DailyMail- The fatal shooting of one of the 1990s biggest rappers Tupac Shakur shook the hip hop world inspiring a countless conspiracy theories as police failed to find his killer.
Now a former LAPD cop claims that Grammy Award-winning artist Sean 'P Diddy' Combs was responsible for hiring a killer to shoot 25-year-old rapper in a drive-by in 1996, the Huffington Post reports.
Both Diddy, from New York, and Tupac, in Los Angeles, had been caught up in a bitter rivalry between East and West Coast rappers.
Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls - a close friend of P Diddy - was shot dead six months later in a revenge killing, according to retired detective Greg Kading, who once led a special task force that investigated those two-decade-old shootings.
Kading claims in a new documentary that Diddy hired Crips gang member Duane Keith 'Keffe D' Davis to kill Shakur and his manager Marion Hugh 'Suge' Knight for $1 million.
The documentary, Murder Rap, features a 2008 interview with Keffe where he claims to have heard Diddy declared in a room full of Crips members that he'd 'give anything for Pac and Suge Knight's heads'.
Kading says that in retaliation, Suge hired rival Blood gang member Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse to kill Diddy's long-time friend Biggie Smalls for just $13,000.
So this is a pretty big victory for P. Diddy, no? As his old Bad Boy label mates would say, "money, power, respect, it's the key to life". Well P. Diddy, or should I say Puff Daddy, has all the money and power in the world, but the one thing he doesn't have is the respect of the streets. How could he? We are talking about the 'shiny suit man' here. The guy that snitched on his buddy Shyne. The guy that decided to change his own nickname and then was in a music video dancing around with Fonzworth Bentley repeatedly spelling it out? The guy that sold out and was on MTV making teenagers -with next to no musical ability- walk across the Brooklyn bridge to get him a delicious dessert from his own damn restaurant. That's not gangsta. That's not hood. P. Diddy didn't have any street cred. No one was mistaking Sean Combs for the type of person to propose a murder for hire scheme. That is, until now. Had this gone public 20 years ago it may have been to the detriment of Puffy's livelihood, but now? Now it just adds a little authenticity to his brand. Tell me you you don't revere Puff Daddy a little more now hearing that he was the instigator of a homicidal, bi-coastal rap war? Shit, I am already regretting giving my Sean John sweatsuit to goodwill all those years ago.
What's even better for Puffy is that this isn't even true. Well, I take that back. It's very possible that Puffy paid someone to kill 2Pac, but it's extremely unlikely that some retired LAPD detective knew about it. That would mean he was sitting on that information for over a decade while the whole world sat around scrutinizing his police department's failure to detain even one suspect. Doesn't seem all that logical to me. I highly doubt Greg Kading was letting the fun fact that he knew who was responsible for the most deadly rap beef in history eat at him for 12 years before he decided to go public with it in some random documentary called 'Murder Rap'. Talk about an unlikely cameo. "Here's a retired old white dude to discuss the history of violence in hip hop!". Yeah, okay. Even if we accept this as the truth, we would have to do so under the assumption that the producer of a documentary didn't divulge that news for SEVEN ADDITIONAL YEARS when he thought he had a credible source. This flick better be the best fucking movie I have ever seen. Nearly a decade in the making? This better make 'Straight Outta Compton' look like it was straight off the cutting room floor. It better make 'Notorious' look like 'Fat Albert'. This film better have the Oscars looking like the BET awards next year. If you are going to come out and say you've known the specifics behind the death of two hip hop legends since before hip hop died a horrible death you better do so in dramatic, cinematically grandiose fashion.