The recent arrest of longtime suspect Duane “Keffe D” Davis has brought new intrigue to the unsolved killings of iconic rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Davis, who has been indicted in Shakur’s slaying, has raised questions about the murder of Notorious B.I.G. as well. Prosecutors have delved into the past, presenting grand jury testimony that highlights the East-West Coast rap rivalry as the backdrop for these tragic events.
The animosity between Shakur and Wallace began in 1994 when Shakur was ambushed and wounded at a recording studio in New York City. This incident marked a turning point in their friendship, as Shakur accused Wallace and Sean “Diddy” Combs of having knowledge about the planned attack, an accusation they vehemently denied. The rift between the two rappers deepened when Wallace released the song “Who Shot Ya?” while Shakur was serving a prison sentence.
The feud between the East and West Coast rap scenes escalated further with public statements and provocative songs. Marion “Suge” Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records, made a disrespectful comment about Combs at an awards show, and later, Tha Dogg Pound and Snoop Dogg released a music video that angered native New Yorkers. Shakur responded with the aggressive single “Hit ‘Em Up,” which targeted Wallace and boasted about his relationship with Wallace’s wife, Faith Evans.
The tensions between rival gangs, specifically the South Side Crips and the Mob Piru, further fueled the violence. Davis, identified as a shot caller of the Burris Street Crew, a South Side Crips faction, is accused of masterminding and ordering Shakur’s fatal shooting. The rivalry between these gangs escalated to a point where it was referred to as the “Ten Day War.”
The recent arrest of Davis, who rose from a street-level drug dealer to a drug kingpin, has shed new light on the circumstances surrounding Shakur’s killing. However, it also raises questions about the unsolved murder of Notorious B.I.G. Davis’ nephew, Orlando Anderson, and other members of the South Side Crips were involved in an altercation with one of Knight’s bodyguards, which may have contributed to the events leading up to the Las Vegas shooting that claimed Shakur’s life.
The investigation into these decades-old killings continues, and Davis is scheduled for another court hearing on October 19. The arrest of Davis has reignited interest in these high-profile cases, reminding the public of the unresolved mysteries surrounding the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.