USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. debuts on Tuesday, February 27. The 10-episode limited series follows two detectives, Greg Kading (played by Josh Duhamel), and Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson), separately tracking the cases in 1996 and 1997.
“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” is a 10-part series that follows two detectives as they look into the murders of Tupac, who was shot in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip on September 13, 1996 and Biggie, who met a similar fate in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The series debuts on the USA Network on Tuesday, February 27 at 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET.
The murders of Tupac Shakur (played by Marcc Rose) and The Notorious B.I.G. (Wavvy Jonez), aka Biggie, remain two of the biggest unsolved cases in the music industry, with numerous conspiracy theories spinning around each singer.
Like the untimely losses of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, or Kurt Cobain, many believe the music industry was forever changed with the loss of Tupac and Biggie.
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. follows two detectives. Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) seeks answers in the months after Biggies’ death. A decade later, Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) looks into both Biggies’ death and a lawsuit against the LAPD.
Over the course of the series, the detectives try to find the true killers. Through flashbacks, viewers learn how the two rap legends went from being good friends and collaborators to enemies, prompting the infamous East-West coastal rivalry.
While conspiracy theories abound, the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, at least according to actors Dominic Santana, who plays Death Row founder Suge Knight, and Jonez, who plays Biggie, can be blamed in large part on the music industry.
“There was no East Coast versus West Coast until the media got involved. It was people at Bad Boy [and] people at Death Row [who] had issues with each other and then the media seized on it,” Santana said. “Then other people at home watching got involved and it’s like, ‘Well screw the East!’ and then they were like, ‘Well screw the West!’ and the media was like, ‘Yeah, ratings!'”
Santana went on to say that tensions between the two record labels started after a shooting incident at a party in 1995. Anthony “Wolf” Jonez, P.Diddy’s bodyguard, was charged for allegedly shooting Suge Knight’s best friend and business partner, Big Jake.
While both Jonez and P.Diddy were found not guilty in the 2001 trial, a feud erupted between Suge Knight’s Death Row and P.Diddy’s Bad Boy labels
“[Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.] kind of became the faces or the mascots of the whole beef, but you get to see that the beef wasn’t even really between them,” Santana added. “Then you look at it in the end and you’re like, ‘It didn’t really have nothing to do with these guys, but they’re the ones who ended up dead.’ It’s unfortunate, you know.”
Fans of rap legends Tupac and Biggie and true crime buffs will have to follow detectives Kading and Poole in the new series to see how the story unfolds.
Check out the Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. trailer here: