Biggie’s Crown Sells For Over $500K At Sotheby’s 1st Hip Hop Auction

The auction also netted over $ 126,000 for the Rammellzee vs. K-Rob “Beat Bop” 12” vinyl with Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork.

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Lil Cease Clarifies Biggie’s Welch’s Grape Line From “Big Poppa” [Photos]

Much has been deciphered concerning The Notorious B.I.G.’s brief but illustrious career but there was still was an unsolved mystery concerning a particular line from the laid back classic record, “Big Poppa.”

At the tail end of the second verse, Biggie Smalls vividly describes the closing time portion of a typical club night shortly before he slides to the crib to dig into some ribs. When describing his late night meal, he dropped a rather ambiguous nod to Welch’s products.

“Plans to leave, throw the keys to Lil Cease/Pull the truck up front, and roll up the next blunt/So we can steam on the way to the telly, go fill my belly/A T-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape”

Black Twitter alum Mela Machinko and Koku TV’s Koku Puff decided to do some investigative journalism and took to social media for some answers.


It didn’t too long for the word to get back to Biggie’s former right-hand man and he clarified once and for all that the Welch’s grape in question was undoubtedly the soda.


Mela Machinko tells us the conversation has been part of an ongoing #GrapeDebate on social media for more than a week with Thembisa S. Mshaka even giving first-hand accounts of Biggie drinking juice. Stay tuned for further developments on their conversation via Google Hangout.

This revelation falls somewhere in between the quest to find the actual occurence of Ice Cube’s “Today Was a Good Day” and him debunking the entire record.

Genius community, do what y’all do. We’ll always love Big Poppa.

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Russell Poole, LAPD Detective Who Investigated Biggie’s Murder, Dies

Russell Poole, the former Los Angeles Police Department detective who alleged The Notorious B.I.G. was killed through a conspiracy, has suddenly died.

Via Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at the Homicide Bureau reported that Russell Poole collapsed Wednesday morning, according to a sheriff’s department official. He was meeting with detectives about a cold case when he collapsed and was unresponsive. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died, the coroner’s office said.

Poole worked on Smalls’ murder case for about a year, according to Times archives.

The 24-year-old rapper, born Christopher Wallace and known also as Notorious B.I.G., was shot to death while sitting in a car at a red light in Mid-Wilshire on March 9, 1997.

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The New York rapper’s death spawned countless conspiracy theories, among them that it was somehow connected to the Las Vegas slaying of rapper Tupac Shakur six months earlier because they and their respective record companies were seen as rivals.

Poole advanced the theory that Wallace’s death came from a plot involving a corrupt LAPD detective and Marion “Suge” Knight, who headed Shakur’s company when Shakur was killed. Wallace’s killing was retaliation, Poole suggested.

Knight is now in jail awaiting a possible murder trial in a separate incident and was never implicated in Wallace’s killing.

Poole was heavily featured in the 2003 book, LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal, written by Randall Sullivan.

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White Kid Matty B Remakes Biggie’s “Juicy”

If you were raised in the 80’s and 90’s, this may cause spontaneous weeping. This white kid Matty B is a huge viral sensation, but we just got it today. Guess we don’t live in the same world. Nevertheless, he made it a point to recreate for youtube, one of the biggest songs ever – Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” and…its deep. No further comment needed: just watch.

Is it really all good, baby baby?

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