This Week in Hip-Hop History: March 8 - 14

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This Week in Hip-Hop History highlights historical hip-hop events whose anniversaries fall this week.

From the deadly shooting of The Notorious B.I.G. (allegedly) by a Brother Mouzone lookalike to that time 2Pac made history in the slammer, here's a look back at what happened in hip-hop this week.

March 9, 1997 - The Notorious B.I.G. is shot and killed after leaving a VIBE Magazine Soul Train Awards party.


On March 9, 1997, Biggie was leaving the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles after attending a Soul Train party. At approximately 12:45 a.m., with his SUV waiting at a red light, a Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up to the passenger side of Biggie's SUV. Biggie's close friend and Junior M.A.F.I.A. co-founder Lil' Cease was in the back seat directly behind B.I.G. According to numerous eyewitness accounts, a man wearing a blue suit and bow-tie rolled down the window of the Chevy Impala and opened fire. He dumped four shots on The Notorious B.I.G.

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A December 2012 autopsy showed that the first three shots were non-fatal. It was the fourth bullet, however, that pierced several vital organs, including Biggie's right hip. It struck his colon, liver, heart and left lung. Biggie was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center around 1:15 a.m. His murder remains unsolved.

March 14, 1995 - Tupac Shakur tops the Billboard 200 with Me Against the World, while serving time for sexual assault charges. It marked the first time anyone ever debuted atop the Billboard 200 while in prison.

See Also: The 22 Greatest 2Pac Songs


March 9, 1980 - Chingy

March 10, 1972 - Timbaland

March 11, 1981 - Paul Wall

March 13, 1972 - Common

Album Releases

March 11, 1997 - Scarface, The Untouchable

March 12, 1989 - Geto Boys, Grip It! On That Other Level

March 12, 2002 - N.E.R.D., In Search Of...

March 14, 1995 - 2Pac, Me Against the World

March 14, 1989 - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Road to the Riches

March 14, 2000 - dead prez, Let's Get Free