Death Row Records founder Suge Knight paid a Nation of Islam hitman to murder rapper Notorious BIG in revenge for the murder of Tupac Shakur, even though the intended target of the 1997 murder was Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, so it is claimed.
The claims were filed by a retired FBI agent who also claims that corrupt Los Angeles police officers helped cover up the murder.
Those claims were supported by two filmmakers who said they read court documents confirming the allegations.
The rapper, who was also known as Biggie Smalls and whose official name was Christopher Wallace, was shot in LA on March 9, 1997. He was only 24 years old.
No charges have been filed in the case.
The murder is said to have been the result of a feud between LA’s Death Row Records and its bitter rival, Bad Boy Records, which is based in New York City.
The 1997 murder of rapper Notorious BIG (left) was planned by Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight (right), according to a retired FBI agent
Phil Carson, who worked on the case for two years while at the FBI, believes Knight paid Amir Muhammad, aka Harry Billups, to assassinate the Notorious BIG in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The rapper was shot and killed. while driving in an SUV (above)
Carson alleges that Notorious BIG, whose official name was Christopher Wallace, was murdered as part of the ‘East Coast-West Coast’ rap feud. Wallace’s funeral procession is seen above in Brooklyn on March 18, 1997
The former FBI agent also claims the actual target of the hit on Wallace Bad Boy Records founder Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (seen above in 2000)
Knight, serving a 28-year sentence after his 2018 conviction for murder in a hit-and-run case, founded Death Row Records, while Smalls was under contract to rival Bad Boy, aided by Combs.
Phil Carson, a retired FBI agent who worked on the case for two years, said it New York Post that the man who pulled the trigger is Amir Muhammad.
Originally known as Harry Billups, Mohammed changed his name when he joined the Nation of Islam. He has reportedly turned his identity around and is now known as Billups.
Billups would work in real estate in Georgia.
Knight is said to have ordered the hit on Wallace as revenge for the murder of Tupac Shakur in 1996 (right in the photo with Knight in Los Angeles in 1996)
“All evidence points to Amir Muhammad,” Carson told the Post.
He pulled the trigger.
There were plenty of others who helped orchestrate it [and] allowed him to pull the trigger. ‘
Carson’s claims are not new. Mohammed has long been suspected of involvement in Wallace’s death.
The retired officer tells the Post that the alleged cover-up was “the greatest miscarriage of justice in my twenty-year career with the FBI.
“I had evidence that LAPD officers were involved and I was shut down by the LAPD and Los Angeles city attorneys.”
DailyMail.com has reached out to the LAPD and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for comment.
Don Sikorski, the executive producer of the 2018 film City of Lies, says he and director Brad Furman saw sealed documents from a civil lawsuit brought against the LAPD by Wallace’s family nearly 20 years ago.
He told the Post that the unsolved murder is no mystery.
“All answers are in black and white,” the filmmaker told The Post.
The Post reports that it obtained a 2003 report from the FBI supporting the Carson, Sikorski and Furman allegations.
“Amir Muhammad, aka Harry Billups, the godparent of the two children of LAPD officer David Mack, has been identified by several sources as the trigger man,” read the formal FBI request for an investigation.
“Mack is a registered owner of a 1995 Black SS Impala with chrome wheels, the exact description given as being driven by Wallace’s shooter.”
Mack has denied any involvement in Wallace’s murder. He has never been charged.
In 1997, Mack, who had a distinguished career as an LAPD officer, was arrested on charges of bank robbery. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Film director Brad Furman (left) and executive producer Don Sikorski (right), who worked on the 2018 film City of Lies, which is based on a book about the murder of Wallace, say they have seen sealed court documents defining the allegations of Wallace. Support Carson
Carson also claims that Combs, the founder of Bad Boy Records, was the intended target of the hit.
Combs, a friend of Wallace’s, drove the car for the SUV the deceased rapper was wearing on the night he was shot.
Carson said that when he told Combs about his findings, “Diddy” “panicked quite a bit.”
Wallace’s murder took place six months after another unsolved murder – that of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Shakur was a popular hip-hop artist on the Death Row label. He was shot in Las Vegas in September 1996, just hours after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match.
His murder was also thought to be linked to the feud between the “ East Coast and West Coast ” and raised safety concerns that Wallace and the New York Bad Boy entourage would be the target of an act of revenge.
Just six months later, Wallace was in LA attending the Soul Train Music Awards. After the show, he left a party in a black GMC Suburban – the center car of a three-vehicle convoy.
Shortly afterwards, his car pulled up at a red traffic light at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard near Carthay Circle.
According to witnesses, a black Chevy Impala pulled up next to Wallace’s vehicle. A man in the vehicle in a blue suit and bow tie shot several shots in the car.
Wallace was shot four times. The first three shots were not fatal, but the fourth damaged vital organs. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Carson tells the Post that Wallace’s driver, Greg “G Money” Young, did not have much security experience.
According to Carson, instead of stopping at the red light, Young should have rushed through, especially at that late hour – 12:47 PM.
“Piggy became a stationary target,” Carson said.
Carson said eyewitness accounts refer to Mohammed, a friend of Mack’s, as the killer.
Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker star in City of Lies. Depp (right) plays a real-life LAPD detective, Russell Poole, who pursues the murder investigation into Wallace but becomes frustrated with his superiors. In the film, Poole joins forces with a fictional reporter, played by Whitaker (left), in search of answers
Although he was briefly considered a suspect, he was never charged. Sikorski agreed with Carson that Mohammed was responsible.
‘If you read it [sealed] documents there is overwhelming evidence that describes to you exactly who committed the murder and why [the LAPD] “covered it up,” said Sikorski.
Carson believes Suge Knight paid Mohammed, Mack and another agent, Rafael Perez – all of whose names were mentioned in the lawsuit against the city for wrongful death of the Wallace family.
“Suge Knight financed the murder,” Carson said.
Suge was checked that his dairy cow Tupac had been murdered.
“Suge had an accountant on Death Row Records who helped with the financial side of things to pay for the murders.”
It is not known how much money Knight would have paid to have Wallace murdered.
According to Carson, Knight was motivated to target Wallace and his entourage because of a persistent suspicion that a Combs bodyguard, Anthony “ Wolf ” Jones, shot and murdered a friend, Jake Robles, at a party in Atlanta in 1995.
No charges have been filed in the cast. Jones was shot dead in Atlanta in 2003.
In 2018, Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison after advocating no contest for voluntary manslaughter.
He was arrested in 2015 after murdering a man on a hit-and-run during the filming of the movie Straight Outta Compton.
Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker star in City of Lies. Depp plays a real-life LAPD detective, Russell Poole, who pursues the murder investigation into Wallace but becomes frustrated with his superiors.
In the film, Poole joins forces with a fictional reporter, played by Whitaker, in search of answers.
The film was initially due to be released in the United States in September 2018, but the distributor pulled it out of the schedule.
Saban Films eventually acquired the film and released it in March 2021.