L.A. Times Article Implicates Diddy and Biggie in Tupac Shooting

A new article by L.A. Times reporter Chuck Philips implicates Sean “Diddy” Combs and Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace in the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur at the Quad studios in Manhattan. Although ‘Pac himself accused Diddy and Big of setting him up while he was still alive, Philips claims to have evidence to support the assertion. While researching the article, Philips uncovered testimony made by an unidentified FBI informant in 2002 that shed new light on the incident. The reporter later spoke with the informant himself and also corroborated his story with other sources familiar with the situation. The informant testified that ‘Pac was ambushed at the Quad after his rejection of an offer to sign to Bad Boy Records infuriated Diddy, his associate James Sabatino and Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond. Sabatino, whose father was a member of the Colombo mafia family, reportedly stated that ‘Pac “had to be dealt with.” Although ‘Pac ended being shot five times, the informant says that Diddy and Biggie were under the impression that he would only be beaten up and robbed. Philips states in the article that he reached out to the three men who ambushed ‘Pac at the Quad that night, all of whom are currently incarcerated on unrelated charges. One of them men denied the allegations, but the other two admitted that they were involved. One attacker allegedly confirmed to Philips that he was contracted by Henchmen to attack the rapper, and the other offered to produce the medallion that was taken from ‘Pac during the robbery. The L.A. Times article also states that a federal investigation into the incident is ongoing and several music industry sources have already testified before a grand jury.

Click here to read the full report from the L.A. Times.

  • Can’tBelieveThis

    but if this is true, puffy and henchmen better watch out…

  • Tha Ace

    makes a good bit of sense to me

    I never saw biggy and puffy as the type that would try to have people killed anyway

  • Richard
  • TRUTHFROMDABOOT

    Puff and big where puppets at the time trying to get into the game. Puff was backed by some people who wanted Tupac to sign with badboy, he flirted with the idea excepted some gifts and decline the offer. So they decided to teach him a lesson if you will. Big and Puff knew he was going to get dealt with but they couldn’t say nothing or they would have gotten dealt with. It was 94′ big was only 22 and puff not much older they didn’t want no part of that beef. That’s the code of the street don’t stick your nose into stuff you don’t want to be involved in. I’m sure they prayed for his safety but there wasn’t much else they could a have done short of giving their live or doing life, because we all know that how hood situations end. I cant hate on puff or big for not getting involved unless they were really crew and then they should have told and played the game how it went. Either way we probably would have never heard ready to die.

    • JaneDoe

      true, but when you decide to take advantage of people like henchman or sabato (son of a capo in the colombo crime fam) then you also have to deal with the consequences.

      and when you see what happened to the snitch walker, then you know that this is not the end. i dont know if puffy and hench are “touchable”. i mean the colombo crime fam still exists ;)

      if feel sorry for puffy … that just show that he aint got any skills (musically) and he needs other “forces” to make his success possible. puffy u suck and if this story is true (sound to me true), i hope someone will put a cap in your ass, cause thats the way your businesspartners make business.

  • bmac

    Sounds like somebody just trying to stir up some shit to me… I might be the only hip-hop fan to not be moved by information(unless it’s factual) about the shooting/deaths of 2pac and Notorious B.I.G. anymore. Constant speculation is tiresome after 11 years, 14 for the Pac shooting, they’re addressing above.

    Until they have concrete evidence… shut the fuck up to this reporter Chuck Phillips and the FBI.

    The only thing in hip-hop about waiting for right now is the releases of Detox, Nigger, and The Carter 3.

    • Mista WANG

      Co mutha fuckin sign

  • krazie-al

    shame what these guys do, let the man rest in peace. but check out tupac’s gangster character
    http://www.gangstermind.com/?refer=412796

  • 1,2,1,2….ANDITDON’TSTOP81

    COULD THIS LINK DIDDY TO A MURDER ATTEMPT CHARGE? OR AT LEAST CONSPIRACY?

  • http://www.myspace.com/jimmy_trackz JIMMY TRACKZ

    SHOW SOME LOVE TO THE REAL GANGSTA MR PUFF DADDY ALL YOU SUCKAZ I RESPECT THE REAL GANGSTAS JUST LIKE HIM AND SUGE! IF THIS IS REAL DON’T WORRY ALL YOU “GANGSTAS” AND GO AT THE STORES AND BUY ALL THE PUFF DADDY COLLECTION CAUSE THIS IS THE REAL GANGSTA NIGGA NOT THE RAPPERS LIKE PAC AND THE GAME I HATE THIS TYPE OF NIGGAS CAUSE THEY FEELIN LIKE THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS MUTHAPHUKAZ AND THIS TWO GUY’S STAR MAKIN NOISE WITH THE HELP FROM OTHERS GREAT RAPPERS!

    • RocCityGoon585

      Puff Daddy is a homo.

  • POLO DIZ

    Dont everyone and they momma know puff and big had something to do with this…evidence aint concrete…no REAL witness…no nothing…which means nothen though…who cut that reporter a check they needa get it back….

  • G

    this is all old news

  • http://sdfasdfas jo-bobin

    cant we just let it go, id rather rember pac than keep bicering over his death.

  • TISHAN

    @TRUTHFROMDABOOT

    All of us on here who say I’ll do this I’ll do that, doesn’t know what the hell you will do if you was in the situation. The only thing we know is what we read. Life goes on when you finished the article, or after the blog you just read. We don’t know what gifts was given to Pac and what promises were made. If you look at it the was you are suppose to…..from all sides of the story. The bottom line is MONEY! Everybody trying to cash out from this. We all know that Pac had a mouth on him. He had a bad temper and will hold nothing back. Some people can take it, some can’t. Pac may have rubbed some the wrong way and they wanted to teach cuz a lesson. Puff and B.I.G knew this was going to happen. But it was a lesson to them also. Don’t make deals with connected people and then back out. A lot of cats made moves thinking Pac was going to sign with Bad Boy. Bad Boy just received a lot of money on promises that Pac was going there, and when he didn’t, they had to create some controversy for B.I.G’s album. But lucky for them B.I.G was nice without the publicity. But the situation just festered and actually got out of hand as we all know. Smoke and Mirrors ladies and gentlemen. Shit get out of hand when you fuck with the MOB. Pac knew this and thats why he put out as much music as possible, because he knew that his end was inevitable. B.I.G knew his was coming too. In one interview he speaks on being scared and paranoid. So you are right about Puff and B.I.G being puppets in this. If Puff speaks the truth now, imagine what the street life will do to him. Somethings You Just Can’t Talk About.

  • stoneyisland

    If any of this was true Puffy would be up in court already. That said I give it 2 days before Puffy’s dream team of lawyers sue the holy dog shit out of this reporter. This reporter is like that shady reporter on the wire who was making up shit as he went alone:)

  • stoneyisland

    Diddy Responds to L.A. Times Article

    He’s none too pleased with Chuck Phillips.

    Just moments after LATimes.com went live with the latest article about the Quad City shooting of Tupac Shakur, which said both the Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy were in on the setup to get Shakur shot, Diddy has issued a statement attacking the article. The statement is as follows.

    “This story is beyond ridiculous and is completely false.Neither Biggie nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during, or after it happened. It is a complete lie to suggest that there was any involvement by Biggie or myself. I am shocked that the Los Angeles Times would be so irresponsible as to publish such a baseless and completely untrue story.”

    —Sean “Diddy” Combs

    Click here to read the full article

  • Real Talk

    Well I read the entire article and I am very convinced that what the Chuck Phillips is saying is true. This was pretty much just rumors and hear say until now, so to get all the details like this is kind of satisfying and sad at the same time. I was skeptical at first since this is the same guy that said that Big was in Vegas and was directly involved with Pac’s killing (which was pretty much shot down when that article came out). I don’t believe the details in that article at all, but the information in this article seems MUCH more credible.

    To me it always seemed like Big and Pac’s killings were completely unconnected and the only reason people believed they were connected to was the rap beef. Knowing the full details behind Pac’s first shooting has made me seriously reconsider that. Probably wasn’t Pac and Big directly, but some behind-the-scene figures in their camps. We are fairly certain that it was LAPD officer/Blood/Deathrow bodyguard David Mack and another hitman that did Biggie in, for retailiation to Pac’s killing. There is little known about Pac’s killer since there is a lack of details, but I’m sure the answer is out there somewhere and maybe Mr. Phillips first article a few years ago about Bad Boy Records being involved wasn’t too far off after all.

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    Fuck biggie puffy and jimmy henchman. puffy and jimmy yall some fuckin snakes. Its been obvious that vbad boy set up 2pac. 2pac 4ever. We miss u and we will keep ridin 4 u pac.

  • fuckthapolice

    All his “sources” are informants. Disinformation is a strategy. Real “journalists” stay reprinting precint’s press releases as if they constitute investigations.

  • MARK CARTEL

    this fuckin reporter seems just like da faggot ass reporter on the wire…muthafuckas sensationalize da shit just 2 hav a good story in da paper…dat shit is soooo fuckin old it dnt even make sense 2 b still talkin bout it…da muthafuckas dat shot pac r doing bids…wut dat faggot ass reporter need 2 b tryin 2 figure out who KILLED pac & biggie…dats wen i’ll b impressed…so far dat faggot ass reporter just sounds like he gossipin like a lil bitch!!!

  • santanasetset

    Damn, I dont know about this but.. R.I.P.

  • SLINK

    BEIN FROM BK MYSELF WE ALL KNO THEY HAD SUMTHING 2 DO WITH IT THAT SNITCH 50 SAID THE NAME OF THE PERSON WHO DID ON MANY MEN ON HIS FIRST ALBUM GO BACK N LISTEN N THAT DUDE WAS A GANGSTA

  • Trickdd

    Just put it like this it was some one who deffently knew pac real good cause they knew what car he was gunna be in where he was gunna be that night and what side of the car pac was sittin on cause they shot that side up i think Suges bitch ass had something to do with it

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Make of it what you will. RIP

  • Lance

    Here we go again another west coast east coast controversy

  • sooch

    it was that nigga named kevin with a mac eleven…

  • Khayan from the bronx

    I SEE THA YALL WILL POST ANY BULL SHIT ON THIS WEB SITE. TRUST ME IF THAT WAS TRUE THE F B I WOULD BE KNOCKING ON PUFFY DOOR ASAP. RIP MY NIGGAS BIGGIE AND PAC. LET THEM REST.

  • iame247

    Now all this shit makes since. I finally know who Haitain Jack(Pac’s co-d in the sexual assault case) is and how he plays a role in the whole thing. I also believe Big and Puff new what was going to happen. All the old Pac interviews make since now, “against all odds” makes since now. The pieces of the puzzle are all set now, as far as the Quad shooting goes.
    As the saying goes “KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER”. Now we know who had a hand in BIG’s murder, Pac’s is still a mystery. But I leave you with one question. How is someone shot just off the strip on a Mike Tyson fight night(traffic is a beast), and the shooters get away clean. Nobody stopped by the police, as busy as the strip was that night? (cops are everywhere but not on Koval and Flamingo?)I was out there, im from Vegas, any Vegas native will tell you that is suspect like a muthafucka. In order for the white lac to get to the freeway to go back to cali they have to cross the strip on Tropicana & LV Blvd(The Strip). Trop/LV Blvd and Flamingo/LV Blvd are always the two most busiest intersections on fight night(heavy police presence). The MGM sits right there on the corner of Trop/LV Blvd. that leaves me to believe it was either DeathRow/Dirty LAPD/Dirty LVPD co-op, or the Feds. I dont think BadBoy had anything to do with it. Why would they come to Vegas to hide in a hotel room? They would have been at the fight, and someone would have been able to confirm seeing them there.

  • http://www.myspace.com/masiva01 Masiva

    Man i knew my man Pac wasnt makin a whole lot of Bullshit up, just so Bad Boy could look bad. It all makes sense now, Any normal person would see tha facts and put two and two together and realise that it was Bad Boy that had a lot to do with the shooting, at Quad, and not his murder. R.I.P to 2 of the biggest and most influential homies that ever graced the mic, you boyz are still sorely missed….Much Love from OZ…G.W.C 4109

  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    No what happened was Suge Knight. He had it all set up. Pac was ready to bounce and get on with his career (something way far beyond what most of ya’ll simple nuckas can imagine).
    Suge could’nt risk losen his biggest asset. He could’nt make Pac stay. Pac was bout it. Suge “put” he bullets in him, and drove slowly while Pac died. That’s how he died, as far as the New York shit is concerned,.. hell yeah, Puff thought they could handle somethin’ on some Junior M.A.F.I.A. B.S.. They shot him 5 time’s…you know the rest.
    Suge Knight is for reals gangsta. That nucka scares me and he don’t even know I exist.

  • ngash

    pac forever we’ll keep repping you till the end

  • philipobioha

    Tupac’s death is very painful. He was a genius; a phenomenon of the future that found way into our social milieu. The shooting in New York was definitely planned by some people close to Tupac; some people he trusted, though one may not be able to name the actual players. Biggie and Puffy may or may not have been involved.
    Let us not continue the bicker over Tupac’s death. We miss him sorely but he more less embraced his death as if that is itself an essential additive to his traumatic autobiography. Please go to http://philipobioha.blogspot.com and see the little piece on Tupac. I think that should be our attitude now about him, not generating controversies.

  • TheRefriedMexican

    ME BEING OUT HERE IN L.A. I KNOW RIGHT NOW THE L.A. TIMES IS STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND THEY HAVE A ALOT OF CREDIBILTY ISSUES. THEY WERE COMPLETELY WRONG WHEN THEY REPORTED LAST SUMMER THAT ROGER CLEMENS HAD APPEARED ON A LIST OF PEOPLE WHO PURCHASED STEROIDS FROM FORMER DISGRACED MAJOR LEAGUER JASON GRIMSLEY. THEY ENDED UP PRINTING A RETRACTION AND AN APOLOGY. SO IM NOT CONVINCED ABOUT THIS STORY
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  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do?

    you know everything mr. refried maricon

    • TheRefriedMexican

      Thats right Mrs what it do? I ALSO KNOW YOUR MOM SHAVES HER PUSSY JUST FOR ME
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    Ok MR. REFRIED MARICON