UPDATE 8/6/2010: I've noticed a lot of people coming here looking for pictures of Tupac's dad and his wife. Tupac's dad, Billy Garland is pictured below, and is extensively interviewed in the Nick Broomfield documentary mentioned in this article. Tupac wasn't married, but he was dating one of Quincy Jones' daughters at the time, Kidada Jones. He had no children. Because of the continued interest in this topic I've redone and updated some of the dead links for this page. I highly recommend that anyone interested in this topic to watch the documentary and read the books mentioned at the bottom. Please comment about this article and what you think of the conspiracy. If you came here from Google Images, you can view the whole article by clicking here.
I've just watched "Biggie & Tupac" for the first time and thought it had some interesting theories and viewpoints in it that I had not heard before. I had previously seen another work by the director, Nick Broomfield, about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love titled "Kurt & Courtney" - another tragic tale of two people who couldn't get along and a death possibly revolving around money.
Although both documentaries are several years old, I've just gotten around to seeing them for the first time. In Biggie & Tupac Nick Broomfield shortly details the lives and then the deaths of both rappers, and interviews some people who knew them both and the conspiracies surrounding them.
Since their death, both Biggie and 2Pac have released albums and have become rap icons. Their own feud left a lasting legacy on rap and the music industry as a whole. Arguably, since their death, no other rap artists have come close to their acclaim and infamy. Nick Broomfield's documentary takes a closer look into the supposed "East Coast vs West Coast" rap war and it's two most prominent victims.
|Billy Garland, Tupac's Biological father|
During a part of the film that was later touched on in Resurrection was the fact that people in jail were telling Tupac that Biggie's people had shot him. An interesting theory from this documentary is the possibility that the people in jail were possibly FBI or other law enforcement authorities placed there to try and influence Tupac because they were concerned about hip-hop in the same way they were concerned about the black power movement in the 70s. This is a theory I had not heard before and might be worth exploring, if in fact the FBI was or is concerned about any type of gangster rap. In fact, the FBI has released the FOIA files on Tupac Shakur. There are large sections blocked out and it is hard to gather exactly what is discussed in these files, although I have not gone over them thoroughly.
|Marrion "Suge: Knight|
UPDATE 4/2010: A judge dismissed the lawsuit brought against the LAPD by Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace. LA Times: Notorious B.I.G. lawsuit against LAPD dismissed
There were also allegations made by a former LAPD cop that he had documents claiming that the he and the FBI had been following behind Tupac's car on the night he was shot.
Another claim made by one of Biggie's bodyguards, Gene, was that a member of the Nation of Islam had killed Biggie. That man, Harry Billups (aka Amir Muhammad) was fingered by several other individuals as being the man who killed Biggie. The Nation of Islam has been alleged tied to some other prominent murders, including that of Malcom X. But why would the Nation of Islam want Biggie dead? Interestingly, in the FOIA file released by the FBI on Tupac Shakur, there is mention of possible death threats on him as well as late rapper Eazy-E by the radical group, the Jewish Defense League. But neither Biggie or Tupac's lyrics were anti-semitic or disparaging to Islam, so why would either of these groups target rappers?
According to the documentary, a Senate Select Committee in 1993 was conducted on "hip hop" which lead to the FBI surveillance. However, the search of Senate Committee hearings turned up no such lead. It could be perhaps that it was on another topic, but a search of all hearings in 1993 turned up nothing either.
Unfortunately, Christopher "Biggie" Wallace's FOIA file does not appear in the FBI's reading room, nor could I find any online copy of anyone requesting it. It's possible that the FBI and other government organizations have blocked access to the releases of his files if investigations are still pending. Maybe if I get a chance I'll request the files and see what I get in response.
FBI FOIA File on Tupac Shakur
Crime Library: The Murders of gangsta rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.
Findadeath: Notorious B.I.G and 2Pac
Some more good information about the death investigations have been written by investigative journalist, Cathy Scott, in her books The Killing of Tupac Shakur and The Murder of Biggie Smalls which provide a time line of the killings and some up to date information from the investigators about the murders.