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Rap-A-Lot Records CEO James Prince says he warned The Notorious B.I.G. that a revenge hit was put out on him back in 1997. According to TMZ, James spoke with Biggie and Diddy on the set of the “Hypnotize” video, two weeks before B.I.G.’s murder on March 9th, 1997. James obtained information while in L.A. with his artist Scarface, when he heard about the potential hit.

Tupac Shakur had been murdered six months prior and rumors had spread about Diddy and Biggie’s involvement. James warned them to leave town, but they didn’t take the treats seriously. They allegedly seemed unafraid by the information and focused on finishing the “Hypnotize” video, which was being shot in L.A.

  • Biggie was shot and killed outside of L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum a few weeks later.
  • According to TMZ, James didn’t know that B.I.G. would be murdered, but he had heard enough to be worried.
  • This story, among others, will be included in James Prince’s book, The Art and Science of Respect, which is set to be released next month.