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The murders of 2Pac and Biggie get revisited in a new book, Trae Tha Truth shows his charitable side and Toronto’s rap scene gets a boost -- read on for the weekly Rap-Up list.

Murders Of 2Pac, Biggie Subject Of New Book “Murder Rap”

2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. were each murdered more than a decade ago and neither case has been solved, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming forward with their version of the facts regarding their murders. The latest is Greg Kading, a former Los Angeles Police Detective who alleges in his new “Murder Rap” book that Diddy ordered the hit on 2Pac and that, once 2Pac was murdered, Suge Knight ordered a retaliatory hit on Biggie Smalls.

Kading says that authorities have tapes, documents and confessions from those involved in the murders of both rappers. Diddy has already dismissed the information presented in the book as ridiculous, while Knight has yet to issue a public comment. As more time passes, the unsolved murders of 2Pac and Biggie have taken on a life of their own.

Trae Tha Truth Becomes an Angel

Trae Tha Truth has been one of Houston’s most prolific rappers during the past decade. The Texan’s charitable output has been equally impressive, a trend that continues with his pending opening of a children’s emergency shelter. Trae and his Angel By Nature charitable organization will open the 3,000-square-foot facility November 1. It is built to house 20-30 children who need temporary housing. The facility will include computers, televisions, books, games and showers, among other amenities.

Trae’s new “Street King” album features Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, among others, but he says that his community work brings him the most satisfaction. “I’m more happy for this than anything I’ve done,” Trae said in a statement. “These kids are the world. It’s bigger than me and it’s bigger than the city.” And Trae just became much bigger, too.

JD Era Advocates “Change”

Although there has been a vibrant rap scene in Toronto for well over a decade, Drake was the first rapper to truly make the average fan pay attention to musical talent coming from the Canadian city. The Real Frequency radio show (which is no longer on the air) had become a rap staple in the city and its New North segment has recently morphed into and reemerged as “The New North” album, a compilation of more than 30 Toronto-based rappers, singers, producers and DJs.

A standout selection from the collection is JD Era’s “Change,” an inspirational cut that showcases JD Era’s clever wordplay and his ability to make a positive statement and still showcase his impressive lyricism. With Drake and a bevy of other rap talent, Toronto is a city to watch.

For more from Soren Baker follow him on Twitter: @SorenBaker.



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