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Murder Rap

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Two of the most notorious unsolved cases in the annals of American crime, the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls have been the subject of exhaustive investigations, relentless speculation and a tangled web of rampant rumors, crackpot conspiracies and dark secrets. Now, for the first time, the truth behind these sensational cases is laid bare in Murder Rap, a raw and ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by One Time Publishing (first published October 3rd 2011)
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Ana O
I'm not saying it was Suge Knight... but it was Suge Knight.

Oops fake spoiler alert. Let's start at the beginning.

Who shot Biggie and 2Pac? We all know the official story. 2Pac and his Death Row homies attended the Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas. After the fight, 2Pac, Suge Knight and the rest of their entourage got into a confrontation with a Crips gang member. Shorty afterwards, he was killed in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. The most
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A much clearer account of the events surrounding Tupac and Biggie's death than Sullivan's one, Labyrinth . Maybe it was because I had already been exposed to the names and dates etc but I felt less lost reading this book. But Kading has benefitted from Poole's work, so it's definitely worth reading the two books.
Back to Murder Rap , it was a very enjoyable read, fast-paced, well explained and interesting.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I'm fascinated by this subject but the book didn't quite grab me. I still prefer Randall Sullivan's "LAbyrinth" over this. I was hoping to read more on the whole LAPD Rampart scandal and LAPD involvement in the case being that Kading was an officer. In the end, the killer was "implied", but I wasn't convinced by how easy that "confession" came about.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls have been interminable tale of rumours, speculation, conspiracies and negligence and a host of books, DVDs, stories have all tried to to tell the tale of the murders and who was behind them.
Cathy Scott, Randall Sullivan, Chuck Phillips are three of the more publicised journalists who’ve tried to provide a theory of who was behind the murders but Greg Kading, a former LAPD detective, provides a more closer and accurate description of the death of Tup
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Like the Black Dahlia investigation on steroids.
Dylan Rose(Fanta)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
it was good, very well written, my favorite teacher in the world helped me pick it!
Francesco Longo
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
in this book Greg explains with great detail,facts and real evidence in the murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. Based on real evidence this book gets everything out in the open and gives the fans all the answers they have been waiting for .

the documentary is even better so i highly recommend that too.

James Johnson
Ok from beginning to end

“paraphrased the interview… drawing from the conversation as a whole, rather than from a literal dictation.”
“inaccurate statements intentionally or with reckless disregard for the truth”

However truthful the authors suspicions may be— and they definitely seem more than probable—the above quoted lines from a Judge who is quoted chastising him ring true. The book is completely colored by his subjective and very cop-centric point of view. You’re simply left to believe his po
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven’t finished a book this quickly since I don’t know when. Greg Kading, a former LAPD detective, recounts his years investigating the murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls and the endless obstacles he and his team encountered in the process (in particular from their own department). Without giving away too much, the most remarkable thing about the book is that Kading actually arrives at what he believes are airtight conclusions at the end. I found myself hanging on his every word, and perhaps ...more
Nick Leung
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would suggest reading Randall Sullivan's "LAbyrinth" before reading this just to familairise yourself with the reoccurring names and theories. I really enjoyed reading this as you feel the author's excitement every time he unearthed a new clue and his passion for trying to solve the murders. It also gives a good insight into the working mind of a homicide detective. After reading this it feels like a better picture has been painted of who committed the murders and why.
Joel Page
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight and info

In the end, still question the credibility of some of the sources. Without reveling the ending, his last source which could have potentially closed the case had a very questionable past. Also to add to this his tactics in the end could have allowed his last source to provide jaded information in an effort to stone wall or divert the investigation to other ends.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

A lot of fluff.... and racial undertones. Clearly the author needs to research the usage of nigga vs nigg(er) smh. Also very self-centered perspective. No one cares about the author life...they read about Biggie and Pac’s murders. This book should have been half as long with just case details. Case details are interesting though.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just okay. Not well edited -- lots of typos. One person's name kept changing each time the author referred to it. And there really was no "closure," even if that's the point, since the author got kicked off the investigation. Disappointing.
Isaiah Harrell
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Murder rap by Greg Kading is a biography about the untold story of biggie smalls & tupac shakur. Greg kading, who is also a LAPD detective was allowed to go on & find out more & more evidence. The book discusses the gangs and how certain people were affiliated with them.

I really didn't like this book. I have read a few other books referring who killed Tupac & Biggie & this was one of the ones that needed improvement. Greg Kading could get off topic sometimes which could mess
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I think that this book was interesting. It gave a very great overview of the entire case, but for some reason I am still reluctant to fully believe Kading. In the end, I was able to empathize with his anguish, yet I could not shake the feeling that I was not getting the "whole story". Oh well, the book is essentially based on an authors "bias" so I suppose that was to be expected. I also could have dealt without the typical high-school stylized sentence formulations.. seemed repetitive and out o ...more
Shai Sachs
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
For what it was - which was a every detailed look at these two murders from a police investigator's point of view - this book was pretty fun and reasonably well-paced. I was hoping for something with a slightly more bird's-eye view - like a bit more context on the history of violence in rap and the way it shaped hip-hop, that sort of thing - so it wasn't quite what I was looking for. But if you're interested in the various characters occupying the world of rap in the late 90s, it's well worth it ...more
Great insight into growing up during the 1990s. It lumped a lot of government politics, judicial system, and other relevant issues that we still see lingering after-effects going on today. I remember my parents being so "scared" of what rap music was tied to during the height of the 90s and this book helped me make those connections. I was in kindergarten or early elementary when this was taking place and discovered rap at a much later time. It was nice to see a few timeline and conspiracies out ...more
Blake Shepard
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rapping gets everyone's attention. Maybe because of the sound rap forms. In this book, rappers like Notorious B.I.G, and Tupac, shot and killed because of their rapping. What causes rap to become violent? Rap Battles can be an answer. Battles like these can get really serious, and people for some stupid reason wants to throw up bullets and cause harm to each other all because of rapping. The lyrics can become offensive, but there is still no reason to shoot someone because of that.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book, from the detailed perspective of a police officer. It's not an all-encompassing novel about hip-hop, but does shed some light upon the vibe in the industry during the time of Biggie's murder. As someone who lives in L.A. and has randomly met(!) Suge at the Four Seasons, just...WOW.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best book written about the Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls murders. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is because these cases are still considered unsolved. Therefore the book could be rewritten with a different ending in the future. So sad law enforcement put the kibosh on Mr. Rading's task force but LAPD has a huge corruption history.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this book. I only wish that I wasn't left so angry, at the end, knowing that two incredible performers are gone and, to this date, "they" got away with it.

(You didn't think I'd spoil it for you, did you???)
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. I liked how it portrayed how politics can trump justice even in the most famous of crimes.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well written investigative report meets true crime thriller. RIP 2Pac. Westside!
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a very interesting read.a lot of those artists music makes more sense to me now and I have come to enjoy it
Crystal Woodrum
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think the book is very interesting. The Biggie Smalls Behind the Music special first introduced me to the book. I went on amazon and bought it right after.
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GREG KADING is a retired Los Angeles Police Department detective. Specializing in the fields of gangs, narcotics, and homicide, Detective Kading spent most of his career assigned to federal task forces to investigate complex criminal cases in the City of Angels. Decorated with the Medal of Valor for bravery and Police Star for heroic action, Detective Kading achieved the departments highest rankin ...more
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