There’s a photo you may have seen floating around recently, perhaps Instagrammed by A$AP Ferg or model Cara Delevingne. It’s a grainy image of the Notorious B.I.G. hanging out with Kurt Cobain, and (spoiler) it’s a fake:
How long this Photoshop job has been floating around the ‘net is anyone’s guess, but it appears to have surfaced recently on a dubious Facebook group called “Historical Pictures,” and is lately making the rounds on Twitter. (Update: In an email to SPIN, the person behind celebrity Photoshop mashup Instagram @_vemix_ claimed credit for creating the image.) This weekend, someone thought to ask Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic whether the photo is real. Novoselic saw the joke and raised us a big one:
It’s real, but has been cropped. The person holding the pack of smokes is Tupac. https://t.co/K4dDEnQCgJ
— Krist Novoseli? (@KristNovoselic) May 14, 2017
Well, this is never gonna die now, is it? For the record, here are the two photos used to create this fictional piece of Biggie/Kurt lore: One of Cobain in the back of a van with Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear, and another of B.I.G. reclining in the passenger seat of a much nicer-looking car:
— Steve Brayne (@SteveBrayne1) May 14, 2017
— iceice baby! (@xrxr) April 26, 2017
Once you’ve seen them both, the deception is pretty obvious: the light sources don’t match, and where are Kurt’s legs supposed to be? Still, congrats to this Photoshop artist for convincing so many famous people to believe (or “believe”) it.