Biggie Small was undoubtedly one of the greatest rappers of all time, whose flame was snuffed far too early. A fresh perspective on The Notorious B.I.G.’s death has been revealed by Diddy’s ex-bodyguard, stating that his murder in March 1997 was not a drive-by shooting.
While speaking in an interview with The Art of Dialogue, Diddy’s ex-bodyguard Gene Deal opened up about the night Biggie was murdered. He conveyed his frustration regarding how movies and documentaries depict the events leading up to The Notorious B.I.G.’s death.
Deal maintained that The Notorious B.I.G.’s death was not actually a drive-by as commonly thought, but rather the result of a premeditated attack, since the perpetrator was already present and waiting before firing the fatal shots. The identity of the killer remains unknown to law enforcement.
“It just hurts because they lie too much. A lot of that s*** be lies the way they put it together ’cause they listening to these white boys who wasn’t even there,” he vented.
“I don’t want to make this racial, but they take these white boys who wasn’t even there and want to use the stories that they want to tell which is not the truth!”
Wasn’t no drive-by; the car was standing there at the corner. The stories they tell is not truthful. And now people are sitting here believing.
Every Biggie movie that you see, they say it’s a drive-by. When the witness tells you the car was stood right there at the corner — the car was probably there all night.”
Gene Deal recounted how he rushed to assist Biggie after the rapper’s GMC Suburban was fired upon by the driver of a black Chevy Impala, which had approached at a red light close to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, where the Soul Train Awards after-party was held. While reminiscing about that fateful night, Deal struggled to hold back tears and acknowledged that Biggie’s death still troubles him deeply even today.
“I saw this kid lose his life — this kid died while I was pulling him out of the car,” he said. “I wouldn’t put nobody in my shoes ’cause I don’t feel like they could handle it. If I didn’t have God in my life, if I didn’t have people praying for me, I don’t know if I could have handled it.”
He added: “Before we left Andre Harrell’s house, Puff told me I didn’t have to go. Now, I went because I knew that somebody was going to die that night, somebody was going to get shot. I did everything in my power to stop it from being Puff, and it wasn’t Puff.
“The people that was bodyguarding Big didn’t do everything in their power to stop it from being Big — and that hurts me, even though it wasn’t my principle. Every time you hear his music, every time you see one of these murals on the wall, now they got statues… it’s gon’ hurt until God takes me away from here.”
Biggie Small will forever be remembered for his contributions to the industry at a young age, as his influence continues to be felt even now and that is all that matters.
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