A source close to the investigation, cited by CNN, the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI have recently joined forces to try to determine the identity of the killer who ended the rapper’s life. The informant has not given details about the nature of these new developments for fear of compromising the investigation.
Notorious BIG, from Brooklyn, went to California in March 1997 to promote his album ironically titled Life After Death.
After attending a music industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, on March 9, 1997, the rapper became the target of an individual who fired five shots at him while he was in a car in the passenger seat. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The investigation which started over a decade didn’t manage to solve the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the murder, but many believe that the rivalry between hip-hop West Coast and East Coast, and the tensions between their respective record labels – Death Row Records and Bad Boy Entertainment – might be involved.
Russell Poole, a former LAPD detective who took part in the investigation in 1997, told CNN that he still supported the idea that the co-founder of Death Row Records, Marion “Suge” Knight ordered the rapper’s murder in order to avenge the death of a star from his record label, Tupac Shakur, killed in similar circumstances in Las Vegas six months earlier.