Inside move: Hip-hoppers hopping mad

Times 'inflames' orgs with Biggie-Tupac insinuations

A two-part Los Angeles Times series on the murder and investigation of the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur has raised the ire of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the estate of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.

Entrepreneur Russell Simmons, chairman of the hip-hop org, and the family of Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) issued statements Friday questioning the article with regard to Wallace and his involvement in the 1996 fatal shooting of Shakur in Las Vegas.

Both state Wallace was at his home in New Jersey on the night of the shooting, not in Las Vegas, where he purportedly gave a gun to a member of the Crips gang and agreed to pay $1 million for the killing of Shakur, an accusation both orgs deny as well.

The Times article, Simmons said in the statement, “does more to inflame passions and emotions than to clear the air with actual facts concerning the tragic murder of Tupac Shakur six years ago.”

Wallace was murdered in Los Angeles six months after Shakur’s death; neither case has been solved. The Wallace family said it has filed a lawsuit against the LAPD for its failure to investigate the murder.

The L.A. Times article, written by Chuck Philips after a yearlong investigation, contends that the Las Vegas police erred in their probe by refusing to bring in the LAPD’s unit that specializes in gangs and by ignoring other incidents on the day of the shooting. The Times printed the Wallace estate’s objections Saturday, but noted that Wallace’s mother had refused to comment for the articles based on advice from her lawyer.

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