Making for a pair of the most iconic musical figures especially amidst a short stemmed life expectancy in the rap/hip-hop genre, Notorious B.I.G., legally known as Christopher Wallace, as well as drama forced rival, Tupac Shakur, both tragically lost their lives far too early and even more controversially in their musical careers. Both “mysterious” deaths presumed to be result of an east coast/west coast rivalry between the two high caliber emcees.
The death of Biggie Smalls, tied around a tangled web of conspiracy theories, was left unsolved and proclaimed case closed just a few years after its 1997 happening. The New York native rapper was gunned down just outside of Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. when a black Chevy Impala pulled up alongside the Big enclosed vehicle, firing several shots at the late poet, who was sitting in the passenger seat.
The brunt of the argument and speculation following the horrific event was that the murder was result of a hit placed on Wallace from Tupac’s longtime friend and his Death Row CEO, Suge Knight. Barring Shakur’s sudden, tragic death shortly prior to, many thought of it as payback in conjunction with the horrendous Death Row and Bad Boy Records rivalry.
The case has now been re-opened, roughly 13 years later, due to undisclosed, classified evidence regarding the murder. No further details have been released as of yet, just the mere statement that the case has been “reinvigorate.”
This comes quite surprisingly as the LAPD and all other government officers relating to the murder at its inception never followed up on one or two key witnesses present at the time of the cold blooded crime. Let the conspiracy theories ensue.Tags: Death Row Records, murder, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur