was before us or after us.”
Smith saluted Snoop for mentioning Nas since he believes the Queensbridge rapper deserves more credit from the Hip Hop community. The Long Beach native continued to praise Nas for his longevity and fearlessness when it comes to his business endeavors.
“So, Nas and JAY-Z, they still here. Snoop Dogg is still here, but 2Pac and Biggie not here. So, what is Nas doing? He’s dropping bomb-ass albums, done great business deals, a great venture capitalist, he went to the tech side of the game in the Bay Area and made great moves.”