Platinum producer Delray Richardson: Biggie had a false sense of security before coming to LA
Multiplatinum producer and songwriter Delray Richardson believes that the death of Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G) in 1997 was more or less a by-product of the great rapper’s ill-judged visit to LA only a few months after Tupac Shakur was killed.
Biggie Smalls was assaulted and killed on the 9th of March 1997 in Los Angeles by an unidentified murderer. The great rap-artist’s death came only 6 months after Tupac was shot dead in Las Vegas. Richardson, who was close to both men, shed some light on the events and gave his thoughts on the crucial mistake, which cost Wallace his life. He recently spoke on the “Art of Dialogue” Youtube channel.
Richardson recalls Wallace had a “false sense of security” in relation the atmosphere in L.A, following the death of Tupac and says that Biggie was advised on multiple occasions to stay away from visiting the city. The producer remembers a controversial appearance on the radio by Wallace, in which he was freestyling to the verse of his song “Long Kiss Goodnight”, which many people believed was a sign of disrespect to the memory and legacy of the fallen Tupac.
Richardson adds that upon hearing the news of the assault on Wallace, he was at a party in a famous L.A club where the DJ kept playing on multiple occasions the tune of the song “Going back to Cali”, performed by non-other than Biggie himself. The famous producer admits the emotions and feelings going through his body were surreal and horrible, reminiscent to the ones he had encountered upon hearing the news of Tupac’s earlier death.