Notorious BIG has been caught up in the middle of another night of violence after three people were stabbed at the launch party of the hip-hop hero's latest posthumous album.

Fans of the slain rapper, real name CHRISTOPHER WALLACE, were celebrating the release of DUETS at a Manhattan, New York City, club named Exit early yesterday morning (21DEC05) when the mysterious stabbing incident occurred.

Police, investigating a nearby shooting, quickly arrived on the scene, where they found three revellers suffering stab wounds to the stomach. The trio were hospitalised as detectives began their investigations.

No arrests have yet been made, but authorities have since questioned the occupants of a car spotted fleeing the scene.