Shaq Reportedly Advised Notorious B.I.G. Not to Attend Party Hours Before Shooting In 1997
Former Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal reportedly warned slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. way back in 1997 not to go to the party that ultimately got him murdered right after. Back when Shaq was going through his rapping phase, he and Biggie did a song together.
The Notorious B.I.G./Shaq – Can’t Stop The Reign [w/ Lyrics]:
Biggie was killed in a drive-by shooting on March 9, 1997 after attending the event. O’Neal, a member of the Los Angeles Lakers at the time, wrote in his 2011 book Shaq Uncut: My Story that he planned to attend but fell asleep and didn’t make it out of his house.
“Remember when the movie Notorious came out?” says Elhassan, who worked with the Phoenix Suns while O’Neal was a player there. “We got an advanced screening and watched it and, afterwards, Grant Hill was talking about how he was at the VIBE party that Biggie was at right before he got shot. So everyone was listening to Grant Hill like, ‘This is an amazing story.’ Except for Shaq, who was on the other end of the room and says, ‘That ain’t nothing.’ And then, he claims that he was at a tattoo parlor that afternoon and Biggie asked him what he was doing that night. He said, ‘Chillin’. What are you doing?’ Biggie said, ‘Going to the Vibeparty.’ And then he said, ‘Don’t do that.’ And then he leaned back in his chair and folded his arms as if to say, ‘And the rest if history.’”
“I was in my condo. I had on a cold white suit, white hat and all that. I was on my way. I was dressed, ready to go. “I just fell asleep. I woke up about 4 o’clock from a call from my mother,” Shaq added. “She said ‘Did you go to the party?’ I’m like, ‘No, what’re you talking about?’ She said, ‘You know, your friend was shot and killed.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ So then I hung up with her and called some people and they told me what had happened.”