Sep 10, 2002:
The family of the Notorious B.I.G. is raking up several witnesses who can place the late rapper (real name Christopher Wallace) in a New York studio and at his home in New Jersey at the time of the Tupac Shakur killing. The statements are being made in response to the inflammatory Los Angeles times two-piece article, who killed Tupac Shakur?, on Friday (Sept. 6) and Saturday (Sept. 7) that said Wallace was in Vegas on Sept. 7, 1996, and paid for the hit on Shakur's life. All along, B.I.G who was killed in 1997, and his family contend that he was at home when Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas. Entertainment manager Wayne Barrow confirms that he was with Christopher on Sept. 7, 1996 in a New York studio recording some vocal tracks. You can quote me that I was with him. No way he in Vegas, says Barrow, according to a statement released by the family on Tuesday (Sept, 10). The family goes on to explain that rapper Lil Cease of Junior M.A.F.I.A. also confirms that B.I.G. was in the studio that day and with hime afterwards: after his recording session, I was with him later on in his home watching the championship boxing mach between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Hotel. He was with me all the time. The Los Angeles times got it all wrong. Obviously, it should be noted that the people speaking to Wallace's whereabouts are his close friends, relatives, associates, or employees. Though, the family says they have recording session reports that can confirm he was in the studio on that day. A tape of Christopher from that session, along with the paperwork, will put to rest any theory of him being in Las Vegas on that fateful night, says the family. Shortly after the Times story ran, Russell Simmons, president of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, also challenged the article and its accusations. Simmons said, in part, [the] Los Angeles times [article] entitled, who killed Tupac Shakur? does more to inflame passions and emotions than to clear the air with actual facts concerning the following inaccuracies in the L.A. Times story: Christopher G.L. Wallace ( Notorious B.I.G.) was in Las Vegas on the night of the shooting of Tupac. In fact, Christopher Wallace was at his home in New Jersey on that night, as hits family and friends have verified. Christopher ( Notorious B.I.G.) Wallace paid money and supplied the weapon for the murder of Tupac. These allegations are inaccurate, untrue, and unsubstantiated. People should not rush to judgment concerning this tragedy based on inaccuracies as reported by the L.A. Times. We need healing in our community. Only facts and the real truth will bring ultimate justice and peace.