Diddy loses appeal for a new trial over Biggie sample

Sean ‘Diddy' Combs' appeal to overturn a court ruling ordering him to pay over $500,000 for sampling an Ohio Players song on Biggie's debut album, Ready To Die,was recently denied.

As reported earlier, Bridgeport Music and it’s sister company Westbound Records, filed a lawsuit in Nashville federal court in 2005 accusing Diddy and Bad Boy Records for using “Singing In The Morning” by the Ohio Players without permission on the song “Ready To Die” by the late Notorious B.I.G.

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Notorious B.I.G. Estate Says Inmate Lied

The estate of the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. filed a federal court motion on Monday claiming that a prison inmate who implicated a former police officer in the killing was lying when he recanted his testimony.

The motion seeks access to phone and prison visitation records for Waymond Anderson, a former R&B artist now serving a life sentence for murder in a separate case.

Anderson said in an Aug. 20 deposition that he lied as part of a scam involving the slain rapper’s family members and attorneys to win a monetary settlement from the city.

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The Notorious B.I.G. to have wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds NY

Members of the Brooklyn High School of the Arts’ choir will perform songs in honor of Biggie In a moving tribute to her son, Ms. Voletta Wallace will unveil a wax figure of the legendary Biggie Smalls (born: Christopher Wallace) on Thursday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Madame Tussauds New York, 234 West 42nd St. (b/w 7th & 8th Aves.), Manhattan.

After the figure is unveiled, 23 high school students from Brooklyn – where Biggie was born and raised – will honor him by singing “I’ll Be Missing You,” a tribute song released shortly after Biggie’s death, and gospel song, “I’ll Fly Away.” The students are members of the Brooklyn High School of the Arts’ choir.

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Dreams of playing a really B.I.G. role

When it comes to playing Biggie on the big screen, size matters. Take it from De’Andre Neal, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound bouncer with fingers as thick as Twix bars. The Brooklyn native was one of more than 100 hopefuls who turned out for an open casting call on a soundstage in Manhattan’s meat-packing district, trying to fill the size-13 shoes of Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G., in “Notorious,” a new biopic about the slain rapper.

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Diddy sued over B.I.G. music rights

A former associate of Sean “Diddy” Combs has filed a lawsuit from prison against the hip-hop mogul, claiming Combs owes him more than $19 million for music by the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.

James Sabatino, a former consultant for Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment Inc., said he flew B.I.G. to Miami in 1994 to perform a show and record some music. The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, recorded about 17 minutes of vocals, and the session was also captured on about 90 minutes of video footage.

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Diddy to produce Notorious B.I.G. film

The life and death of slain rapper Notorious BIG is to be brought to the big screen in a new biopic produced by hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, Variety reports.

The film will be made by Fox Searchlight films and directed by George Tillman Jr., who was the men behind the camera for the Barbershop films.

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Get your Biggie Brooklyn Mint T-shirts

The one and only Christopher Wallace aka. The Notorious B.I.G. has been gone for a little more than 10 years, but his swagger, his lyrics, his music and his image will last forever. Brought to you by Voletta Wallace, Jay-Z, and two of B.I.G.‘s previous managers, BROOKLYN MINT is a clothing line from which proceeds are donated to the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

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Life After Death: The Movie

More than a decade after the death of one of hip-hop’s most legendary emcees, his best friend, D-Roc, is putting out this special DVD to honor the memory of his fallen friend. Currently imprisoned due to his indictment in the Hot 97 shootout with Lil’ Kim back a couple years ago, D-Roc is releasing this special “Life After Death: The Movie” DVD to let the world see a side of Notorious B.I.G. that they’ve never seen before.

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Biggie's family sues Los Angeles again

The family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. has filed a second wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, alleging that rogue police officers were involved in his murder 10 years ago.

The suit seeks unspecified damages on behalf of the widow, mother, and two children of the rapper.

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Notorious B.I.G.'s epic Life After Death lives strong 10 years later

Ten years ago, on March 25, 1997, the Notorious B.I.G. released his epic double-LP, Life After Death. Probably the closest thing to listening to Biggie on the album is watching Kobe Bryant score 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. Biggie was effortless, flawless, inexorable.

By the time Life After Death was finished, shortly before Biggie’s death on March 9 of that year, there was no doubt that he was the king and that the rest of the world was starting to get lapped. Nobody in rap was making more hits.

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Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" #1 selling album

For the first time since November, five of the top 10 albums on The Billboard 200 this week are debuts. The strongest of these, the late Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Greatest Hits,” bows at No. 1, selling 99,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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10 years later... R.I.P. B.I.G.

A legend, Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. is considered to be the greatest MC to ever touch a mic. Involved in the most infamous rap beef to date, he was brutally gunned down on March 9, 1997. Ten years later, we still two-step to his hits, and dissect his lyrics, but along with paying respect to his talents and skills we must also not forget to acknowledge the tragedy of his death and continue our efforts to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

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The 50 greatest New York musicians of all time

TONY (Time Out New York) magazine has listed the 50 greatest New York musicians of all time in their current issue (Issue 596: March 1–7, 2007). They have ranked Notorious B.I.G. in number 39.

Here’s what they wrote about Notorious B.I.G.:

When West Coast rappers made a play for supremacy, Biggie Smalls said, “Uh-uh, bitches” by recording 1994's Ready to Die. On this cycle of gangsta tales, he turned even the size of his schlong into legend. If he hadn't gotten popped in 1997, Biggie may have soared above his fellow George Westinghouse High dropout Jay-Z (No. 27 on our list).

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Notorious B.I.G. "Greatest Hits" album announced

10 years after his passing, Bad Boy Records continues to pay tribute to the label’s flagship artist, with plans to release a Notorious B.I.G. Greatest Hits album this March.

Bad Boy Records has announced that they will release Notorious B.I.G.‘s Greatest Hits on March 6, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of Biggie’s murder.

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New documents arise in Notorious B.I.G. murder case

Newly found police documents reportedly prove that The Notorious B.I.G. wasn’t killed by rogue cops as charged by the slain rapper’s family.

According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, the police documents reveal how the theory of Russell Poole, an LAPD detective assigned to the case, was put together and grew from the probe of detectives Brian Tyndall and Greg Grant, who were investigating a bank robbery that David A. Mack was involved in. Mack, a former cop, was later convicted.

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8Ball & MJG put down pimps

Tennessee rap pioneers 8Ball & MJG are preparing to release their next album, Ridin’ High on Bad Boy Records this February.

The Memphis duo has already released their first single, “Relax and Take Notes,” which features Notorious B.I.G. and Project Pat. A video for the single, directed by Harve Pierre and Flyy Kai debuted on BET’s “Rap City” earlier this week.

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Notorious B.I.G. lawsuite update

The family of the late Notorious B.I.G. lost a bid to expand their wrongful death lawsuit against the city to include new claims that a rogue police officer was at the scene of the killing.

The family submitted a motion last month alleging that former officers David Mack and Rafael Perez, working for Death Row Records mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, were behind the rapper’s shooting death.

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New task force assigned to B.I.G. case

A new task force of senior homicide detectives has been created to investigate the still-unsolved murder of the late Notorious B.I.G.

If new evidence is found, it could strengthen the Los Angeles Police Department’s claim that its officers had nothing to do with the rap icon’s death, the LA Times reports.

The launching of the task force comes nine years after B.I.G. was gunned down after leaving a music industry party at the Peterson Automotive Museum.

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Gnarls Barkley mashed up with B.I.G.

The duo behind the runaway hit “Crazy” and the legendary rapper Notorious B.I.G. get the mash-up treatment on The Gnotorious Gnarls Biggie.

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Biggie and Mase to rap en Espanol?

Bad Boy executive Andre Harrell has just partnered with Voxonic, a speech-conversion software that can flawlessly translate your favorite rapper’s voice into foreign languages.

With Voxonic, emcees like Biggie, Jay-Z, Mase, Ludacris and T.I.’s lyrics could now be translated in perfect French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Word is the system can reproduce a specific voice in any language of its choice.

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B.I.G. family requests lawsuit expansion

The family of the late Notorious B.I.G. has requested an expansion to their wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.

According to a 94-page motion, the family contends that Los Angeles Police Department officer Rafael Perez was on duty at the Petersen Automotive Museum the night of the killing.

The motion also referenced a list of incidents the family believes show a pattern linking police to crimes involving rap stars, including Snoop Dogg and the late Tupac Shakur.

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Notorious B.I.G retrial pushed back until Jan. 07

U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has postponed the wrongful death lawsuit involving rapper Notorious B.I.G. to give the family’s attorney more time to seek information from the defense the Associated Press reported today.

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Internal Affairs Cover-up in Biggie's Murder

A recently uncovered Internal Affairs Bureau file suggests that the LAPD held suspicions that two of their own were involved in the murder of Notorious B.I.G.

According to an April 26 court transcript that the NY Daily News was able to obtain, the LA Federal Judge presiding over the wrongful death suit filed by B.I.G.’s family was shocked to learn that the LAPD had covered up a 2001 Internal Affairs Bureau file. The file showed that former LAPD officers David Mack and Rafael Perez were investigatedfor their involvement in the March 9th, 1997 killing of the Brooklyn rapper.

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Buckwild talks about Diddy

Here’s a part of Buckwilds interview from AllHipHop.com

AllHipHop.com has a great interview with Buckwild where he talks about “I Got a Story to Tell” (Biggie track that he produced), praises Diddy’s production talents and clears the air about the supposed lawsuit against Diddy about production royalties:

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Happy birthday B.I.G.

Today was The Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday. He would been 34, if he hadnt been murdered in march 1997.

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New reward for information about the unsolved murder of Notorious B.I.G

On Friday, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine proposed offering a $50,000 reward for information about the unsolved murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., The Associated Press reports.

The reward would be offered for just 60 days, in the hopes that “someone will come forward with information which will lead to the eventual apprehension of the murderers involved in this case,” Zine said in a statement. The motion is being reviewed by a council committee.

A $25,000 reward was established back in 1997, but expired after several months. The Los Angeles Police Department recently reassigned the case to a team of new investigators.

Ms. Wallace talks about the untitled B.I.G. movie

Voletta Wallace, mother of slain rapper Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, told in a recent interview that critically acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua well direct an untitled picture based on the life of the slain rapper.

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Notorious B.I.G. Duets reaches platinum sales

Bad Boy Records’ The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter has been certified platinum by the RIAA for U.S. sales of more than one million units. The most eagerly anticipated album in hip-hop history, it was released on December 20th and reigned at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart for seven consecutive weeks.

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Notorious B.I.G. music action figure

Mezco continues to expand it’s music action figure arsonal by adding the hit rapper Notorious B.I.G.. Mezco hopes to make at least four outfits for the Notorious B.I.G. figure, each made of real cloth and other detailed accessories.

Biggie is still the King

The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Christopher Wallace, gives a glimpse of what could have been in “Duets: The Final Chapter.” The album is the only therapy left for Biggie fans who have already memorized all his songs.

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Spit Your Game video debuts!

Tune in this Sunday 2/26 @ 3:30pm to catch MTV2’s ‘Makes A Video’ – The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Spit Your Game” on Sucker Free Sunday! The new video features appearances from Twista, 8 Ball & MJG, Bone Thugs N Harmony and super-producer Swizz Beatz!

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The Notorious B.I.G.

In just a few short years, the Notorious B.I.G. went from a Brooklyn street hustler to the savior of East Coast hip-hop to a tragic victim of the culture of violence he depicted so realistically on his records. His all-too-brief odyssey almost immediately took on mythic proportions, especially since his murder followed the shooting of rival Tupac Shakur by only six months. In death, the man also known as Biggie Smalls became a symbol of the senseless violence that plagued inner-city America in the waning years of the 20th century. Whether or not his death was really the result of a much-publicized feud between the East and West Coast hip-hop scenes, it did mark the point where both sides stepped back from a rivalry that had gone too far. Hip-hop’s self-image would never be quite the same, and neither would public perception.

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New Bad Boy & Clinton Sparks mixtape

Clinton Sparks welcomes Diddy back to the mixtape game, as the Bad Boy Records CEO and founder welcomes you to Bad Boy on this major motion, major label mixtape.

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Diddy Will Be On 106 & Park On This Thursday

Keep an Eye out for Diddy on 106 and park on Thursday January 19th 06. He will be a guest with Martin Lawrence at 6:00 PM. Diddy might introduce a new video by Biggie (Spit your Game), or he might be introducing Elephant Man or Cherri Denice, But watch it for your self, this should be intresting.

Biggie #3 with 438,000 copies

A boatload of guests, including Eminem, Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Blige, join the Notorious B.I.G. on “Duets” in the No. 3 position on the chart based on sales of 438,000 copies. The Bad Boy release comes nearly nine years after the rap icon’s death. If you don’t have it yet then buy it now!

Listen to the Duets

You can listen to the Notorious B.I.G. – Duest on MTV Base. Remember also to buy the album.

B.I.G. mobile month' has arrived

The late Notorious B.I.G. is about to become a massive presence in the ringtone world, as the entire mobile community has joined forces for an unprecedented campaign starring the legendary rapper.

New Biggie video premiering!

Bobby O’Neil directs Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bob Marley “Hold Ya Head” Music Video (Production Co. by Kiss Creative Films). Also Nasty Girl video is coming in couple of weeks! Remember to vote those videos when they are in the countdown. But as of now go and vote Black Rob.

Foxy Brown and Biggie make history

Foxy Brown has just recorded a new track for The Notorious B.I.G.'s upcoming Duets album. She was back in the studio this past weekend, at the request of Diddy, for a first-time collaboration with the other half of “Brooklyn's Finest.”

Pre-Order new Notorious B.I.G. album!

You can now pre-order the new Notorious B.I.G. album titled Biggie Duets Go pre-order the album today and support Notorious B.I.G.’s family & Bad Boy.

Biggie to be honoured

Both Big Poppa and Big Daddy Kane will get their props from VH1 this year. The late Notorious B.I.G. and old-school rapper Kane will be feted at the second annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors on Sept. 22 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The show will air Sept. 26 on VH1.

B.I.G. trial

A federal judge yesterday shut down the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful-death trial so lawyers can probe a new bombshell tip that two corrupt cops allegedly confessed to the rapper’s murder and the LAPD buried the information. Check CNN for thier coverage of the case.

Happy B-DAY Biggie

Today 21st of May would have been Biggie Smalls aka Christopher Wallaces birthday. He would have been 33 years old today. We miss you!

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R.I.P. B.I.G.

A legend, Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. is considered to be the greatest MC to ever touch a mic. Involved in the most infamous rap beef to date, he was brutally gunned down on March 9, 1997. Eight years later, we still two-step to his hits, and dissect his lyrics, but along with paying respect to his talents and skills we must also not forget to acknowledge the tragedy of his death and continue our efforts to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

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Biggie trial pushed back

The Notorious B.I.G. wrongful-death trial — in which his family is suing the LAPD, holding it accountable for his murder – was slated to start this Tuesday, but it’s been postponed.

Retro "Brooklyn" Classic: Notorious B.I.G.

There are some emcees you just love to root for. The cats with that intangible “it” quality—sincerity in their voices and a swagger that straddles the fine line between arrogance and confidence. For me, the emcee I loved to root for most was Biggie—the Notorious One and in my opinion still the undisputed King of New York.

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