Millions of Tupac Shakur fans were left in shock on the night of September 13, 1996 as news broke that their hero had been killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. The official story is that Shakur left the MGM hotel in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 after watching a Mike Tyson fight with the owner of his record labeling company, Suge Knight. As they were leaving the hotel, Shakur and Knight got into an altercation and ended up physically assaulting a gang member in the hotel lobby. Two hours later, they were spotted driving together in a black BMW with Knight driving and Shakur sitting passenger. At one of the stop lights on the Las Vegas strip, the BMW they were riding in was boxed in by cars both in front of them and behind them. Shots were fired
and Shakur was shot 5 times in the chest, thigh, pelvis, and hand. Seven days later, Shakur was dead from internal bleeding, and he was promptly cremated. Shakur’s murder was never solved and has gone on to become the subject of literally thousands of web pages and message boards dedicated to conspiracy theories surrounding the rapper’s death.
According to many different conspiracy theorists, Shakur has left many clues and symbols in the years prior to his death that point to the fact that he is actually still alive. Let’s dive into the evidence. First, there is Knight. Just under a year ago, he appeared on a Los Angeles radio station and maintained he never saw Shakur’s body, although he was in the car with him when he was supposedly shot dead. Knight said, “Maybe the question is, Pac’s not really dead. Pac’s somewhere else.” He went on, “Nobody seen Tupac dead.” Others accuse Knight of having been involved in the plot to have Shakur killed, which Knight vehemently denies.
The next piece of evidence deals with the Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli. Apparently, Shakur was a big fan of Machevelli’s work, particularly his “Art of War,” in which Machevelli writes about faking one’s death. Well, two months after Tupac’s death, his record released his new album that he supposedly recorded before he was killed. The name of the album was called “Don Killuminati: Makaveli.” The title in the album “Makaveli” refers to “faking one’s death” and the works Shakur had read by Machiavelli.
Even before Tupac’s death, there were tracks in which he predicted his own demise. After his death, his posthumously released songs featured cryptic messages that some claim to mean that Shakur is alive and will come back one day. For instance, in many of Shakur’s songs, he raps about being buried at his funeral. After his “death” though, Tupac was not buried. If he claims in his songs that he wanted to be buried, then why was he not buried? What about his autopsy? Apparently, only one photo was taken during it. Could it have been a fake? Perhaps the lyrics that most Shakur conspiracy theorists refer to come off his “Blasphemy” track. Shakur raps: “I’m contemplating plots wondering which door to go. Brothers getting shot, coming back resurrected.” Apparently, this song was recorded months before his death, demonstrating that Shakur planned his death and intends to return.
Lastly, Shakur’s career has skyrocketed since his death. He’s released 8 albums since 1996 (7 of which have gone platinum.) His record company has stated that the albums were made prior to Shakur’s demise but were just never released. To me, it sounds a bit fishy. What were they waiting for? Moreover, who records 8 albums containing cryptic messages foreshadowing their own death?
I would say that most of society that cares enough to have an opinion believes Shakur is truly dead. However, the mysteries and conspiracies surrounding his death live on even today…
PS – check out how Tupac was brought back to life at Coachella! Link below: