The Slate podcast “Slow Burn” is returning later this year for Season 3, this time taking a deep dive into the murders of Grammy-nominated rappers Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., Slate announced Tuesday.
Each season of “Slow Burn” (Seasons 1 and 2 were on Watergate and former president Bill Clinton’s impeachment, respectively) focuses on a culturally impactful moment in American history, its aftermath and the parallels to today. Per Slate, the new season will narrow in on “the neglected aspects of the men’s careers, the crimes that ended their lives, and the feud between East Coast and West Coast music scenes, led by Bad Boy Records and Death Row Records.”
Season 3 will be hosted by former BuzzFeed senior national reporter Joel Anderson.
“The first two seasons of ‘Slow Burn’ went deep on big historical moments and I’ve always wanted the opportunity to tell stories that way,” Anderson said in a statement. “It’s almost surreal to have this chance to dig more deeply into the lives of the artists and people who influenced my generation and the music that was the soundtrack of much of my own life.”
“Slow Burn” Season 3 comes amid renewed interest in Shakur and Wallace’s unsolved murders, which occurred within six months of each other in late 1996 and early 1997. A film about Shakur’s rise to fame, “All Eyez on Me,” was released by Summit Entertainment in 2017. USA Network also released the limited series “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” last year.
“Slow Burn” debuted in 2017 under then-host Leon Neyfakh, taking on the Watergate scandal and the investigation that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Season 1 is currently being adapted into a six-episode docu-series for Epix. “Slow Burn” Season 2 on Clinton’s impeachment won the National Magazine Award for podcasting, the iHeartRadio Podcast Award for podcast of the year and The Webby Award for best podcast series.