Biggie Allegedly Had Genovese Crime Family Ties

The 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace -- the rapper known as The Notorious B.I.G. -- remains unsolved, but last week, new information was released about the storied murder, as well as Wallace's alleged links to the Mafia, when the FBI opened up its files as part of an investigation into who shot the rapper, including who orchestrated it, according to the Village Voice.

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Biggie's death is widely believed to have resulted from the earlier murder of Tupac Shakur; other alleged masterminds include Suge Knight's Death Row records camp, LA's Crips gang, and corrupt L.A.P.D. officers.

"The FBI's files, which span from 1997 to 2005, do little to prove or dispel these allegations--although they do make for sadly sinister reading," the Voice reports.

While the first wave of reports has concentrated on the contents of Biggie's pockets on the night he died--marijuana, a pen, an asthma inhaler, three "larger size" condoms, and a driver's license issued in Georgia--the reports also contain insights into the often-nefarious side of the mid-'90s rap scene. So for those without the patience or printer ink to scour through the 350-plus pages--which include heavily redacted witness statements, a sketch of the crime scene, internal memos, and even a reference to a Village Voice article (on page 48 of Section 1)--here are ten insights into music-business-related matters.

Biggie Allegedly Had Real-Life Links To The Genovese Crime Family

One of hip-hop's most fabled supergroups that never came to fruition, The Commission was B.I.G.'s idea of a musical mafia movement that included Jay-Z, Lil Cease, Lance 'Un' Rivera and Puffy, and saw them all adopting crime family-style names.

According to the FBI, this wasn't just mythical thinking; the report alleges that the rotund rapper had links to New York City's Genovese crime family. Founded by Lucky Luciano, the family was until recently headed up by Vincent Gigante, who was particularly known for feigning insanity as a legal defense mechanism.

Although the report doesn't provide further details of the specific nature of the links, it does add that Biggie was being investigated for "for gun violations and possible murders" while also being surreptitiously photographed out in Los Angeles.

Go to Village Voice here to see complete story


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