UNSOLVED HIP-HOP CASE FILES
Biggie Smalls died on March 9, 1997, when an unknown assailant pulled up to his car and shot him four times, after a performance in Los Angeles, California.
For some reason it has been a common trend throughout Hip-Hop history, when a talented musician begins to gain notoriety, it can create jealousy among the people they associate with and even beef among friends.
And what makes matters worse is the fact that police rarely, if ever, bring a slain rapper’s murderer to justice. It’s a sad reality, that given all our modern technology and resources that we are not any closer to finding a killer. Or could it really be like Blastmaster Krs-One once said, “wanna get away with murder? Kill a rapper.”
Obviously, we at Salute do NOT approve or encourage violence of any kind, but we remember those musicians who dedicated their time to entertain us and that no good comes of beef.
AND STILL NO JUSTICE
DJ Scott “La Rock” Sterling
Shot and killed in 1987. The next year police arrested two men believed to be associated with the murder. They were acquitted.
Lamont “Big L” Coleman
Jam Master Jay
Andre “Mac Dre” Hicks
Rayquon “Stack Bundles” Elliot
Shot and killed by an unknown assailant outside his apartment complex on Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, Queens. Police said that one suspect, Charles White, was found dead in his home in Springfield Gardens; informants later tipped police to another suspect, Lee Woods, who was wanted for his involvement in the shooting of a Brooklyn police officer. However, despite the two men already identified, police believe there is a connection between his death and the killing of his associate, rapper Chinx Drugz.
Lionel “Chinx” Pickens
Although a suspect has never been caught, police have publically stated that they believe there is a connection between the 31-year-old rapper’s death and the murder of Stack Bundles.
AFTERMATH AND THE ROAD AHEAD
Following the death of the Notorious B.I.G., a foundation was started in his honor with the hopes of inspiring and helping youths in Brooklyn.
In 2013, LeRoy McCarthy petitioned his local community board to co-name a block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, “Christopher Wallace Way” in honor of the slain rapper.
The intersection, St. James Place and Fulton Street, was where the icon first established his roots.
However, the plan was ultimately shot down by a community that could not look past his criminal record.
Meanwhile, following the shootings of DJ Scott La Rock and Stack Bundles, both communities have adopted “Stop the Violence” programs as a way to keep youth from associating with gangs and violence. As of today, both programs have seen great success helping the youth stay off the street by putting their skills to better use.
In Far Rockaway, a basketball tournament is held each year in memory of Stack Bundles. Over the past five years, the tournament has only gotten bigger and better and has even helped some go onto a collegiate career.