1996 - 1997: Leading Up To Biggie’s Death
June 1996 - 2Pac claims to have slept with Faith Evans in his track “Hit Em Up”
Sept 1996 - Pac is shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada
October 1996 – Faith Evans gives birth to Biggie’s child whilst rumors surround his affair with Lil Kim
1997 - Biggie is involved in a car crash shattering his leg
March 1997 – Wallace is shot at the age of 24, whilst coming back from the Soul Train Awards
March 1997 - Biggie’s Life After Death album is released less than a month after his death and goes straight to No. 1 in the charts, selling 690,000 in its first week.
April 1997 - “Hypnotize” is released
July 1997 – "Mo Money Mo Problems" drops featuring Diana Ross, Puff Daddy, Ma$e and Kelly Price
1997 - Puffy releases "I’ll Be Missing You" feat. Faith Evans
Biggie’s success grew as he took home numerous awards for his work. Alongside this, his beef with 2Pac cotinued to brew. There were subsequent disses throughout each rapper's music and in interviews.
In June 1996, 2Pac released his track “Hit Em Up” where he claimed to have slept with Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans, and he also attacked B.I.G. for stealing his style. It was well-known that Wallace’s marriage with Evans was tumultuous.
Later that year, Shakur died six days after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rumors intensified about Biggie’s involvement in the shooting, as the hip-hop world remained shocked at what the rivalry had turned into.
A month after, Faith Evans gave birth to Biggie’s child, amidst claims that Wallace was having an affair with fellow New York rapper Lil Kim. Things took another bad turn when the rapper was involved in a car crash, shattering his leg. He was frequently seen walking around with a cane at the time.
No one was prepared for the day of March 9th 1997, when Wallace was shot on his return from the Soul Train Awards. Despite attempts to perform emergency surgery, the rapper was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Biggie had been planning to release a new single, ”Hypnotize” and eventually a new album, cryptically called, Life After Death. Less than a month after his death the record was released and went straight in at no. 1. Later that year, Puffy released “I’ll Be Missing You”, featuring Evans as dedication to Wallace.
Despite investigations, very few answers were provided about those involved in the shooting of Biggie. Till today, no killer has been found despite many links and conspiracy theories.