When Tupac Shakur was shot five times in 1994, the California rapper – and many others – suspected his ex-friend and rap game rival Biggie Smalls AKA Notorious B.I.G of having orchestrated the attack. Two years later, Shakur was shot dead outside a Mike Tyson fight and in 2002 the Los Angeles Times printed a story accusing Biggie of once again having been behind the attack. Nothing was ever proved, but speculation aside, it‘s fair to say that the two didn’t get along. Both died from gunshot wounds, a year apart.
These wallets, priced at $1,695 (approximately £1,090), are for sale on Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop, a collaboration with high-street handbags designer Edie Parker. "We asked Edie Parker to designed a duo of hip-hop-themed clutches, just for us," says the description. We have absolutely no idea who these are meant to be for and why Biggie and Pac appear on either side of the same item. Consciously uncouple this, now.
The rap game confusion doesn’t end there – there’s another wallet too, bearing the names "Hov" and "Shady", otherwise known to "the mainstream" as Jay Z and Eminem. Bit of an odd one, this. While the two have collaborated in the past, they’re hardly rappers that are unbreakably synonymous with each other.
The wallets feel like Gwyneth’s gone, "right, I want rap purses", Edie Parker’s team has gone "fuck, we really don’t know any rappers". Six months and a few meetings later, wallets priced at over £1,000 are for sale online, despite their steadfast refusal to relate to anything, or anyone. Buy them here.