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Who murdered The Notorious B.I.G.? A federal inmate in a Chicago prison claims to know

Federal prison inmate Clayton Hill told recently disclosed that he believes he knows who murdered iconic rapper The Notorious B.I.G., then 24, March 1997.

Hill, a onetime member of the Nation of Islam, claims that he met with a man named Dawoud Muhammad shortly after in Atlanta at Muhammad Mosque #15 and was given the gun used to kill B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace), making Hill an accessory to the crime.

“[Dawoud Muhammad] stated to me that he was on the run for the murder [of Wallace],” Hill says. “He disclosed that he was the shooter of The Notorious B.I.G. because he was a former Blood gang member and was paid to do so.” Hill plans to release an e-book, Diary of an Ex-Terrorist, about his time with the Nation of Islam. READ FULL STORY

Tupac shooter cops to an old crime, but what does it mean for Tupac and Biggie's murder cases?

Had he not been cut down in his prime by a (presumably) still-at-large assassin in 1996, rapper/actor/activist/poet/cultural lightning rod Tupac Shakur would have turned 40 years old today.

But on a day when we would normally be discussing his legacy—or what his creative place in today’s hip-hop world might have been had he lived—the attention has now turned instead to a man named Dexter Isaac, who gave an interview to AllHipHop wherein he admitted to being the man who shot Shakur in a famous unsolved incident outside a New York recording studio back in November of 1994.

Isaac claims he was paid $2,500 by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond to take out Shakur. The New York Police Department is currently investigating the issue, and if they find the claims to be credible, they plan to speak with Isaac, who according to AllHipHop is currently serving a life sentence in prison. Will the information that Isaac has—or claims to have—have any bearing ultimately on the notoriously still-unsolved cases of both Tupac’s and Biggie’s murders? READ FULL STORY

FBI releases documents on Notorious B.I.G.'s murder; what did they find?

It’s been 14 years since The Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace) was killed in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting.

Several probes and investigations have yet to bring the criminal(s) to justice, and fans of the legendary rhymer have been left wondering what has been accomplished by authorities handling the case.

Now, finally, the FBI has released its (heavily redacted) documents on the murder, and several facts were revealed—one being that the bullets that killed him were rare Gecko 9mm ammunition, made only in Germany and sold Stateside only in California and New Jersey.

Officials hoped they could link the bullets to other crimes to find the murderer, but none was discovered. They were also hoping to link Biggie’s killing to Tupac Shakur’s six months earlier—and did find individuals who were present at both scenes.

They report that a number of the officers on duty at the industry party Biggie was leaving at the time of his death were also employed by Suge Knight’s rival West Coast label Death Row Records as security officers, which violates LAPD policy.

The documents also include talk of Biggie’s connections with the Genovese crime family in New York, and posit that the family may have photo or video evidence of the persons involved in the shooting.

And on a quirkier note, the contents of Big’s pockets at the time of his death were listed: Biggie had a Georgia driver’s license, a pen, 0.91 grams of marijuana, an asthma inhaler, and three condoms. You can check out the files yourself at the Los Angeles Times.

Do you think they’ll ever find out who killed Wallace? Let us know what you think.

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The Notorious B.I.G.'s murder investigation 'reinvigorated'

Its been almost 13 years since the Notorious B.I.G.’s death, and the murder remains unsolved. It’s one of the most frustrating stories in hip-hop: on March 9, 1997 the rap icon (born Christopher Wallace), 24, was killed in a drive-by shooting after his album release party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. And no one knows who did it. But today CNN is reporting that an investigation into the case has been “reinvigorated” due to some kind of new information, saying that the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, and FBI are all involved.

Over the years, much speculation has surrounded the case. Some claim a rivalry between Wallace and slain rapper Tuac Shakur fueled the attack. Others accuse L.A. authorities of not trying hard enough to find the killer of a famous rapper, supposedly not deeming it important enough to warrant an extensive investigation. After all these years, it’s possible that the case could finally be headed toward some kind of resolution.

Do you think this case it will ever be solved? Why do you think it’s taking so long?

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Did 1995 have the best summer songs of the past 25 years?

summer-1995Every year when the weather turns warm, publications like this one reopen the all-important debate on the best songs of that particular summer. Katy Perry, Kanye West, and Usher are among the artists in contention for the 2010 title by our reckoning. Billboard recently tried to add a scientific and historic dimension to the discussion by ordering the 10 top songs for each summer from 1985 to 2009 based on chart performance. Their 25 individual lists are well worth perusing for anyone inclined to musical nostalgia. Taken together, they also raise an intriguing secondary question: Which of those summers gone by had the best songs?

I hereby nominate 1995. I knew I’d end up picking some year from the ’90s before even looking at the lists, simply because that’s when I first started paying pop music serious attention as an adolescent. Regarding each list more closely, though, I’m struck by how many classic tunes were inescapable between June and August ’95. TLC’s unassailable “Waterfalls” tops the count. At No. 3, it’s the Notorious B.I.G’s timeless “One More Chance.” Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” and All-4-One’s “I Can Love You Like That” round out the R&B roster nicely. Rock fans, meanwhile, could choose between Bryan Adams’ enduringly cheesy “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” and Blues Traveler’s alt nugget “Run-Around.” Yeah, that was a great summer on the radio.

Then again, who’s to say 1985 (Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Prince) or 1999 (Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys) or 2002 (Nelly, Jimmy Eat World, Cam’ron, Nelly again) doesn’t have it beat? Check out Billboard‘s lists and let us know which summer you think had the best hits.

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Also: EW’s 100 Greatest Summer Songs of All Time

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The Notorious B.I.G.: Gone 13 years today

It seems hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since Christopher “Biggie” Wallace was killed, shot four times in the chest on an L.A. roadway. And that, for all the impact he had on hip-hop and pop culture at large, he went out two months shy of his 25th birthday.

After years of conspiracy theories and books and documentaries, the mystery of who did it is still, famously, unsolved; looks at the status of the case today in honor of the anniversary date. (The gist: LAPD = shady. Otherwise, not a ton of progress.)

I remember where I was when I heard the news that he was dead—sophomore year of college, on the car stereo at a gas station in California; at first I thought it was just a really tacky radio prank, playing off the death of Tupac Shakur six months before.

But more than that, I remember the first time I heard Ready to Die, the debut album that made him a superstar three years earlier (and the lines shouted out at at for months after: “Birthdays was the worst days. Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay”). So while we honor the Biggie who died today, let’s also celebrate the one who lived it larger than life for 24 years:

Tell us your own best Biggie memories in the comments section below.

Miley Cyrus and the Notorious B.I.G. mash it up: TGIF

It’s NSFW Friday, Music Mixers, and we’ve got one for your cubicle if you’ve got headphones (hi boss!): Biggie Smalls’ ’93 anthem “Party and Bulls—“ and, from the tween who tweets no more, “Party in the U.S.A.”:

Maybe you think it desecrates Big’s memory; maybe you think it just needs more boys with beach balls. Give us your favorite/oddest/most-despised mash-ups below, in the comments section.

New Biggie Smalls documentary: the EW First Look

Fans of the Notorious B.I.G. have a lot to look forward to next month. For one, the soundtrack for Notorious, Fox Searchlight’s biopic of the late rapper, is due out on Jan. 13, just days before the movie opens on Jan. 16. (For more details about the album, check out our Hollywood Insider blog.) A new documentary about Biggie will also be released on DVD on Jan. 27. It’s called Rap Phenomenon and it’s all about what made him one of the greatest rappers of all time. A salacious biography it is not, but rather an earnest retrospective of the Brooklyn hip-hop heavyweight’s swagger, lyrics, flow, and legacy. Highlights include home videos, concert footage, and interviews with myriad friends, collaborators, journalists, and artists. Here’s a clip of music producer Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie revealing the story behind the making of 1997’s “Hypnotize,” followed by XXL editor-in-chief Datwon Thomas recalling the time he spotted a carefree B.I.G. joyfully dancing the conga at an industry party. It’s the kind of little known minutiae that diehard fans will appreciate.

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