The New York Daily News reports that a lawyer alleged Monday David Mack, a corrupt cop, conspired with West Coast “gangsta” rappers to kill New York’s rap king Notorious B.I.G. as revenge for the earlier slaying of rival rapper Tupac Shakur. And now Biggie’s kin wants L.A. to pay millions in a wrongful death suit stemming from the rapper’s unsolved execution-style murder eight years ago.
The Associated Press reports that a paid informant who told police that rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight and a rogue police officer orchestrated the killing of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has admitted that most of the information he passed along to the FBI and LAPD was “hearsay.”
Faith Evans bristles at people who regard her as the source of the beef between slain rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. 2pac claimed he had an affair with Evans, which she denies. “It’s not the first time that happened to me – to get lied on,” she tells Jim Farber of The New York Daily News. “But God knows the truth. And I know the truth.”
Lil’ Cease, Jadakiss, Mr. Cheeks, Zab Judah, Prodigy, Pharohe Monch, Memphis Bleek, Talib Kweli, and Akon were on hand at Power 105’s 3rd Anniversary Party at Exit on Wednesday (March 9) in New York City, where they celebrated the life of Notorious B.I.G., who was murdered March 9, 1997. Check out pictures from GettyImages and WireImage.
MTV News reports that Notorious B.I.G.’s mother Voletta Wallace, and his widow, singer Faith Evans, along with other heirs filed a wrongful-death suit two years ago in federal court against the city of Los Angeles as well as former and current LAPD police chiefs, and it’s just been cleared to go to trial. The wrongful death suit goes to trial on October 5th. Read more.
Vibe.com reports Bad Boy Records is set to release Bad Boy’s ’10th Anniversary… The Hits!’ on Tuesday (March 9). The release coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the death of Bad Boy rapper Notorious B.I.G. The special collector’s 10th Anniversary CD/DVD set contains some of the hottest artists and music to come out of Bad Boy Records including such early hits as, Craig Mack’s ‘Flava In Ya Ear’, Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Hypnotize’, and more recently, Carl Thomas’ hit ‘I Wish’. Another highlight on the CD is a re-working of the 1997 hit, ‘Victory’ renamed ‘Victory 2004’.
On March 9, 2004, the day will mark the seven-year anniversary of the death of a legend known to the hip-hop world as the Notorious B.I.G. and also the 10-year anniversary of the label. In honor of the late rapper and their 10 years in the industry, Bad Boy Records are releasing ‘Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary… The Hits!’. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.
Amber Communications Group is excited to annouce the arrival of three new hip hop/R&B titles coming to book stores this spring, including the long awaited biography on controversial R&B star R. Kelly, titled ‘Your Body’s Calling Me: The Life and Time of R. Kelly’, and ‘Biggie Smalls: The King of the World and New York’, as well as an untitled biography on rap’s latest sensation, 50 Cent! Featuring interviews with hip hop’s biggest stars, including never before revealed, behind the scenes details and stories about the lives and times of these three hip hop/R&B super stars, these biographies are sure to be among 2004’s hottest literary releases. Authored by Jake Brown, who serves as president of Versailles Records, and has previously authored the only existing biography on Death Row Records’ C.E.O Suge Knight, as well as books on Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and former lead singer John Corabi, Brown’s titles have been reviewed in popular hip hop publications including Ebony Magazine, Vibe Magazine, BET.com, and Black Issues Magazine.
Billboard.com reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs’ Bad Boy Records label will celebrate its 10th birthday with the CD/DVD ‘Bad Boy 10.’ The set will hit stores on March 9, which is also the seven-year anniversary of the murder of flagship Bad Boy rapper the Notorious B.I.G. The collection’s lone new song is ‘Victory 2004,’ a remix of the 1997 Combs track which now features contributions from 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks.
The Source Entertainment and Melee Entertainment (in conjunction with DreamWorks Records) are set to release The Best of The Source Awards Vol. 1, Hip-Hop History (1994-1999) on October 28th. The DVD will be 90 minutes in length and boasts having exclusive, never-seen-before footage of The Source Awards. Such artists as Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, DMX and Puff Daddy, Cash Money Millionaires, Busta Rhymes, and many others will be featured on the DVD. The article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed.