Tupac Shakur has become one of the most well-known rappers in the history of the genre. Not only was he an established rapper, but his acting skills were nothing short of brilliant. His songs have gone multi-platinum making him one of the most infamous names in music. Tupac’s 1996 murder in Las Vegas shocked the world and created one of the most talked about conspiracies in entertainment. Everyone wanted to know who really killed Tupac.
Some believed it was former East Coast rival the Notorious B.I.G. or even his Death Row Records homie Suge Knight, who was with him the night of the murder. Over 20 years later, Suge Knight finally reveals who was responsible.
10. Birth Of A Legend
Tupac Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks in East Harlem, New York City on June 16, 1971. His mother Afeni Shakur and father Billy Garland were both active members of the Black Panther Party. Even at a young age, Shakur was an aspiring entertainer who performed in Shakespearean plays as well as a rendition of The Nutcracker.
9. Rise To Stardom
Tupac began recording music in 1987 and rose to stardom in the 1990s when his track “Same Song” appeared on the soundtrack to the 1991 film Nothing But Trouble. His first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now blasted its way through the underground rap scene. It wouldn’t be long before his meteoric rise to prominence with Death Row Records as you’ll see in #8.
8. The Beginning Of A Rivalry
After Tupac served a nine-month sentence for sexual assault, he formed the group Outlaw Immortalz and signed to Death Row Records when he released the hit single “California Love.” His song “Hit ‘Em Up” featured a lyrical blasting of the Notorious B.I.G. It was the beginning of an infamous rivalry that would take him to his grave.
7. Death Of A Crew Member
Tupac’s rivalry with Bad Boy CEO Sean Combs (Puff Daddy or P. Diddy) forced him to align with Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Knight was already experiencing problems with Combs who he believed was associated with the death of his friend and bodyguard Jake Robles in 1995. Tensions continue to flare in #6.
6. Making A Murderer?
In early 1996, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, who was an alleged Crips gang member from Compton, robbed a member of Death Row’s crew at a Foot Locker. When Tupac found out about the incident, he attacked Anderson along with a group of Death Row members. A few months later, everything hit the fan in #5.
5. Fight Night
On September 7, 1996, Tupac was experiencing the Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson fight with Suge Knight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. When the fight had ended, one of Suge Knight’s buddies spotted Orlando Anderson in the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino but thought nothing of it.
4. One Last Drive
At approximately 11:00 PM that night, the two were driving on Las Vegas Blvd when they were stopped by police for excessively loud music and no license plates. The group was released with no citation. At 11:10 PM, Tupac’s car pulled up alongside two women who invited them to Club 662. He never expected what would happen in #3.
3. The Fateful Drive By
At 11:15 PM, a white Cadillac rolled up alongside Tupac and Suge Knight, rolled down the window, and fired multiple gunshots into the car. Tupac was hit twice int he chest, once on his arm, and another shot hit his thigh. Suge suffered minor injuries due to defragmentation and the two were taken to the hospital.
2. A Death Within Death Row
After over 15 hours of sedation in the hospital, Tupac was pronounced dead at around 4:00 PM. Anderson was taken off of the list of suspects. For years, people believed it was either Biggie or Suge Knight who were responsible for the murder, or at least knew who was. In slide #1, Suge Knight reveals details on what happened that fatal night.
1. Suge Knight’s Shocking Admission
In a signed affidavit, Suge Knight’s attorney claims Death Row security chief Reggie White Jr. and his ex-wife Sharitha were behind the murder. Knight claims he was the real target of the drive-by in Las Vegas but Shakur died as an unintended consequence. He revealed this information after hearing “salient points” in the documentary Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton.