Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.’s murders occurred 20 years ago but remain unaccounted for to this very day. Multiple conspiracy theories have become the center of different documentaries, but “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” focuses on an overlooked theory—did the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have a hand in both murders?
East Coast v. West Coast
Unbeknownst to most, both Biggie Smalls and Tupac actually come from New York; Biggie hails from Brooklyn while Pac was born in East Harlem before moving to Maryland and finally settling in California. They both became prominent figures in the East Coast and West Coast hip hop scenes respectively. The two were initially friends, even appearing in freestyle videos together, before getting involved the East-West Coast feud. They severed ties as Death Row Records, Suge Knight and Dr. Dre’s label that signed Pac, and Biggie’s Bad Boy Records turned into business rivals.
Six Months Apart
Through their careers, both parties were heavily involved in legal wranglings. A year after being released from prison for sexual assault charges, Tupac was shot at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas. He was hit four times: twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in the thigh. Suge Knight got drove him to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and was put under a barbiturate-induced coma. On September 13, 1996, he was pronounced dead.
Six month later, Biggie Smalls was shot on the way back to his hotel in Los Angeles. While stopped on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Fairfax Avenue, a black Chevrolet Impala pulled up alongside his SUV. The Impala’s driver rolled down his window and fired four shots at Biggie. According to the autopsy report, only one of the gunshots was fatal; it entered through his right hip and hit several vital organs, including his colon, liver, heart, and the upper lobe of his left lung. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later.
Who Shot Ya?
Tupac died at 25 years old and Biggie at 24. Biggie was originally implicated in Tupac’s murder, but no evidence ever surfaced since he was in New York at the time. Crips gang member Orlando Anderson became the prime suspect in Pac’s murder but he died in a gang-related incident a couple months later. An unnamed member of the same gang also became the prime suspect in Biggie’s case, although no one was formally charged.
“Unsolved” features Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson as Detectives Greg Kading and Russell Poole, the investigators involved in the murder cases. Wavyy Jonez plays Biggie Smalls while Marcc Rose reprises his role as Tupac Shakur from 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton.” Dominic Santana returns as Suge Knight from the Tupac biopic “All Eyez On Me” and Luke James portrays Sean “Puffy” Combs. Anthony Hemingway, one of the directors of the critically-acclaimed show “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (an amazing show, by the way—go watch it) will be directing the season.
Check out the full trailer above! “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” will premiere on February 27, 2018. Finger’s crossed this is a good one!
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