by Cathy Scott
Table of Contents
1. The Killing of Tupac Shakur
2. The Aftermath
3. The Scuffle
4. The Investigation
5. About Tupac Shakur
6. About Suge Knight
7. Yafeu Fula's Murder
8. Biggie Small's Murder
9. Gangsta Rap and The Record Industry
10. Rap Violence, Gang Violence
12. Dead or Alive?
Appendix: Coroner's Report
The Fatal Night
At about 10 p.m., the entourage left Suge’s house and headed back to the action. The music was cranked up on the car stereo and they were in a partying mood as the caravan of luxury cars carrying friends and bodyguards followed them. Cruising the three-mile-long Las Vegas Strip, Suge and Tupac hollered above the blaring hip-hop, turning heads on the Strip. They rounded the corner onto Flamingo Road, heading past Bally’s toward the post-Tyson-fight party at Club 662 just two miles away.
They never made it.
According to police sources and talk on the street, the killing of Tupac Shakur was a by-product of one of three pre-existing situations: one, the fierce competition between East Coast and West Coast music factions to sell records and dominate the gangsta rap world; two, Tupac Shakur’s and Suge Knight’s connections to the street gang the Bloods and its rivalry with the Crips; and three, a conspiracy of top record-company executives to kill their own superstar rappers as a way of boosting sales.
Dead or Alive?
Even though Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas in front of at least a hundred people, some refuse to believe that he died from the wounds he suffered that hot September night. New conspiracy theories claiming Tupac is alive continue to crop up; the World Wide Web is cluttered with their rationalizations. Internet chat rooms are full of discussion of whether he did, in fact, pass away.
The never-before-seen photo in this book dispels that myth forever.
On September 6, 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down in a drive-by shooting a few blocks from the fabled Las Vegas Strip. The Killing of Tupac Shakur digs deep into the events leading up to, and following, the headline-grabbing murder.
This in-depth chronicle focuses on Tupac’s double life as an entertainment superstar and a convict, spotlighting his meteoric rise to the top of the world of hip-hop in the context of the dangerous economics of renegade record labels. It examines all the possible motives for Tupac’s murder—the gang connection, the rap wars, the high-level conspiracies—and reveals the failed police investigation of the crime, which remains unsolved. Now in it's Second Edition, having been fully revised and expanded.
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“Packed with little known facts.”
—St. Louis Dispatch
“A must have for fans.”
—The TCC Connection
“The book reveals a subculture filled with money, power, violence, loyalty, and treachery.”
—North County Times