Angie Martinez of Hot 97 interviewed Notorious B.I.G.’s mother Voletta Wallace in New York on October 14th. She talked about the new book she’s written about her son and her own life, the comments she made about Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in the book, how she loves Puffy as a human being but sometimes she wanted to punch him as a businessman, how her relationship with Lil’ Kim stinks and she’s abusing his memory, and much more. The 32-minute interview audio at hot97.com has since been removed.
Notorious B.I.G. will be resurrected on record with the upcoming posthumous release ‘The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter.’ The project will feature collaborations with some of music’s finest, ranging from Ludacris to Q-Tip. On ‘Hold Ya Head,’ the album’s first single, Biggie is paired with reggae icon Bob Marley, and for the next 24 hours, you can only hear it online at AOL Music.
The attention granted to Biggie Smalls nearly a decade after his murder is not all about his art. Morbidity has something to do with it, as well. “We’re fascinated with death,” says Elliott Wilson, editor of the hip-hop magazine XXL tells The New York Daily News. “Look at the way we are with Elvis.” Unlike the rock ‘n’ roll King, however, Biggie died “at the height of his fame,” notes Erik Parker, music editor of Vibe. “We want to continue to bask in what he could have been.”
Blender caught up with Lil’ Kim for a Q&A and asked the rapper if there will every be justice served in Biggie’s murder. “Let’s hope and pray,” she said. “Honestly – me, myself – I’m a strong believer that when someone is murdered, you never really get to the bottom of it. Especially when almost a decade has come to pass and you still haven’t found the killer. I feel you may never really get the person that pulled the trigger. I just want him to rest in peace.”
The New York Daily News reports that in a soon-to-be-published memoir entitled ‘Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son,’ due out October 25th, the late rapper’s mother alleges that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs – who signed Biggie to his Bad Boy record label in the 1990s – and Kim, Biggie’s sometime lover, both used him to further their own careers. “I’m glad my son does not have to witness that the very people that he thought he could ride and die with wouldn’t think twice about using his mother,” Wallace writes. “I am glad that he’s not here to see how they have used his image and his name.”
The New York Daily News reports Voletta Wallace, the mom of slain rapper the Notorious B.I.G., blasted lawyers for the city yesterday for saying her family’s wrongful-death suit was only “about money.” Wallace, in a voice shaking with anger, said, “I would like to make this perfectly clear – this lawsuit was not about money. It was about honesty, integrity… it was about a coverup. It had nothing to do with dollars and cents.”
The New York Daily News reports that an LAPD detective allegedly hid records for years that fingered two crooked cops in Notorious B.I.G.’s slaying, lawyers for the rapper’s family revealed on Tuesday.
The New York Daily News reports HBO has a film project in the works with ‘Rocky’ star Sylvester Stallone slated to play hero LAPD homicide Detective Russell Poole. Poole, who probed Notorious B.I.G.’s still-unsolved murder, was the first investigator to suggest that crooked cops with ties to rival rap label Death Row Records might be mixed up in the hefty one’s 1997 slaying.
The New York Daily News reports a federal judge Friday shut down the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful-death trial so lawyers can probe a new bombshell tip that two corrupt cops allegedly confessed to the rapper’s murder and the LAPD buried the information.
Just days after Tupac Shakur was gunned down, a security boss for his record label vowed to get his Brooklyn-born rap rival Notorious B.I.G. in retaliation, a witness told a federal jury on Tuesday. “In a nutshell, Reggie [Wright Jr., then security chief for Death Row Records] told me: ‘We’re gonna get those motherfu**ers who downed ‘Pac. … Biggie and his crew … we’re gonna get ’em,'” Shakur’s former bodyguard Kevin Hackie said.