With the recent launch of Netflix series Unsolved, we thought we’d take a look at one of the most controversial unsolved murder cases in recent history. If you love your hip-hop music, then the East Coast/West Coast rivalry will be of no surprise to you, but was this the reason behind the murders of two of the biggest rappers of all time? The mid 90’s rap scene was mainly dominated by two big record labels, Deathrow co-owned by Suge Knight and Dr Dre, representing LA and the west coast and Bad Boy records from New York and the East coast owned by Sean Combs who you might know as Puff Daddy. Badboy had biggie signed to their label and Deathrow had posted Tupac's $1.4 million bail to get Shakur out of jail in exchange for him signing with Deathrow records.
In 94’ Tupac was famously shot and robbed in the lobby of the Quad recording studios in Manhattan, where he survived and came out publicly to accuse Biggie and Puff of being involved. They both denied any involvement, however, this was the start of the beef that would continue for years to follow. On September 7th 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in a drive-by after the famous brawl captured on CCTV in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. 6 months later, Biggie was also shot and killed in a similar drive-by shooting in Los Angeles California. But who was responsible for both these murderers? Frustratingly, nobody 100% knows for sure.
According to retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls) was shot and killed by Darnell Bolton (aka Wardell "Poochie" Fouse), a Mob Piru Blood and a member of Death Row Records security who was hired by Suge Knight to kill Biggie Smalls for $13,000, further pointing evidence towards the rap rivalry being the reason for Biggies murder. As for Tupac, after years of investigation, the prime suspect for Tupac's murder was Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, a Crip gang member from Compton. He was never actually charged with Tupac's murder as he was shot and killed 2 years later in an unrelated gang shooting. 20 years later, however, Orlando's cousin and fellow gang member Duane “Keefe D” Davis admitted, after being diagnosed with cancer, to being in the in the car Tupac was shot from with 3 other fellow Southside Crips. Keefe claims the shots came from the back seats of his vehicle but he would not confess who actually shot Pac. However, police tapes have since emerged that seemingly see Keefe confirm Orlando as Tupac's killer.
To find out more, Check out the Netflix series Unsolved here.
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