11:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Tupac-Notorious B.I.G. Murder Mystery Special Set at Fox
Fox is exploring the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
The broadcast network will air Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?, an investigative crime special about the two unsolved murders, on Sept. 24. Actor-musician Ice-T and journalist Soledad O’Brien will lead the investigation that reveals new details and never-before-heard accounts surrounding the deaths of the hip-hop legends.
The rappers were gunned down within months of each other in the late 1990s. Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996, while Smalls, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. It has been more than 20 years since their murders, and no one has been held accountable. The plot-twisting mystery surrounding their deaths — combined with allegations of police corruption, gang connections and a fierce rap rivalry — are all theories about what might have played a role in their untimely deaths and what might have resulted in a failure to close their cases. Both murders remain officially unsolved.
The Fox special will feature interviews with former private investigators, police officers, informants and hip-hop insiders, including Doug E Fresh, Funkmaster Flex and former Death Row Records executive Suge Knight. For the first time ever, the best friends of Shakur and Smalls — Lil’ Cease and E.D.I. Mean — will appear on camera together to talk about the friendship between the two rappers, their untimely deaths and the fallout. Additionally, an exclusive, never-before-released audio recording of Smalls talking about the shooting of Shakur will be unveiled.
Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? hails from Critical Content, the producers of last season’s The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey. Tom Forman, Ice-T, O’Brien, David Metzler, Jon Beyer, Brad Bishop and Jorge Hinojosa will serve as executive producers. It is worth noting that another Shakur-Smalls project is in the works at USA Network: Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., a drama that will chronicle the dual police investigations into the murders.