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Los Angeles Times Staff WritersRap music star Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death along Museum Row in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district early Sunday as he left a music industry party, a brazen attack that marked the second drive-by murder of a gangsta rap celebrity in the last six...
Special To The TimesAs the debate over the social impact of gangsta rap spills over to Capitol Hill hearings, the controversial musical genre has picked up a powerful new ally: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters. "It would be a foolhardy mistake to single out poets as the cause of...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTime Warner Inc. is bracing itself in New York today for an onslaught of complaints regarding the firm's involvement in controversial rap music as stockholders gather for the media giant's annual shareholders' meeting. Rap critic C. Delores Tucker,...
Special To The TimesThe Austin, Tex., jury that sentenced a Texas teen-ager to death Wednesday for murdering a state trooper rejected his claim that violent rap music caused him to pull the trigger--but the jurors did believe the music influenced his action. "Rap reinforced...
Tags: Prosecution, Time Warner Inc., Judges, Crimes, Punishment
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersWhy did Steve Cantrock, a partner in a prestigious Los Angeles accounting firm, sign a document admitting that he stole $4.5 million from Death Row Records owner Marion "Suge" Knight? Knight has a simple, if implausible, explanation for the unusual,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRap critics rejoiced six months ago when Time Warner Inc. dumped Interscope Records, proclaiming it a victory in their crusade to ban violent and sexually degrading music in the U.S. But gangsta rap is still a thriving business, and anyone who doubts...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn a move that will reorder the architecture of the rap music business, rap star Dr. Dre, the top producer in the booming hip-hop music market, is splitting with Death Row Records, the controversial record label he co-founded four years ago with partner...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterLos Angeles detectives Tuesday were reviewing videotapes from security cameras near the site of Sunday's drive-by shooting of rapper Notorious B.I.G. to determine whether they captured the shooting or other clues that might help in solving the slaying,...
Tags: Death, Notorious B.I.G., Music Industry, Crimes, Tupac Shakur
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterNEW YORK -- Resplendent in a double-breasted white suit and white hat, the body of rap music star Notorious B.I.G. was driven through the streets of his old Brooklyn neighborhood Tuesday as police struggled to hold back frenzied fans trying to follow...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersDetectives said Monday that they were pressing hard to establish whether the drive-by killing of rapper Notorious B.I.G. was part of a deadly grudge between rival groups in rap music. "We're not overlooking the fact that this was possibly a hit, a...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersDespite concerns that witnesses would be too fearful to come forward, police investigators said Monday that a number of people have provided valuable information about the gunman who killed rap star Notorious B.I.G. Detectives declined to elaborate on...
Rap music star Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) was shot to death leaving a music industry party in Los Angeles last weekend. The drive-by murder was the second brazen attack on a gangsta rap celebrity in the past six months. Brent Anthony Collins...
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