WHO SHOT YA?: Biggie conspiracies on his 19th anniversary
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WHO SHOT YA?: Biggie conspiracies on his 19th anniversary

On March 9, 1997 hip-hop superstar Biggie Smalls had a smile on his face and the world at his feet.

And in the blink of an eye all of that was gone after The Notorious B.I.G. was shot dead at just 24-years-old while he sat in a parked car outside a Los Angeles party.

Smalls, who weighed nearly 300 pounds on a 6-foot-3 frame, was reclining in his GMC Suburban after attending the Soul Train Music Awards at around 12:35 a.m. Reports of the incident stated the assassin rolled past in a green car, fired off at least five shots and fled the scene - leaving the rap icon, born Christopher Wallace, to die and the world to forever wonder who shot the rap icon.

The killing took place less than six months after Smalls' rival, Tupac Shakur, was shot dead during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Now, nineteen years later, family, friends, and fans still remain in the dark as to what really went down that fateful night. Despite the lack of definitive evidence, millions have taken the investigation into their own hands in a bid to solve the crime.

Here's a look at some of the wildest conspiracy theories behind the death of Biggie Smalls:

Diddy do it?

No, not his best friend! A popular theory surrounding the deadly incident is that the rap icon died on the orders of the Bed-Stuy native's mentor, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs.

Conspiracy theorists believe that Diddy saw how much rap mogul Suge Knight profited from album sales after the death of Tupac Shakur and saw an opportunity to do the same.

Smalls had been embroiled in the East Coast/West Coast rap feud for months and Diddy leaped at the chance to disguise himself behind smoke and mirrors, the theorists believe.

The Harlem native did indeed see a lot of success in the years following Smalls' death with the launch of his solo career. His first commercial album "No Way Out" - released less than three months after his best friend's death - reached number one on the Billboard 200 when it was released.

The smash hit "I'll Be Missin' You" - recorded in the memory of the late star - sat at number one on the Billboard Chart for a whopping eleven weeks, too.

Theorists argue that Diddy was recognized as a producer and not an artist before Smalls' death, but it all changed after.

Another popular conspiracy theory is that the FBI killed Biggie and Tupac in a bid to end violent rap culture.

This theory gained some traction after the release of a book called "The FBI War On Tupac And Black Leaders" by author John Potash in 2008.

The book, which was published after 12 years of research, delves into the use of counter intelligence programs used by the FBI against left-leaning musicians and politicians.

The nonfiction piece, comprised of more than 100 interviews, media clippings, CIA, FBI, and court documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, states that Tupac Shakur was under surveillance by the FBI on account of his connection to the Black Panther Party.

Perhaps the most outlandish theory out there is that Biggie is alive and well -- and chilling in New Zealand with Tupac.

A report posted to PBS news channel in 2011 stated that the rapper never passed on - he had simply emigrated to Kiwi-land, NME reported.

The report stated:

"Prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand, locals report. The small town - unnamed due to security risks - allegedly housed Tupac and Biggie Smalls (another rapper) for several years. One local, David File, who recently passed away, leaving evidence and reports of Tupac's visit in a diary, which he requested be shipped to his family in the United States," it read.

The report was promptly removed from the site and later identified as a false statement.

One of the strongest theories about the death of Biggie Smalls is that it was Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight and dirty cops at the LAPD.

The lead detective investigating Smalls' murder, retired LAPD Police Detective Russell Poole, was the first person to accuse his fellow cops and Suge Knight for the icon's killing.

In a particularly eerie turn of events, Poole died of a heart attack in August 2015 - just before he was about to meet with detectives about an unspecified cold case.

"Coincidentally he dies after meeting with the police about the cold case of Biggie's death and strangely (collapses) shortly after and was unresponsive and was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital," rap star Busta Rhymes wrote of his death.

"Ain't this some s--t? RIP B.I.G." he said.

Poole believed that Biggie's murder was an act of retaliation for the death of Tupac and that crooked cops at the LAPD were recruited by Knight.

Two months after Tupac was killed, Knight was asked in an interview with ABC News if he would tell cops if he knew who Tupac's killer was if he knew, Knight said, "Absolutely not. It's not my job. I don't get paid to solve homicides. I don't get paid to tell on people."

In the darker corners of the internet conspiracy theorists have made the argument that rap mogul Dr. Dre and his protege Eminem were responsible for Smalls' death.

Theorists argue that Dre and Eminem needed to get Biggie and Tupac out of the way so they could take over their fanbase. Suggestions of how the two carried out the heinous acts are unclear, and the timeline doesn't quite match up.

" If you listen to his song 'Lose Yourself,' (Eminem) talks about how we're moving towards a New World Order, and in Rabbit Run, he's questioning why he's 'a slave to this trade,' like he's an Illuminati puppet that does what he's ordered to do," one theorist said.

"Him and Dre were tight... for all we know secretly even in the mid 90s.. but in order to get that pop-sound that producers were looking for, Biggie and Tupac needed to be 'taken care of.' It only makes sense that Dr. Dre who was grooming more pop-sounds helped."

What really happened to native New Yorker Christopher Wallace nineteen years ago may never be solved.

But the rapper's legacy will always live on through his music as it sounds in the ears of yet another generation hooked on the big beats of B.I.G.

mnewman@nydailynews.com

Source:   nydailynews
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