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Posts Tagged ‘Notorious B.I.G.’

KPCC Interviews Tupac FourSquare Mapper

From Leeds in Northern England, 30-year-old video game PR manager Paul Rayment (pictured) recently chatted with KPCC reporter Ashley Bailey about his surprise at the success of a map he created tracing the notable touchstones of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

FourSquare users can download the map and check in to various Tupac places. Rayment meanwhile has already completed a second such interactive tool, which locks into Jay Z‘s “Empire State of Mind” references. Per Bailey’s report:

The map plots Tupac as he zigzags from his pre-fame days in Baltimore to school in Oakland to his record label in LA, and on to Las Vegas–where someone shot him in 1996 when he was 25-years-old. “Some of them had to be included like where he was shot and hospitals–that kind of thing,” Rayment said. “But, I wanted to do something more original. For instance, what he did in school, how he was first talent-spotted.”

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Cops Pursuing New Leads in Biggie Smalls Murder Case

The 1997 Los Angeles murder of rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.-Christopher Wallace, remains one of the city’s most egregious unsolved celebrity murders. But according to a new report by CNN, LAPD are back on the case.

Unspecified information provided to police last year has “reinvigorated” the investigation. The CNN article does a great job of actively touching all the bases, from then-police chief Bernard Parks (notions of an LAPD cover-up are “absurd”) to an attorney for the Wallace family (their lawsuit against the city was put on hold last April so as to not interfere with the renewed investigation).

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Who Wants To Be A Dead Rapper?

Fox Searchlight Pictures is hosting an open casting call for “the role of a lifetime” (their words), the chance to play Notorious B.I.G. Alas, the live audition is in New York, but West Coast gangstas don’t despair:

You can upload your homemade audition video (like Mr. Allsbrook here) on the studio’s Web site. We’ve been searching every day, hoping to find a Chuck Philips entry.

LAT in 90 Seconds

vtec.jpgAiring His Greivances: Embedding video of the Virginia Tech gunman’s
rant into this follow-up story makes sense. But even with the context
provided on the same page, we wonder about the wisdom
of giving this sick and twisted mind the kind of forum he craved.

biggiesmls.jpgIn Other Gunned-Down In Cold Blood News: The family of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has filed another lawsuit against L.A. alleging that cops killed him 10 years ago and that the LAPD helped cover up the crime.

berryblk.jpgCrackberry Withdrawl: The BlackBerry e-mail network went down around for 14 hours. The LAT put four reporters on the story.