Diddy was rumored in 2008 to have hired a hit on Tupac Shakur. That theory was dismissed after it was learned that the sources the theory was built upon were FBI records, some of which appeared to be fabricated, and Diddy’s own people. TMZ reports that Netflix is set to release a film that also points to Diddy, claiming he hired a Crip gang member to kill Tupac. The film is based on a book titled Murder Rap written by retired LAPD investigator Greg Kading. In the book, Kading claims to have a taped confession from a Crip gang member who claims Diddy paid him $1 million to kill Tupac.
In 2008, Diddy was the target of accusations in a story by the Los Angeles Times. In that story, the newspaper reported that in 1994, it was people associated with Diddy who took five shots at Tupac outside a New York City recording studio. It was characterized as a failed murder attempt.
The newspaper later printed a retraction to the Diddy story, saying, “The Times has since concluded that the FBI reports were fabricated and that some of the other sources relied on — including… a ‘confidential source’ cited in the FBI reports do not support major elements of the story.”
Kading led a 2006 special investigation into the involvement of Diddy in the Tupac shootings. The Huffington Post reports that he worked on the investigation for three years and claims that Diddy hired Crips gang member Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis to kill Tupac and his manager Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight for $1 million. Keffe D’s nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, actually performed the shooting but failed to get Knight. Kading further alleges that in his investigation into the involvement of Diddy in the murder of Tupac, he learned that the murder of Biggie Smalls six months later was retaliation and was performed by gang member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse, who was paid $13,000 by Suge Knight to do it. The investigator says Keffe D provided information related to Tupac’s murder in exchange for not facing charges for another serious crime.
The special investigation into the involvement of Diddy in the shootings was conducted in response to a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Violet Smalls, Biggie’s mother, in which she accused the LAPD of covering up the involvement of one of their officers in the death of Biggie. She asked for $500 million based on Biggie’s earning potential. Kading claims that once he found enough evidence to clear the department, the case against Diddy was dropped. He believes this was done because of the celebrity status of Diddy.
Prior to the 2011 release of the book alleging that Diddy hired a Crip to kill Tupac, Diddy spoke to Kiss FM’s DJ Jojo about the murder of Smalls and why it had not been solved.
Diddy responded, saying, “Those issues and those things right there, those are street issues. You know what I’m saying? It’s not like 48 Hours out here. It’s cold in the streets and people… and yes, somebody should be punished for it.”
The following year, when rumors about Diddy hiring a hit on Tupac were circulating following the release of Kading’s book, LA Weekly asked Diddy to comment on the allegations.
He responded via email, stating, “This story is pure fiction and completely ridiculous.”
Diddy has denied any involvement in either incident. The Murder Rap documentary was originally released on 2015. It’s currently available on iTunes and is expected to appear on Netflix in the spring.
Diddy is also known as Sean Combs. He has been nominated for 11 awards for both music and film and has won five. Awards given to Diddy include a 2008 Primetime Emmy for Raisin in the Sun and a 1998 Best Rap Album Grammy for No Way Out.
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