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.
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.”
Today’s Gossip to Go with Flo Anthony had her and the K104 DJ’s talking about this news on Tupac Shakur’s killer being named in the Los Angeles Times, Snoop Dogg’s troubles with his ‘Girls Gone Wild’ party getting nixed, and the strict rules for getting into Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs’ post-VMA party last week. Audio at k104fm.com has since been removed.
Davey D. spoke with Congresswoman
Cynthia McKinney on hip hop and politics, asking her what she feels makes her popular with the hip hop crowd. “I, like so many in Hip-hop have been inspired by the life of Tupac Shakur who offered so much to us in his lyrics and life which was filled with important lessons,” she said. “But most importantly, for myself and I think for young people, Tupac, in many cases, spoke truth to power. He and artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Queen Latifah and Big Daddy Kane, years ago, and Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Nas and Mos Def, today, say the things that everyday Americans think and feel. But most importantly, they speak for the disenfranchised and the hopeless who feel that the system works against them in so many ways.” Read more.
The League of Revolutionaries for a New America put out a press release Monday celebrating Tupac Shakur and his representing the spirit of the LA Rebellion (aka 1992’s LA Riots) and he spread that spirit throughout society. Part of the press release writes, “Ten years after the LA Rebellion and nearly six years after Tupac’s murder, millions more Americans from every walk of life now live in poverty. Tupac’s challenge to turn them into a political force is still before us. With the help of culture, the people who’ve been cast aside are the ones who can carry a vision of a new world to the rest of society.” Read more.
Quincy Jones III (aka QD3) tells Hollywood gossip maven Marilyn Beck that fans can look forward to more material from the late Tupac Shakur. ‘Tthere are about 215 laid tracks in his mother’s library,” he revealed. “And I’m sure there will be more new music from Tupac to be released.”
Before her death, TLC’s Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes talked about her relationship with the late 2pac Shakur to a fan on her official website. “Listen,” wrote Left-eye, “I used to feel the same way about Tupac. That man had my mind all twisted up. I did some of the stupidest things I did in his presence and couldn’t imagine it was too late. Fear that I wasn’t good enough. Fear that he was too good. Fear that we might not share the rest of our lives together. Was I way ahead of the ballgame or what?”
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.”