The Mysterious Death of Tupac Shakur
Why were no arrests ever made for the death of Tupac? What do we know, today, about who put out a contract on his life? At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on September 7, 1996, Mike Tyson became the WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World, in a victory over Bruce Seldon, by technical knockout, in the first round. Also attending the bout was Tupac Amaru Shakur, the American hip-hop artist. Shortly before midnight, he would become a victim of a fatal drive-by shooting.
Tupac Shakur, holds the Guinness World Record, for selling the highest number of hip-hop albums in the world... one hundred and sixty-five million... by rapping with frank language about the pain & desperation of inner city life. When he was asked if he was a gangster, Tupac said no, he considered himself a thug... because gangsters did not live very long. But the nature of his music drew him, into the orbit of the Bloods, one of the two dominant street gangs in Los Angeles. The Bloods wear red.
The Crips wear blue. Both gangs were in attendance that night, at the Tyson boxing match. After the decision, in the lobby of the MGM casino, surveillance cameras recorded an altercation between Tupac and Orlando Anderson, a member of the Crips. It is said that Orlando started the fight. The men were separated by casino security, and Tupac left to attend a charity event at the 662 Club. He was being driven there by his record producer, Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records. Suge may have been a member of high standing with the Bloods.
While en route to the club, the midnight black BMW, in which Tupac was a passenger, stopped at a traffic light on Flamingo Road. A snow-white Cadillac pulled up along the BMW passenger side. From the back seat of the Caddy, thirteen rounds were fired at Tupac Shakur. He was struck four times. One of the slugs penetrated his right lung. Six days after the ambulance had brought him to a hospital, due to complications, following the removal, of the injured lung, he passed away in his sleep.
The following day, Orlando Anderson was bragging to anyone who would listen, that he was the one who had taken out Tupac. Because of the code of silence honored by L.A. gangs, Anderson was never arrested, and he met his own end two years later, in an unrelated shootout. The assasination of Tupac Shakur, is still believed, to have been a paid hit.
The so-called "east coast/west coast rap conflict" was a rivalry, between Death Row Records in L.A., and the label of Bad Boy Records, in New York City, which were both in competition for the lucrative "gangster rap" market. The founder of Bad Boy Records is Sean "Puffy" Combs, who is rumored to have put out a contract on Tupac, with a payoff of one million dollars... but the suspects at Bad Boy do not end with "Puff Daddy".
One of the East Coast label's most popular artists, was The Notorious B.I.G., also known as "Biggie Smalls", once a protoge of Tupac Shakur... but they had a falling out. In 1994, Tupac survived a shooting in New York City. He publicly accused Biggie, of being involved. Then The Notorious B.I.G. released a "diss track", entitled "Who Shot Ya?", which the hip-hop community believed, was a dig at his former mentor. Shakur then released, "Hit 'Em Up", a brutal diss track, in which he claimed to have slept with Biggie's wife. There is a rumor, printed by the Los Angleles Times, that Biggie bought the gun, that slew Tupac.
Another suspect is Tupac's own record producer, Suge Knight, who was taking a large cut of the artist's paycheck. Tupac spoke openly about leaving Bad Boy Records, for greener pastures. In order to retain the rights to the rapper's catalog of music, Suge Knight is suspected of having commissioned the hit himself. The night of the Tyson fight, Suge Knight was seen making a mysterious phone call, and he later insisted that Tupac ride in his car, on the passenger side.
Suge Knight says the drive-by was planned by Reggie Wright Jr., the security chief at Death Row Records in concert with Suge's ex-wife, Sharitha Golden. Allegedly they wanted to gain control of the label, and the intended target was Suge, not Tupac.
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