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March 10, 1997
pThly Arts Writer
N otorious B.IG. became the second
prominent hardcore rapper to be
gunned down in a six-month period
ealy Sunday morning in Los Angeles.
Christopher Wallace, better known as
the Notorious B.IG., was fatally shot
outside Petersen Automotive Museum,
wehere a private party was being held in
celebration of Friday's I Ith Annual
Soul Train Music Awards.
"Someone just rolled by (the car in
*ich Notorious B.I.G. was sitting)
and started shooting," witness Kevin
Kim told The Associated Press.
According to Los Angeles Police
Department sergeant Willie Guerrero.
the shooting occurred after fire
ment officials had broken up t
due to overcrowding.
'It appears that the suspect
along the side of a Chevrolet s
and fired several shots into the
striking Mr. Christopher W
Guerrero said. "Mr. Wallace wa
ferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical
in a private car, and was pron
dead at the hospital:"
Guerrero would not say hou
times or where on his body Wall
shot. However, at least five
punctured the parked car in
Wallace was sitting.
The shooting occurred short
midnight Pacific time, and Wall
depart- pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. He was
he party 24 years old:
"There were hundreds of people when
s drove the shooting occurred, so detectives from
uburban the Wilshire division (of the LAPD) are
vehicle interviewing a lot of people," Guerrero
allace," noted. "We're hopeful we'll have a
is trans- description of the assailants soon."
Center At press time, LAPD officials had
nounced not disclosed any suspects in the case.
"We have no leads and no eyewit-
w many nesses yet," said detective Raymond
ace was Futami, who is in charge of the ongoing
bullets investigation. "We're still interviewing
But Futami said that the interviews
ly after have been unpromising so far.
ace was "We're not getting a lot of coopera-
tion, and that's a problem," he said.
With the murder of rapper Tupac
Shakur almost six months ago, specula-
tion of the correlation between Shakur's
death at the hands of gunmen in Las
Vegas on Sept. 13, and Wallace's recent
death is sure to abound. Both rappers
made public their extreme dislike for
each other which was magnified
when Shakur boasted last year that he
was having an affair with Wallace's
wife, R&B songstress Faith Evans.
Evans denied the allegation.
Guerrero warned against making any
"There are similarities in the ways
they were murdered," he said. "But it's
still early in the case, so it's premature
But it wasn't too early for University
senior Eugene Williams to let his opin-
AP PHOTO ion be known.
Notorious B.I.G. and Sean "Puffy" Combs at a private party in celebration of the Soul'
Train Music Awards.
"I think Notorious B.l.G.'s death had
everything to do with Tupac," Williams
said. "Machiavelli faked his death and
then killed all his enemies. Now Makaveli
(Tupac Shakur's name change on his post-
mortem album "7 Day Theory") is doing
the same. And this makes sense since I
don't believe Tupac's dead."
Problems between Shakur and
Wallace, who also went by the moniker
Biggie Smalls, went beyond charges of
marital infidelity. Shakur accused
Wallace of involvement .in a 1994 rob-
bery, which left Shakur with multiple
gunshot wounds and the loss of more
than $40,000 in jewelry.
Both men also had a checkered past
with the law. Shakur was released from
prison last year pending an appeal of his
sexual assault conviction. Wallace, an
admitted ex-crack cocaine dealer in
Bedford-Tyuyvesant, a tough Brooklyn
neighborhood, was ordered in January to
pay $25,000 to a man whom he alleged-
ly robbed and assaulted in May 1995.
PolyGram Records college represen-
tative D'Andre Boldon also had conjec-
tures of Wallace's recent death.
"It's probably a money thing," he
said. "First Tupac, the top money
maker for Death Row Records, is
killed. Now Notorious B.l.G., the top
money maker for Bad Boy
Entertainment, is killed.
"But it could also be some sort of
retaliation, since many people argue
that Notorious B.l.G. had something
to do with Tupac's murder. You do
have some folks so deep into the East
Coast'/ West Coast thing that they're
taking matters into their own hands.
Either way, though, I think that it's
very sad that the lyrics of the hip-hop
culture are being realized on a serious
Don Cornelius, executive producer
and creator of the "Soul Train" dance
program, said that the party was neither
sponsored by nor had any connection
with the show.
Wallace, who won the Rap Artist of
the Year award at the Billboard Music
Awards in 1995, did not win anything at
this year's Soul Train Awards. Shakur
posthumously won the Best R&B-Soul
or Rap Album award for "All Eyez on
Five bullets hit the Chevrolet suburban in which Wallace was sitting.
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When Howard Stern first arrived in
New York, Don Imus was the king of
Newi York talk radio. Since his arrival
on' New York radio, however, Stern has
buried Imus in the ratings and never
Just like every other radio host Stern
has crushed, he has held a funeral for
inus, commemorating the feat. That is
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The self-proclaimed "King of All
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Although Stern tends to come off as an
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underneath his thick skin.
The movie opens a few years back.
following Fartman's debut at the MTV
Movie Awards. Stern's worry that
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memories of his youth - specifically,
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his show came to be, and more impor-
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Alison (Mary McCormack). Actors por-
tray Howard from age seven through
high school gradua-
tion. However, once R
Stem enters Boston
University to study
is pure Howard.
Even though Stern AtE
looks a bit dry
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The documentary style is what
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Robin Quivers, Stern's co-star both on
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The core cast, though not made up of
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Stern, the man who picks on himself
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The funniest bit in the movie is the
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