After Biggie Smalls’ mother had his murder case reopened in 2006, LAPD detective Greg Karding discovered new information linking Diddy to the murder of Tupac. Here's what we learned from the documentary everyone's talking about, 'Murder Rap'.
Biggie Smalls' mother Voletta Wallace sued the LAPD for an estimated sum of $500m, based on the popular conspiracy theory that the police covered up the death of her son. The case was consequently reopened in 2006 and handed to LAPD detective Greg Karding - who discovered more than he was hoping for. Picture: Getty
The first thing to note is that detective Karding claims the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac were related. While investigating Biggie's death, he discovered new information linking both cases.
Based on three years of working on the case, detective Greg Karding came to the conclusion that Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs put a $1m hit on both Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight, following the highly publicised rap beef involving himself and Biggie. Karding claims the music mogul had close gang ties in LA and hired Crips member Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis to carry out the hit.
Karding claims that Tupac was killed by Crips gang member Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson. He alleges that the original hit was supposed to be carried out by "Keffe D" but plans were changed at the last minute after they unexpectedly pulled up on the wrong side of Tupac's vehicle. So Keffe's nephew carried out the hit instead - killing Tupac and injuring Suge Knight. Interestingly, Baby Lane also got into a fist fight with Pac at a Vegas casino hours before the shooting took place.
Biggie Smalls' then wife Faith Evans allegedly knew about Diddy's plot to kill Tupac. After the West Coast rapper was murdered, Keffe D claims that he contacted Diddy and Evans to let them know they were responsible for the death.
No. Detective Karding claims that Biggie did not play any part in the murder of Tupac despite their well-documented rap beef. He says that B.I.G was not aware of Diddy's plans to kill both Shakur and his manager Suge Knight.
After narrowly avoiding death in the murder of Tupac, Death Row Records boss Suge Knight allegedly retaliated by hiring a Bloods gang member to kill The Notorious B.I.G. The hitman shot and killed Biggie after he was travelling home from a party thrown by VIBE magazine. Interestingly, the documentary also claims that Knight saw Tupac's killer and actually went to the same school as hired hitman Keffe D.
Bloods gang member Wardell "Poochie" Fouse allegedly murdered Biggie after being paid $13,000 by Suge Knight. According to Karding, Poochie attended the same party as Biggie and fired shots at his car as they attempted to leave. Biggie later died on the way to the hospital. Picture: PA
According to Karding, the investigation was abandoned despite the in-depth investigation, because the LAPD were able to beat the $500m case posed by Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace. In 2009, Karding was then removed from the task force due to a separate internal affairs investigation. Although he was cleared of any charges, some people still view the retired detective as a "rouge cop". Picture: Getty
Both Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson and Wardell "Poochie" Fouse have reportedly died of apparent unrelated causes. So even if the claims made in the documentary were true, the men who were allegedly directly responsible for the murders of Tupac and Biggie are no longer here to face punishment.