Former Vibe writer Kevin Powell has added his name to the list of those commenting on the Chuck Phillips’ recent Los Angeles Times article pinning blame on Notorious B.I.G. for paying to have Tupac Shakur killed in Las Vegas. Powell said, “I strongly suggest to members of the hiphop community, especially younger Blacks and Latinos who have the most to lose from this on-going confusion and fear and jagged innuendo, to not believe the hype. At the end of the day the Los Angeles Times wins because these sort of stories sell tons of newspapers, help to spread twisted rumors and fears across the country, and, essentially, keep young people of color at each other’s throats simply because we do not know what else to say or do.” Read more.
Launch.com reports that Charli Baltimore, who was the Notorious B.I.G.’s girlfriend at the time of his death has denied claims by Chuck Philips of the Los Angeles Times that Biggie was in Las Vegas at the night Tupac Shakur was shot in September 1996. “I mean, I know for a fact that that was not the situation and, you know, I think that it’s really sad that someone would say that a dead man was responsible for another dead man’s murder,” she said.
Newsday reports that Marc Duvoisin, an assistant managing editor of the Los Angeles Times has responded to denials from the family of the family of Notorious B.I.G. on the Times’ story Chuck Philips ran fingering Biggie as the financier of Tupac Shakur’s murder. “We stand by the story,” Duvoisin said. Bakari Kitwana, a former editor of Source magazine commented that he knew Philips has credible sources in the hip-hop underworld. “It sounds outrageous,” Kitwana said of B.I.G.’s reported involvement, “but stranger things have happened in the hip-hop world.”
AllHipHop.com spoke with Lil’ Cease yesterday on the report in the Los Angeles Times that his now deceased friend Biggie Smalls was involved in the death of Tupac Shakur. The former Junior Mafia member denied B.I.G.’s involvement, saying he was “in the crib watching the fight.” Cease asked, “He used a fake name and nobody seen Big? Especially with that tension situation, Pac was there and Death Row was there, you think nobody would have said, ‘Big’s in here. Pac’s in here. Something about to go down.’ Why is it coming out now, not a year later or months later?” As for what would motivate a Pulitzer prize winning journalist like Chuck Philips to write something like this, Cease said, “I know its crazy, but it’s somebody with some paper that’s making some moves and just trying to destroy somebody, man. I think its more of a Puff situation, man. I think people are on a guilt trip and just trying to put niggas in the mix and niggas don’t know the [gas] that they are putting on the fire. Its bigger than that situation, putting a lot of people’s lives in danger. This sh** had just died down and now this is going to just rise that sh** back up.”
Chuck Philips of the Los Angeles Times posted the second part of his story on the killing of Tupac Shakur and why the case still hasn’t been solved. While Las Vegas police say their investigation stalled because witnesses in Shakur’s entourage refused to cooperate, the Times review found that police committed a string of costly missteps. Nothing in today’s story made mention of Notorious B.I.G. and his role, whom Philips fingered in part one of the story. Read more. [Requires free subscription]
Craig Seymour of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked with Randall Sullivan, author of ‘Labyrinth’ and Nick Broomfield, who was behind the new documentary ‘Biggie & Tupac’, and both question the story out today by Chuck Philips of the Los Angeles Times. “The facts, as I have researched them, are not presented in their entirety here,” said Broomfield. Meanwhile, Sullivan questioned, “Everything in the story has appeared multiple times except that small section that says the Notorious B.I.G. provided the gun. That seems to come entirely from unnamed alleged members of the Crips gang. I hope people are going to ask, ‘Who set [Philips] up with these Crips and why would they agree to confess to this murder?’ What would be their motive?” Read more.
A friend of the late Christopher Wallace, Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s Lil’ Cease, called in to Los Angeles radio station KPWR-FM Friday morning to offer an alibi for Biggie. “We was home, watching the [Mike Tyson] fight on pay-per-view in Teaneck, New Jersey,” Cease told Power 106 radio personality Big Boy. “Two days later he was arrested and in a car accident in New York. How can he be at two places at one time?” He asked Big Boy, “Big Boy, for somebody to be in Vegas as big as you, how can you miss that? Biggie is too big a celebrity to go under a fake name. The place was full of celebrities, stars, boxers, all types of people. Nobody seen Biggie that day. Biggie was not there.”
Statement: The family of Christopher
Wallace has released the following statement:
“The article which appeared today in the Los Angeles Times titled, ‘Who
Killed Tupac Shakur,’ and related stories from other media outlets are
patently false and are the most extreme examples of irresponsible journalism
we’ve ever seen. The LA Times article takes facts on record and juxtaposes
them with hazy, un-attributed remarks which are not the result of any
legitimate investigation, but rather are simply an effort to generate further
confusion and publicity.
MTV News chatted with writer Chuck Philips on his explosive article in the Los Angeles Times Friday that fingered the Notorious B.I.G. as the man who pledged to pay Crips $1 million to kill rival rapper Tupac Shakur, and was killed himself by Crips when he only paid up $50,000 of the tab. “The revelation of Biggie was shocking to me,” Philips told MTV News on Thursday. “When this came up, I was just, … ‘I don’t believe it.’ So I went about trying to disprove it in various ways with various sources and that’s not what happened. What I ended up writing is what happened.” Read more.
Chuck Philips of The Los Angeles Times reports the 40-caliber Glock pistol used to kill Tupac Shakur was supplied by Notorious B.I.G., who agreed to pay the Crips $1 million for killing Shakur. The man firing the fatal shots was Orlando Anderson, the Crip whom Shakur had attacked after the Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Hotel on September 7, 1996… the same night 2pac was later shot. Biggie was later murdered after only paying $50,000 of the $1 million bill as he sat in his Chevrolet Blazer at a traffic light on Wilshire Boulevard after the Soul Train Music Awards. Read more.