Detective Fat Joe appears to have cracked one of the biggest cases in hip-hop history. The rapper says that the late New York Knicks player Anthony Mason was the subject of the song "I Got a Story to Tell." The 1997 song, which featured on the album Life After Death, details Biggie Smalls having sex with a woman only to interrupted by her boyfriend, a New York Knicks basketball player. The rapper says in the song that he then pretended to be a robber before making his escape, unscathed, something that Biggie maintained was true. Mason's girlfriend at the time was Memphis-native Monica Bryant.
According to her Facebook page, Bryant works as the athletic director for the Shelby School District in Memphis, Tennessee, where she's also a native. Her son told the New York Daily News in 2008 about the financial struggles that his mother was under. She's a graduate of Bethel University.
In a September 2014 appearance on Highly Questionable, one of Mason's teammates, John Starks, confirmed that the events in the song really took place. Starks also confirmed that he wasn't the player in question. He said at the time, "I know who it was about, but I’m not gonna say. I can’t tell you. But I just want to get it clear that it wasn’t about me."
The Washington Post reports that "Internet sleuths" have determined that the events discussed in the song must have taken place on November 12, 1995, the day the Knicks played the Utah Jazz. The newspaper also says that in a 2014 appearance on Highly Questionable, rapper Jadakiss said that he'd heard the song was about Anthony Mason.
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