I am a child of the 90’s. Ok who am I kidding. I am 80’s girl through and through. But I still recall the west vs. east costal feud.
The war seemed to involve everyone from Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs and Biggie Smalls to Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight. The first notable shooting was in November of 1994. Shakur was shot 5 times after heading into the lobby of Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan. Surviving, he implicated Sean Combs, Andre Harrell, and Biggie Smalls. The rapper then headed to jail and still managed to crank out albums. “Me Against the World” went multi-platinum. After serving his sentence he then cranked out the popular tune “California Love.”
Then on September 7th of 1996 Shakur went to the Mike Tyson VS. Bruce Seldon match at the MGM Grand in Vegas. After a member of the Crips was found in the lobby, Tupac attacked the offending gang member along with his entourage and Suge Knight. After the fight he and Suge were reroute to Club 662 (later renamed Seven) when a white Cadillac pulled up to the passenger side of Suge’s vehicle and fired over 12 shots. 4 of the bullets hit the rapper and reportedly took his life. His body was said to be cremated and his ashes were then rumored to be mixed with marijuana and smoked by members of the Outlawz.
Since then theories that the rapper actually survived the attack and is living in hiding have run rampant. Some fans and friends believe he still out there and left several clues that he faked his death. He was heavily into the philosophy of Niccol Machiavelli. The Italian philosopher also was rumored to fake his own death. Tupac went as far to dub himself ‘Makaveli’ and cranked out and album titled “Makaveli: Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” after he died. After that, “R U Still Down?” was released in November of 1997. He even appeared in the videos for the songs. Managers insisted all the footage was taken 2 months before the fatal shooting.
A year later, “2pac’s Greatest” with 6 NEW tracks released. In several songs he made the mistake of referencing events that happened AFTER he died. Shakur talked about the movie “Armageddon” in one track and in another he applauds the Denver Broncos on winning the Super Bowl – both events taking place after he was supposedly dead. Then 1999 he released “Still I Rise” and “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” in 2000. He also performed live for an album called “Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap: The Tunnel” and new tracks once again came up on “Cellblock Compilation: Face Off II” and “Too Gangsta for Radio.” Finally, in 2001 a full album of all brand new Tupac tracks called “Until the End of Time” was released.
TMZ recently caught photos of what is said to be Tupac in a sighting in a New Orleans bar. Either this guy is a really good look-a-like or the actual rapper.
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