I remember when he died. The following conversation took place:
Friend: “Tupac was assassinated!”
Me: “What do you mean?”
Friend: “He was assassinated! In a drive-by!”
Me: “Oh. You mean he was murdered.”
Friend: “No. I mean he was assassinated. There is already talk of a conspiracy!”
Me: “Um. You might be over-thinking this…”
As for Biggie, I do not remember when he died. There must not have been an argument over semantics for him.