Who Killed Tupac & Biggie?

Long before they were holograms, biopic subjects, and t-shirt designs, Tupac Shakur and Notorious BI

G were hip-hop icons The pair reinvented gangsta rap in the late 1990s, but their notorious rivalry and mysterious murders solidified their place in music history As BI

G once said, “You’re nobody until somebody kills you” – but who took out the most infamous rappers of our time? Almost a decade later, both the Los Angeles and the Las Vegas police still haven’t concluded who is responsible for their murders Several ex-detectives, journalists and conspiracy theorists have written books suggesting all kinds of perpetrators, from music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to rogue cops Here’s what they all agree on: On September 7, 1996 Tupac got into a brawl with Crips gang member Orlando ‘Baby Lane’ Anderson in the MGM Grand Hotel Afterward, Tupac left with producer Suge Knight and headed to Club 662 for a midnight concert

Riding down the Las Vegas strip, Suge Knight’s black BMW stopped at a red light Moments later a white Cadillac pulled up next to them and opened fire Shakur was shot four times and died six days later Six months later, on March 8th, 1997, Biggie left a Vibe magazine afterparty, riding in the passenger seat of his Suburban SUV When the SUV stopped at a red light, a car pulled up next to it and opened fire, shooting Biggie four times

He was pronounced dead at 1:15am on March 9th Many point to Tupac’s association with the Bloods and Biggie’s association with the Crips as the cause of their early deaths, making the rappers casualties of a long-standing gang rivalry LA Times reporter Chuck Philips wrote that after the Crips plotted their revenge on Tupac, they approached Biggie asking for a one million dollar pay out

LAPD detective Russell Poole, however, points the finger at record producer Suge Knight In October 1995, Tupac was pending appeal on his sexual abuse sentence Knight paid a $14 million bail to get the rapper out Tupac immediately started recording his Diamond album “All Eyez on Me” for Knight’s new record label, Death Row

After finishing his three-album contract, Tupac was making plans to leave Death Row to start his own independent production company Afraid of losing the label’s biggest artist, Knight supposedly hired a gunman to take Tupac out at the height of his fame so that he could continually profit off the rapper before he left Death Row Death Row did profit handsomely from the deceased Tupac Seven of 2Pac’s 11 albums were released after his death The label produced 2Pac albums featuring unreleased tracks and live performances

Several albums reached double and triple Platinum 2Pac’s Greatest Hits album even went Diamond— selling 10 million units When Biggie was murdered in a similar fashion, many looked to Knight again Shakur and Biggie were well-known enemies, often outright insulting each other in their songs By taking out Biggie, Knight would eliminate his record label’s biggest competitor and frame Tupac’s murder as a result of the rappers’ feud

Suspiciously, the Death Row entourage was not cooperative with police during the murder investigations But that begs the question, if Knight was the mastermind behind these murders why would he plan to take out Shakur when he was in the car with him? Both Tupac and Biggie were killed in drive-by shootings, leaving public events, with numerous witnesses – yet no arrests were ever made in either case They remain unsolved murders "

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