AllHipHop.com chatted with EDI, a member of Tupac’s group the Outlawz, on word that the LA Times plans to name the killer of Tupac Shakur in a matter of hours. The site claims that the Times will claim that Biggie hired Southside Crips to murder his West Coast counterpart and then was killed because he failed to the pay gang members. As for what might happen if Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs is implicated, EDI said, “First he is going to probably deny it, he probably going to want to sue the LA Times, because this is damaging to his career right now. He’s on a serious upswing right now. If Puff did have something to do with it, I don’t want to see no type of retaliation-thing like that. I’d rather God just deal with him the way God deals with people like that.”
The Scotsman spoke to Nick Broomfield, the documentary-maker, whose latest project focuses on the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. ‘Biggie & Tupac’ took a year and a half for Broomfield to complete, a time he called “very stressful” but rewarding. “I don’t come up with an absolute conclusion,” he said. “But maybe I’ve helped push things along. Voletta Wallace has now brought her own lawsuit against the LAPD.”
Renee Graham of the Boston Globe looked at the people writing about and investigating the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, including comments from Russell Poole, a decorated LA police detective who once led the department’s investigation into Biggie’s murder before resigning in October 1999, alleging that police officials sabotaged his investigation. Poole made the eye-raising claim saying, “For the first time in my career I was witnessing a coverup and an obstruction of justice in the LAPD, and the whole thing was being orchestrated from the highest levels.”
Biggiehotline.com has been launched for those having information on the murder of Notorious B.I.G. on March 9, 1997. You can read more about the suit and submit any information you know, with or without giving contact information at biggiehotline.com.
Mark Brown of the Rocky Mountain News reviewed the Randall Sullivan book ‘Labyrinth’, which chronicles the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Calling it flawed, Brown wasn’t totally negative on the book giving it a B- grade: “For all its failures, ‘Labyrinth’ is still a fascinating read. The personalities, the double-crossing, the East Coast/West Coast rap feud, the blatant police corruption and the utter lawlessness that engulfed the era is hardly dull. Death Row, in effect, ran its own mini-police force, made up of off-duty LAPD cops who were there for the beatings, the murders and the drugs. They didn’t just turn a blind eye to it — instead, they got in on the action.”
Associated Press reports the family of the Notorious B.I.G. has sued the city of Los Angeles, alleging that the Police Department could have done more to prevent the rapper’s 1997 murder. The suit seeks unspecified damages, and was filed on behalf of Wallace’s mother, wife, son, daughter and the daughter’s guardian.
Tom Pryor of CDNow.com was at last night’s Urban AID 2 concert in New York, which was held at the historic Beacon Theatre. Pryor writes of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs’ performance, “When it came to sheer theatrics P. Diddy stole the show. With a set that boasted video montages, balloons, cheerleaders, walk-ons from Busta Rhymes and Mr. Cheeks, and a giant scrim of Notorious B.I.G., Puffy’s full-bore bombast was a welcome relief from the evening’s stop-and-start nature.”
MuchMusic reports Violetta Wallace, mother of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G., is apparently in the process of filing one of the biggest wrongful death suits in the history of the U.S. against the L.A. Police Department. The lawsuit is reportedly alledging that the department played a role in her son’s murder, where Wallace has linked a former police officer named David Mack in conspiring with his friend Amir Muhammed to murder Biggie. In addition, Mack was in charge of Death Row Records security around the time of the murder, which plays into the Bad Boy rivalry angle that had the hit being a retaliation to Tupac Shakur’s murder.
Cedric Muhammed of Blackelectorate.com gave his thoughts on the murder of Biggie Smalls on March 8, 1997 — five years later. Muhammed said, “Of course, the real ultimate loss of Biggie is that we lost a human being who was a son, brother, friend and father who meant so much to so many people, personally. We can always play the music that he left behind, but we can never bring Christopher Wallace back, as much as we all may want to.” Read more.
Shaheem Reid profiled the life of Biggie Smalls five years to the day of his death — March 9. Reid said of Biggie, “His secret weapon? Not his mastery of flows, not the way he conveyed his laugh-out-loud humor and not even how unabashed he was that he referred to himself as fat and ugly as easily as he would speak of his clout as an MC — it was the voice. The same husky, Jamaican-tinged one that could make the most elementary of phrases, such as ‘I Poppa freaks all the honeys, dummies, Playboy bunnies … ‘ seem Shakespearean. The same one that would make love to tracks and all his fans would be listening voyeurs.” Read more.