Posts Tagged ‘Bloods’

A written confession by an incarcerated, high-ranking Los Angeles Crip and new book from a former detective assigned to the Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. investigations has named Bay Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs as the person who ordered Shakur’s murder.

Titled Murder Rap, former detective Greg Kading claims to reveal information from secret confessions and tapes made during his tenure on both cases. The two most explosive concern Southside Crip member Dwayne “Keefee/Keffe D” Davis and a woman named Theresa Swann, purported to be the mother of one of Suge Knight’s children. Keffe D told LAPD officials in 2008 that Combs offered him $1 million dollars to kill both Shakur and Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Davis also confirmed that he was in the vehicle when his late cousin Orlando Anderson fired the fatal shots at Shakur on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas. Swann allegedly confessed to Kading that Knight had given her money to pass along a murder contract on the Notorious B.I.G. to Bloods gang member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse.

Like Russell Poole, another former detective turned author who worked on the Biggie case, Kading believes the LAPD has mismanaged both investigations. However, Kading disagrees with Poole’s hypothesis that Biggie’s killers were the result of rogue LAPD cops associated with Knight and the city’s Rampart scandal.

Kading’s book marks the second time in three years Combs has been accused of organizing a Tupac Shakur shooting. In 2008, Pulitzer Prize winner Chuck Phillips wrote an L.A. Times article naming Combs as the individual who set up Shakur’s 1994 Manhattan robbery and shooting. Phillips and the newspaper would be forced to retract the story after court documents quoted in the article were found to be forged by an informant.

In an email statement released earlier today, Combs called Kading’s findings “pure fiction” and “completely ridiculous.”

Murder Rap will be available in book stores tomorrow.

Source: LA Weekly

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Here we go again. Although the book sounds entertaining, there’s already some holes you can poke in the story before reading Kading’s findings. The most obvious would be Suge Knight using his baby’s momma for a hit on the biggest Hip-Hop artist in the game. Suge has done a lot of stupid things, but it’s hard to fathom he’d be that dense. In contrast, Russell Poole’s theory of crooked, Blood-affiliated cops on Suge’s payroll being the killers sounds much more plausible.

Kading’s other theory of Combs offering Dwayne “Keefee D” Davis $1 million to kill Knight and Shakur is much more interesting. Davis confirms what most people already believe in that Orlando Anderson was Tupac’s killer. And it’s also known that Bad Boy did utilize Southside Crips for protection services while out in Los Angeles. Being affiliated with conflicting gangs would only deepen the Death Row/Bad Boy fued.

So why hasn’t there been any follow-up if this “confession” was made in 2008? First, it entirely contradicts what Davis told the FBI in 1997 about the shootings. At that time, he said he was not in the Shakur getaway vehicle nor was his nephew Orlando Anderson involved. This latest confession came as he was facing 25 years for a PCP distribution ring, further hurting his credibility on the appearance he’s saying anything to prevent a prolonged jail sentence. Finally, if Diddy hypothetically ordered the fatal Shakur shooting, there wouldn’t be any corroborating evidence. He’d make sure above all he was well insulated from any evidence beyond hearsay.

It’s surreal and disheartening that over 15 after their deaths we’re nowhere near an official resolution in either slaying.

With the 14th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s unsolved murder approaching in March, a special task force is claiming new leads have emerged in the case.

None of the new details have been disclosed, but a confidential source informed CNN that the investigation was “reinvigorated” several months ago. The task force is comprised of a partnership between three agencies: the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the L.A. Country District Attorney’s Office.

In March 1997, B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) was killed in Los Angeles, six months after the slaying of his former friend turned rival Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas. Both men were shot execution-style via drive-by shootings. Each rapper was at the apex of their popularity, and died at the ages of 24 (Wallace) and 25 (Shakur).

Despite several publicized suspects, no arrests have ever been made in either killing. A suspect in Shakur’s murder, Orland Anderson, was killed in 1998. David Mack, a corrupt former L.A. policeman with ties to Death Row Records and the Bloods, was named by former retired detective Russell Poole, who worked on the Biggie case, as a strong suspect in that crime. Mack was released from prison in May 2010, after serving 13 years for a bank robbery conviction.

Beats, Boxing & Mayhem will follow this story as more information becomes available.

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“If you want to get away with murder, kill a rapper”

KRS-One

The above quote sums up my feelings on this matter. After over a decade passing, I’m not convinced we’ll ever get an official conviction in either case. With Pac, I believe it was Orlando Anderson and his crew in retaliation from their earlier fight inside the MGM Grand. Biggie’s situation is a little more convoluted between the two most popular theories. Was it renegade, Blood-affiliated cops tied to Death Row, or Crips in retaliation for B.I.G. not paying protection money? I lean towards the former, based on a trusted member of Biggie’s entourage, Damien “D-Roc” Butler, identifying David Mack in attendance the night of his friend’s murder.

Although Afeni Shakur doesn’t have an official conviction, she says she knows who killed her son, and has peace about it. It would be great to see Voletta Wallace get similar closure.

Every few months your bound to see a YouTube with a group of “real Bloods” from LA claiming that rappers and other cities are disrespecting their sets by appropriating a culture they don’t understand. Usually it’s rappers who get the most venom, as they’re seen as the ones who mostly use gang life as a passing fad. Yet, usually when these rappers shoot videos out in LA they’re embraced, as seen in the new Waka Flocka video for “Hard in the Paint.” Now whether this is genuine love, or paid for passes, is anyone’s guess.

Despite not having an album release date in sight, Waka has been able to thrive by crafting catchy street singles. Can he keep this up for the foreseeable future, or will he eventually start to cool off like OJ da Juiceman? We’ll shall have to wait to see. Personally,I believe artists like Flocka are better served NOT to make albums. It’s difficult to imagine his style translasting well over 12-14 songs.

Charles Hamilton Gets Chi-Town Love

Since Charles Hamilton hit the news here recently, a young emcee out of Chicago named ProbCause decided to run with his “Brooklyn Girls” concept for the song “Chicago Girls.” ProbCause has two under albums under his belt already with Bonafyde Recordings and a live band EP. He’s pushing to drop a new album before the end of summer called Spring Cleaning.

ProbCause- Chicago Girls

Here’s a mashup of songs off the forthcoming Spring Cleaning album to give you an idea of if he’s your cup of tea.

It’s been a breakout year for Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. With the ink still drying on his new deal with Def Jam, and accolades still coming from his K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape, K.R.I.T. is already a few tracks deep into a new collaborative tape with Yelawolf called Country Cu$$inz. Here is their leaked first offering.

Big K.R.I.T. and Yelawolf- Hometown Hero Remix

Royce da 5’9 stated today on his Twitter recently that he is free of beef, despite his latest Bar Exam 3 mixtape throwing shots at Saigon. This quick freestyle has Royce in good form while tackling anonymous wack emcees.

Royce da 5’9- Walking in the Rain Freestyle

 

It’s no secret that the visibility of female emcees have been steadily declining for several years now. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t women doing their thing away from the bright lights. Take Zane One, who I discovered by accident a few days ago while browsing a publicist’s portfolio. Based out of Los Angeles, her bio reads that she is a the daughter of a pastor/poet, and has been living Hip-Hop culture for the last 20 years. In 2009 she dropped an album entitled L.A. Woman and also has a Myspace to check out for further music.