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Vids From Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Due in September

August 26, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Home videos on the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur are due to hit stores in early September. "Tupac: Words Never Dies" and "Notorious B.I.G.: Bigga Than Life" present in-depth, unauthorized looks at the rappers' lives and contain never-before-seen concert footage and interviews purchased from radio and TV stations. The titles are among the first releases from new longform video label Beast Video, a division of urban dance music audio label Beast Records. Both are owned and distributed by Minneapolis-based multimedia distributor Simitar Entertainment. According to Mark Elfenbein, general manager of Beast Records and Video, the company is receiving "huge" orders, particularly for "Bigga Than Life," which Elfenbein claims is the first video chronicle of the Notorious B.I.G. The videos will retail for $12.95. Beast plans to release an unauthorized Spice Girls video in about one month.

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