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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.

Cool Hip-hop Film

Biggie and Tupac

There’s a documentary going around the internet (legitimately and legally) about the deaths of the Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, two of the biggest hip hop stars this mortal realm has ever known.  Many of the links are US only, so here’s one that streams it online worldwide.

Here’s the description:

Biggie and Tupac is a no holds barred investigation into the still unsolved murders of two of the biggest superstars rap has ever produced; Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, and Tupac Shakur. Answering the crusading calls for justice from Biggie’s mother Voletta, Broomfield hits the streets from East Coast to West Coast, putting his own life at risk as he uncovers sensational new evidence that points directly to the involvement of the LAPD and imprisoned Death Row records co-founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight in the violent slayings that shocked the hip hop world

I haven’t seen the film yet, so I can’t comment.  But I’m stoked that people haven’t forgotten.  In a world where there’s so much technology and resources, it’s still surprising that no one was ever able to solve these decades-old murders.

Trailer is below:

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Twice’s take on the Notorious movie

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I hope at least some of you have managed to go see the new Notorious biopic in your local theatre.   The movie, based on the life of the Notorious B.I.G. is pretty entertaining and worth the couple of bucks.  But there are lots of things you should know.  I just caught the film, so I’ll do my best to give you a little review.

First of all, don’t go in thinking it’s going to be any sort of documentary.  It’s a film with plenty of poetic and creative license taken to make it entertaining.  They really go out of their way to glorify Biggie and humanize Puffy, which can be annoying at times.  And frankly, they make 2Pac look and act like a complete tool.

Now, there’s no way for me to know if Pac really did wile out like that and if it was his paranoia that started the whole east-west coast feud, but I thought it was a tad disrespectful to portray him like that.

Jamal Woolard, the cat who got to play Biggie, has apparently had very little acting experience.  I’ve got to say he did a pretty decent job overall.  His performance did seem, for the most part, flat.  He excelled at the comedic aspects of Biggie’s personality and did less well at the drama.  However, he seemed positively inspired durinng a scene at the recording studio where he first snaps on Lil’ Kim.

Oh Lil’ Kim, so much to say about her.  Besides the gratuituous sex scenes she’s in, actress Naturi Naughton actually seemed to nail the character.  Once again, there is definitely some creative license taken with it, and the real Lil’ Kim was absolutely livid about the way she was portrayed.

The reviews are mixed about the movie itself, with most seeming to agree that it’s a pretty facade and really seeks to make Biggie seem like a hero.  They do try to show his mistakes (such as his arrests for dealing crack), but even these were sort of talked about in passing and seemed to be shown mainly as an opportunity for Biggie to hone  his rhymes than as a serious life-altering mistake.

Puffy annoyed the hell out of me in this movie, I gotta say.  They made him seem like a wise and humble philosopher.  Not to knock his business sense, because he definitely is a shrewd businessman, but they really made an effort to make him look like a modest person just looking out for Biggie.

Problems aside, it’s still a decent film and worth checking out.  Especially if you’re not too familiar with life and death of one of New York’s greatest rappers.