The only thing more powerful than a premature death is a death foretold. When Notorious BIG closed his second album, 1997's Life After Death, with the track You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You), and was promptly murdered just weeks before its release, hip-hop's characteristic blurring of life and art reached its grisly apotheosis. Just months earlier, his bitter rival Tupac Shakur had also been shot dead, and his own posthumously released final album, The Don Killuminati: the 7 Day Theory, was rife with paranoia and fodder for conspiracy theories. The two murders, both still unsolved, comprise the defining drama in the history of hip-hop.
From the start, the two men's vexed relationship had an enthralling yin-yang quality. They were born less than a year apart: Tupac in 1971, Biggie (aka Christopher Wallace) in 1972. Tupac worked on the west coast, Biggie on the east. Tupac had the good looks, revolutionary heritage (his mother was former Black Panther Afeni Shakur) and poetic aspirations, but only middling skills. Biggie had the gangster credentials (he used to deal crack in Brooklyn), everyman appeal and effortless, weighty-but-nimble flow — to him, rapping itself was sheer poetry. They both thought big: hip-hop heroes for the mainstream rather than the cognoscenti.
They were on good terms until Tupac was shot five times in a Manhattan recording studio on 30 November 1994. He suspected Biggie and his mentor, Sean 'Puffy' Combs, of arranging the shooting. After serving almost a year in jail for sexual abuse, he signed with Death Row, whose shady kingpin Suge Knight had his own grudge against Combs. Old-fashioned territorial rivalry, a familiar and largely harmless theme in hip-hop, blossomed into a more dangerous vendetta between the east and west coast factions, stoked by lyrical provocations from Biggie (Who Shot Ya?) and Tupac (Hit 'Em Up). 'Fear got stronger than love, and niggas did things they weren't supposed to do,' Tupac ominously told Vibe magazine.
But this is where the myth risks overtaking reality. Despite numerous competing theories, nobody has ever been prosecuted for either murder, and there's no evidence that the feud directly led to the killings. And the MCs' grim premonitions stemmed more from bravado than a genuine death wish. Tupac's 1996 album All Eyez on Me and Biggie's Life After Death were both brash, triumphalist, vibrant records. (Even the title of the latter's 1994 debut, Ready to Die, was Puffy's idea; Biggie preferred the Gotti-inspired The Teflon Don.)
Taken together, the two records are complex, compendious celebrations of the kind of superstar lifestyle that had fallen from favour in rock music, with a keen sense of the low expectations and narrow opportunities that their creators had escaped. For evidence of their differing approaches, take Tupac's Hold Ya Head ('My aim is to spread more smiles than tears/Utilise lessons learned from my childhood years') or Biggie's earlier hit Juicy ('Damn right I like the life I live/'Cause I went from negative to positive'). Each man had an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. At any given moment each could be either witty or morose, socially conscious or self-serving, sensitive or brutal, invincible or doomed. All hip-hop life was here. Neither man seemed ready to die.
Tupac was shot after a Tyson fight in Las Vegas on 7 September 1996 and died of internal bleeding six days later in critical care at the University Medical Centre. Biggie was hospitalised in a car crash that same year and began walking with a cane. Combined with his physical heft and penchant for expensive suits, it made him look much older than his 24 years: Big Poppa, as he called himself in one song. On 9 March 1997, after attending a party in Los Angeles, he was also fatally hit in a drive-by shooting.
The deaths became iconic for many reasons. One was the enduring mystique of the young talent who burns out before he can fade away. Past a certain age, every MC struggles to recapture the energy and relevance of their early years, but Biggie and Tupac never had time to grow slow and lazy. The murders also lent hip-hop the tragic dimension it had long been gesturing towards. For all its gun-toting machismo, mid-90s hip-hop had a sentimental streak, and Puff Daddy's mawkish tribute to his fallen pal, I'll Be Missing You, became one of the biggest-selling rap singles ever, the musical equivalent of a memorial portrait spray-painted on a wall. The killings gave hip-hop real-world pathos.
In death, their paths diverged. Tupac, always more self-conscious in his myth-making, became the rapper as icon, scrutinised by academics and revered worldwide as a latter-day Bob Marley, with many of his troubling contradictions washed away. Biggie, always more down-to-earth, remains the MC's MC, remembered for his lyrical skills and abundant appetites, and a vital inspiration to two of hip-hop's most significant empire-builders, his friends Puffy and Jay-Z. In their different ways, their short careers and dramatic demises helped make hip-hop an all-conquering global force.
The mother of Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G., has spoken of her anguish on the 20th anniversary of the hip hop legend’s unsolved murder, revealing that the pain of losing her son has never gone away.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Voletta Wallace, 64, admits she hurts 'every single day' knowing that she will never see her son again and that his killer is still at large.
And in a shocking claim, the matriarch of hip hop reveals that she and LAPD detectives investigating the murder DO know who is responsible for her son’s death but a 'conspiracy' prevents the case from ever being solved.
This comes as a source who was in Biggie'sinner circle tells DailyMail.com that the rapper may have been the unintended target of the shooting.
Voletta Wallace, 64, the mother of Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G., has spoken of her anguish on the 20th anniversary of the hip hop legend’s unsolved murder, revealing that the pain of losing her son has never gone away
Wallace, 64, claims that LAPD detectives investigating the murder do know who is responsible for the death of her son, also known at Notorious B.I.G., but a conspiracy prevents the case from ever being solved
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Biggie, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down in cold blood on March 9, 1997 in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, aged just 24. Pictured, the car and crime scene where he was shot and killed
Biggie, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down in cold blood on March 9, 1997 in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, aged just 24.
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The ‘Juicy’ singer had earlier delivered his final performance at the Soul Train Awards before he was killed after leaving an after-party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in a two-vehicle convoy.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Wallace admitted she hurts 'every single day' knowing that she will never see her son again and that his killer is still at large
Trailed by fellow artist P. Diddy, who opted to travel in a separate car, his friend could only watch as the Brooklyn-born star was hit by four bullets from a driver in a Chevrolet Impala that pulled alongside his GMC Suburban SUV.
Speaking from her home in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Voletta choked back tears as she recalled the shooting.
She said: ‘It hurts me every single day to know what happened to Christopher and that I won’t see him ever again.
‘And it’s not just me that is devastated, his sister T’yanna hurts every day because of his loss. As a family, we’ve collectedly grieved and it doesn’t ever get any better for us.
‘Any mother who has lost a child knows exactly the devastation I feel, it’s the worst pain in the world and one that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.
‘He was so young, so talented and his life was taken far too soon. It’s unnecessary that Christopher lost his life at just 24. He was my baby, and I think about him every day.
‘When it comes to the anniversary of the passing of his death, I don’t really like to talk about it. I know there will be a few tributes in honor of Christopher, and that’s great he’s still remembered, but it’s very tough for me and my family.’
The ‘Juicy’ singer had earlier delivered his final performance at the Soul Train Awards before he was killed after leaving an after-party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in a two-vehicle convoy. Pictured, friends and family take Biggie's casket to a waiting hearse at his funeral
Funeral cars filled with floral tributes to rapper Biggie Smalls passed down St James Place, the street in Brooklyn where his mother still lives, in a fairwell drive-by for the Brooklyn native in 1997
Many in the aftermath of Biggie's death claim the bullets were actually meant for P. Diddy (pictured), whose real name is Sean Combs, as a revenge killing six months after Biggie’s rap rival Tupac Shakur was also gunned down
Voletta, who is a devout Christian, admits she has turned to God for answers since the murder.
However, as comforting as the church is, it can never replace her son.
‘I get by, using religion to ease my pain. But that’s not easy. It helps a little, but it’s a far cry from bringing Christopher back to life,' she said.
‘I have had lots of support from friends at church, and I’m thankful for that over the years. People have been very nice to me, and that’s also because Christopher was such a glowing figure in their lives too.’
They claim Diddy is somehow linked to Shakur’s (pictured) murder in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, a theory often rumored in hip hop circles
Voletta blames the LAPD for not solving the crime and claims detectives know exactly who was responsible.
‘I have a very good idea who murdered Christopher and I genuinely believe that the LAPD know exactly who did too,’ she said.
‘They’ve done their investigation, but they just refuse to move forward. I don’t know why they haven’t arrested who was involved.
‘It seems to me that it’s one giant conspiracy, and someone is definitely being protected somewhere down the line.’
The longer the case goes unsolved Voletta, who is executor of Biggie's estate, knows it’s unlikely she will ever be able to put her son’s senseless killing behind her.
‘There’s no closure for me until that murderer is behind bars and sentenced,' she said.
‘That may give me some closure to grab onto, but it sure won’t ever bring my son back.'
Born on May 21, 1972, Biggie was raised in Brooklyn by single-mom Voletta, a Jamaican immigrant, who worked as a pre-school teacher.
It was a tough start to life and Biggie was selling crack on street corners by age 12 landing him with a long rap sheet and a stint in jail aged 17.
But in the late 1980s the troubled teen, who liked to rap as a sideline to dealing drugs, got his big break.
At 6ft 3ins and nearly 400lbs, he used the fitting stage name Biggie Smalls after Calvin Lockhart’s gangster character in the 1975 movie Let’s Do It Again.
One of his mixtapes was sent to an editor at hip-hop magazine The Source and Biggie was soon signed by Sean 'Puffy' Combs, then working for Uptown Records.
‘That soon escalated, and it is known in the circles that Suge (Knight) wanted to get revenge for losing his prized asset. He held Puff responsible and wanted to go after him,' the source said. Pictured, the black car in which Tupac was fatally shot
In September 1994 Biggie released his debut album, 'Ready to Die.' under Combs' newly formed Bad Boy Records.
Backed with hits like 'Juicy' and 'Big Poppa,' the record went platinum selling four million copies and the young hip-hop artist became a full-fledged star.
The album earned several awards including Billboard’s Rap Artist of the Year and Rap Single of the Year.
By then he had dropped his original name in place of The Notorious B.I.G. after Lockhart sued him over 'Biggie Smalls'.
The rapper's career went from strength to strength and he backed several other artists even working with Michael Jackson, on his 1995 album, 'HIStory.'
By the close of 1995, Biggie was one of hip hop's best-selling and most sought after performers.
He was married to R&B singer Faith Evans and they had a son, Christopher 'CJ' Wallace Jr., in 1996.
Biggie already had a three-year-old daughter, T’yanna, with another woman.
Theories around the shooting - now a part of hip hop lore - have reemerged in one form or another over the years as journalists and fans attempted to tackle the case.
But a source who was with Biggie the night he died is convinced the bullets were meant for P. Diddy, not him.
The source says he believes the bullets were meant for Diddy, aka Sean Combs, as a revenge killing six months after Biggie’s rap rival Tupac Shakur was also gunned down.
The claim that Diddy is somehow linked to Shakur’s murder in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 has long been rumored in hip hop circles.
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Earlier this week it emerged that the car in which Biggie was murdered in is now being sold by memorabilia dealer, Moments in Time for a staggering $1.5 million.
It was originally picked up by a woman in an auction in 1997, who had no idea how famous the vehicle was, according to TMZ.
Apparently, the passenger door was replaced after police officers removed it during their investigation.
Ironically, both rappers are still competing posthumously.
Last week, the BMW that Tupac was riding in when he was shot dead also went on sale for $1.5 million.
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|Murder of the Notorious B.I.G.|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Date||March 9, 1997; 22 years ago|
12:47 a.m. PST (UTC−08:00)
|Target||Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. 'The Notorious B.I.G.'|
|Drive-by shooting, assassination|
|Weapons||Blue-steel 9x19mmpistol (exact model and make unknown)|
|Deaths||1 (Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. 'The Notorious B.I.G.')|
|Perpetrator||Wardell “Poochie” Fouse (alleged)|
The murder of Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage names 'the Notorious B.I.G.' and 'Biggie Smalls', occurred in the early hours of March 9, 1997. The hip hop artist was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California, one of which was fatal. Despite numerous witnesses and enormous media attention and speculation, no one was ever formally charged for the murder of Wallace. The case remains officially unsolved, as police have searched for years for more details without success.
In 2006, Wallace's mother, Voletta Wallace; his widow, Faith Evans and his children, T'yanna Jackson and Christopher Jordan Wallace (CJ) filed a $400 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department alleging that corrupt LAPD officers were responsible for Wallace's murder. Retired LAPD Officer Greg Kading alleged that Marion 'Suge' Knight, the head of Death Row Records, hired fellow Blood gang member Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse to murder Wallace and paid Poochie $13,000. He also alleged that Theresa Swan, the mother of Knight's child, was also involved in the murder, and was paid $25,000 to set up meetings both before and after the shooting took place. In 2003, Poochie himself was murdered in a drive-by by rival gang members.
Christopher Wallace traveled to Los Angeles, California in February 1997 to promote his upcoming second studio album, Life After Death, and to film a music video for its lead single, 'Hypnotize'. On March 5, he gave a radio interview with The Dog House on San Francisco's KYLD, in which he stated that he had hired security because he feared for his safety. Wallace cited not only the ongoing East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud and the murder of Tupac Shakur six months prior, and his role as a high-profile celebrity in general, as his reasons for the decision.Life After Death was scheduled for release on March 25, 1997.
On March 7, Wallace presented an award to Toni Braxton at the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles and was booed by some of the audience. The following evening, March 8, he attended an after-party hosted by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records at the Petersen Automotive Museum in West Los Angeles. Other guests included Faith Evans, Aaliyah, Sean Combs, and members of the Bloods and Crips gangs.
On March 9, 1997, at 12:30 a.m. (PST), Wallace left with his entourage in two GMC Suburbans to return to his hotel after the Los Angeles Fire Department closed the party early because of overcrowding. Wallace traveled in the front passenger seat alongside his associates Damion 'D-Roc' Butler, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Cease, and driver Gregory 'G-Money' Young. Combs traveled in the other vehicle with three bodyguards. The two SUVs were trailed by a Chevrolet Blazer carrying Bad Boy Records' director of security.
By 12:45 a.m. (PST), the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. Wallace's SUV stopped at a red light on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Fairfax Avenue just 50 yards (46 m) from the museum. A dark-colored Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace's SUV. The driver of the Impala, a black male, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the Suburban; four bullets hit Wallace. Wallace's entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. (PST). He was 24 years old.
His autopsy was released to the public in December 2012, fifteen years after his death. According to the report, three of the four shots were not fatal. The first bullet hit his left forearm and traveled down to his wrist; the second hit him in the back, missing all vital organs, and exited through his left shoulder; and the third hit his left thigh and exited through his inner thigh. The report said that the third bullet struck 'the left side of the scrotum, causing a very shallow, 3⁄8 inch [10 mm] linear laceration.' The fourth bullet was fatal, entering through his right hip and striking several vital organs, including his colon, liver, heart, and the upper lobe of his left lung, before stopping in his left shoulder area.
Wallace's death was mourned by fellow hip hop artists and fans worldwide. Rapper Nas felt at the time of Wallace's death that his passing, along with that of Tupac Shakur, 'was nearly the end of rap.'
Immediately following the shooting, reports surfaced linking Wallace's murder with that of Shakur six months earlier, due to similarities in the drive-by shootings and the highly publicized East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud, of which Shakur and Wallace had been central figures. Media reports had previously speculated that Wallace was in some way connected to Shakur's murder, though no evidence ever surfaced to seriously implicate him. Shortly after Wallace's death, Los Angeles Times writers Chuck Philips and Matt Lait reported that the key suspect in his murder was a member of the Southside Crips acting in service of a personal financial motive, rather than on the gang's behalf. The investigation stalled, however, and no one was ever formally charged.
In a 2002 book by Randall Sullivan, called LAbyrinth, information was compiled about the murders of Wallace and Shakur based on information provided by retired LAPD detective Russell Poole. In the book, Sullivan accused Suge Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records and a known Bloods affiliate, of conspiring with corrupt LAPD officer David Mack to kill Wallace and make both deaths appear to be the result of the rap rivalry. The book stated that one of Mack's alleged associates, Amir Muhammad, was the hitman who killed Wallace. The theory was based on evidence provided by an informant and the general resemblance of Muhammad to the facial composite generated during the investigation. In 2002, filmmaker Nick Broomfield released a documentary, Biggie & Tupac, based on information from the book.The New York Times described Broomfield's low-budget documentary as a 'largely speculative' and 'circumstantial' account relying on flimsy evidence, failing to 'present counter-evidence' or 'question sources.' Moreover, the motive suggested for the murder of Wallace in the documentary—to decrease suspicion for the Shakur shooting six months earlier—was, as The New York Times put it, 'unsupported in the film.'
An article published in Rolling Stone by Sullivan in December 2005 accused the LAPD of not fully investigating links with Death Row Records based on Poole's evidence. Sullivan claimed that Combs 'failed to fully cooperate with the investigation', and according to Poole, encouraged Bad Boy staff to do the same. The accuracy of the article was later challenged in a letter by the Assistant Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Times, who accused Sullivan of using 'shoddy tactics.' Sullivan, in response, quoted the lead attorney of the Wallace estate calling the newspaper 'a co-conspirator in the cover-up.' In alluding to Sullivan and Poole's theory that formed the basis of the Wallace family's dismissed $500 million lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, The New York Times wrote: 'A cottage industry of criminal speculation has sprung up around the case, with documentaries, books and a stream of lurid magazine articles implicating gangs, crooked cops and a cross-country rap rivalry,' noting that everything associated with Wallace's death had been 'big business.' More recently, the film City of Lies was produced based on Poole's investigation and Sullivan's book: LAbyrinth, and casts Johnny Depp as Poole. The film has yet to be released.
In examining Sullivan's assertion that the Los Angeles Times was involved in a cover-up conspiracy with the LAPD, it is instructive to note that conflicting theories of the murder were offered in different sections of the Times. The Metro section of the Times wrote that police suspected a connection between Wallace's death and the Rampart police corruption scandal, consistent with Sullivan and Poole's theory. The Metro section also ran a photo of Muhammad, identified by police as a mortgage broker unconnected to the murder who appeared to match details of the shooter, and the paper printed his name and driver's license. But Chuck Philips, a staff writer for the Business section of the Times who had been following the investigation and had not heard of the Rampart–Muhammad theory, searched for Muhammad, whom the Metro reporters could not find for comment. It took Philips only three days to find Muhammad, who had a current ad for his brokerage business running in the Times. Muhammad, who was not an official suspect at the time, came forward to clear his name. The Metro section of the paper was opposed to running a retraction, but the business desk editor, Mark Saylor, said, 'Chuck is sort of the world's authority on rap violence' and pushed, along with Philips, for the Times to retract the article.
The May 2000 Los Angeles Times correction article was written by Philips, who quoted Muhammad as saying, 'I'm a mortgage broker, not a murderer' and asking, 'How can something so completely false end up on the front page of a major newspaper?' The story cleared Muhammad's name. A later 2005 story by Philips showed that the main informant for the Poole-Sullivan theory was a schizophrenic with admitted memory lapses known as 'Psycho Mike' who confessed to hearsay. John Cook of Brill's Content noted that Philips' article 'demolished' the Poole-Sullivan theory of Wallace's murder.
In the 2000 book The Murder of Biggie Smalls, investigative journalist and author Cathy Scott suggested that Wallace and Shakur's murders might have been the result of the East Coast–West Coast feud and motivated by financial gain for the record companies, because the rappers were worth more dead than alive.
The criminal investigation into Wallace's murder was re-opened in July 2006 to look for new evidence to help the city defend the civil lawsuits brought by the Wallace family. Retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, who worked for three years on a gang task force that included the Wallace case, alleges that the rapper was shot by Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse, an associate of Knight, who died on July 24, 2003, after being shot in the back while riding his motorcycle in Compton. Kading believes Knight hired Poochie via his girlfriend, 'Theresa Swann,' to kill Wallace to avenge the death of Shakur, who, Kading alleges, was killed under the orders of Combs.
In December 2012, the LAPD released the autopsy results conducted on Wallace's body to generate new leads. The release was criticized by the long-time lawyer of his estate, Perry Sanders Jr., who objected to an autopsy. The case remains officially unsolved.
Wrongful death claim
In March 2006, Wallace's mother Voletta filed a wrongful death claim against the City of Los Angeles based on the evidence championed by Poole. They claimed the LAPD had sufficient evidence to arrest the assailant, but failed to use it. David Mack and Amir Muhammad (a.k.a. Harry Billups) were originally named as defendants in the civil suit, but were dropped shortly before the trial began after the LAPD and FBI dismissed them as suspects.
The case came for trial before a jury on June 21, 2005. On the eve of the trial, a key witness who was expected to testify, Kevin Hackie, revealed that he suffered memory lapses due to psychiatric medications. He had previously testified to knowledge of involvement between Knight, Mack, and Muhammed, but later said that the Wallace attorneys had altered his declarations to include words he never said. Hackie took full blame for filing a false declaration.
Several days into the trial, the plaintiffs' attorney disclosed to the Court and opposing counsel that he had received a telephone call from someone claiming to be an LAPD officer and provided detailed information about the existence of evidence concerning the Wallace murder. The court directed the city to conduct a thorough investigation, which uncovered previously undisclosed evidence, much of which was in the desk or cabinet of Det. Steven Katz, the lead detective in the Wallace investigation. The documents centered around interviews by numerous police officers of an incarcerated informant, who had been a cellmate of imprisoned Rampart officer Rafael Perez for some extended period of time. He reported that Perez had told him about his and Mack's involvement with Death Row Records and their activities at the Peterson Automotive Museum the night of Wallace's murder. As a result of the newly discovered evidence, the judge declared a mistrial and awarded the Wallace family its attorneys' fees.
On April 16, 2007, relatives of Wallace filed a second wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles. The suit also named two LAPD officers in the center of the investigation into the Rampart scandal, Perez and Nino Durden. According to the claim, Perez, an alleged affiliate of Death Row Records, admitted to LAPD officials that he and Mack (who was not named in the lawsuit) 'conspired to murder, and participated in the murder of Christopher Wallace'. The Wallace family said the LAPD 'consciously concealed Rafael Perez's involvement in the murder of .. Wallace'.
United States District JudgeFlorence-Marie Cooper granted summary judgment to the city on December 17, 2007, finding that the Wallace family had not complied with a California law that required the family to give notice of its claim to the State within six months of Wallace's death. The Wallace family refiled the suit, dropping the state law claims on May 27, 2008. The suit against the City of Los Angeles was finally dismissed in 2010. It was described by The New York Times as 'one of the longest running and most contentious celebrity cases in history.' The Wallace suit had asked for $500 million from the city.
On January 19, 2007, Tyruss 'Big Syke' Himes, a friend of Shakur who was implicated in Wallace's murder by the Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV and XXL magazine in 2005, had a defamation lawsuit regarding the accusations thrown out of court.
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