The iconic hip hop artist was riding shotgun in a car driven by Death Row Records head Marian “Suge” Knight on September 7, 1996 when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them on Flamingo Road and opened fire.
At least 12 shots were fired, four of which struck Tupac and one of which grazed the head of Suge Knight.
Tupac died six days later from the fatal blows. He was 25 years old.
Despite it taking place on a busy street, a block away from the Las Vegas Strip, no one has ever been arrested for Tupac’s murder, Yahoo News reports.
Tupac’s demise has prompted many conspiracy theories, with many pointing the finger at the Southside Crips, a gang from Compton, California. Tupac was involved with the Mob Piru Bloods, who are a known rival of the Crips.
It’s said Tupac “signed his death warrant” when he and his Bloods bodyguards beat one of Crips members, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, in the lobby of the Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson fight venue earlier that night.
“When he ran across the lobby of that casino and slugged another gang member, he signed his own death warrant,” said former Los Angeles Police Department detective Greg Kading, who led a task force to investigate the murder of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls.
Kady confirmed it was Anderson who later pulled the trigger in the drive-by-shooting that ultimately “cost him his life.”
Others, like Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chuck Philips, posited that it was Tupac’s friend-turned-rival Biggie Smalls (real name Christopher Wallace) who ordered the hit on the rapper and gave his attackers the gun.
It’s well known that Wallace had previously offered to pay the Crips $1m for the hit.
The public feud between the two rappers previously inspired the pair’s infamous beef tracks – Biggie’s Who Shot Ya? and Tupac’s savage response Hit ‘Em Up.
To this day, Hit ‘Em Up is considered the greatest ‘diss track’ of all time, with violent threats made toward Biggie and fellow East Coast rappers.
It’s said the song’s release only exacerbated the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry of the ‘90s and played a role in Tupac’s death – as he was shot three months after its release.
Tupac’s death set off a series of events, which saw Biggie gunned down in a hit ordered by the West Coast rapper’s friend Suge Knight. It was a gun-for-hire Wardell “Poochie” Fouse who pulled the trigger.
Both Anderson and Poochie were killed before they could be charged. Anderson was shot and killed collecting a drug debt in 1998, while Poochie was gunned down riding his motorcycle in 2003.
As a result, the Tupac and Biggie cases remain “technically” unsolved.
2Baba Gives His Fans A Dec 19 Surprise
ThrillerbandZ Music Challenge Rejuvenate Liveband Music In Nigeria
The ThrillerbandZ Music Challenge will be taking place at the National Theatre on Friday 17th December to 18th December. The primary objective of the LiveBand Challenge is to showcase an important aspect of our musical heritage for development into a viable Cultural product.
The initiative is to boost the composition of meaningful lyrics and lively songs, quality dance styles, stage appeal as well as excellent performances to delight music patrons even beyond the shores of Nigeria.
The 12 hours back to back music concert is put together by Evergreen Musical Company Ltd in Partnership with National Theatre.
Livebands play prominent roles in our day to day social activities ie weddings, burials, birthday, naming ceremonies, religious and Political conventions, etc.
Not less than 50 Livebands are expected to compete to showcase their musical appeal to thrill , pleasure and dazzle the audience and African music Aficionados in a relaxed environment with unique ambience , colourful lightnings, savory culinary delights and drinks.
This event which is no doubt a first of it’s kind event in Nigeria will overtime become a veritable platform that will help to boost authentic African music repertoire and tourism in Nigeria.
During the just Concluded Press Conference which held at the National Theatre Marquee the Lagos State Government represented by the amiable SA, Tourism, Art and Culture , Mr Solomon Bonu promised full Sponsorship support and commitment of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration for the event.
Some of the performers particularly amongst the youths showed their high hopes and expectations on the pleges made by the Babajide Olusola -Olu‘s administration through the SA, Tourism.
According to Bimbo Esho the brain behind this initiative she said outstanding performers shall win laurels, fantastic cash prizes and musical instruments and many talents shall be exposed to the media and record labels.
Stars To Storm Oshodi As Highkay Dancent Marks Birthday On Friday
Important players in Music, movie, politics and the business sectors are expected to gather come Friday, 22nd of October to celebrate an icon, Innocent elota A K A. HighKay Dancent as he add another year.
The birthday celebration is scheduled to take place at the popular Oshodi Main Market Arena where he has other fleets of businesses.
Notable musicians who have worked with the showbiz promoter both in the past and present will be on the bandstand to thrill guests to live music.
Explaining why the celebration is so special, Dancent said “I just want to celebrate with my friends. It’s an open celebration where everyone is welcome because it’s going to take place inside Oshodi Arena”
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