My partner in crime, my ride or die, for this one is Greg Kading, a retired Los Angeles Police detective who spent a couple years heading up a task force charged with investigating the murder of Christopher Wallace aka rapper Biggie Smalls. That case eventually crossed paths with the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur, and, according to Greg, both these cases have been cracked, but, for reasons he’ll outline for us, Greg had to self-publish the findings of the task force investigation in his 2011 book “Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations”. The book has since been made into a documentary of the same name and is now being adapted as a television series for the USA network.

This story has a lot of moving parts, a lot of names and dates, and I only had an hour with Greg, so I did my best to streamline the major players and events. There’s a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding these stories, and I did ask Greg about one of them that I’m gonna dig more into on my own after our conversation.

But for now, let’s bump and grind to this slow jam and cast this pod off onto the streets of LA, from Oakland to Sacktown, the Bay Area and back down, because Occulture is where we’re puttin’ this mack down. Enjoy.