Sometimes I wonder what the world would be like if Tupac was still alive. I have bought into several conspiracy theories over the years (including the one that he is still alive.)
Eventually I accepted the fact that he was gone and that “the streets” probably took care of his killer.
But a new documentary is now claiming the iconic rapper knew his assassin. The identity of the murderer continues to remain a mystery to this day because police allegedly failed to investigate.
Hard to believe considering the high profile nature of his murder.
Tupac Shakur was gunned down on September 7, 1996, while driving through Las Vegas. Many people have been implicated in his murder over the years – including fellow rap star Biggie Smalls.
In 1995, Tupac claimed that Biggie knew of a planned robbery that resulted in Tupac being shot and losing valuable jewelry.
Three months before his death, Tupac released the track ‘Hit ‘Em Up,’ in which he claimed to have slept with Biggie’s estranged wife Faith Evans.
Biggie was himself gunned down in a drive-by shooting the following year. He denied shooting Tupac and claimed he was recording tracks when the murder took place.
The allegations that Tupac knew his killer are being made by friends, family and music business insiders in an episode of Snapped: Notorious. It is set to air on Oxygen on September 10.
The two-hour documentary includes interviews with those who were at the rapper’s bedside as he lay dying. They confirm he indicated who his killer was.
Tupac, who lost a finger in the shooting, is said in the documentary to have nodded after being asked if he knew who opened up on him with a .40-caliber Glock.
Tupac fans will know Orlando Anderson – a member of the Southside Crips gang – was also thought to have killed ‘Pac.
Shakur, his Death Row Records boss Suge Knight, and several of their entourage had beaten up Anderson the same day as the shooting.
That attack was revenge for Anderson and other members of the Southside crips robbing a Death Row Records employee earlier in the year.
Anderson, who denied the claims, was killed in a gang shooting in 1998.
Other rumors persist that Suge Knight orchestrated Tupac’s death after he told him he wanted to leave Death Row Records.
The documentary also says Tupac reportedly refused to tell the cop who found him immediately after the shooting who his killer was, simply saying ‘f**K you.’ He only told police when he knew he was dying.
Whatever the truth is, twenty-one years after his death it is astounding that the mystery surrounding Tupac’s murder is still being debated.