Brooklyn-born rapper Biggie Smalls has established himself as a legend in his short life.
Also known as The Notorious BIG, he is considered one of the greatest rappers in history due to his distinctive, laid-back lyrical delivery and often gritty content.
Who Killed Biggie Smalls?
To this day, it is not known who killed Biggie Smalls.
Decades later, his case remains unsolved.
In 1996, Biggie became involved in the escalating East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.
Former friends Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur have been at the center of a rap war — fueled by jealousy and brutal diss tracks.
After Tupac’s death in September 1996, many accused Biggie of involvement in his shooting.
Biggie was murdered six months later, on March 9, 1997, under similar circumstances in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
The driver of a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala SS, dressed in a suit and bow tie, stopped at a red light at 12:45 a.m. next to Notorious BIG’s SUV and began shooting at the rapper’s car.
Biggie was shot four times and died in hospital at 1:15 a.m.
His autopsy, published 15 years after his death, showed only the last shot was fatal.
It entered his right hip, hitting his colon, liver, heart and left lung.
At the time of his death he was 24 years old.
What are the theories behind Biggie’s death?
One theory is that Biggie was accidentally killed and that Sean “Diddy” Combs was the shooter’s original target.
Leaked FBI documents show Combs had received multiple death threats and his security guard confronted a man who had approached Combs’ car just before the shooting.
Both rappers had been waiting for cars to pick up outside the Peterson Automotive Museum in LA after an after-party.
The two both got into the passenger seat of their respective green SUVs.
The Combs security guard told his driver to drive through a red light rather than stop at an intersection, knowing it would not have been safe to sit at the light.
However, Biggie’s driver didn’t follow and they sat at the light for about a minute.
Meanwhile, a former FBI agent says he has evidence the Los Angeles police staged Biggie’s murder.
Philip Carson claims he has evidence against two “dirty” cops and the LAPD could now face a $500 million lawsuit.
He says bosses dropped his investigations, but when he retired in 2016, he took nearly 3,000 pages of case documents with him.
Carson gave the filmmakers his evidence, and a film about the case – City Of Lies, starring Johnny Depp – was due for release in 2018 but was shelved.
The former agent said, “The LAPD knew exactly what was going on all the way to the top.”
He believes Marion “Suge” Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records, who rappers like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac, hired LAPD cops and ordered them to orchestrate Wallace’s murder.
Who Was Biggie Smalls?
Biggie Smalls was born on May 21, 1972 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
The rapper, whose real name was Christopher George Latore Wallace, was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records in 1993.
His debut album, Ready To Die, received critical acclaim and included singles such as “Juicy”, “Big Poppa” and “One More Chance”.
Biggie’s music was often semi-autobiographical, rapping about hardship and crime; but also celebrate.
His second album, Life After Death, was released two weeks posthumously and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, eventually earning a Diamond certification in the United States.
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