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Christopher George Latore Wallace AKA-BIGGIE SMALLS,May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), best known as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls,[2] was an American rapper.

Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York’s visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream.[3] The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.

On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification.[4] Wallace was noted for his “loose, easy flow”,[5] dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.

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1972–94: Early life, arrests, career beginnings and first child
Born in St. Mary’s Hospital on May 21, 1972, Wallace grew up in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York City on 226 St. James Place[7] near the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant, considered at the time to be within the latter neighborhood’s boundaries.[8][9] He was the only child of Voletta Wallace, a Jamaican preschool teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time Jamaican politician.[8][10] His father left the family when Wallace was two years old, and his mother worked two jobs while raising him. At the Queen of All Saints Middle School, Wallace excelled in class, winning several awards as an English student. He was nicknamed “Big” because of his overweight size by age 10.[11] At the age of 12, he began selling illegal drugs. His mother, often away at work, did not know of her son’s drug sales until Wallace was an adult.[12]

At his request, Wallace transferred out of the Roman Catholic Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School to attend the state-funded George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, which future rappers Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes also attended at the time. According to his mother, Wallace was still a good student, but he developed a “smart-ass” attitude at the new school.[10] At seventeen, Wallace dropped out of school and became further involved in crime. In 1989, he was arrested on weapons charges in Brooklyn and sentenced to five years’ probation. In 1990, he was arrested on a violation of his probation.[13] A year later, Wallace was arrested in North Carolina for dealing crack cocaine. He spent nine months in jail before making bail.[12]

Wallace began rapping when he was a teenager. He entertained people on the streets and performed with local groups the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques.[3] After being released from jail, Wallace made a demo tape under the name Biggie Smalls, a reference to a character in the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again as well as his stature; he stood at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and weighed as much as 300 to 380 pounds (140–170 kg) according to differing accounts.[14] The tape was reportedly made with no serious intent of getting a recording deal, but was promoted by New York-based DJ Mister Cee, who had previously worked with Big Daddy Kane, and was heard by the editor of The Source.[13]

In March 1992, Wallace was featured in The Source’s Unsigned Hype column, dedicated to aspiring rappers, and was invited to produce a recording with other unsigned artists in a move that was reportedly uncommon at the time.[not in citation given][15] The demo tape was heard by Uptown Records A&R and record producer Sean Combs, who arranged for a meeting with Wallace. He was signed to Uptown immediately and made an appearance on label mates, Heavy D & the Boyz’ “A Buncha Niggas” (from the album Blue Funk).[3][16] Soon after signing his recording contract, Combs was fired from Uptown and started a new label.[17] Wallace followed and in mid-1992, signed to Combs’ new imprint label, Bad Boy Records. On August 8, 1993, Wallace’s longtime girlfriend gave birth to his first child, T’yanna.[18] He continued selling drugs after the birth to support his daughter financially. Once Combs discovered this, he forced Wallace to quit.[3]

Later in the year, Wallace gained exposure on a remix to Mary J. Blige’s single “Real Love”, under the pseudonym The Notorious B.I.G. He recorded under this name for the remainder of his career, after finding the original moniker “Biggie Smalls” was already in use.[19] “Real Love” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was followed by a remix of Blige’s “What’s the 411?”. He continued this success, to a lesser extent, on remixes with Neneh Cherry (“Buddy X”) and reggae artist Super Cat (“Dolly My Baby”, also featuring Combs) in 1993. In April 1993, his solo track, “Party and Bullshit”, appeared on the Who’s the Man? soundtrack.[20] In July 1994, he appeared alongside LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes on a remix to label mate Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear”, reaching No. 9 on the Hot 100.[21]

1994: Ready to Die and marriage
On August 4, 1994, Wallace married R&B singer Faith Evans after they met at a Bad Boy photoshoot.[22] Four days later, Wallace had his first pop chart success as a solo artist with double A-side, “Juicy/Unbelievable”, which reached No. 27 as the lead single to his debut album.[23]

Ready to Die was released on September 13, 1994, and reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart,[24] eventually being certified four times Platinum.[25] The album, released at a time when West Coast hip hop was prominent in the U.S. charts, according to Rolling Stone, “almost single-handedly… shifted the focus back to East Coast rap”.[26] It immediately gained strong reviews and has received much praise in retrospect.[26][27] In addition to “Juicy”, the record produced two hit singles: the Platinum-selling “Big Poppa”, which reached No. 1 on the U.S. rap chart,[5] and “One More Chance” featuring Faith Evans, a loosely related remix of an album track and its best selling single.

1995: Junior M.A.F.I.A., Conspiracy and coastal feud
In August 1995, Wallace’s protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. (“Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes”), released their debut album Conspiracy. The group consisted of his friends from childhood and included rappers such as Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease, who went on to have solo careers.[28] The record went Gold and its singles, “Player’s Anthem” and “Get Money” both featuring Wallace, went Gold and Platinum. Wallace continued to work with R&B artists, collaborating with R&B groups 112 (on “Only You”) and Total (on “Can’t You See”), with both reaching the top 20 of the Hot 100. By the end of the year, Wallace was the top-selling male solo artist and rapper on the U.S. pop and R&B charts.[3] In July 1995, he appeared on the cover of The Source with the caption “The King of New York Takes Over”, a reference to his Frank White alias from the 1990 film King of New York. At the Source Awards in August 1995, he was named Best New Artist (Solo), Lyricist of the Year, Live Performer of the Year, and his debut Album of the Year.[29] At the Billboard Awards, he was Rap Artist of the Year.[13]

In his year of success, Wallace became involved in a rivalry between the East and West Coast hip hop scenes with Tupac Shakur, his former friend and associate. In an interview with Vibe in April 1995, while serving time in Clinton Correctional Facility, Shakur accused Uptown Records’ founder Andre Harrell, Sean Combs, and Wallace of having prior knowledge of a robbery that resulted in him being shot five times and losing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry on the night of November 30, 1994. Though Wallace and his entourage were in the same Manhattan-based recording studio at the time of the shooting, they denied the accusation.[30] Wallace said: “It just happened to be a coincidence that he [Shakur] was in the studio. He just, he couldn’t really say who really had something to do with it at the time. So he just kinda’ leaned the blame on me.”[31] In 2012, a man named Dexter Isaac, serving a life sentence for unrelated crimes, claimed that he attacked Shakur that night and that the robbery was orchestrated by James Rosemond aka Jimmy Henchman.[32]

Following release from prison, Shakur signed to Death Row Records on October 15, 1995. Bad Boy Records and Death Row, now business rivals, became involved in an intense quarrel.[33]

1996: More arrests, Tupac Shakur’s death and second child
Wallace began recording his second studio album in September 1995. The album, recorded in New York, Trinidad and Los Angeles, was interrupted during its 18 months of creation by injury, legal wranglings and the highly publicized hip hop dispute in which he was involved.[34] During this time, he also worked with R&B/pop singer Michael Jackson for the HIStory album.[35]

On March 23, 1996, Wallace was arrested outside a Manhattan nightclub for chasing and threatening to kill two autograph seekers, smashing the windows of their taxicab and then pulling one of the fans out and punching them.[13] He pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. In mid-1996, he was arrested at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey, for drug and weapons possession charges.[13]

In June 1996, Shakur released “Hit ‘Em Up”, a diss song in which he claimed to have had sex with Wallace’s wife (at the time estranged) and that Wallace copied his style and image. Wallace referred to the first claim about his wife’s pregnancy on Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” where he raps: “If Faye (Faith Evans, his wife at the time) have twins, she’d probably have two ‘Pacs. Geddit? 2Pac’s?”. However, Wallace did not directly respond to the record during his lifetime, stating in a 1997 radio interview that it was “not [his] style” to respond.[31]

Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7, 1996, and died six days later of complications from the gunshot wounds. Rumors of Wallace’s involvement with Shakur’s murder were reported almost immediately. A two-part series Chuck Philips wrote for the L.A. Times in 2002, “Who Killed Tupac Shakur?”, based on police reports and multiple sources reported that “the shooting was carried out by a Compton gang called the Southside Crips to avenge the beating of one of its members by Shakur a few hours earlier” and that Wallace paid for the gun.[36][37] His family publicly denied the report.[38] producing documents purporting to show that the rapper was in New York and New Jersey at the time. The New York Times called the documents inconclusive stating:

The pages purport to be three computer printouts from Daddy’s House, indicating that Wallace was in the studio recording a song called Nasty Boy on the afternoon Shakur was shot. They indicate that Wallace wrote half the session, was In and out/sat around and laid down a ref, shorthand for a reference vocal, the equivalent of a first take.But nothing indicates when the documents were created. And Louis Alfred, the recording engineer listed on the sheets, said in an interview that he remembered recording the song with Wallace in a late-night session, not during the day. He could not recall the date of the session but said it was likely not the night Shakur was shot. We would have heard about it, Mr. Alfred said.”[39]

Moreover, Philips’ article was based on multiple sources. As the Assistant Managing Editor of the LA Times Mark Duvoisin wrote: “Philips’ story has withstood all challenges to its accuracy, …[and] remains the definitive account of the Shakur slaying.”[40]

On October 29, 1996, Faith Evans gave birth to Wallace’s son, Christopher “C.J.” Wallace, Jr.[18] The following month, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil’ Kim released her debut album, Hard Core, under Wallace’s direction while the two were having a “love affair”.[3]

1997: Life After Death and car accident
During the recording sessions for his second album, tentatively named “Life After Death… ‘Til Death Do Us Part”, later shortened to Life After Death, Wallace was involved in a car accident that shattered his left leg and temporarily confined him to a wheelchair.[3] The injury forced him to use a cane.[30]

In January 1997, Wallace was ordered to pay US$41,000 in damages following an incident involving a friend of a concert promoter who claimed Wallace and his entourage beat him up following a dispute in May 1995.[41] He faced criminal assault charges for the incident which remains unresolved, but all robbery charges were dropped.[13] Following the events of the previous year, Wallace spoke of a desire to focus on his “peace of mind”. “My mom… my son… my daughter… my family… my friends are what matters to me now”.

Considered one of the best artists in hip hop music, Wallace was described by Allmusic as “the savior of East Coast hip-hop”.[3] The Source named Wallace the greatest rapper of all time in 2001.[96] In 2003, when XXL magazine asked several hip hop artists to list their five favorite MCs, Wallace’s name appeared on more rappers’ lists than anyone else. In 2006, MTV ranked him at No. 3 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time, calling him possibly “the most skillful ever on the mic”.[97] Editors of About.com ranked him No. 5 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).[98] In 2012, The Source ranked him No. 3 on their list of the Top 50 Lyrical Leaders of all time.[99] Rolling Stone has referred to him as the “greatest rapper that ever lived”.[100]

Since his death, Wallace’s lyrics have been sampled and quoted by a variety of hip hop, R&B and pop artists including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Nelly, Ja Rule, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Game, Clinton Sparks, Michael Jackson and Usher. On August 28, 2005, at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Sean Combs (then using the rap alias “P. Diddy”) and Snoop Dogg paid tribute to Wallace: an orchestra played while the vocals from “Juicy” and “Warning” played on the arena speakers.[101] In September 2005, VH1 held its second annual “Hip Hop Honors”, with a tribute to Wallace headlining the show.[102]

Wallace had begun to promote a clothing line called Brooklyn Mint, which was to produce plus-sized clothing but fell dormant after he died. In 2004, his managers, Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow, launched the clothing line, with help from Jay-Z, selling T-shirts with images of Wallace on them. A portion of the proceeds go to the Christopher Wallace Foundation and to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.[103] In 2005, Voletta Wallace hired branding and licensing agency Wicked Cow Entertainment to guide the estate’s licensing efforts.[104] Wallace-branded products on the market include action figures, blankets, and cell phone content.[105]

The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation holds an annual black-tie dinner (“B.I.G. Night Out”) to raise funds for children’s school equipment and supplies and to honor the memory of the late rapper. For this particular event, because it is a children’s schools’ charity, “B.I.G.” is also said to stand for “Books Instead of Guns”.[106]

There is an oversize portrait mural of Wallace as Che Guevara on Fulton Street in Brooklyn a half mile west from the star’s old block.[107] A fan petitioned to have the corner of Fulton Street and St. James Place, near Wallace’s childhood home renamed in his honor, garnering support from local businesses and attracting more than 560 signatures.[107] The Notorious B.I.G’s children C.J and Ty’anna are set to star in an animated series called House of Wallace.[108]

Biopic
Notorious is a 2009 biographical film about Wallace and his life that starred rapper Jamal “Gravy” Woolard as Wallace. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Producers included Sean “Diddy” Combs, Wallace’s former managers Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts, as well as Voletta Wallace.[109] On January 16, 2009, the movie’s debut at the Grand 18 theater in Greensboro, North Carolina was postponed after a man was shot in the parking lot before the show.[110] The film grossed over $44,000,000 worldwide.[111]

In early October 2007, open casting calls for the role of Wallace began.[112] Actors, rappers and unknowns all tried out. Beanie Sigel auditioned[113] for the role, but was not picked. Sean Kingston claimed that he would play the role of Wallace, but producers denied it.[114] Eventually it was announced that rapper Jamal “Gravy” Woolard was chosen to play Wallace[115] while Wallace’s son, Christopher Wallace, Jr. was cast to play Wallace as a child.[116] Other cast members include Angela Bassett as Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Antonique Smith as Faith Evans, Naturi Naughton formerly of 3LW as Lil’ Kim, and Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur.[117] Bad Boy released a soundtrack album to the film on January 13, 2009; the album contains hit singles of B.I.G. such as “Hypnotize”, “Juicy”, and “Warning” as well as rarities.

March 1997 shooting……

Composite sketch of the suspect in the shooting.
Wallace traveled to Los Angeles, California in February 1997, to promote his upcoming second studio album and film a music video for its lead single, “Hypnotize”. On March 5, 1997, he gave a radio interview with The Dog House on KYLD in San Francisco. In the interview he stated that he had hired security since he feared for his safety, not just because of the ongoing East Coast–West Coast feud, but because of his role as a high profile celebrity in general.[43] Life After Death was scheduled for release on March 25, 1997. On March 8, 1997, he presented an award to Toni Braxton at the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles and was booed by some of the audience.[30] After the ceremony, Wallace attended an after party hosted by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.[30] Other guests included Faith Evans, Aaliyah, Sean Combs, and members of the Bloods and Crips gangs.[11]

On March 9, 1997, at around 12:30 a.m., Wallace left with his entourage in two GMC Suburbans to return to his hotel after the Fire Department closed the party early because of overcrowding.[44] Wallace traveled in the front passenger seat alongside his associates, Damion “D-Roc” Butler, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil’ Cease and driver, Gregory “G-Money” Young. Combs traveled in the other vehicle with three bodyguards. The two trucks were trailed by a Chevrolet Blazer carrying Bad Boy’s director of security.[11]

By 12:45 a.m., the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. Wallace’s SUV stopped at a red light at the corner of Wilshire Blvd & South Fairfax Ave[45] 50 yards (46 m) from the museum. A black Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace’s SUV. The driver of the Impala, a black male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the GMC Suburban; four bullets hit Wallace.[11] Wallace’s entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.

His autopsy was released to the public in December 2012 – over a decade after his death. According to the report, three of the four shots were not fatal. The first bullet hit in his left forearm and traveled down to his wrist; the second hit him in the back, missing all vital organs, and exited through his left shoulder; and the third hit his outer left thigh and left through his inner thigh. The report said that the third bullet “strike[d] the left side of the scrotum, causing a very shallow, 3/8 inch linear laceration.” The fourth bullet was fatal, entering through his right hip and striking several vital organs, before stopping in his left shoulder area. That bullet struck his colon, liver, heart and upper lobe of his left lung.[46]

Murder case
Wallace’s murder remains unsolved and there are many theories regarding the identities and motives of the murderers. Immediately after the shooting, reports surfaced linking the Shakur and Wallace murders, because of the similarities in the drive-by shootings.[47] In 1997, LA Times authors Chuck Philips and Matt Laitt reported that the key suspect was a member of the Crips acting in service of a personal financial motive.[48]

A 2002 book by Randall Sullivan called Labyrinth compiled information about the murders of Wallace and Shakur based on information provided by retired LAPD detective Russell Poole.[11][49] In the book, Sullivan accused Marion “Suge” Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records and a known Bloods affiliate, of conspiring with David Mack, an LAPD officer (whom Sullivan alleged without evidence to be a Death Row employee), to kill Wallace and make Shakur’s and Wallace’s death appear the result of a bi-coastal rap rivalry.[50][51] The book stated that one of Mack’s alleged associates, Amir Muhammad (although there was never evidence that Muhammad knew Mack), was the hitman. The theory was based on evidence provided by an informant (who later recanted),[52] and an alleged but unsupported resemblance of Muhammed to the facial composite.[50][51] Filmmaker Nick Broomfield released a documentary, Biggie & Tupac, based on information from the book.[49]

Broomfield’s low-budget documentary on the deaths of Tupac and Biggie was as the New York Times described it, a “largely speculative” and “circumstantial” account relying on flimsy evidence, failing to “present counter-evidence” or “question sources.”[39] Moreover, the motive suggested for the murder of Biggie in the Broomfield film—to decrease suspicion for the Shakur shooting six months earlier—was, as The New York Times put it, “unsupported in the film.”[39]

An article published in Rolling Stone by Sullivan in December 2005 accused the LAPD of not fully investigating links with Death Row Records based on Poole’s evidence. Sullivan claimed that Sean Combs “failed to fully cooperate with the investigation” and according to Poole, encouraged Bad Boy staff to do the same.[11] The accuracy of the article was later refuted in a letter by the Assistant Managing Editor of the LA Times accusing Sullivan of using “shoddy tactics.” Sullivan, in response, quoted the lead attorney of the Wallace estate calling the newspaper “a co-conspirator in the cover-up.”[53] In alluding to Randall Sullivan-Russell Poole theory that formed the basis of the Wallace family’s dismissed 500 million dollar suit against the City of Los Angeles, The New York Times wrote: “A cottage industry of criminal speculation has sprung up around the case, with documentaries, books and a stream of lurid magazine articles implicating gangs, crooked cops and a cross-country rap rivalry,” [54] noting that everything associated with the death of the Notorious BIG had been “big business.”

In connection with Randall Sullivan’s assertion that the LA Times was involved in a cover-up conspiracy with the L.A.P.D., it is instructive to note that conflicting theories of the Wallace murder were offered in different sections of the LA Times. The Metro section of the LA Times wrote that police suspected a connection between the Notorious B.I.G’s death and the Rampart Division police-corruption scandal consistent with Sullivan and Poole’s theory.[55] The L.A Times Metro section ran a photo of Amir Muhammad, identified by police as a mortgage broker unconnected to the murder who appeared to match details of the shooter, and the paper printed his name and driver’s license. But Chuck Philips, a staff writer for the business section of The Times, who had been following the Wallace investigation and had not heard of the Rampart-Muhammad theory, searched for Muhammad whom the Metro reporters could not find for comment. It took Philips only three days to find Muhammad, who had a current ad for his mortgage broker business running in the LA Times. Muhammed who was not a suspect at the time came forward to clear his name. The Metro section of the paper was opposed to running a retraction. But the business desk editor Mark Saylor [56] said “Chuck is sort of the world’s authority on rap violence” and pushed, along with Philips, for the paper to retract the article.[55]

The May 2000 LA Times correction article was written by Philips, who quoted Muhammad as asking, “I’m a mortgage broker, not a murderer” and asking, “How can something so completely false end up on the front page of a major newspaper?” [57] The story cleared Muhammad’s name.[55][58] A later 2005 story by Chuck Philips, showing that the main informant for the Poole/Sullivan theory of Biggie’s murder, implicating Muhammed, David Mack, Suge Knight and the L.A.P.D in a conspiracy, was a schizophrenic with admitted memory lapses known as “Psycho Mike” who confessed to hearsay.[59] John Cook of Brill’s Content noted that Philips’ article “demolished” [58] the Poole-Sullvan theory of Biggie’s murder.

In the book The Murder of Biggie Smalls, investigative journalist and author Cathy Scott suggested that Wallace and Shakur’s murders might have been the result of the East Coast-West Coast feud and the financial gain for the record companies, because the rappers were worth more dead than alive.[60]

The criminal investigation into Smalls’ murder was re-opened in July 2006 to look for new evidence to help the city defend the civil lawsuits brought by the Wallace family.[61][62]

Retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, who worked on the Biggie Smalls murder case for three years, alleges that the rapper was shot by Wardell Fouse (a.k.a Darnell Bolton and “Poochie”), an associate of Suge Knight, who was later killed in July 2003 after being shot in the back while riding his motorcycle. Kading believes Knight hired Poochie via his girlfriend “Theresa Swann” to kill Biggie to avenge the death of Tupac,[63] whom Kading alleges was killed under the orders of Sean Combs.[64]

In December 2012, the LAPD released the autopsy results conducted on Wallace’s body, to generate new leads. The release was criticized by the long-time lawyer of his estate, Perry Sanders Jr., who objected to an autopsy.[65] The case remains officially unsolved.

Lawsuits
Wrongful death claim
In March 2005, the relatives of Wallace filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Los Angeles based on the evidence championed by Russell Poole.[51] They claimed the LAPD had sufficient evidence to arrest the assailant, but failed to use it. David Mack and Amir Muhammad (a.k.a. Harry Billups) were originally named as defendants in the civil suit, but were dropped shortly before the trial began after the LAPD and FBI dismissed them as suspects.[51]

The case came for trial before a jury on June 21, 2005. On the eve of the trial, a key witness who was expected to testify at trial, Kevin Hackie, revealed that he suffered memory lapses due to psychiatric medications. He had previously testified to knowledge of involvement between Suge Knight, David Mack, and Amir Muhammed but later said that the Wallace attorneys had altered his declarations to include words he never said. Hackie took full blame for filing a false declaration.[52] Several days into the trial, the plaintiffs’ attorney disclosed to the Court and opposing counsel that he had received a telephone call from someone claiming to be a LAPD officer and provided detailed information about the existence of evidence concerning the Wallace murder. The court directed the city to conduct a thorough investigation, which uncovered previously undisclosed evidence, much of which was in the desk or cabinet of Det. Steven Katz, the lead detective in the Wallace murder investigation. The documents centered around interviews by numerous police officers of an incarcerated informant, who had been Rafael Perez’s cellmate for some extended period of time. He reported that Perez had told him about his and Mack’s involvement with Death Row Records and their activities at the Peterson Automotive Museum the night of Wallace’s murder. As a result of the newly discovered evidence, the judge declared a mistrial and awarded the Wallace family its attorneys’ fees.[66]

On April 16, 2007, relatives of Wallace filed a second wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles. The suit also named two LAPD officers in the center of the investigation into the Rampart scandal, Rafael Perez and Nino Durden. According to the claim, Perez, an alleged affiliate of Death Row Records, admitted to LAPD officials that he and Mack (who was not named in the lawsuit) “conspired to murder, and participated in the murder of Christopher Wallace”. The Wallace family said the LAPD “consciously concealed Rafael Perez’s involvement in the murder of … Wallace”.[67]

United States District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper granted summary judgment to the city of Los Angeles on December 17, 2007, finding that the Wallace family had not complied with a California law that required the family to give notice of its claim to the State within six months of Wallace’s death.[68] The Wallace family refiled the suit, dropping the state law claims on May 27, 2008.[69]

The Wallace suit against the city of Los Angeles was finally dismissed in 2010. It was described by the New YorkTimes as “one of the longest running and most contentious celebrity cases in history.”[54] “A cottage industry of criminal speculation has sprung up around the case, with documentaries, books and a stream of lurid magazine articles implicating gangs, crooked cops and a cross-country rap rivalry,” noted New YorkTimes journalist Ben Sisario,[54] alluding to Russell Poole’s and Randall Sullivan’s theory and Nick Broomfield’s documentary among others. The Wallace suit had asked for 500 million dollars from the City of LA. “Everything related to Notorious B.I.G. has been big business,” said Sisario in his obituary on the suit.[54]

Defamation
On January 19, 2007, Tyruss Himes (better known as Big Syke), a friend of Shakur who was implicated in the murder by television channel KTTV and XXL magazine in 2005, had a defamation lawsuit regarding the accusations thrown out of court

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Snowboarding at Sochi why so many complaints

Snowboarding at Sochi why did people complain and why did the biggest name in snowboarding let a lot of people down?….
Snowboarding always has me hooked and the fact this Olympics had some snowboarding events which had never been at winter Olympics before was just the icing on the cake slope style an amazing event which pushes snowboarders to the max with speed and tricks it’s just amazing to watch the top snowboarders doing what they do best Parallel slalom & giant slalom which puts snowboarders against the clock and against each other is another top event Snowboarding cross and halfpipe….. So to have one of the top names take part in the opening event and the 1st winter Olympics to have slope style was exciting BUT to have him pull out was disappointing now I am talking about Sean White.
Sean White the big name in snowboarding he has done a lot for the sport around the world he’s a multi gold medal winner in past winter Olympics and a massive name and medal winner at the X-Games now his main event is the half pipe so a lot of us were really happy and looking forward to seeing him perform in the Slope style event which was the 1st snowboarding event and the 1st event at the Olympics to start also this was the 1st time this event had been at any Olympics so it was a big deal to snowboarding fans that 1 of the biggest names in snowboarding was taking part. So imagine the outcry when Sean White pulled out of this event now I hear a few of you think ‘why an outcry’ well simply put he took the place from another contender now each country was only aloud 4 contenders in each snowboarding event Sean White took 1 place in slope style and then pulled out at the very last minute the outcry wasn’t because he pulled out it was the timing and his reason for why he pulled out. Timing was terrible he waited till last minute meaning USA team couldn’t replace him with another snowboarder which they could have done if they knew earlier. Reason now this is what really annoyed some people a lot his reason was because he had watched the other snowboarders in practice and saw he wasn’t up to speed meaning he knew he couldn’t win a medal so he didn’t want to damage his profile by being beat on the slope also he didn’t want to damage his ‘BRAND’ which has been made by him winning so taking all that in really annoyed people. Now what happened to him on the halfpipe was KARMA in action he never won any medal so I guess the old saying sticks here Sean White KARMA IS A BITCH.
Now that is just my opinion on that matter Sean along with other snowboarders did say that the course was a little sketchy and he wasn’t wanting to injure himself now taking that on board fair enough BUT if everyone thought that way then these sports would be a little boring.
Sean White said ” With the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on,’ White said in a statement.
Fair enough right BUT why wait till very last minute taking that place away from another USA athlete only 4 athletes were aloud by any country to enter any event Sean took that away from someone who would have loved to take part in that event now that is what annoyed most people the most yes Sean might have been hurt but so could any of the athletes taking part no one else pulled out only Sean.
Here is Sean White’s Statement make your own mind up I like Sean he’s amazing at what he does a true snowboarding legend just a pity we never saw him in action on more than 1 event.
Now something else which had people in UK complaining was Snowboarding commentary now I for one didn’t hear anything unusual but I love and watch X-Games maybe I’m immune to it or just maybe there was nothing to complain about yes they got excited yes they joked and said some strange things, maybe people didn’t understand the snowboarding lingo they were speaking, just maybe once or twice a comment was said against a none UK team member BUT saying all that to pick up your phone and complain is laughable really. Now I will start with the lingo yes if your not into or watched snowboarding events the commentary can sound alien, just like the curling did to me, at times but if you like what you see why not look up the lingo online that’s what I do, and that’s what I done with curling, when watching something I don’t understand I do a little research into it so I can understand it a little better. Now once or twice the UK commentary team did say some things about other countries riders know not everyone would know that nearly every snowboarder knows these commentators from UK there famous in there own right snowboarders are really close they know each other like family the UK commentary team for snowboarding was Tim Warwood and Ed Leigh, not forgeting Aimee Fuller who joined the commentary team after her event,

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now Tim and Ed have known most, if not all, the snowboarding contenders at the Olympics since they were 13 14 yrs old if not younger like I said snowboarding is a close sport there like family not just UK I mean worldwide so to think that when they say stuff like “is it wrong to wish she falls here” is meant is wrong there joking there saying what most of us think yes Jenny Jones was in a medal position and saying what they said wasn’t meant literally it’s said in joke if she fell Jenny Jones wins a medal they didn’t actually want her to fall they just said it just like most of us were probably thinking it. Now for complaining about them getting excited is baffling so I will just say this……….if you complain about someone showing clear excitement and passion about something they love then you must lead a boring dull life..   
Now I have to say Tim Warwood did say some amazing things while commenting and my best one had to be “SHE HAS A SMILE THAT WOULD START WORLD PEACE” amazing.

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Here are some Top Tim Warood sayings

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Another of my best was….
“if I had fell like that i’d have broken up like a Lego man”
Want more top sayings by Tim & Edd

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Read more HERE let me know your favorite.

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The Big Benefits Row

Now I mentioned this programme in my last post and honestly wasn’t going to do a post on this debate…. oops sorry row as channel 5 called it and I did tweet ch5 and asked why they called it a row instead of debate then I read Katie Hopkins was on it and the penny sank as that is 1 hell of a dangerous woman with some dangerous views now I’m all for the everyone is entitled to there opinion policy but to give someone with such ridiculous and very self opinionated views a platform is I think very dangerous and silly as she just says the same thing over and over again she hates unemployed she hates overweight….enough said about her I think now the debate, Big Benefits Row Live: Katie Hopkins left red-faced after being told that “adults are talking” – Mirror Online Red faces Katie … oops done it again the ROW didn’t really turn into a sensible debate at times, when we could hear what people were saying over all the hate, did have potential to be a good show but I think was and will be overshadowed in media with 2 people’s views Katie and Edwina who are so deluded even after told the FACTS AND FIGURES on the work market, which both knew and always do know, about how many jobs there are compared to people claiming jsa something in the figure of 500000 jobs 2million+ unemployed now I don’t have a fancy degree but even a simple minded man like me can see that it can’t be easy to get a job now all you heard from these women was “get a job” laughable right.

Now this is what annoys me…
A government run work placement scheme hits news for fraudulent claims…

The company was employed by the Department for Work and Pensions to deliver an employment and training scheme called ‘Inspire to Aspire’.

It pocketed huge sums from the public purse for getting people off benefits by delivering training and helping people to find work.

the guilty pleas follow a police investigation into the troubled company which is paid more than £200m by the Government each year.

Julie Grimes, 50, Aditi Singh, 30, Bindiya Dholiwar, 27, and Dean Lloyd, 36, admitted dozens of offences of fraud and forgery.

whistleblower claimed forged signatures and blank timesheets were ‘routine’ techniques used for bumping up the numbers of successful job placements.

The four former A4E recruiters admitted a total of 32 offences during a hearing at Reading Crown Court yesterday.

Then you hear things like this…
Man loses benefits after promoting himself for work with placard, full story ‘Source’ , yes you read right a man on jsa who was going round handing out placards looking for work the old fashioned way had his benefit stopped because he wasn’t ‘actively looking for work’ according to dwp stanards I mean how ridiculous is that.
Also in news today is Jobcentre staff whistle blower has come forward saying that there being told to sanction people who don’t deserve to be sanctioned so if your doing all the right things sticking to the jsa dwp policy you could be sanctioned as dwp Jobcentre staff have been told they have to do this there being given a number which they must meet each month so it’s unlucky for some if they end up on that list they’ll be sanctioned which means benefits cut or stopped even if you are doing the right thing this is SCANDALOUS.

what’s all that got to do with this great debate…. sorry keep doing that I mean ROW…  well it really comes down to all the media propaganda surrounding benefits and why so many self named ‘normal’ people have taken to attacking people who are on benefits yes we see a group of benefit claimers on benefits street being lazy playing the system no intention of finding work and we saw same on skint programme as well and we read about people in newspapers who are on ridiculous amounts of benefits with 8 kids big house all modern gadgets BUT that said these people are a minority look at the figures if you don’t believe me MOST people on benefits are under claiming by that I mean there claiming the minimum some don’t understand that there entitled to claim more some just don’t want to claim more and some are being made to wait long time for a claim to even go through now why aren’t we seeing a channel on TV make a programme about these people why don’t we see the families which are really struggling who don’t claim everything there entitled to and are out looking everyday for work and do have refusal after refusal from employers maybe that’s what we need to see not a small minority of people which drink all day don’t want to work and we all know this group as EVERY town, city, village has a small group of people who are like that yes it’s wrong yes it makes you angry BUT why all of a sudden are we labeling EVERYONE on a benefit with that brush why so much hate online and in public towards EVERYONE on benefits again look at statistics the numbers don’t lie more benefit money goes to people who do work than it does to unemployed people more benefits are paid to OAPS than unemployed.
Now what can we do? well we can stop buying into media/gov propaganda because that is what it is and the government saying unemployed figures going down well really I read into a few things and unemployed are being sent to these work programs which means there not ‘officially’ classed as unemployed anymore but they aren’t employed either and paying these companies over £200million a year is outrageous when the statistics show they don’t work yes it was previous government which started this scheme but it’s this government which trying to bum us of with facts and figures about unemployment going down and who have kept this scheme going ABOLISH it it doesn’t work now I’m not a no it all I don’t have answers yes the system needs changing yes we need to get people of benefits who don’t actually need them yes we need to stop benefits fraud so how about this and I did only think this up last night.
So instead of judging people on benefits as all the same,and I mean the dwp here, why not take each person on a merit basis new claimants would attend Jobcentre every day for 1/2 month this will cut out a lot of fraud claims where people work and take 1hr of work to go sign on each fortnight if a new claim is for disability then send a dwp member of staff to do home visit this would also create new jobs in every area of UK taking people of benefits instead of just shouting in house of parliament the government would actually be helping to get people into work here.
Other things are stop agencies and employers from bringing in foreign workers who will work for low wages because they won’t have same outgoing as UK residents this is another major issue UK residents pay a lot more out of there wages than foreign workers do and by this I mean employees bring say 10 people from another country they all work shifts so they all stay in 1 house splitting rent elect gas etc.. them 1 UK family of say 4 are trying to survive of 1 working wage has tax rent food council tax water rates etc… to pay from 1 wage government should be putting up minimum wage I read that if that had gone up the same as inflation the minimum wage would be £17 per hour yes that’s right per hour now when minimum wage was brought in to affect the man who fought for it advised that it get put up along with inflation but it never has WHY NOT why doesn’t wages go up each year everything else does.
Now most of the above wasn’t mentioned last night and they didn’t really touch on all the genuine disability claimants who are being affected by cuts and abuse seems we forget these people are in need of there benefits I really could go on and on about this and just so people who do read this know I do no what it’s like to be unemployed not for a few months long term and I do no what it’s like to labeled and judged by so called ‘NORMAL PEOPLE’ who think there normal just because there a little fortunate than others well I’ve never wished bad on anyone but I believe one day you, YES YOU, just might be in need of help and on benefits and then you will understand why you self named ‘NORMAL PEOPLE’ ain’t all that.
Treat people the way you want others to treat you karma is a bitch.
Just so shocking that most people have started targeting people who are a little down on luck and what is more outrageous is MOST of these people who are hating online have actually been in that position of being on benefits of some sort or are still claiming some sort of benefit while working tax credits is still a benefit people which is a shame and scandalous that people working have to be claiming just to survive WAGE RISE is needed across the country not just London another stat London get more cash for benefits than the whole of Scotland 1 city over a full country.
OUTRAGEOUS SCANDALOUS very very SAD

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My TV round up

Here’s few programmes I watched through the week which can be found daily at TV addict room on zeebox .
1st up I just have to start with Mr J.Paxman and his programme on the war Britain’s Great War bbc1 last Monday which I loved very interesting personally I love history and very interested in war programmes so I really enjoyed this and found learning some things I never knew this was well done and paxman was at his best I would say check it out on iplayer if you haven’t seen it this is a 2 part series and this Monday is 2nd part I will go into more on my next post about this but really give it a go people.
Next is one of my favorite programmes on TV right now Hell On Wheels itv4 Wednesday night’s I totally loved this when it started series 1 just drew me in and glad itv4 started showing series 2 , a lot of these channels start showing a new series then just stop which I hate but more moaning about that latter, 1st episode was a little slow but that’s because of the way series 1 ended so we had to see where the main caracters had ended up don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed it worth the wait and on Wednesday past we saw a them getting back together I love the fact the suede is still around not doing what he done in series 1 he has become the graveyard man collecting the dead body’s and helping with burial but with bucanan back on the rail roads payroll the suede is set his attention at getting him back for what is happening to him and the Irish brothers which the suede nearly got back in episode 2 in series 1 the brothers tarred and feathered the suede 1 brother started mouthing of to a prostitute about murdering a man who had killed a prostitute and the suede saw his chance but the his plan was stopped bucanan is back Wednesday night’s episode is on 10pm itv4.
Next we saw the start of Outnumbered bbc1 Thursday night’s a great programme about a family and there kids a comedy which is well writen focused on the whole family of 5 dad mum 2 sons and daughter previously in past seasons of this it was the kids who were the funny caracters with the youngest son Ben keeping us all entertained we just never knew what he would say next over active imagination the new series Ben is 13 now but looks about 17 he’s so big but still seems like the same Ben taking a role at a school play about Spartacus the musical which he has got the main part and I do hope we see this play Karen the daughter who is outspoken and has some strange ideas and thoughts has been sent to a different school than the boy’s which the parents tell the boy’s that this is because some kids need to be challenged differently they try not to say it’s because they think Karen is brighter but there answer isn’t washing and the boy’s think exactly what they’re trying not to say this light hearted comedy and I would recommend watching it.
The Musketeers bbc1 Sunday night’s another BBC programme which could be big when it hits more countries the BBC at times do come up with great ideas to name a few sherlock and Dr who and the Tudor’s and Atlantis I can see the musketeers doing just as well as them episode 3 is on tonight and first 2 episodes were good but not great but if this is going to be as big as the shows I mentioned it does need to get better episode 1 was let’s say a little dissapointing but last weeks episode I thought had stepped it up a gear and if it keeps going and gets better it just might be another hit now like the programme I mentioned like sherlock and Dr who and the Tudor’s they were big hits and when they were available in other countries they just got bigger and audiences loved them the musketeers has that felling of being just as big if the writers keep us watching it after all actors are only as good as there lines and the BBC has picked a good cast of actors here admittedly I haven’t heard of many of them which I think is a good thing casting stars for this type of programme should be actors we don’t know or know very little about and this is what the BBC has done here yes a few are well known like Peter Capaldi who was filming this when he became the new Dr Who so if this does go on for another series I can’t see him continuing but by then the other actors will be household names it is only on episode 3 so time will tell with this but I will be watching.
This coming week the big benefits debate on channel 5 Monday will this be a chance to see some real people on benefits who are trying to get of them put there story and point across or will it be a bunch of people who don’t have a clue what it’s like to be labeled and for people to judge you because you had to ask for help and claim a benefit or is just yet another bunch of benefit claimers trying to run the system and not even wanting to better themselves what ever this programme will be like it will be headlined in newspapers on Tuesday morning and all over our TV news channels Benefit street is just a total farce why didn’t they show more of the people on benefits struggling to find work why in these programmes is just the ‘UNEMPLOYABLE AS FUCK’ people we see we all know at least 1 of these people just ain’t interested in finding work so making a programme just about people who claim disability, jsa or any other benefit and just sitting about a house or drinking all day just gives small minded people a target to spout abuse at and this is what happened all over the UK everyone on a benefit was tarred and feathered by this so called reality show about benefits not everyone on benefits are like that MOST actually do look for work daily most struggle day 2 day to do best for there families on little as possible because they don’t play the system most don’t even know what benefits there entitled to most are claiming less than there entitled to because they don’t want to tarred with that benefit street brush and feathered why not make a programme about these people these are the people who need benefits they need a chance MOST people claiming are like that it’s the small mindedness of some people who see 1 group drinking and smoking drugs all day stealing and just being total anti-social yes everywhere has a small group of people like this but that doesn’t mean everyone on benefits is like this we shouldn’t even watch programmes like this, oh and I don’t but can’t get away from it when it’s plastered all over papers, it seems everyone who hasn’t known what it’s like to struggle on benefits just wants to shoot these people which is shocking the abuse you hear from people in the street in public places these days about others who are struggling is outrageous and these people giving the abuse say there the NORMAL people why because they’re more fortunate than others….. so the debate on Monday night let’s see what ch5 has to pitch in about this subject Ch4 brings us benefit street which after that ends they will be having an open debate with the people who were in it and some of the NORMAL PEOPLE.

Well that’s it for now I will be posting a more in depth review on The Tomorrow people and The Musketeers through the week and a special on the debate on ch5 tomorrow remember check my daily picks on zeebox

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TV addict that’s me

TV Addict as the title suggests I’m a self confessed addict when it comes to watching the TV or as I call it Stevie the TV since I watch it so much I named it OK maybe a little something I shouldn’t have told you but hey when you shout at your TV I feel it’s only right to name it now I’m starting this blog just so I can recommend and just moan about TV this is just a short intro post into some of the things I’ll be posting also if you want to join me and other people who love TV I have a TV addict room open on ZeeBox which is for all programmes which I and others watch if your not familiar with zeebox it’s a social site which let’s you tell people what your watching it let’s you plan your nights viewing and install the app which gives you reminders when a programme is ready to start each programme has a dedicated room so you and others can chat while watching it’s a good place to find people with same interests as yourself or just somewhere to go and moan about how rubbish a show is like Ch4 the jump, which I will moan about in next post, you can start your own room up and add shows give it a go people I’ll be posting my other rooms I have in other posts.
Now what do I watch well I love sci-fi i’m a true whovian have been watching Dr who since I was 3yrs old, yes granted I can’t remember that far back, it was Tom Baker who got me hooked I’ve been told I used to sit and when Baker came on TV I’d bounce up and down, maybe I’ll regret typing that, my 1st memory of Dr who was Baker and his eyes those big eyes I had watched Dr who since and when I revisited all those episodes ,which I watched back in late 80’s, that is when I really became hooked I watched who from episode 1, which I was lucky that someone I knew had recordings of 1st Dr right up to the 6th Dr, and I’ve seen every episode of they recordings  twice and all the films which have been done so to date I can say I’ve honestly watched every single episode,old and new, of Dr who twice,yes some a lot more, so a I am a whovian BUT putting that obsession aside this is about ALL THINGS on TV so let me get 1 more out the way Sherlock now I don’t just mean the new Sherlock, which I love, I mean Sherlock from books to the amazing series which was out in the 80’s yes The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes as a kid,

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yes when I was a lad , I loved this it was this programme which made me pick up my 1st sherlock novel and since then I’ve loved how sherlock captures new and old writers into making new, some horribley done, Sherlock programs and movies I guess it’s just a coincidence,and bonus,that my 2 top programes are written by same man yes the man everyone hates Moffat , more on the haters later in another post, also not forgetting Mark Gatiss who writes,and plays Mycroft Holmes, with Moffat who is taking Sherlock on a new adventure making Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creation suitable for the 21’s century and giving a younger audience a reason to pick up a Sherlock novel which if wasn’t for this programme they might not have even thought about it so my 2 favourite programmes Dr who and sherlock and a little about why I do love them which I will dedicate a post each very soon.
So I rambled a little there now TV addict means that I will give almost anything a try on TV so weekly I’ll do a round up post on the weeks TV I’ve watched and short reviews also at end of each post I’ll give a what to watch feature which is just my opinion on what to look out for in the coming week also a stay clear section again just my opinion on what to avoid watching but saying that if someone told me to avoid watching something I’d probably watch it so I might just play a little with you there and add a few good shows in…..just kidding but it is true if someone tells you something isn’t worth watching be honest you’d probably have to watch it to see why right…. so that’s about it there is a short list on ZeeBox TV Addict room of programmes I’ve been watching and join the room for daily picks plus it’s a good growing social place give it a go my 1st weekly round up will be tomorrow so thanks for reading……..

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