In efforts to make the hip-hop world a little more open, Rap-A-Lot Records CEO James Prince is writing a book. Titled The Art and Science of Respect, the project will be released in June 2018, spilling out several secrets.
According to anonymous sources, one tale The Art and Science of Respect will tell is that of the weeks leading to Biggie’s death. Born Christopher Wallace, the hip-hop legend died in the spring of 1997.
Allegedly, the “Juicy” rapper would have lived a lot longer had he listened to J. Prince.
As the Story Goes…
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According to TMZ‘s insiders, Prince visited both Biggie and Diddy in Los Angeles while they were shooting the music video for “Hypnotize.” In February 1997, Prince, Diddy and Biggie talked about the dangers lurking around the then-25-year-old.
As the story goes, Prince jet to LA after becoming deeply worried about Biggie’s safety in the city. When he got there, Prince told Biggie to leave, worrying even more after he saw Biggie’s poor security set up.
Prince’s concerns stemmed from the fact that he, who was reportedly in LA not too long before he flew there to see Biggie and Diddy, heard rumors of a revenge hit. For reference: This was less than six months after Tupac’s death. Though there was never any solid proof, many believed both Biggie and Diddy were responsible for the rapper’s murder.
With strong feelings that someone was plotting to kill Biggie in response to Tupac’s passing, Prince pushed Biggie to leave California. Biggie didn’t heed Prince’s advice, opting instead to focus on his latest project.
The rest is history.
A few weeks afterwards, Notorious B.I.G — who Billboard ranked as one of the top ten greatest rappers of all time — was shot in a GMC Suburban outside of Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with four bullets in his chest.
He was pronounced dead merely hours afterwards and buried about a week later.