Murder Rap – *****

So this book was actually a very easy read. It details the supposedly “untold story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur murder investigations”. This book was written by Greg Kading – a now-retired LAPD detective. Kading spent most of his 25-year police career investigating cold cases. Thus he brings a lot of insider scoop to the table, and probably a lot of information that wouldn’t be well-known if he didn’t publish this book.

The important thing to remember here is that these murders remain unsolved to this day. No one has been able to pinpoint them on one person. And I think that this book wasn’t published to answer: “who did it?”. This book is there to highlight all the factors that hindered the investigation and to show that corruption is present in the judicial system. Furthermore, it also serves a purpose to console the victims’ families that certain members of the LAPD did, in fact, try their absolute hardest to bring justice to Wallace and Shakur.

I don’t want to go into the actual details of the book too much because I wouldn’t know where to stop. But it is definitely an insightful read. I personally liked it because it focused particularly on the feud between the two famed rappers, and how this fueled – and was fueled by – the ongoing war between the Bloods and the Crips at the time. This gave a taste of just how much American gang culture influenced the hiphop industry – which was the main reason I wanted to read the book in the first place.

Overall, I give this book four stars because it was an enjoyable read. Normally I don’t like non-fiction but this first person account of the murder investigation isn’t boring. It’s not a rap book, nor is it a book about one singular topic. It encompasses issues in the music industry, in the legal justice system, and in law enforcement. It’s easy to get through, and Kading puts it all into his own words. His style of speaking is simple to understand. And it has a good ending. He makes it personal – Kading actually puts into words his anguish over not being able to solve this case and is open about who he thinks did it. He has written this book so we can make up our own minds, because after you’ve read this, you will have your own idea as to who did it.

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