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Inmate Claims To Know Identity Of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Murderer

For most people, The Notorious B.I.G.‘s death is the subject of endless speculation, debate and what is probably P. Diddy‘s single greatest song to date. For Chicago inmate Clayton Hill, Notorious B.I.G.’s killer is allegedly just a matter of remembering the details. Hill is now alleging that it was fellow Nation of Islam member Dawud Mahammad who ended the rapper’s life in 1997, while acting as a hit man. “[Dawoud Muhammad] stated to me that he was on the run for the murder [of The Notorious B.I.G.],” Hill told HipHopDX. “He disclosed that he was the shooter of The Notorious B.I.G. because he (Dawoud) was a former Blood gang member and was paid to do so.”

Hill’s claims paint an elaborate plot involving the Nation of Islam, aliases and transporting the murder weapon across statelines. Earlier this year the LAPD began investigating new evidence which “reinvigorated” Biggie Smalls’ unsolved murder case. Since Hill claims to have meet with the FBI in October 2010, his revelations could very well be the new details they were exploring. Alternatively, it could be a particularly cold-blooded way to promote his new e-book Diary of an Ex-Terrorist. Call us a little bit skeptical until after he doesn’t have a new release coming out.

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Report: Notorious B.I.G. Murder Investigation “Reinvigorated” By New Leads

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More than 13 years after the unsolved shooting death of The Notorious B.I.G., CNN reports that new leads concerning Christopher Wallace‘s murder have “reinvigorated” the case. While no other details were given, it is believed that the FBI, LAPD and LA District Attorney’s Office have been investigating the new information for months. Could this leak be a warm-up for an arrest?

According to TMZ, Wallace’s family is “greatly pleased with any advancement” in the search for his killer, but will make sure not to “interfere” with the investigation. Mother Voletta Wallace‘s wrongful death suit against the LAPD—she believed corrupt police officers working for Death Row Records mogul Suge Knight were responsible for her son’s murder—was dismissed by a judge last April.

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Diddy Makeover: Fab Or Fail?

Sean Combs was a driven college student at Howard University who shuttled himself between New York and Washington as an intern until he climbed the ranks as a young executive at Uptown Records. Puffy then established his own label, Bad Boy Records and was often seen standing behind Notorious B.I.G. in his music videos uttering one word phrases and pumping his fist.

But soon Puffy stepped out of B.I.G.’s shadow and debuted an album of his own, under the name Puff Daddy. Puff Daddy was no longer a scruffy kid with a T-shirt and baseball cap, but a designer suit-wearing entrepreneur who parlayed his musical success into roles as clothing and cologne designer, Broadway actor, and television producer. Known now as Diddy, the globetrotter has become a regular on red carpets around the world and is celebrated as the host of the annual, ultra-exclusive “White Party” in St. Tropez.

Is Diddy all fab? Or all floss? Vote!

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Lil’ Kim Makeover: Fab Or Fail?

Kimberly Denise Jones was a curvy girl with a button nose, a big voice, and big dreams when rapper Notorious B.I.G. snapped her up from Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood and put her on stage with Junior M.A.F.I.A. But Lil’ Kim always sought approval from men, and her abusive relationships led her to making plastic surgery a habit. Her first nose job was reportedly more functional than cosmetic, after a violent boyfriend busted her nose. She told The Source,I’ve had the black eye, bloody lips, busted nose. I came out of the hospital from getting my nose done and he broke my [bleep] again.” Puffy, before he underwent his makeover and became Diddy, discouraged Kim from getting a breast lift, but later praised the results of her surgery. “Damn, you look good,” he told her.

Many plastic surgeries and more than a few revealing outfits later (remember those tassles?), Kim stepped out from under the shadow of B.I.G. and Puffy and went on to a solo career — headlining the colorful “Lady Marmalade” video with Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Pink. This year, after a stint in the slammer, she competed on Dancing With the Stars. Has her makeover been fab or fail?

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Lil’ Kim: Biggie’s Ghost Hates Notorious

Dancing With The Stars contestant Lil’ Kim has been bitching about her portrayal in the Biggie-biopic Notorious for a while, but don’t mistake that for personal offense. Her disappointment stems from the ex-boyfriend The Notorious B.I.G. himself, who contacts her regularly from the astral plane. Or so she told Rapradar.com:

I’m a very spiritual person and he’s come to me many of times in my dreams. But, I don’t think he’s happy at all, at all! Because Ms. Wallace doesn’t know Biggie at all and she barely knows Christopher, if you know what I mean. At all! And I was around. Even before he blew up so crazy, so I know how he felt about his mom. And Biggie was so much more than what they put him out to be in that movie. And to be honest with you, I know for a fact he’s not happy. He’s not satisfied at all. At all. And regardless of the fact, everybody who is involved in this movie, he has love for. Everybody. But at the end of the day, he knows who’s who and what’s what. Believe that.

Her “spiritual connection with Biggie” also tells her not to work with Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil’ Cease after he testified against her in her perjury trial. “Biggie said ‘Don’t look back. Forget Cease, forget all of them because they going to be sorry.’ Cause what they did was wrong and he knows it.” Did Biggie advise her on the jumpsuit she wore to dinner in Hollywood last night? That’s some borderline cameltoe action.

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Lil Kim Hates The Biggie Biopic

Rapper Lil’ Kim has serious issues with the new Biggie biopic, and is voicing her discontent. But is she beefin’ because the film shows the late rapper disrespecting her and their relationship?

Kim released this miffed statement articulating her feelings about the film’s portrayal of her:

“The film studio and producers involved were more concerned about painting me as a ‘character’ to create a more interesting story line instead of a person with talent, self-respect and who was able to achieve her own career success through hard work. Even though my relationship with Big was at times very difficult and complicated (as with most relationships we have all experienced at one time or another), it was also genuine and built on great admiration and love for each other. Regardless of the many lies in the movie and false portrayal of me to help carry a story line through, I will still continue to carry his legacy through my hard work and music.”

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Faith Evans: Not Afraid To Cut A Bitch

Lil’ Kim may have named an album Hardcore, but Faith Evans‘ upcoming tell-all, Keep The Faith, makes clear that when it came to The Notorious B.I.G., it was his r&b-singing wife that brought the fury.

There I was, rocking a black skully cap and a heavy goose-down jacket, tiptoeing into the elevator and pressing the button to go up to the second floor, where his bedroom was located…

I got to Big’s bedroom door, turned the knob, and went inside. As soon as I saw a small lump next to Big’s large frame, I flew into a rage, ran over to the side of the bed, and pulled back the covers. I grabbed some chick out of the bed and started beating her ass. At some point, the chick’s wig came off in my hand: It was a short, cropped wig. I stopped throwing punches for a minute to get a good look at the chick I was beating up. It was Lil’ Kim. She was completely butt-naked, yelling as I pushed her around the room.

“So you’re not f*cking her, right?” I screamed at Big. “Yeah, you not messing with her anymore right?”

Faith also claims that she never slept with Tupac Shakur, despite his Biggie-baiting that the two were lovers. We believe you, Faith! Just don’t hit us! [SixShot]

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#1: The Murders Of Notorious B.I.G. And Tupac

Sex, murder, conspiracy, police corruption, bi-coastal gang warfare, Diddy – this scandal has it all. The rivalry between the east and west coast rap scenes may have begun with minor east coast rapper Tim Dog‘s amusing 1991 hit “Fuck Compton,” but thanks to big money and short fuses, the battle soon grew as epic and violent as the gangster movies rappers referenced, climaxing with the unsolved shooting deaths of Tupac “2Pac” Shakur and Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace in 1996 and 1997. Their murders turned the rap superstars into tragic icons, and a battle of words into The Greatest Celebrity Scandal Of All Time.

Shakur was already a successful recording artist (Dan Quayle had even blamed his music for the death of a cop) when he met and befriended Wallace before the release of the aspiring NY rapper’s debut album, Ready To Die. Their mutual admiration soon turned sour after Shakur accused Wallace and his producer, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, of instigating a 1994 robbery and assault that left him with five bullet wounds. Wallace and Combs swore they were coincidentally recording in the studio where Shakur was attacked outside, but for whatever reason, Shakur refused to believe the pair was not involved.

While Shakur recuperated and went to prison for sex crimes, Wallace’s career thrived as Combs’ label Bad Boy drew attention away from the LA gangsta rap scene, led by Dr. Dre and Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight. Nine months into Shakur’s sentence, Knight, a former football player previously accused of threatening NWA’s Eazy-E with a baseball bat and holding Vanilla Ice out of a window, signed the embattled rapper to Death Row in exchange for paying his $1.2 million bail while he awaited appeal. Soon after, Knight mocked Combs from the stage of the 1995 Source Awards, with the NY audience responding by booing several Death Row artists, inspiring Snoop Dogg to yell “the east coast ain’t got no love for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg?”

Tensions continued to escalate. Knight was accused of making a friend of Combs’ drink urine from a cup when he wouldn’t give the address of the east coast mogul’s mother. Knight also blamed Combs’ for the shooting of a Death Row employee during a fight in Atlanta. Shakur publicly claimed to have slept with Wallace’s wife, and the label’s entourages had an armed standoff following the MTV Music Awards in March 1996. Combs repeatedly attempted to make peace with Knight, even inviting Louis Farrakhan’s son to mediate. Knight declined, claiming he would deal with the drama “his way.”

Before Knight could clarify, Shakur was mortally wounded in Las Vegas on September 7, following the public beating of gang member Orlando Anderson by Death Row employees after a boxing match. Despite multiple suspects, including Anderson and Knight himself (he owed back royalties to Shakur, who allegedly considered leaving Death Row), charges were never filed either due to a lack of evidence or police indifference. Shakur’s mother Afeni sued Knight for the unpaid royalties soon after, inspiring the label’s other artists to leave, claiming similar financial issues (as well as fears of violence).

Bad Boy, which had made a point never to respond to Death Row’s insults on record, released a public statement mourning the loss of Shakur. But when Wallace was shot and killed following a Soul Train Awards after-party in LA on March 9, 1997 (15 days before the release of his second album, Life After Death), many assumed it was a retaliatory gesture. No criminal charges have been filed, but recent civil suits from Wallace’s family argue that crooked police officers on Knight’s payroll were responsible for orchestrating his death, and that the LAPD, suffering from widespread corruption in their anti-gang units, refused to investigate the possibility.

More than a decade later, all the major figures are still in the news. After countless lawsuits, arrests and failed restarts Suge Knight was finally forced to sell Death Row and declare bankruptcy. In March, LA Times writer Chuck Phillips claimed to have proof that Combs (best known as Diddy today) was involved in the 1994 assault on Shakur, but retracted the story when his source was revealed to be a con artist. Notorious, a biopic based on Wallace’s life, is scheduled for a 2009 release, and Tupac’s eighth posthumous album is planned for release by the end of the year. With both murders re-opened and the Wallace family’s civil suit still in motion, it would seem this scandal is far from over.