Rose and Jonez attend the premiere of USA Network’s “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” in Hollywood. AFP / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Alberto E. Rodriguez
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The murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls not only robbed hip-hop of two defining artists but also uncovered allegations of conspiracy, bloody rivalries and police corruption – shining a light on rap's criminal underworld. More than two decades later, with the killers still at large, the cold cases are being revisited in "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.," a 10-part series debuting Tuesday on the USA Network.Christopher Wallace, who went by both Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G., was killed at age 24 in a drive-by shooting as he visited Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, six months after Tupac, then 25, was gunned down in Las Vegas.Under the monikers 2Pac or Makaveli, Tupac became one of the most identifiable figures in the early '90s West Coast scene centered around Suge Knight's Death Row Records.The detective claimed both in Nick Broomfield's 2002 documentary "Biggie and Tupac" and the book "LAbyrinth" published the same year that the LAPD had conspired to cover up Knight's conspiracy to kill Tupac and Biggie.
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