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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tupac's Murder Might Have Been Choreographed By P. Diddy

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

click to enlarge Biggie sort of looks like Meek Mill in this photo, no?
  • Biggie sort of looks like Meek Mill in this photo, no?

Whilst riding the oh-so-lovely BART to work this morning, I pulled out my phone to peruse the Snapchat "Discover" section as I usually do. I'm not sure what it is about  bite-size nuggets of tabloid and beauty articles that I love so much, but reading said-trash has become a daily habit of mine.

I usually start my morning in-transit reading sesh with Daily Mail because I'm a sucker for 1) anything animal related, 2) gross/shock-factor videos 3) and Kardashian/Jenner gossip. As I opened up the app, I (gently) chided myself for reading such crap. You could be reading real news, Jessie, I told myself. Stuff that will actually better your writing and help with finding fodder for articles. But, because I hadn't yet had my coffee or daily maple yogurt, I nixed those thoughts with a simple Fuck it and let my fingers continue tapping on the screen until Daily Mail was opened. And lo and behold, as the first article of the day, they chose to report on a music-related story. And not just any music-related story: this one was about TUPAC. 

The article claims that P. Diddy (a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. Sean John Combs) hired a hitman to kill 25-year-old Tupac Shakur back in 1996. Now, that's a pretty major accusation, but the Daily Mail got their information from Murder Rap, a 2015 documentary, in which former LAPD detective, Greg Kading, who once led a special task force that investigated the shootings, as well as other witnesses, speak about the unsolved murder cases of Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

According to Kading, Diddy hired Crips gang member Duane Keith 'Keffe D' to kill Shakur and his manager Marion Hugh 'Suge' Knight for $1 million. But, on the night of the shooting, it was actually Keffe's nephew Orlando 'Baby Lane' Anderson who shot the West Coast rapper dead in Las Vegas. Suge escaped unharmed.

In the documentary, there is footage from a 2008 interview between Kading and Keffe in which the gang member claims to have heard Diddy declare in front of other Crips members that he'd "give anything for 'Pac and Suge Knight's heads." He adds that at a later date, Diddy approached him and offered him $1 million to kill them both. Kading says he got the admission by telling Keffe that if he did so, he would avoid a harsher sentence for another crime (that he had been charged with). 

Rumor has it that Biggie Smalls' death six months later was ordered by Suge who hired rival Blood gang member Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse to kill the rapper, who was Diddy's good friend. Unfortunately for Fouse, he only got paid $13,000 to do the deed. 

Now that shots have been fired (cue Tank's "Shots Fired"), I guess we'll just wait to see what happens. Given that the documentary came out at the end of 2015, authorities may or may not already be investigating the claims in the film.

Here's hoping that Daily Mail's Snapchats continues reporting on the story if and when there's more news. 

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