24 September 2007

Notorious B.I.G. Zapruder film surfaces

Out of nowhere this video has surfaced, some 10 years after BIG was shot and killed March 9th 1997 outside the Peterson Automotive Museum in LA.

Biggie was in California to promote his upcoming album and shoot a vid for "Hypnotize".

Life After Death was scheduled for release on March 25. On March 8 BIG presented an award at the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles and was booed by some of the audience.

After that Biggie attended an after party hosted by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Other guests included Faith Evans, Puffy Diddo and members of the Bloods and Crips.

At 12:30 a.m., March 9, Biggie left with his entourage in two GMC Suburbans to return to his hotel after an announcement was made that the party would finish early. Biggie traveled in the front passenger seat alongside his associates, Damion "D-Rock" Butler, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Cease and driver, Gregory "G-Money" Young. Combs traveled in the other vehicle with three bodyguards. The two trucks were trailed by a Chevrolet Blazer carrying Bad Boy's director of security.

By 12:45 a.m. the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. Biggie's truck stopped at a red light 50 yards from the museum. While waiting for the light to change, a white Toyota Land Cruiser made a U-turn and cut in-between Biggie's vehicle and the Chevrolet Blazer behind.

Simultaneously, a black Chevrolet Impala pulled up alongside Biggie's truck. The driver of the Impala - a black dude neatly dressed in a blue suit and bow tie - rolled down his window, drew a 9mm blue-steel pistol and shot numerous rounds into the GMC Suburban; four bullets hit Biggie in the chest.

Biggie was rushed to Cedars-Sinai by his entourage but was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. March 9, 1997.

I have no doubt this footage is real but the gunshots and the sirens are totally fake. It seems like someone just amped up and doctored some old footage. I think I have those exact sirens and gunshots on a sound effects CD somewhere.

Either way, its creepy to see the moments before it happened... 10 years ago.

It looks like Puff Diddo (white shirt, black fedora) stops and talks to the guy in the black Impala just before the shooting. Puff's truck was first, BIG was right behind him. When the trucks hit the red light, the Impala pulls up and fires on BIG's truck.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Biggie post. I don't know -- the shots sounded sort of coordinated. what about the comments of the camera folks? do you think those were a fake too ? Can't tell..

Remember when I lived in Clinton Hill, we were just down the block from the building where Biggie grew up on St James and Lafayette.

Even in death, Christopher Wallace remains an enormous talent

Uncle T