"A thorough report on the
investigation of the drive-by shooting of one of rap music's top stars.
Journalist Scott went into the 'gangsta' worlds in both New York and Los
Angeles. A compelling tale that … reveals an exotic world based in greed,
violence, and the need for self-expression."
"Whereas others who have dealt with
this stuff have often neglected to humanize the principals involved, Scott
points up biographical details that bring them into focus as human beings.
For setting the record straight as well as for limning a major pop music
star, this is a valuable book."
Mike Tribby, Booklist
"Cathy Scott's The Murder of Biggie
Smalls is an engrossing examination of the death of the beloved Big Poppa
and the resulting investigation."
From the editors at
Definitely worth a read is Cathy
Scott's The Murder of Biggie Smalls (St. Martin's Press), a book by a
Las Vegas journalist that examines the theories and facts around the
rapper's still unsolved 1997 murder in L.A. Scott, who wrote The Killing of
Tupac Shakur, doesn't know much about hip hop, but she knows how to talk to
cops and read court testimony. The picture painted of the investigation of
Biggie's murder is more detailed than anything found in the music press.
Nelson George, Africana Magazine
"Just as in the Tupac Shakur case,
someone else has gotten away with murder. My research took me to Los Angeles
and New York City, and to Brooklyn, where Christopher Wallace, a k a
Biggie Smalls, grew up. The book is an in-depth investigation of how and why
he was gunned down on an L.A. street. His murder remains unsolved, although
LAPD investigators are still working actively on solving the crime."