Notorious BIG Detective Russell Poole
Notorious BIG Detective Russell Poole
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Lead Detective In Notorious B.I.G. Murder Case Dies Suddenly

Russell Poole collapsed suddenly while meeting about an "undisclosed cold case."

The Los Angeles police detective who handled the murder case of the late, great Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace died at the city’s County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau on Wednesday (Aug. 19).

Russell Poole, 58, was among many who suspected foul play in the rapper’s death and handled an investigation in the matter for approximately a year after the March 9, 1997 shooting. Poole’s theory was that the murder was a joint plot by LAPD officials and Suge Knight. He quit the force in 1999 after disputes about several cases, including the death of Biggie, the Los Angeles Times reports.

READ: VIBE Rewind: The Notorious B.I.G.: ‘Chronicle Of A Death Foretold’ (May 1997)

Poole collapsed suddenly at the homicide office while meeting with detectives regarding an undisclosed cold case. He was rendered unresponsive and taken to nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. At the time of Wallace’s death, Poole proposed that former head of security for Knight’s Death Row Records, Reggie Wright Jr., gave the LAPD officer David Mack information on Wallace’s whereabouts on the night he was fatally shot. Poole also believed that Knight was behind the killing of Tupac Shakur.

In a 2002 documentary titled Biggie & Tupac, Poole called Knight “one of the most powerful gangsters in the world” at the time, Rolling Stone points out.

READ: How One Man Lost A Record Deal With The Notorious B.I.G. Over A Dice Game

"Had we'd been able to aggressively investigate [the B.I.G. shooting] and had the heart to connect the two and do a thorough investigation, I think we probably would have found out more information," Poole said. "I think the fact that law enforcement officers were working for Death Row, that was a scandal in itself… Suge Knight, to me, was one of the most powerful gangsters around. He was well-organized, he had a lot of power, and what gave him the power, he had dozens and dozens of police officers working in his organization."

Though Poole’s death is reportedly not seen as suspicious, one person in particular suspects his death was not random: Busta Rhymes. The rapper took to Instagram following the news with a photo of B.I.G and Poole, and his own question about the detective's’ death.

“Coincidentally he dies after meeting with the police about the cold case of Biggie's death and strangely collapse's shortly after and was unresponsive and was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. Ain't this some s**t?” he wrote.

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The release of Netflix's FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened introduced Maryann Rolle, a caterer who worked for Billy McFarland to feed those planning the festival. Rolle stated in the documentary how she was forced to dip into her savings which totaled $50,000, to pay staff after never receiving compensation from the festival's creators.

It's a stark reminder of how influencers like Kendal Jenner were paid ($250,000) in comparison to those who didn't get paid at all.

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Both a co-owner and caterer of the Exuma Point Resort with her husband, the Rolles plead for help in the GoFundMe's bio, expressing that she had worked to create "no less than 1000 meals per day" back in April 2017 and has since never received a dime.

"As I make this plea it's hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid...I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest," Rolle and her husband, Elvis, wrote. "My only resource today is to appeal for help," the couple wrote.

With the foundation's original goal set at $123,000, the campaign has made nearly $138,000 in seven days with the help of 4,286 donations.

The Fyre Festival was originally meant to be a VIP destination music event housing acts like G.O.O.D Music and Major Lazer, but the fiesta turned out to be a fiasco with unfurnished tents and an estimated $27.4 million scam against investors.

Donate to the Exuma Point GoFundMe here.

 

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Sevyn Streeter And Justine Skye Cover "The Boy Is Mine"

Originally delivered by Monica and Brandy, "The Boy Is Mine" shook up the late '90s with a powerful duet between two women fighting for one man, now over 20 years since the electric debut, the single has received the millennial treatment.

Performing at the 2019 Trumpet Awards in Atlanta on Saturday (Jan. 19), Justine Syke and Sevyn Streeter recreated the work of Darkchild producer, Rodney Jerkins, who created the track 21-years-ago. Streeter dominated Brandy's portion of the single, while Skye released her inner Monica.

Jerkins, who is credited for working with the likes of Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Destiny's Child and more, was honored with the Music Excellence Award during Saturday’s ceremony. The award ceremony will air Feb. 11 on Bounce TV. T.I., MC Lyte, and Dapper Dan are among other powerful figures in music to be honored during this celebration.

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It appears the "ATM" rapper wiped his barely-used Instagram account clean and posted a graphic with the words, "I'm counting my bullets." While Cole doesn't engage on the platform, he was seen in the form of in-studio photographs by his team and over 100 collaborators who were in attendance of the Dreamville-Revengers recording sessions.

But as quickly as it appeared on Monday (Jan. 20), it was also deleted from his account.

Cole confirmed the conclusion of the sessions last week that included elite peers like T.I., Ludacris and Akon in addition to the game's most promising acts like Childish Major, Dreezy, Smino and R&B/jazz maestro  Masego. Dreamville members like Ari Lennox, J.I.D., Bas and EarthGang were also in attendance.

 

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I went to #ROTD3 and all I got was these really cool ass photos ! 😂@preme.xyz #prememagazine #prememag

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The Revengers sessions are done thank you to every artist and producer that came through. I love y’all, that shit was beautiful. Next step, finish the songs and let the 🌎 feel em.

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 17, 2019

J. Cole's manager and Dreamville Records president Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad teased new music from the rapper last week and promised that new music was coming sooner than later.

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I got you when it’s finished 🙏🏿 I’m tryna put it together #Revenge https://t.co/NXrpUVv7Tq

— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) January 18, 2019

This is sure to be another banner year for a Cole as his breakout mixtape The Warm Up, turns ten this year.

Seems like all we can do now is sit and wait.

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