Published Jan 07, 2011It's been almost 14 years since the Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace) was gunned down at the age of 24. The 1997 murder remains one of the most pivotal moments in hip-hop history, as it came just months after the murder of rival rapper Tupac Shakur. B.I.G.'s killer was never found, but that may soon change, as authorities are reportedly making progress in the case.
According to CNN, the case was "reinvigorated" a few months ago as the result of newly discovered information. The Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County District Attorney's Office and the FBI are all reportedly involved in the investigation.
While the murderer is still unknown, it's widely believed that Wallace was killed in retaliation for Shakur's death the year before. Both rappers were involved in the bitter East Coast vs. West Coast feud, and many have suspected that Death Row Records boss Suge Knight ordered the hit on Wallace in response to Shakur's murder. Knight has denied any involvement and no allegations have ever been proven.
The Wallace family have filed two wrongful death lawsuits against the LAPD, claiming that the police had enough information to make arrests but concealed evidence. The case was dropped earlier this year.
Wallace was killed early in the morning on March 9, 1997. He was shot four times after a black Chevy Impala pulled up alongside his truck and opened fire.