KURT: In related news, the Los Angeles Times reported this week that New York rapper the Notorious B.I.G. may have been shot and killed last Sunday over a money dispute with a member of that same gang, the Southside Compton Crips, who'd been hired by Biggie's label, "Bad Boy Records," as security for West coast trips. The "Times" reported that Biggie had been warned his life would be danger if he did not pay his alleged killer.
On Tuesday Biggie's body, in a white suit and hat, was paid final respects by Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Little Kim and other hip hop stars at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Biggie's body was then driven from Manhattan through his old Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene, a journey that went smoothly until some Brooklyn onlookers began jumping on top of cars. Police used pepper spray and arrested 6 for disorderly conduct.