4 stabbed at club throwing B.I.G. party

January 17, 2009 8:01:21 PM PST
Four men were stabbed early Saturday at a Brooklyn nightclub advertising an after-party for the film "Notorious" about rapper Biggie Smalls. Police say a 21-year-old man stabbed numerous times was in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital Saturday. Three others were in stable condition; two were stabbed once in the torso and one was stabbed in the back.

The club, Djumbala, is located in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, about three miles from the slain rapper's home. Calls to the club went unanswered Saturday. Police are investigating the incident and did not immediately release further information.

The party promoters advertised the event as the "official" after-party for the film. Fox Searchlight, which distributed the movie, said the party was not related to the film in any way. It's official premiere was Jan. 7.

"Notorious," released Friday, is a biopic on Smalls, who was born Christopher Wallace and also used the stage name "Notorious B.I.G." He stood 6-foot-3 and weighed more than 300 pounds.

His debut CD, 1994's "Ready to Die," helped re-energize the East Coast rap scene, which up to that point had been overshadowed by West Coast rap.

Three years later, on March 9, 1997, he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at the age of 24.

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