These two rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were murdered in the late 90’s. Some believe the two rappers were involved in each other’s deaths. Why? Because they had a longtime East Coast v. West Coast feud going.
On September 7, 1996. Tupac and Suge Knight, the CEO of Tupac’s record label Death Row Records, attended a boxing match in Las Vegas. While there Tupac got into a fight with Orlando Anderson, a member of the Crips.
A little later on that night, Tupac was gunned down by someone in a White Cadillac. That person was not identified. One of Tupac’s hangers on at that time, Yaki Kadafi, was present when the shooting happened. He said he could identify the shooter, however before the police could interview him he was shot 2 months later. (Maybe he should have kept that knowledge to himself.)
Orlando Anderson, who was the prime suspect in the murder, was shot to death as well. Some say he died a natural death indicating that if shot in a fatal place naturally you are going to die.
Some even blamed Suge Knight who was Tupac’s manager, of staging the murder. It seems he owed Tupac nearly $3 million and wanted the debt balance to be zero. However, the most popular murder suspect was “Biggie Smalls” who, yep! you guessed it, died of lead poisoning six months after Tupac’s death.
Wallace traveled to LA in February 1997 to promote his upcoming second studio album Life After Death and to film a music video. On March 5, he gave a radio interview in which he stated that he had hired security because he feared for his safety, not just because of the ongoing East-West Coast Feud or the death of Tupac Shakur, but because of his role as a high-profile celebrity.
On March 8, he attended an after-party hosted by some of the music industry players in West Los Angeles. Other guests were members of the Bloods and Crips Gangs
On March 9, 1997, at 12:30 a.m., he left with his entourage to return to his hotel after the Fire Department closed the party early because of overcrowding. Biggie was in the right front passenger seat. The following vehicle had three bodyguards, which in turn was trailed by the 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.
This is when a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace’s SUV. The driver of the Impala, a black male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm pistol and fired into the Suburban; four bullets hitting Wallace. He was rushed to the Medical Center where doctors performed emergency surgery. At at 1:15 a.m. he was pronounced dead at the ripe old age for a gangster of 24 years.
15 years after his death, his autopsy was released. The report stated three of the 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 cut. 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.
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 Biggie Smalls case, alleges that the rapper was shot by a Wardell Fouse (a.k.a. Darnell Bolton and “Poochie”), an associate of Suge Knight, who was later killed on July 24, 2003, after being shot in the back while riding his motorcycle.. Kading believes Knight hired Poochie to kill Biggie to avenge the death of Tupac, who, Kading alleges, was killed under the orders of Sean
In Law Enforcement there are two situations. You know who did the crime and why, but you can’t prove it. The other, you know who did the crime and can prove it.
If I had my guess, it seems the LAPD Homicide Boys were not too excited about finding out who killed Biggie Small and probably thought the world had gotten a new breath of fresh air, when Biggie breathed his last gulp of air.