According to a statement released by the family of the Notorious B.I.G. today, the late rapper was in a New York studio and at his home in New Jersey at the time of the Tupac Shakur killing. “Entertainment manager Wayne Barrow confirms that he was with Christopher on Sept. 7, 1996 in a New York studio recording some vocal tracks. ‘You can quote me that I was with him. No way was he in Vegas,’ says Barrow.” The statement quotes Lil’ Cease saying, “After his recording session, I was with him later on in his home watching the championship boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Hotel. He was with me all the time. The Los Angeles Times got it all wrong.”
The New York Daily News reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs has sent messages to friends via his two-way pager, telling them to dismiss the reports that Biggie played a role in the murder of rival Tupac Shakur. So far no official statement from Puffy though.
AllHipHop.com spoke with Chuck Philips by phone on his story in the Los Angeles Times that has the rap world buzzing ever since. Philips stood by his story and explained, “I used police affidavits, court documents, I did a year and a half or interviews, man… lots and lots of interviews. I tried to trip people up. Some of those people were gang investigators and some were gangsters. And both gangs – Bloods and Crips. And at the end of the day, this is what conclusively, if you add all that up, this is what I think happened. This is what they say happened. And I wasn’t there. I wasn’t in the car shooting. I wasn’t in the car being shot. And, I’m a reporter. And if you go through my path, I’m an investigative reporter and I’ve done lots of different kinds of investigations. Its not like I’m just making this sh** up.”
Russell Simmons and Ben Muhammed of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network challenged what they called the inaccuracies of The Los Angeles Times article concerning Tupac Shakur. The two items in question are that Notorious B.I.G. was in Las Vegas on the night of the shooting of Tupac and that he paid money and supplied the weapon for the murder of Tupac. Read more.
Former LAPD Detective Russell Poole commented on Chuck Philips story in the Los Angeles Times to MTV News. While he agrees with Philips that Crips gang member Orlando Anderson shot Shakur, the part that fingered the blame on Notorious B.I.G. in financing it he disagreed with. “It sounds like the story was written by Suge, who wants to take some heat off of him[self],” Poole said. “I think the real question to ask is how did Philips connect with the Crips? Was it Suge Knight, which I strongly suspect it was? And what would be their motive?” Read more.
Launch.com reports Jay-Z told fans during his Sprite Liquid Mix Tour headlining set at Irvine, California’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Saturday that the Los Angeles Times story fingering Notorious B.I.G. as the person that paid Crips gang members $1 million to kill Tupac Shakur with his own gun a “cover-up of the death of two great men.”
Jay-Z raps in the Notorious B.I.G. track ‘I Love the Dough’:
You cats is home, screamin the fight’s on
I’m in the fifteen hundred seats, watchin Ty-son
Same night, same fight
But one of us cats ain’t playin right, I let you tell it
People place yourselves in the shoes of two felons
And tell me you won’t ball every chance you get
and any chance you hit, we live for the moment
Makes sense don’t it?
Some are wondering if this is the clue that Biggie was in Vegas the night Tupac Shakur was gunned down. For the complete lyrics, to the track, read on.
MTV will be having a 1 hour special on the Chuck Philips story that Biggie was involved in paying for the death of Tupac Shakur, which was in the Los Angeles Times last week on Tuesday at 10 PM. They’ll talk to not only Philips, but others who are disputing the writer’s claim.
Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal spoke with author Cathy Scott, an expert on the 1996 slaying of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, who says she doesn’t buy the story Chuck Philips of the Los Angeles Times is telling saying that Notorious B.I.G. promised $1 million to have Shakur killed. “It didn’t happen that way. Biggie was a rapper, not a killer, and he was a mama’s boy and not the thug Tupac was,” said Scott. “Biggie was accused early on, so that’s nothing new… I interviewed Biggie’s mother several times at length. She said Biggie was at her New Jersey house the next morning and cried when he heard Tupac was shot.” She added, “It would have taken guts to point a finger at Sean (P Diddy) Combs, Biggie’s record producer.”
Chuck Philips of the Los Angeles Times reported on the family of the late rap star Notorious B.I.G. denying Friday that he played a role in the murder of rival Tupac Shakur, or that he was even in Las Vegas on the night of the 1996 shooting. Philips said, “The Times account was based on court documents and interviews with police investigators and gang members, including witnesses to the crime. It said Wallace was in Las Vegas on the weekend of the shooting, registered at a hotel under a false name.” Read more.