Examining Similarities Between Biggie, Tupac Tragedies

March 11 [16:00 EST] -- Los Angeles police are still investigating the shooting of The Notorious B.I.G. in a Los Angeles street after a party early Sunday morning, and with the memory of Tupac Shakur's murder still unsolved and fresh in people's minds, it's hard not to connect these two cases.

The connection between Biggie and Tupac dates back to November of 1994 when Shakur was shot five times in the lobby of a New York City recording studio where Biggie and other Bad Boy artists were recording. Although police said Tupac was the victim of an attempted robbery, Tupac accused Biggie in a "Vibe" magazine article of some how being involved, an accusation Biggie vehemently denied.

The heat between the rappers got heavier when Tupac boasted on a song that he'd had an affair with Biggie's wife singer Faith Evans.

Following the '94 shooting, Tupac and Death Row Records head Marion "Suge" Knight often publicly ridiculed Biggie and Bad Boy C.E.O. Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Just last month, Death Row rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and Combs publicly declared truce in the so-called East coast/West coast rivalry.

"This is strictly for the kids that support our music and support us in general and look up to us and say, 'Well, hey, they not tripping, so we stop tripping,'" Snoop said.

Sadly, Tupac's tragic murder was similar to Biggie's. Both men were shot leaving a high-profile event: Shakur after a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas last September 7; Biggie in Los Angeles, leaving a crowded party thrown by "Vibe" magazine. Both were killed in gangster styled drive-by shootings sitting in the passenger seat.

In addition, both men, at the time of their murders, had been preparing to release albums riddled with images of death. The cover of Tupac's release depicted the rapper nailed to a cross, and his first video, "I Ain't Mad Atcha," showed him being gunned down and later in heaven. Biggie, whose debut album was entitled "Ready To Die," was

just about to release his follow up called "Life After Death...'Til Death Do Us Part."

Both men were also cut down in the prime of their lives. Tupac was 25 at the time of his death, and Biggie was 24.