Tupac, Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight
"Celebrity Crime Files" going on an investigation conducted by LAPD officer Greg Kading, now claims the South Side Compton Crips murdered B.I.G. over an uncollected debt. Kading stated he had a sit-down with one of the gang's leaders, Keithy D, who stated he was present when both Tupac and B.I.G. were murdered six months apart, in Las Vegas and New York respectively.
A woman named Theresa Swan also informed Kading that she is raising Knight's child and that he is the one who commissioned B.I.G.'s murder in retaliation for Tupac's death, though there is no published proof the former had anything to do with the latter's murder. Swan stated she visited Knight in prison after Tupac's murder and he instructed her to contact a gang member named Pucci, who would handle the hit on B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy in the 1990s
At the end of the day, some believe Knight was behind Tupac's murder, as the rapper was about to leave Death Row Records, over unpaid royalties totaling $20,000,000. Knight refused to pay Tupac all that was owed and it created significant tension and arguments.
After his murder, the rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur sued Death Row Records to obtain the back royalties her son unsuccessfully fought for during his life. She settled for a fraction of what was owed, as Death Row's assets were seized by the government and others. Knight also despised Diddy and his label, deeming them rivals. This made B.I.G., Badboy's most profitable star, a prime target.