- Hardcover: 210 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (October 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312266200
- ISBN-13: 978-0312266202
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Murder of Biggie Smalls Hardcover – October 11, 2000
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According to Scott and Biggie Smalls' mom, Voletta Wallace, Biggie and Tupac Shakur once were friends. After Shakur's bloody demise in a hail of bullets, however, Smalls and his associates were perceived as the killers, and speculation ran rampant that deadly retribution would be visited upon them, as part of the East Coast-West Coast gangsta-rap feud. Now, as Paul Harvey might say, Scott brings inquiring minds the rest of the story. Tupac blamed Biggie, in part, for the 1994 ambush that gave Shakur five bullets ("including [one to] the head") and cost him "$35,000 worth of jewelry." Shakur thought Smalls and Sean "Puffy" Combs had known the attack was in the offing. Later, of course, Shakur and then Smalls died in other ambushes. Coincidence? Hardly. Scott takes readers through the complex story of Smalls' murder, which perforce entails telling the stories of Shakur, Combs, Death Row label head and alleged mobster Suge Knight, and the whole East Coast-West Coast contretemps. Whereas others who have dealt with this stuff have often neglected to humanize the principals involved, Scott points up biographical details that bring them into focus as human beings. For setting the record straight as well as for limning a major pop music star, this is a valuable book. Mike Tribby
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"Cathy Scott is an amazing talent for getting the story behind the headlines." --Gregg Olsen
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There been many stories and talk on why their was a real corruptions with the cops or local gangs, a lot of conspiracy theories circulating, who was involved, why their was a visual attack on the east coast/west coast rap war, why the shooting of Quad Studios were Tupac was shot and immediately accuse Biggie and so forth...you get the key.
References and Sources I got from reading it and through research can help:
Movies like Notorious (2009), Malcolm X (1992), RFK (2002), New Jack City (1991 or 1992), Play'd: A Hip Hop Story (2002), etc.
Documentaries like Behind the Music on Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Vanilla Ice, Notorious B.I.G., P. Diddy, Tupac: Resurrection, Tupac: Assassination, Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake, Welcome to Death Row, Biggie and Tupac, Final 24: Tupac Shakur, etc.
Books like Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, Autobiography of Malcolm X, Autobiography of Martin Luther King, LL Cool J's I Make My Own Rules, 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown, The Murder of Bob Crane, etc.
Shows like CSI, NY Undercover, Cold Case, E True Hollywood Story, NCIS, Law and Order, etc.
The book was a bit redundant throughout, repeating information sometimes numerous times. Although is was strictly about the murder case, it would have been much better if Scott changed the theme into the life and times of Christopher Wallace leading up to his death. A Biography would have simply been more suiting.
The Murder of Biggie Smalls is a griping story, but much of the story was focused on other subjects. A whole chapter was dedicatd to the murder of Tupac Shakur. A whole chapter dedicated to Puff Daddy. There was a bit of speculation on the murder but there was a lot of redundant, boring information about police structures and such that aren't interesting.
Good or not, this is the only book touching on the subject of Christopher Wallace. Fans won't want to miss this one but casuals may want to skip out on it.
If a reader is looking for explosive new revelations, then the street will ultimately be a dead end. But this volume strips away the myths and rumors & delves into the facts surrounding the unsolved crimes - with the focus on Biggie Smalls - and the vast potential that violently died through the barrels of smoking guns.
This book was easy to follow - I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.