March 12 [16:00 EST] -- As investigators continue to look for leads in Sunday's murder of The Notorious B.I.G., fans continue to speak out about the impact of the rapper's tragic death.
DJ Theo, who hosts a hip-hop show on L.A.'s 92.3 The Beat, told MTV "If you live on the West coast, you know that this type of violence is an everyday occurrence, it's just a way of life out here."
Theo found his switchboard flooded with calls from rap fans after Biggie's death, and he told John Norris that other rappers have also spoken out on his show to address the incident. "Snoop called to express his sentiments and his condolences to B.I.G. and his family. If that doesn't dispel the East coast West coast thing, I really don't know what does, man."
Fans have also used the Internet as a sort of Wailing Wall and have expressed their thoughts on the calamity to MTV News Online. Here's what some of you had to say:
Kfogan: Biggie was one of the most talented rappers
of our time. I can't believe that some punks would just do something like that. I bet that without those guns they wouldn't stand a chance. WHEN DOES IT END?????
SUNTZU2000: It is sad to see the state of hip-hop today. Rap has gone from being a voice of rage, of protest, to that of studio gangstas. With these kind of individuals in the rap game is there no wonder that rap went from "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back," to "Ready to Die."
QueenJ7142: You know I must say that the Bible summed it all up when the statement was made, "That your words will not return to you void but they will accomplish that which you send them out to do." Notorious B.I.G., may your soul be at peace and rest. For the best thing we can do is send that soul lots of love and light.
email@example.com: In this game you can't be a gangster and an entertainer at the same time it's got to be one or the other. If you want people to think you're hardcore then
you have to prove it to them, and sometimes by proving it you pay a price... a very high price, peace.
EG: I'm a 28-year-old female who loves hip hop, and I will miss Biggie. It happens everyday, but I hope that this one will teach those who think they are bigger man because they carry a gun. It's time to make violence history and educate your mind. Peace to all, EG.
mbrodie@bdc1: I will really miss the music that Big had created; It is a great loss to the hip-hop community, as was the murder of Tupac. Plain and simple, whoever committed these murders were cowards, people who shoot people are cowards.
POPPER: I think the loss of him and Tupac should put the whole world through mourning. I'd like to give a shout out to everyone who feels the same way I do. Peace.
J-O: The third day has come and I am still in shock. I am a great fan of Biggie's
and was always hoping to one day get the chance of meeting him, and now because of the immature actions of others, no one including his kids will get to know the way he really was. His music talked about the truth, the way life was for him and is for many other people today. I'm 18-years-old and every night and day I wonder, "Am I gonna live past 24?" What's the world coming to? We must stop killing each other. Well I'm glad Biggie amounted to something before his death, the greatest rapper of the 90's.