In Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur Muder Investigations, a new book written by former LAPD detective Greg Kading, he says that Diddy and Suge Knight were responsible for the deaths of the fallen rap legends.
Kading, who investigated the unsolved deaths of both artists, based his case on the confessions of two people he believes Combs and Knight paid to commit the crimes.
One man named Duane “Keffe D” Keith Davis, a member of the Southside Crips gang, told Kading that Diddy offered him one million dollars to get rid of Shakur.
“[Diddy] took me downstairs and he’s like, ‘Man, I want to get rid of them dudes,’” he said in a taped confession. “I was like, ‘We’ll wipe their ass out, quick. It’s nothing.’ … We wanted a million.”
Another woman, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, told police that Suge gave her money to hire Wardell “Poochie” Fouse to rub out Biggie. The woman, who was a close associate of Suge, is also the mother of one of his children.
“He was really mad about [Shakur's murder],” she said about Suge’s feelings before ordering the hit. “Like I never saw him before. He told me where Biggie would be … you know, that party at the car museum. He told me to tell Poochie to get over there and take care of it, you know what I mean?”
Mr. Knight has yet to address the claims made in the book, coming out tomorrow, October 4, via One Time Publishing, but the Bad Boy founder contacted LA Weekly to completely deny the allegations.
“This story is pure fiction and completely ridiculous,” he said.
Kading, who was taken off the murder case due to department politics, resigned after watching his investigation fall through the cracks. Along with sharing the information he has learned while investigating these violent crimes, Murder Rap also gives an in-depth look at the failure of the LAPD to prosecute Tupac and Biggie’s killers.
B.I.G. was gunned down on March 9, 1997 in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles. Six months earlier ’Pac was shot on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he died six days later. Both crimes remain unsolved. —Elan Mancini
Watch author Greg Kading explain his motivation for writing the book, with LA Weekly.