The Killing of Tupac Shakur
The Killing of Tupac Shakur
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It’s been almost 20 years since poet, revolutionary, convict, and movie star, Tupac Amaru Shakur (a.k.a 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply ’pac), was gunned down at age 25 while he sat in traffic with Suge Knight near the Las Vegas Strip following a Mike Tyson fight at MGM Grand. In the new updated and expanded third edition of this acclaimed biography, Las Vegas crime writer Cathy Scott has finally been able to include the previously unpublished chapter featuring the account of that last fateful night from “Big Frank,” the rapper’s now-deceased personal bodyguard.
The raw no-holds-barred narrative, which includes exclusive photo evidence (including of Tupac’s autopsy), is the definitive account of the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur: the many possible motives, the failed investigation, the rap wars, the killing of Biggie Smalls, the Bloods-Crips connection, the Suge Knight and Death Row Records association, and the subsequent fate of numerous principals involved in the aftermath. It is also a sensitive, candid, and insightful account of the contradictory icon who remains not only one of the most influential rappers ever but, with more than 75 million records sold worldwide, he's also one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
The music of Tupac Shakur is the legacy of his life. The Killing of Tupac Shakur is the legacy of his death.
enormous significance in the grand scheme of the investigation. “Any of those incidents leading up to Tupac’s death obviously are of interest from an investigative standpoint,” Lieutenant Peterson later said. “[But] we don’t have a case. We’ve got no evidence linking [Orlando Anderson] to this [murder].” The surveillance videotape was forwarded to the evidence vault for storage several months after the murder. After the shooting, homicide detectives scrambled to learn the identify of the
said, ‘Can we use your name to get this movie deal?’ I said, ‘Hell, yeah.’ When I got with John Singleton, he told me he wanted to be ‘Scorsese to your DeNiro. For starring roles I just want you to work with me.’ So I told the Hughes brothers I only wanted a little role. But I didn’t tell them I wanted a sucker role. We was arguing about that in rehearsal. They said to me, ‘Ever since you got with John Singleton’s shit, you changed.' They was trippin’ ‘cuz they got this thing with John Singleton.
pull up. Just then, the elevator door in the lobby opened. Tupac got in. Zayd and Stretch followed him. Freddie, who also was bleeding from his gunshot wound, stayed downstairs with Tupac’s half-sister and waited for an officer. The three took the elevator to the eighth floor. When the elevator door opened, waiting for Tupac in the floor’s reception area was Booker. Tupac yelled, “Call the police! Call the police!” even though he’d seen a squad car downstairs. Biggie and Puffy were still
For money. What about getting together as black men? We are together as black men—they over there, we over here. If we really gonna live in peace, we all can’t be in the same room.” Writer Kevin Powell said he thought Biggie was an unfortunate innocent bystander in the Death Row-Bad Boy feud. “Suge definitely encouraged that,” Powell said. “It sells records, definitely. What record label—think about it—when in the history of music has a song like ‘Hit ’Em Up’ been put out? People heard the
immortalized in the Godfather saga. “Beneath all the ethnic specificity, these rappers are really imitating the lifestyle of white gangsters,” the Reverend Jesse Jackson Jr. said after Tupac and Biggie were killed. “They have chosen white role models.” According to police, gangsta rap isn’t organized enough to imitate the real mob. “Gangs are considered disorganized-organized crime,” homicide Sergeant Kevin Manning said. “[The Mafia] has a hierarchy. It’s very organized. Everybody knows who