Almost a decade-and-a-half after Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.was gunned down in Los Angeles, a task force comprised of local and federal law enforcement agents is actively pursuing leads in the case. According to CNN, the investigation was “reinvigorated” over the past few months as a result of some new information, however the source would not elaborate any further since there is an ongoing investigation.
Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was killed on March 9, 1997 by an unknown assailant as he sat in the passenger side of a Chevy Suburban a few hours after he was a presenter at the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. Many people believe the shooting was a retaliation in the battle between East and West Coast hip-hop supremacy—namely between Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records and Suge Knight’s Death Row Records. Just six months earlier, another unnamed gunman opened fire and killed legendary Death Row recording artist Tupac Shakur in front of Ceaser’s Palace hotel in Las Vegas. Both cases remain unsolved.
Even today, these two murders—along with the suicides of Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith—remain under constant scrutiny from music fans and conspiracy theorists, so any type of closure would be welcome… even if it comes 14 years after the fact.