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Notorious BIG murder investigation has new leads

The Notorious B.I.G.

No, this is not a repeat from 1997.  This story, posted by CNN in January of 2011, notes that the LAPD somehow has new leads after many, many years of failure in catching anyone for Biggie’s murder.

The CNN story, while interesting, really offered nothing new on the crime and really no major detials of the big break.  The gist of the article is in the excerpt below:

Retired Los Angeles Police Detective Russell Poole, who worked on the Wallace case, told CNN that he believes Knight was behind the murder, even though the Death Row Records’ boss was serving time on a probation violation at the time.

“Suge Knight ordered the hit,” Poole said, adding that he believes it was arranged by Reggie Wright Jr., who headed security for Death Row Records.

Reggie Wright Jr. told CNN he had nothing to do with the murder, and Knight has repeatedly said he had nothing to do with the crime. Poole said he retired early from the LAPD, in part, because he was thwarted in following leads in the Wallace case involving police officers, some of whom worked off-duty for Death Row Records.

“I think I was getting too close to the truth,” Poole said. “I think they feared that the truth would be a scandal.”

One of the officers Poole said was involved is David Mack, who was sent to prison for robbing a bank in 1997, the same year Wallace was killed.

Poole said Mack owned the same type of car driven by the gunman who shot Wallace, and Poole said a friend of Mack’s resembles a police sketch of the shooter.

Basically conjecture and conspiracy theories at this point.  Still, at least something is starting to happen.  Now in another 20 years they may get around to looking into Tupac’s murder too.

Politics

Mos Def on Real Time with Bill Maher

We at 4080 Records have professed our admiration for Mos Def in the past, but my respect for the Brooklyn actor/mc took a serious dip after watching him on Real Time with Bill Maher. Mos comes across as ignorant and paranoid, drawing ridiculous comparisons between American law enforcement and al-Qaeda and rejecting bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11.

Although Mos’ wit and intelligence lend humour to the interview’s opening note…

Maher: You have to admit that there are people who do want to kill Americans.

Mos Def: Yeah, some of them are called the police.

… the interview quickly descends into ludicrous conspiracy theory and baseless accusation:

Maher: But you don’t think bin Laden knocked down the World Trade Centre?

Mos Def: Absolutely not!

Maher: C’mon.

Mos Def: I don’t. I don’t!

Maher: That’s where you lose me. And I’m so on your side.

Mos Def: You go to any barbershop: I am so not alone. I am so not alone.  

Maher: That doesn’t mean you’re right.

Mos Def: That don’t mean that it’s not valid, neither.

Actually, it does Mos. Just because people are willing to discuss them in barbershops, at work or in church doesn’t make 9/11 conspiracy theories valid. It makes them popular.

Fortunately for our boy, professor Cornel West is on hand to bring a modicum of reason to the proceedings at about the 2:23 mark.

Overall, while I agree with much of what Mos has to say (his thoughts on the root causes of terrorism at around 4:45, for example), I find it difficult respecting anyone who seriously believes the 9/11 attacks were a hoax, or an inside job, or whatever, or that we never landed on the moon:

Mos Def: I don’t believe these motherfuckers been to the moon, neither, but that’s just me. 

Music

L.A. Times Apologizes for Rapper Story – washingtonpost.com

L.A. Times Apologizes for Rapper Story – washingtonpost.com

Consider this a follow-up to our post only a couple of days ago. It’s amazing how fast things can change. In our previous post, we had covered the LA Times’ article about Puffy’s denial of his involvement with the first 2Pac shooting.

Turns out his denial was the truth, much as we had suspected.

The LA Times, in reaction to a report on the Smoking Gun, has admitted that its report was wrong. Apparently, the “FBI Documents” they relied on were forged by a federal inmate. James Sabatino is a well known conman and a huge fan of rap music. I guess he loved it so much he really really wanted to involve himself. He managed to forge a bunch of documents that linked him to the Pac/Biggie feud. What a nutter.

The worst part of things for the LA Times is that one of their star reporters, a Pulitzer prize winner, was the author of the article. Unfortunately that doesn’t save them from this faux pas.

The Smoking Gun, which says it consulted several law-enforcement experts, raised a number of troubling points about the authenticity of the Times’s documents. One, Bastone said, is that the agents’ names and the titles of the files themselves were blacked out, making them impossible to verify. Another is that the documents are riddled with misspellings as well as acronyms not typically used in such reports.

Bastone also said that font sizes and instances of one letter typed over another — so-called overstrikes — show the documents were typewritten, and that there are similarities to Sabatino’s own court filings. For instance, the word “making” appears as “makeing” in both sets of documents. The Web site said inmates routinely have access to typewriters.

Pretty insane that someone would make up documents to tie himself to a criminal investigation. But hey, I guess some people will do anything to get famous.

Music

Diddy denies LA Times’ Tupac story – Yahoo! News

Diddy denies LA Times’ Tupac story – Yahoo! News

So, in proof that the ‘Pac myths will never, ever die, people are still talking about who killed Tupac Shakur. He’s all up in arms about an LA Times news story claiming his associates were involved in the first shooting of Tupac (a couple of years before he was killed)

“The story is a lie,” the hip-hop mogul said in a statement Monday. “It is beyond ridiculous and completely false. Neither (the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.) nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during or after it happened. … I am shocked that the Los Angeles Times would be so irresponsible as to publish such a baseless and completely untrue story.”

A pretty strong reaction, and I don’t doubt it. I’m not one of those conspiracy theorists who still thinks Pac is alive, and I’m not even convinced it is some elaborate plot that goes all the way to the top of the East and West coasts. My money is on a couple of idiot gangbangers trying to make themselves famous or trying to impress someone. It is possible that some Eastcoasters thought Biggie would love them if they took out Pac, but it is equally possible that some jealous Westsiders wanted to knock Pac out to make a name for themselves.

Either way, 14 years after the first shooting, we’re still talking about who started it and why. I’ve pretty much lost faith that we’ll ever know.