The drive-by murders of two of rap's biggest stars over the past six months,
Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., has spurred a trio of rappers to
organize a "hip hop peace tour." A spokesman for the Nation of Islam has
confirmed that Snoop Doggy Dogg, Chuck D., and Doug E. Fresh will tour under a
banner of hip hop peacemaking in mid-97, according to the Reuters news
The Nation of Islam held a press conference in Minister Louis
Farrakhan's Chicago restaurant this past Thursday (April 3) attended by all
three rappers to unveil the plans for the tour and a subsequent album, both of
which will be dedicated to the murdered rappers.
became involved with organizing the tour because of speculation that one or
both (perhaps neither, though) of the murders could have been a result of an
overhyped East Coast-West Coast feud between Shakur's California Death Row crew
and B.I.G.'s New York Bad Boy crew.
Recent reports, however, have pointed
to Shakur's murder possibly being linked to an earlier robbery in Compton,
California and B.I.G.'s murder being tied to a financial dispute unrelated to
his real-life war of words with Shakur. Although he did not attend the press
conference, Bad Boy Entertainment mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs did send his
support, as did the Ices (Cube and T).