On March 9, 1997, in the early hours, American rapper Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage name, the Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down in Los Angeles, California. He was a young man of 24. They sued the LAPD for another $400 million in wrongful death in 2006, claiming that corrupt policemen were to blame for Wallace’s death.
Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace, his wife, Faith Evans, and his children, T’yanna Jackson and Christopher Jordan “CJ” Wallace, all joined the complaint.  Former LAPD officer Greg Kading claims that Death Row Records CEO Marion “Suge” Knight plotted the killing in retaliation for the drive-by shooting death of Tupac Shakur in September 1996.
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The Notorious B.I.G.’s popularity was over the roof in the early spring of 1997. Songs like “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “Gimme the Loot” from his debut album Ready to Die (1994) helped it sell over 6 million copies. After years of dominance by West Coast rappers like Tupac Shakur in the early 1990s, Ready to Die reinvigorated New York hip-hop.
Some members of Biggie’s crew apparently had it out for Tupac after Biggie and Shakur’s relationship evolved into competition.On September 7th, 1996, Tupac was fatally shot. The founder of Bad Boy Records and one of Biggie’s closest pals, Diddy, has been widely speculated to have hired a hitman to murder Biggie.
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In February of 1997, Christopher Wallace went to Los Angeles, California to make a music video for the album’s lead song, “Hypnotize,” and to promote his impending second studio album, Life After Death. He told The Dog House on KYLD in San Francisco on March 5 that he had hired security because he was worried for his safety. Wallace explained the choice by pointing to the continuing East Coast vs.
West Coast hip hop animosity and the death of Tupac Shakur six months previously, as well as the fact that protection is always a necessary for anyone in Wallace’s position in the public eye. The release date for Life After Death was set for March 25, 1997.At the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards on March 7, Wallace was booed by some in the audience as he presented an award to Toni Braxton. There was supposed to be a departure for London the following morning with Wallace, but that never came to pass.
Next day, on March 8, he and his Bad Boy Records crew went to a party in Los Angeles’s Carthay Circle neighbourhood, thrown by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records at the Petersen Automotive Museum and hosted by Kidada Jones.
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As the clock struck 12:30 a.m. (PST) on March 9, 1997, Wallace and his crew departed in two Chevrolet Suburbans for an after-party at Steve Stoute’s home in the Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles Fire Department officers left the celebration early due to smoking and excessive noise. Wallace rode as a passenger in the car driven by Gregory “G-Money” Young, with friends Damion “D-Roc” Butler and Lil’ Cease of the Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Sean Combs and Eugene “Gene” Deal, Tone, Stevie J, and their driver Kenny were in the other car. The director of security for Bad Boy Records, Paul Offord, was riding in a Chevrolet Blazer driven by an off-duty Inglewood police officer, who followed the two SUVs.People were still streaming out of the museum around 12:45 a.m. Not more than 50 yards (46 metres) away, Wallace’s SUV was parked at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and South Fairfax Avenue due to a red signal.
Drive-by shootings and the East Coast-West Coast hip hop war, in which both Shakur and Wallace had played important roles, were seen as connecting Wallace’s death to that of Shakur six months earlier. Despite widespread media speculation, no concrete proof linking Wallace to Shakur’s murder has ever emerged. Shortly after Wallace’s death, Chuck Philips and Matt Lait of the Los Angeles Times stated that the main suspect in the murder was a member of the Southside Crips acting on his own financial motives rather than on behalf of the gang.
Randall Sullivan published LAbyrinth in 2002, detailing the investigation into the deaths of Wallace and Shakur with help from retired LAPD investigator Russell Poole. Sullivan, in his book, accuses Marion “Suge” Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records and a known Bloods affiliate, of plotting with corrupt LAPD officer David Mack to kill Wallace and make both deaths look to be the product of the rap rivalry.
Later, in 2005, Chuck Philips wrote a tale in which he claimed that Psycho Mike, an informant for the Poole-Sullivan theory, was a schizophrenic who acknowledged to memory gaps and had confessed to hearsay.
Philips’ paper demolished the Poole-Sullivan theory of Wallace’s murder, as highlighted by John Cook of Brill’s Content . Cathy Scott, an investigative journalist and author, speculated in her 2000 book .
When the Wallace family filed civil claims against the city for Wallace’s death, in July 2006, the criminal investigation was reopened to gather new evidence to use in court. Greg Kading, a disgraced former LAPD detective who spent three years working on a gang task force that handled the Wallace case, claimed that Wardell “Poochie” Fouse shot the rapper.
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