The story of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. continue with the new scripted series Unsolved. As the newest true crime series on the block, USA Networks is looking to investigate the controversial deaths of two of the most beloved rappers in history. Both police investigations remain haunted by misinformation and bad judgement, and just like the O.J. case there are a lot of gaps to fill.
Unsolved will pull its plot from real life LAPD detective Greg Kading. He was the man behind several task forces that were sent in to investigate the murders. IN his book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations, he went into astonishing detail on how both cases were handled. Kading will be a consultant for the pilot, which will be written by Suits alum Kyle Long.
And guess who will be directing? Anthony Hemingway from The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. So the pacing will be familiar, and the awards will come aplenty. Hemingway has been around the block with this type of show before and knows exactly what people want to see. He will produce along with Long, Taylor and Kading.
Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher George Latore Wallace) was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997. Half a year later, Tupac Shakur was shot in a similar drive-by shooting, also in 1997. This was during the heyday of the East Coast West Coast rivalry, with many of the ties going deep into gang related territory. Despite the best efforts of many involved, both murders are unsolved. About the only thing that people can point to is that the deaths were linked to the rivalry, one that led many top performers in the rap industry to call for an end to the East/West rivalry.
Will this be the best true crime show on the network? What do you think happened with the actual murders?