The Last Words of Tupac Shakur

One late-summer night in 1996, a rap superstar was gunned down just off the Strip. Since then, his story has become legend. But for the Metro cop who was first on the scene, that night remains unforgettably real.

Tupac Shakur, 1996The call came in on the radio just after 11:15 p.m.: Shots had been fired near the intersection of Flamingo and Koval, with possible victims. Several vehicles had made a U-turn on Flamingo and headed west. The bicycle officer who made the call from the Maxim hotel began trailing the cars, but was too far behind to catch them. He could, however, see them turn left onto Las Vegas Boulevard.

Chris Carroll was a sergeant on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s bike patrol unit on the Strip. The 12 officers under his command rode in pairs, but Carroll was riding solo when he got the call that night, September 7, 1996. Traffic on the Strip is always slow-moving on a Saturday evening, but it was especially thick in the aftermath of Mike Tyson’s first-round technical knockout of Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand a few hours earlier. And, now, somewhere in the midst of all those vehicles was a caravan of cars, one of them perhaps carrying the shooter.

Carroll rode north to intercept them. “I’m thinking, ‘How am I going to stop these cars?’” Carroll says. “Usually on bikes, we used whistles and things like that, or we could call for a vehicle to help us. But as I’m riding toward them, I’m thinking, ‘These guys are on the run, there’s multiple cars and I’m heading nose-to-nose with them.’”

*****

The details surrounding Tupac Shakur’s death have been recounted dozens of times in the nearly 18 years since the night he was shot in Las Vegas. Newspaper and magazine articles, books, documentaries and websites have recapped, analyzed, scrutinized and commodified the rapper and actor’s unsolved murder, ranging from sober accounts to wild-eyed conspiracy theories. There are even those who still hold onto the belief that Shakur is not really dead, with reports over the years having him living in Cuba, New Zealand, Tasmania or rural Pennsylvania.

When Shakur died six days after the shooting, at age 25, he was swiftly elevated from star to legend. In this trajectory, he joined other celebrities who died in their prime: James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain. The premise of what might have been captures the imagination; and the intensity of what was never quite lets go.

John Singleton, who directed Shakur in the 1993 movie Poetic Justice, has co-written and will direct a feature film about the controversial hip-hop star, with production scheduled for later this year, and a Tupac-inspired musical, Holler If You Hear Me, is set to open on Broadway on June 19. But even with all the attention given to Shakur’s life and death, there remains one account of the night of the shooting that has not been heard before: from the police officer who was first on the scene.

*****

Chris Carroll is a 23-year metro veteran who retired in December 2010. He is also my cousin. A few months back, he and I were having beers one night when he almost nonchalantly began to tell me a story. It wasn’t the first time I’d sat back and readied myself to hear one of his fascinating cop stories; I’d been listening to them for years. But once I recognized where he was leading me, I realized that this particular story had deep roots not only in his memory, but also in our culture.

On that unforgettable night, he had started his 10-hour shift at 3 p.m. and was around the MGM Grand much of the day for the Tyson-Seldon fight, prepared for the residual turmoil that was likely to accompany it.

“Whenever Mike Tyson would have a fight, it would be like the Super Bowl of the pimp/whore/gangster crowd,” Carroll says. “And a lot of these people aren’t even going to the fight. There would be gangsters all up and down the Strip, in the hotel, everywhere. And, of course, since the fight was at the MGM, that was the nucleus of where everything was happening.

“The night was just starting, and you could just feel in the air that bad stuff was going to happen. Even when it was calm, it was like the calm before the storm.”

*****

It was a night that would be defined by short bursts of violence. As Tyson entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena and made his way to the ring, the public-address system played “Road to Glory,” a song Shakur had written specifically for the boxer. The two men had become friends through correspondence while Tyson was serving three years in prison for a 1992 rape conviction. Shakur himself was found guilty of felony sex-abuse charges in New York on December 1, 1994, one day after he was shot five times inside the lobby of a Manhattan recording studio. He began his sentence in February 1995, a little more than a month before Tyson was released from prison.

When Tyson reclaimed the WBC heavyweight championship with a third-round TKO of Frank Bruno at the Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 1996—his third fight after his release from prison—Shakur was one of the first people to greet him outside the ring. Now Shakur was back in Las Vegas to watch his friend take Seldon’s WBA belt. The fighter and the rapper planned to meet later that night at Club 662 on East Flamingo Road, where Shakur was scheduled to perform.

The friendship between Shakur and Tyson was forged by their common position as men misunderstood by society, says Christopher Emdin, an associate professor at Columbia University and hip-hop archive fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University.

“What Mike Tyson was in a boxing ring, Tupac was for the music industry,” Emdin says. “When Tyson came out—young, brash, unapologetic, said what he felt, would knock you out in one shot and intimidate the world by his physical brute strength—he also scared people by the fact that this kind of black person exists. When Tupac came out for the first time with the Digital Underground, he also came out bold, unapologetic, abrasive, intimidating. His presence alone was like a fear for white America, because they couldn’t ignore him.”

Mainstream America, Emdin says, had a love-hate relationship with both Tyson and Shakur, marked by fear and a “lust for that crazy, aggressive black figure.”

“In many ways, that’s what shaped Tyson into what he is today,” Emdin says. “They didn’t give him a chance to grow beyond that hyper-aggressive thug who would knock a motherfucker out in a second. That’s what they wanted, and they tried to do the same thing with Tupac. When Tupac would do ‘Dear Mama,’ and speak about the Black Panther Party and black empowerment, they wanted to strip that away from him and present him in the media as just this hyper-aggressive, angry thug.

“What connected Tyson and Tupac to each other was they were both able to experience an institution, an industry, that hated them but needed them because it satisfied their lust about what was awful about blackness. ’Pac would always fight against that image, but he himself was conflicted: He wanted to represent the ’hood, but he wanted to be bigger than that. And the same thing inevitably ended Mike Tyson’s boxing career, because Mike Tyson wanted to be a super boxer, but Mike’s career ended because he also wanted to be a thug. He could not deal with the tensions of who he was and who the world wanted him to be. That’s the same thing that Tupac experienced. When the world gives you this conflict, you almost inevitably self-destruct, because you’re not allowed to be more than one thing at one time. Tupac recognized that in Mike Tyson; that’s why the two of them got along so well.”

*****

Barely a minute into the fight, Tyson dropped Seldon with a seemingly invisible punch, then finished him off seconds later. Shakur watched the fight ringside with Marion “Suge” Knight, a former UNLV football player who had co-founded Death Row Records in 1991. Shakur had signed with Death Row after Knight posted a $1.4 million bail to get him out of prison on appeal in October 1995.

MGM Grand security video of the scuffle after the Tyson fight;

MGM Grand security video of the scuffle after the Tyson fight.

After the fight, Shakur and Knight were making their way through the MGM with members of their entourage when Shakur confronted and punched a man later identified as 21-year-old Orlando Anderson of Compton, California, a gang member with the South Side Crips. Shakur and Knight were both affiliated with the rival Mob Piru Bloods, and Shakur’s bodyguards proceeded to attack Anderson, beating and kicking him while he was on the ground. Following the melee, which was stopped by MGM security guards and captured on hotel surveillance cameras, Shakur, Knight and their crew were allowed to leave the MGM without being questioned. Anderson refused medical treatment, declined to file a complaint and headed out to the Strip. Carroll was in the arena for the fight, but immediately headed back outside afterward, unaware of what had happened in the casino.

*****

Gang violence had become a growing concern in Las Vegas in the mid-1980s, and by October 1991 The New York Times identified the city as one with a major gang problem, largely because of the increasing migration of the Los Angeles-based Crips and Bloods amid the Valley’s record-setting population boom. By 1996, the infiltration of the gangs had only become more prominent.

The growth of the Las Vegas gang scene also coincided with the rise of gangsta rap, which began to gain mainstream popularity in the late 1980s through artists such as Ice-T and N.W.A., who rhymed about police persecution, gang violence, drug use and misogyny. Songs such as “Fuck tha Police” and “Cop Killer” became anthems for young black men in urban neighborhoods who identified with the raw lyrical tales of the hardcore rappers.

Shakur released his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, in 1991, riffing on the usual topics of racism and police brutality, but the young rapper also addressed social issues such as poverty and teenage pregnancy. Born in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York on June 16, 1971, Shakur was raised in an environment of political unrest and social upheaval. His mother, Afeni, was an active member of the Black Panther Party, and named her son after Tupac Amaru, a 16th-century Incan emperor who had resisted Spanish colonialism. It was that revolutionary spirit—part of a childhood in which his mother battled drug addiction, and she and other family members spent time in prison—that helped shape Shakur’s views.

By 1996, Shakur—whose family moved to Marin City, California, in 1988—had become a lightning rod in the growing East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry. He publicly accused New York-based rappers Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.) and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs of orchestrating the 1994 attack on him, and he bragged in the 1996 song “Hit ’Em Up” about having sex with Smalls’ wife.

“Tupac was probably the one artist who was able to capture all the multiplicities of what hip-hop was in that era—and also in many ways capture what we want hip-hop to be,” Emdin says. “He was this non-apologetic revolutionary who was able to take a stand against the police or against anybody who seemed to speak in a negative manner about the hip-hop generation. But at the same time, he was also this man who adored women and who was able to write a song about his mother.

“Even in his misogyny, there were all these glimmers of hope and love, but at the same time he was able to capture the sentiments of an N.W.A., with the hyper-aggressive, hyper-thug imagery. Because he was able to carry all those things, all in one person, he redefined what ‘thug’ is. By being this complex person, he said that a thug is more than just this violent, angry person—that there were nuances to it.”

*****

Chris Carroll in the early 1990s.

Chris Carroll in the early 1990s.

Carroll approached Harmon Avenue on his bike in response to the shooting call when he caught sight of the convoy erratically heading his way down Las Vegas Boulevard. “They were running traffic signals, blowing through lights the whole way,” he says. “And there’s about four to five cars—I still can’t tell you exactly how many there were; I want to say five. They made a hard left turn onto Harmon, and they did this right as I’m pulling up. Now, we knew the vehicles were in a shooting, but we don’t know who fired, which car fired, which one has the shooter, who’s chasing who.”

About 15 minutes earlier, at 11:05 p.m., another officer on the Strip had stopped Knight for playing his car stereo too loudly and for not having his black BMW’s license plates displayed. Shakur was in the passenger seat. Knight was let go without being ticketed, and soon turned onto Flamingo Road to head toward Club 662. It was on Flamingo that a white Cadillac with three or four men inside pulled up to the right of Knight’s BMW. One of the men stuck a weapon out of the back window of the Caddy and fired at least 13 rounds into the side of Knight’s car, four of which pierced Shakur’s body. The Cadillac then took off south down Koval.

Knight managed to make a U-turn on Flamingo, as Shakur sat bleeding in the passenger seat. After turning onto the Strip, Knight weaved the BMW through traffic, blowing out two of the car’s tires and denting the rims as he drove over the median, and ran a red light at Harmon in the frantic escape. The car came to a halt near the center divider while attempting a left turn. The vehicles trailing Shakur and Knight also stopped at the intersection.

“As that happens, I hop off the bike and let it go flying,” Carroll says. “I still don’t know who the shooter is, and as soon as they stopped, almost all the car doors go flying open. So I pulled out my gun, and there’s maybe 10 people. And it was apparent immediately after they got out of the cars that this wasn’t Joe Citizen driving with his wife; these were hard-ass guys. So I’ve got my gun out, and I think one of them is probably the shooter. So I’m yelling for everybody to get down; there’s a ton of people up and down the Strip. I’m concerned about crossfire; I’m concerned that I don’t know who the shooter is. I’m trying to point a gun at five different cars at once, anticipating gunfire. And to my surprise, the gunfire never comes.

“So I’m pointing my gun, and I’m yelling at guys to get down on the ground. Some of them do, and some of them don’t. Some of them were kinda thinking about it, and they’re looking at each other, almost like, ‘Do we run? Do we do like he says and get on the ground?’ They’re trying to figure out the situation just like I am. We’re all just staring at each other in this semi-standoff as I’m yelling at them to get on the ground.”

As Carroll approached the BMW, he saw someone sitting in the front passenger seat. For a moment, he thought it was the shooter until he saw the bullet holes in the car door. He then turned and saw the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Knight approaching him from behind, bleeding profusely from a bullet fragment that had lodged in the back of his skull.

“I grab the car door and I’m trying to open it, but I can’t get it open,” Carroll says. “[Knight] keeps coming up on my back, so I’m pointing my gun at him. I’m pointing it at the car. I’m yelling, ‘You guys lay down! And you, get the fuck away from me!’ And every time I’d point the gun at him, he’d back off and even lift his hands up, like ‘All right! All right!’ So I’d go back to the car, and here he comes again. I’m like, ‘Fucker, back off!’ This guy is huge, and the whole time he’s running around at the scene, he’s gushing blood from his head. Gushing blood! I mean the guy had clearly been hit in the head, but he had all his faculties. I couldn’t believe he was running around and doing what he was doing, yelling back and forth.”

*****

The following description of events differs significantly from what has been reported previously, most notably in the book The Killing of Tupac Shakur by Las Vegas-based author Cathy Scott. Shakur bodyguard Frank Alexander, in his account, says he identified himself and Knight to police, who then let the two men up and allowed them to open the BMW’s door. Carroll dismisses that story, saying there’s no way he would have simply taken Alexander’s word that they were not participants in the shooting, and that he most definitely wouldn’t have let them approach the BMW to open the door. Carroll tells the story of what followed:

“I finally get the car door to open, and as I pull it open, the guy inside came right out, like he was leaning against the door. And at first I thought the guy was going to bust out of the door right on top of me; I thought this was his plan of attack, so to speak. But then I notice that he’s not coming out of the door; he was falling out of it. So I grabbed him with my left arm and he falls into me, and I’ve still got my gun in the other hand. He’s covered with blood, and I immediately notice that the guy’s got a ton of gold on—a necklace and other jewelry—and all of the gold is covered in blood. That has always left an image in my mind.

“I’ve got him in one hand, I’ve got the gun in the other hand, I’m still yelling at the other guys, and I pull him out of the car. Well, right about then, thank God, another bike cop shows up. He was probably the guy who was chasing the cars initially. He gets Suge off my back, because Suge was somewhat of a threat to me; the other guys were kinda listening—some proned out, some on their knees, some standing around.

“The other cop pushes Suge away from me, and I look down at the guy I’m holding: He’s still conscious. I could see he’s shot several times, but I can’t tell where he’s shot. And as I pulled him out of the car, he was wincing in pain. He’s looking at me; he’s groaning. I laid him down on the pavement, and then I looked inside the car to see if there was anybody else in there, but there wasn’t.

Suge Knight outside the hospital a few days after the shooting.

Suge Knight outside the hospital a few days after the shooting.

“After I pulled him out, Suge starts yelling at him, ‘Pac! Pac!’ And he just keeps yelling it. And the guy I’m holding is trying to yell back at him. He’s sitting up and he’s struggling to get the words out, but he can’t really do it. And as Suge is yelling ‘Pac!,’ I look down and I realize that this is Tupac Shakur. At the time, it didn’t really mean much of anything to me. I was more concerned that this was a bad situation to be in with just one other cop.

“There’s something in police work called the ‘dying declaration,’ a legal concept that, in a nutshell, basically says that if someone who believes they’re going to die gives out the name of a suspect or is able to explain what happened, that’s not considered hearsay in court when they’re not there to testify; it’s admissible evidence.

“So I’m looking at Tupac, and he’s trying to yell back at Suge, and I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me. He was making eye contact with me here and there, but he’s trying to yell at Suge. And I kept asking over and over, ‘Who did this? Who shot you?’ And he basically kept ignoring me. And then I saw in his face, in his movements, all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed. And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. Just like that.

“He went from fighting to ‘I can’t do it.’ And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking right in my eyes. And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’

“He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘Fuck you.’

“After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.

“As the paramedics loaded him up, more and more cops are showing up. The threat was gone, but we’re trying to find out what’s going on. It’s a complete mess. They started putting Tupac in the ambulance, so I grabbed one of the guys who worked for me and said, ‘Hop in the ambulance and ride with him, and don’t let him out of your sight at the hospital just in case he talks, just in case he says something, and maybe we can still get a dying declaration.’

“As soon as he got to the hospital, he went into surgery and was heavily sedated, and I guess he went into a coma and really never came out of that, until they took him off of life support. So that moment I talked to him was his last real living moment where he was speaking. I talked to the cop who rode in the ambulance with him. He said Tupac never came out of it, and he never said anything at the hospital. There was nothing else.”

*****

Shakur was taken to University Medical Center, where he underwent the first of several surgeries. Doctors tried to stop the internal bleeding, and removed his right lung as part of the effort. He was placed on life-support machines and put into a drug-induced coma before dying on September 13.

Six nights earlier on Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue, detectives had interviewed the members of Shakur’s entourage after the shooting, including Knight. But the interviews proved fruitless. If any of the men knew the shooter’s identity, they didn’t tell the police.

When asked if the murder of Shakur has had any lasting effect on him, Carroll says it was no more significant than other fatalities he dealt with as an officer.

“You have to understand, a cop—especially a Vegas cop working on the Strip, swing shift—you see dead people, shot people, suicides, car deaths, all the time. You’re very accustomed to it. And, for me, Tupac Shakur at the time, I knew who he was, but that was about it. I didn’t know anything about the guy.”

*****

The intersection where Carroll tended to Shakur barely resembles what it looked like on September 7, 1996. Las Vegas Boulevard is now significantly wider, flanked by new developments such as CityCenter and the Cosmopolitan. There were also no ubiquitous camera phones to capture the events following the shooting.

As for who murdered Shakur, the general consensus among law enforcement officials in Las Vegas and Los Angeles is that Orlando Anderson—following the beating he received at the MGM Grand, which was originally thought to be an isolated incident—planned to shoot Shakur at Club 662. But the Cadillac he was riding in happened to come upon Knight’s BMW at Flamingo and Koval, providing him with an earlier, unexpected opportunity.

If Anderson was indeed the killer, we’ll likely never know for sure, as he was murdered in an unrelated shootout at a car wash in Compton on May 29, 1998.

“[Shakur’s murder] is still considered an unsolved homicide,” says Carroll, who was not involved in the investigation after the night of the shooting. “And an unsolved homicide case is technically never closed. But nothing more is ever going to happen with it. I’ve heard all the conspiracy theories that have come out, that Suge had something to do with it. And I’ll tell you, that didn’t happen. And one reason is: You don’t hire somebody to kill the guy who’s sitting next to you. And second of all: When we were at the scene, and he was yelling at Tupac, it was clear he had legitimate concern for him. It wasn’t acting; you could see it was the heat of the moment. This is not the guy who had him killed; it’s ridiculous.”

Despite having been the commanding officer for Metro’s bike patrol unit on the Strip, as well as the first officer on the scene, Carroll says he has never been contacted by an attorney, family member or anyone else representing Shakur to recap the events of that night.

“I’ve seen a lot of stuff on the Internet about what happened that night, and it’s almost all wrong,” he says. “I’ve seen TV reports that have said stuff like, ‘This is the investigation that leaves no stone unturned.’ And I always think, ‘Well, they never talked to me.’”

Return to the scene: Chris Carroll near Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, May 2014. | Photo by Anthony Mair

Return to the scene: Chris Carroll near Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, May 2014. | Photo by Anthony Mair

*****

Stories that Shakur is still alive persist today, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Shakur’s mother positively identified her son at the hospital after his death, the Clark County Coroner’s office certified the death certificate and, most disturbing, a photo from Shakur’s autopsy leaked out of the coroner’s office, showing the rapper laying with his upper chest sliced open and the first word of his “Thug Life” tattoo visible on his stomach. His remains were cremated at his mother’s request.

Even Suge Knight has fed the rumors that Tupac lives. When interviewed by TMZ earlier this month, Knight accused Combs of having Shakur shot before proclaiming, “Tupac’s not dead. If he was dead, they’d be arresting those dudes for murder. You know he’s somewhere smoking a Cuban cigar on the islands.”

Photo by Photofest

Photo by Photofest

“For any population who feels that they don’t have folks to speak for them,” Emdin says, “there’s always the hope that an icon like Tupac still exists. And when you hear Tupac’s music today, it reignites that hope; it reignites that wish that he was still around. And through his music, he will always be around.”

As for Carroll, he gives two reasons for waiting so long to go public with his account of the night Shakur was shot. First, his retirement from Metro has given him the freedom to tell his story without possible reprimand. “There’s still an open homicide case,” he says. “It just wasn’t time to speak earlier. Now it’s been almost 18 years; there’s clearly never going to be a court case on this.

“The second main reason I didn’t go public with this before is I didn’t want Tupac to be a martyr or hero because he told the cops ‘Fuck you.’ I didn’t want to give him that. I didn’t want people to say, ‘Even when the chips were down, his life on the line, he still said “Fuck you,” he still wouldn’t talk to the police.’ I didn’t want him to be a hero for that. And now enough time has passed, well, he’s a martyr anyway; he’s viewed as a hero anyway. My story, at this point, isn’t going to change any of that.”

 


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  • Ryan

    Puff Daddy put a hit on Pac via Keffe D, a shot caller in the Crips he had close ties to. But Suge and Pac get plenty of the blame..they were threatening Puff’s life and caught up in the drama of trying to be the biggest bad asses instead of just making music..and it came back to bite them hard.

    http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.17135/title.former-detective-greg-kading-clarifies-his-shocking-allegations-regarding-the-murder-of-tupac-shakur

    • saytoomuch

      is that u diddy??

    • $6300017

      Wrong. Totally wrong. Diddy had nothing to do with it. Please read “The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders” for a better explanation. THE FBI has over 4000 pages and documents on TUPAC. He was under surveillance for years as part of a continuing of COINTELPRO.

      That’s the reason he said Fuck You. He was always weary of cops since they followed him around for years and even attacked him multiple times.

  • Jewlz Bass

    Lol puff daddy always a weak bitch! U could say boo to him and he b like they tryin to kill me! For pac…nothin bit him big…..pac=Makaveli tha Don = kasinova tha Don
    fuck puff doddu daddy bitch boy and fuck the bitch police officer who pac would not comply with♡pac lives♡ everyone wants to b like pac….how many grow up to wanna b like puff..hmmmmmm lol 0!
    ♡pac 4 life♡

    • Jojo_kittykat

      For fuck’s sake, read a book sometime. You are an obvious idiot who’s repeating something someone else told you.

      • KellWhitey

        “LAbrynth” (book), “Welcome to Death Row” and “Training Day”
        (Movies) will give you good insight to the history of this controversy. Instead of judging, research. The internet is full of trolls , ingnorance and rascists. Remember that “White ” and “Black” are political identities, and not genetic realities.

        • Jojo_kittykat

          Was this directed at me? If so, I’m sure you meant well. I’ve been an advocate for offenders in the prison system for over a decade. I’m quite familiar with the controversy, and several of its implications. Which is why I find band-wagon jumping to seem cool so disturbing.

          • KellWhitey

            Not directed at you. I thought it fit with your theme. Just getting involved in the discussion. no disrespect. Tupac said to study great men until they arent great to you anymore. I am all for reading AND thinking. I get offended when stoopit people run there mouths and fingers. I dont believe Pac was stupid. Just Human.

  • Michael Namikas

    FYI, the song playing at the Seldon fight was not “Road to Glory.” That was the song played before the Frank Bruno fight. The Tupac song playing at the Seldon fight was “Let’z Get It On”

    • KellWhitey

      Wasn’t it “Ambitions as a Rider”? just askin?

  • Ma55

    From a cop so the story is suspect. An extremely unreliable source who is most likely a lying corrupt fascist pig.

    • Erik Denning

      Yeah. Gang members are much more credible and reliable sources for honest, unbiased information.

    • http://batman-news.com David Lanner

      Doubtful

  • PeterBelles

    This lowlife cop is racist, I say fuck you.

  • Nina Bunche Pierce

    Love this line by Sean DeFrank: “When Tupac would do ‘Dear Mama,’ and speak about the Black Panther Party and black empowerment, they wanted to strip that away from him and present him in the media as just this hyper-aggressive, angry thug.”

    • jerry

      Dear Mama, Keep ya Head up, and I ain’t Mad at cha are all great, but it doesn’t change the fact he was on occasion a hyper aggressive, angry thug.

      There was no need to paint a picture because he did it himself. He did rap about laughing while he pushed on the gas and his flock blasts.

      • Ponsonby Britt

        That’s why the qualifier “just” is in there. Tupac *WAS* a thug, but he was also a complex human being. The point is that “thug” is a reductive stereotype that encourages us to ignore the real social problems and emotional harms that turn people into thugs in the first place.

        • seamus2

          I’m sure Al Capone was a complex guy. He did love opera after all.

          • Spirit Equality

            Al Capone was a hardened criminal responsible for orchestrating numerous murders. No comparison between him and Tupac at all, that’s a false equivalency.

      • Nina Bunche Pierce

        A hyper aggressive angry POETIC thug, maybe…Eric. But read these lyrics and think again: “Dear Mama”

        You are appreciated

        [Verse One: 2Pac]

        When I was young me and my mama had beef
        Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets
        Though back at the time, I never thought I’d see her face
        Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place
        Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool
        with the big boys, breakin all the rules
        I shed tears with my baby sister
        Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids
        And even though we had different daddy’s, the same drama
        When things went wrong we’d blame mama
        I reminice on the stress I caused, it was hell
        Huggin on my mama from a jail cell
        And who’d think in elementary?
        Heeey! I see the penitentiary, one day
        And runnin from the police, that’s right
        Mama catch me, put a whoopin to my backside
        And even as a crack fiend, mama
        You always was a black queen, mama
        I finally understand
        for a woman it ain’t easy tryin to raise a man
        You always was committed
        A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it
        There’s no way I can pay you back
        But the plan is to show you that I understand
        You are appreciated

        [Chorus: Reggie Green & “Sweet Franklin” w/ 2Pac]

        Lady…
        Don’t cha know we love ya? Sweet lady
        Dear mama
        Place no one above ya, sweet lady
        You are appreciated
        Don’t cha know we love ya?

        [second and third chorus, “And dear mama” instead of “Dear mama”]

        [Verse Two: 2Pac]

        Now ain’t nobody tell us it was fair
        No love from my daddy cause the coward wasn’t there
        He passed away and I didn’t cry, cause my anger
        wouldn’t let me feel for a stranger
        They say I’m wrong and I’m heartless, but all along
        I was lookin for a father he was gone
        I hung around with the Thugs, and even though they sold drugs
        They showed a young brother love
        I moved out and started really hangin
        I needed money of my own so I started slangin
        I ain’t guilty cause, even though I sell rocks
        It feels good puttin money in your mailbox
        I love payin rent when the rent’s due
        I hope ya got the diamond necklace that I sent to you
        Cause when I was low you was there for me
        And never left me alone because you cared for me
        And I could see you comin home after work late
        You’re in the kitchen tryin to fix us a hot plate
        Ya just workin with the scraps you was given
        And mama made miracles every Thanksgivin
        But now the road got rough, you’re alone
        You’re tryin to raise two bad kids on your own
        And there’s no way I can pay you back
        But my plan is to show you that I understand
        You are appreciated

        [Chorus]

        [Verse Three: 2Pac]

        Pour out some liquor and I reminsce, cause through the drama
        I can always depend on my mama
        And when it seems that I’m hopeless
        You say the words that can get me back in focus
        When I was sick as a little kid
        To keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did
        And all my childhood memories
        Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
        And even though I act craaazy
        I gotta thank the Lord that you made me
        There are no words that can express how I feel
        You never kept a secret, always stayed real
        And I appreciate, how you raised me
        And all the extra love that you gave me
        I wish I could take the pain away
        If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day
        Everything will be alright if ya hold on
        It’s a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
        And there’s no way I can pay you back
        But my plan is to show you that I understand
        You are appreciated

        [Chorus]

        Sweet lady
        And dear mama

        Dear mama
        Lady [3X]

        • jerry

          The title of that song was literally the first words of my comment.

          Again, I like tupac, and I think he would evolve agree with what I’m saying. He was a cool guy, but he was also a “thug”. Its just the way he was. A good hearted thug, but a thug. I like trick daddy too, he’s a smart guy, but still a thug.

  • http://www.gay.com/ STILL THE REAL mac DIESEL

    I hope that makes it to the movie.

  • Ashley Taylor

    Maybe he said “fuck you” to the officer in uniform because some cops out of uniform shot him?!

  • Murder

    RIP TUPAC

    • $8940647

      Meh

      • Murder

        Meh your ass off my post

        • $8940647

          Hahaha. No one cares. So…suck it

          • Murder

            Meh you bitch

        • $8940647

          meh your post too

          • Murder

            Meh your life faggot

          • $8940647

            16 days later…no one cares

  • Dan_Tebasco

    Interesting

    • Nawshus

      Right.

  • 2pac aint dead

    Tupac aint dead.. bac 2 Sponla . c0m

    • cowgirl_betty

      You should have spoken up before he was cremated, then.

  • Don

    Simply.. he said to the cop “fuck you”.. and yelling at suge..? meh yeah suge shot 2pac thats why he was yelling at him..

  • Pariah30

    trash killed by other trash

    • Ponsonby Britt

      All human beings are intrinsically worthy of respect. Seeing others as worthless “trash” is exactly the sort of mindset that enables violence like this to happen.

    • Minioeeleee

      That’s what they’ll say about u when ur dead. Calling someone dead trash makes u every bit of trash and more.

      • Pariah30

        lol

        • Minioeeleee

          I know it’s funny. Right? That’s how I feel about ur existence. Lol

  • DTEE

    Very inspiring last words from Tupac; perhaps they could go on a statue;

    • https://soundcloud.com/trey-chops/trey-chops-neverbrokeagain TREY CHOPS

      “FUCK YOU” – Tupac Shakur

      • DTEE

        yes, exactly, right under a dog’s ass on the statue;

    • Lexus Nexus

      Vulgar sentiments expressed by a young thug who celebrated ignorance. No statute, no honor, only shame in setting the black race back a century with his thug, “gangsta” crap.

      • KellWhitey

        “Black Race?” You big Dummy. You know its true. Deep down. Feel the stupidity flowing through you.

  • Barbara

    How you live, will be how you die.

    • M D

      Not true

      • Autodidact

        They won’t let facts get in the way of a good slogan.

    • Lexus Nexus

      This is nonsense. So sick of hearing this tired, shallow crap.

      • KellWhitey

        dummdummdumm. DUMB. hearing it in your head huh? Lexus, you pee brain. Does the world piss you off? Are you sure that you aren’t the problem? Are you sure?

    • Spirit Equality

      If that were the case, a drone would fire a missile at Dick Cheney. That’s not how things work in the real world, though.

  • beltway griper

    Tupac, welcome to the Karma Café!
    there are no menus, your waiter will bring you what you deserve
    boom, boom, boom, boom….another satisfied customer :)

    • Autodidact

      Karma doesn’t exist. To say that it does is quite disgusting when you think about the implication of something like that.

      • Erik Denning

        Most people don’t understand what karma means. It doesn’t mean something equally good or bad will happen to you as a result of your actions.

      • beltway griper

        The great modern Buddhist teacher, Sakyong Mipham, says:

        “Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.”

  • david n

    Lets Remember- that God knows who killed one
    of his children( we all are his children-whether we beleive or not)- and ALL those involved are going to Pay.None of us- get away from Judgement Day.
    Love and Respect- its the only thing that works long term.

    • mattinacan

      haha that’s a good one

    • Erik Denning

      There’s no such thing as judgment day. MY book proves it.

      • Ria

        Well all you have to do to prove it to yourself is die. But I suggest you read (and believe) the REAL Book, it’s called the Bible. IJS

        • Erik Denning

          My book is more real than yours. IJS

    • EddieWine

      I’m not a child of any fucking “god” so take your statement and shove it far up where the sun don’t shine!

      • Ria

        Oooooohhh yes you are. You are the child of the god of this world. Keep that attitude, and you’ll be meeting him soon. You have been warned. IJS

    • Ria

      Uh, hate to burst your bubble david n…But NOT all are God’s children. The only ones that are truly God’s children are those that have confessed His Son, Jesus as their Savior, and made Him Lord of their life. Anyone that has not confessed Christ, are children of the devil. Period, end of story. Now it’s true that we are ALL God’s creation, but let’s not get it twisted, not all are His children. Just keeping it real. Carry on.

  • http://mediaanarchist.com/ Media Anarchist

    hmm,kinda interesting but the author added to much filler that could of been explained with a few paragraphs. unfortunately whenever there is black on black crime, why on earth would you expect another race to give a damn when we don’t give a damn about ourselves?

    • Henk_sg

      Umm…what?

    • Angel

      Uh, the case remains unsolved, ergo we don’t know that this is a “black on black” crime. And all that “filler” you moan about is there to give history and perspective, you know, “understanding.”

      • http://mediaanarchist.com/ Media Anarchist

        what difference does it make to you? it’s obvious that you are like the rest of the wanna be conspiracy theorists out there. since when yall gave a damn about a man that looked like myself?

  • Riccardo Bailey

    Live by the gun, die by the gun. Who’s surprised?

  • Montana Savage

    Wow thanks for telling your story man! Tupac and I grew up in similar situations so he was always my favorite artist.

  • Hewitt Joyner

    I’m glad the police officer was professional about the
    situation. I must let people know why Pac said what he said. Please keep in
    mind his history with police officers. His mother was put in jail on trump up
    murder charges by the police when she was pregnant with Pac. His father in
    serving a life sentence for being a Black Panther. Pac himself was beaten up by
    OPD (Oakland Police Department), so saying what he said before going
    unconscious is par for his life. I admire the man for standing his ground to the
    end.

    • Leah Analytical Jean-Batiste

      Because he was looking in the face of who kill him…the stop by the police right before the shooting was not random…Pac wasn’t a gangster he played one for the puppet master real good …but they could no longer contain him after he realize what they were doing…Tupac went to a performing arts school..for christ sake….he was an actor…

      • $6300017

        Finally someone in this thread with some sense.

        Have you read John Potash’s book, “The FBI war against Tupac Shakur and Black leaders”? That book has over 1000 notes proving everything he asserts and it will blow your mind. Easily the best researched book about Tupac

  • Murder

    Cop didn’t want him to seem bigger than he was. Cop didn’t want him to live. Cop didn’t want find out was the real killer by pointing a gun at the victim’s entourage. Carroll may you reap what you sow

    • Henk_sg

      Apparently we all reap what we sow, eh?

    • Eric ‘Rich’ Richardson

      You’re a complete moron. Hopefully internet trolls reap what they sow.

      • Murder

        Hopefully your mother reaps rape for breeding you

        • Eric ‘Rich’ Richardson

          Oh, SNAP! A mom rape reply. Wow… what are you 12? I would insult your mother, but people shit turds not birth them so your mother could be pretty much anyone. The funny thing about cowards like you is that you make up fuckwad names like, ‘Murder’ to release serotonin into your puny little mind because you think it makes you sound like a badass. The difference is that it makes you a joke and probably part of the reason that you’ve never fucked a girl. You go, ‘Murder’ (I’m seriously trying not to laugh as I type your internet handle) The only thing you’ve probably ever murdered was your chances of ever being taken seriously in the real world. Go run and play, little boy.

  • shbkyn45

    I refused to read a long post, just to find out what his last words were.

    • Henk_sg

      Good for you. Ignorance it bliss, right?

    • Angel

      Woohoo! 3 cheers for laziness and illiteracy! (psst, I’m being facetious…)

  • Jon

    A moron from a moron from a moron, etc… The ignorance goes from Grandmother to Mother to Son with no understanding or appreciation of life and difference.

  • Erik Denning

    Why do conspiracy theories make more sense than a guy from a rival gang, who just got beaten up by these guys, taking the opportunity to shoot him? If you choose to believe the words of thugs/criminals/gang members over a cop who was there and had no bias or interest in the parties involved, then no one will be able to convince you otherwise, I guess.

  • ssrx8

    If Mr, Shakur doesn’t care about catching his killer, we shouldn’t either.

  • Henk_sg

    Funny comments section, we’ve got people hating on this cop for…well for no other reason than his being a cop (Note: Racism is hating someone for no other reason than their skin color.) and then we have those hating on Tupac for whatever it is he represents to them. Apparently that has a lot to do with his skin color. Its not often we get these two groups together like this. We should do it more often.

  • Trichia Davis

    RIP Tupak I miss the magic you create through your music…

  • Janet

    Wherever they go, trouble follows. Isn’t that exciting? /s

  • RightwingHunter

    I’m glad the cop exonerated Suge. As much as a POS Suge Knight is I never bought into the theory that he had Pac killed in order to keep him from leaving Death Row. Just like I never bought into ludicrous idea that Puffy had anything to do with it either.

  • Mr. Universe

    Compelling account. One other possibility: Perhaps Shakur had no idea who pulled the trigger. And given his lifelong conflict with the authorities, I can imagine his reaction as appropriate to know that he was dying in the arms of one. I would probably experience a similar final reaction of defiance, too.

    • Ria

      Let’s hope you wouldn’t waste your last words in defiance…I’d hope you’d call on the only one that could keep you out of hell…Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ. The name above every name. That should be the content of your last words…Especially if you do not know Him prior to death. IJS

  • jerry

    Well that article was 90% filler. Could have spared me all the Tyson bullcrap I had to skim through.

  • Cyberstriker

    I just seen the article there something wrong here Tupac didn’t like cops but his words, something he said quote “F*** you” that could mean the guy who shoot him was a cop not Orlando Anderson this is only speculation with trauma also going into shock then unconscious. I wish this officer could have listen to what Tupac and Knight was saying that would have helped even more.

    • Murder

      Thank you.

  • Guest

    Funny… now the cop haters call themselves “patriots” and perch themselves on overpasses with law enforcement officers in their crosshairs. If that isn’t a “fuck you” I don’t know what is. So how are you sanctimonious “patriots” who are here calling Tupac “trash,” any better than he is?

    • IdolHanz

      I believe the entire nation now hates cops. The only people who don’t are the porker pigs parents, wives and kids along with politicians who use the porker pigs as Praetorian guards.

  • IdolHanz

    I’ve heard Tupac was a saint. I don’t know. Perhaps. All of those people come across as scumbags to me. I don’t think any of them exactly exude an aura of sweetness and light.

  • Seraphina Cagna Malandrina

    Funny… Im reading some of the comments here from people who sound like their ideological brethren are the “patriots” we see at the Bundy Ranch. You call Tupac “scum,” and ‘trash,” for telling a cop “Fuck You,” but what is that guy on the overpass saying, with his rifle’s crosshairs on the back of a law enforcement officer? That’s every bit of a “Fuck You,” as Tupac’s last two words were. Hypocrites.

    • KellWhitey

      I agree. I think you are smart for pointing this out. Stones being thrown everywhere. Privilege doesn’ t make you innocent. But it allows you to think you are.

    • Max Muchacho

      That’s a stretch. I haven’t heard anybody on here sounding like cracker Bundy ranch cowboy wanna be’s. Besides this is about two different things. They’re whining about open range to graze their cattle. Tupac was just telling the world to kiss his ass for the multiple reasons America does have to bend over and kiss his ass in crude sybol of atonement. Now you’re reading a lot into people you don’t agree with and since you don’t agree with what they say, you jump to the conclusion that “I’m reading comments on here from people who sound like their ideoological brethern are the patriots we see at the Brady ranch.” The guy training a rifle on a cops back is rightfully demonized. Tupac shouldn’t have gone out any way other than he did, ” fuck you pig”. I applaud him.

  • http://www.osborneink.com/ OsborneInk

    Nonsense, Tupac’s last words were “I will still have a new CD every six months even when I am dead.”

  • Guest

    What movie was the term “fascist pig” used in that make people use it so casually? It seems that a lot of people refer to cops as “fascist pigs,” but has anyone looked up what “fascist” means? Hitler and Mussolini were fascists. Where are the cops keeping the concentration camps, guys?? Is that why cops become cops? They put themselves in danger because they have a secret mission of world domination? In comparison to the other countries out there, are things really all that bad here that we’re calling people fascists? There are people out there in other countries LEGITIMATELY dealing with fascim and genocide and horrible, horrible attacks on freedom, but here in the US we call a cop saying that Tupac’s last words being “fuck you” cannot be trusted because he’s a fascist?? Thugs, criminals ….do most of them end up in jail because America’s huge fascim problem??

  • Ex_ATC

    Benghazi?

  • NatTurner1

    That shows you how black men in America feel about a police officer. His dying last words were an expletive as that is how we feel about the police in this country. “To protect and serve white people”

    • Al in SoCal

      It’s more like rich suburban people … but we get the gist.

    • Ria

      Uh, not all black men feel that way about police officers, only the ignorant ones. IJS

  • Al in SoCal

    Many of us are able to see both sides. One side is Tupac Shakur’s side where we see abuses by cops, the ‘system’, the elite in our society, and the other side – he was a gang member, he beat a rival gang member up – there are street consequences for that. Live by the sword .. too bad for his fans and his family that he couldn’t rise above that (gang rivalries) after he made it big.

  • Lexus Nexus

    I never cared about what Tupac said when he was alive. I certainly don’t care what his last dying words were. He was an ignorant, uneducated man, a street thug. He couldn’t speak to me. He set the black race back a whole century with his thug emphasis. The music sounded great in a ghetto, downtrodden way. The beat was powerful and the composition of his music was quite unique. Yet today, we have more black thugs than black lawyers, more rappers than black people embracing high educational achievement. This society values the STEM subjects, yet too many blacks would rather worship Tupac than join the fray. A black man who embraces education, tries to strive for all that is high and noble, doesn’t act or look like a thug, is shunned in the black community. He’s considered a ‘square’ or ‘sell out’ or ‘weak’, less of a value than the Tupacs. No wonder the race is falling further and further behind. Tupac celebrated ignorance.

    • KellWhitey

      Lexus, you know deep down that you are as dumb as a doorknob. Life has nuances. IF you dont get it, then you dont get it.

      • Lexus Nexus

        and in attacking the messenger because the message rings true and hits too close to home, you identify yourself as part of the problem, not part of the solution. Continue to celebrate and perpetuate ignorance.

        • KellWhitey

          “Blacks” this, “Blacks” that. Lexus you are a closet dumbdumb parading as a philosopher. You arent a messenger of anything but psuedo-intellectualism. You and your counterparts on these threads don’t really understand people or the complicated and often sad situations that we find ourselves in. Tupac had more talent and vision than you could dream of having. He was flawed, but so is humanity… You are shallow, mean, and bitter. I wont even get into the fact that “white and black” are political identities and not genetic realities. You are a “troll” of life.
          message that you self important dummy.

    • Toparaman

      You just wrote a long comment explaining why you care about what Tupac said.

      • Lexus Nexus

        If that’s all you got out of what I wrote, then the thrust of that “long comment” was lost on you. Not my problem.

        • KellWhitey

          You are lost and you know it. Clap your hands.
          You big dummy. There is no way you are intelligent. Talking down on dead man is weak especially when you dont know about him or his struggles. D U M M Y

    • Minioeeleee

      U don’t care….but u here… And took the time to comment. Fuck outta here.

      • Lexus Nexus

        Sorry, I don’t take anyone seriously who uses “U”, instead of “You”. Go back to playing video games.

  • J. Crew

    Who cares about this thug. Last words were to curse at someone trying to help him. Feh.

    • ScootFla

      That’s according to a cop. Most cops can’t be trusted in this day and age. This officer is just trying to gain publicity.

      • J. Crew

        I agree. You can never trust a cop. This rings true, however.

    • Steve Elo Exedureu

      You are jealous, because no one is gonna care about your last words and you will never be like PAC either.

      • J. Crew

        No. you would be wrong. I am not jealous of someone who died at 25, having gained basically nothing in life.

        You are right, though. No one will care about my last words, other than the people I love. Beyond that, I could not care less.

        • KellWhitey

          You only care about the people you love? I think you might be a suffering misanthrope. Please get help.

    • http://forguysmag.com/ FOR GUYS MAG

      Well said!

  • imnotsorryisaidthat

    sugar puff daddy came and hit the pac,looking for soul food and a place to eat,went to vegas should have seen him go go go and the colored girls said no no no,he aint dead

  • Pscr

    Tupac, Shmoopac, who gives? His life is only remarkable for the number of words that have been written about it, when he was a pretty worthless dude who didn’t contribute anything positive to society. He’s a loser, he rapped about worthless and trivial things, his last words were F-off, wow, what a dude. Good riddance, can we please move on now?

    • KellWhitey

      you mad bro?

    • SwagMeOutHoe

      He rapped about worthless and trivial things, huh? Is that why his song “Dear Mama” was selected to be included in the 2009 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being ” a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference?” When you can do something of equal or greater value, then you can start pointing fingers at people and calling them worthless. Also, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, you should probably stay quiet. It will help you look less ignorant.

      • garystartswithg

        They “honor” 25 recordings every year, and many of them are political, like everything else in DC. I understand what you are trying to say, but the National Recording Registery was only started in 2002 and when it comes to pop music there are a lot of head scratchers on the list. Making it on the list could just mean you are full of hot air like Bono.

        • SwagMeOutHoe

          What head scratchers are you referring to? And being a political decision or not, besides 2Pac, there have only been 3 other entries in the Library for hip-hop artists. It’s significant because people tend to look down on rap as nothing more than noise about gangs, bitches, and money, and are ignorant on the fact that hip-hop is a lot more than that. Sure, Pac rapper about those same things too, but he wasn’t all about that. A lot of his music is storytelling that deals with injustices, poverty, racial issues, etc. So I’d argue that his making on the list wasn’t because he might have been full of hot air.

          • Ria

            I wasn’t a big fan, but nobody can deny that he was gifted. Too bad he didn’t use it for more positive messages. I don’t think had he lived, he would have come out of the lifestyle he was use to living. The fact that he started a fight in the lobby (by punching someone who wasn’t bothering him) is a good indication that he wasn’t trying to be a better person. It is what it is…Some men can never get away from the thug life. IJS

          • SwagMeOutHoe

            He didn’t start a fight for no reason tho. The person he had punched out, Orlando Anderson, was a gang member who had robbed a friend of Pac’s earlier that year in a Foot Locker. All Pac did was get back at the guy for having robbed his friend.

  • Outraged

    He said, I wish I was white.

  • seamus2

    Well he proved one thing on the point of death. He was a dick. Who cares?

    • http://forguysmag.com/ FOR GUYS MAG

      Agreed.

    • Minioeeleee

      U do.

  • Jimmy Wronski

    Grade F for this article. I just wanted to know Tupac’s last words, and I had to read half an hour of crap to discover they were “Fuck you” to a cop. Brilliant waste of time. My version of the article: “Tupac’s last words were ‘Fuck you’ spoken to a cop.” End of story. You are welcome.

    • Michael Michael

      i agree but it took you 30 minutes? I skimmed and found them in 5. You get part of the blame for actually reading this the 40+ paragraphs until the “last words” were given

    • Angel

      I know, all those cumbersome words to deal with. Who needs perspective and backstory in this world of instant gratification?

      • https://supporters.eff.org/donate/2015-year-end-challenge Boehner-Monkey`

        LOL. Nice :)

  • mkenzie

    I feel like the reason he said “Fuck you” wasn’t just because Carroll was a cop, but because Carroll was specifically yelling “Who shot you?” I mean, the last thing Tupac heard before he died from gunshots wounds was an officer yelling the title of a Biggie diss…

    • SW640

      Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Eric the Red

      HA! … I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out… ” remember when I use to let you sleep on the couch?”

  • John G. Hill

    Street Justice.

  • Guest

    Tupac may have been controversial and said some things that were abhorrent but he said a lot of good things too. He was a character that had the good and the bad. If he was still alive, he would have moved beyond the thug life and been a positive character for good in the world. There is absolutely no doubt about this. He was young when he was killed. Far too young… There has been no one like PAC… NO ONE.

  • Sassan

    “I’ve heard all the conspiracy theories that have come out, that Suge had something to do with it. And I’ll tell you, that didn’t happen. And one reason is: You don’t hire somebody to kill the guy who’s sitting next to you.”

    Really? Is that why out of all those bullets not a single bullet hit this fat a s s? The only bullet that causes him to bleed was a graze which could have been an accident. How easy would it have been to hit Suge as well as PAC given Suge’s size? And so what if he showed concern for PAC? It could have been he didn’t want anyone to suspect his involvement. Suge had every motive to want PAC off as he was leaving Death Row Records to start his own label. PAC was valuable to him in death, not life. I don’t know whether Suge was involved or not but too brush off the possibility is arbitrary and wrong.

  • Sassan

    Tupac may have been controversial and said some things that were abhorrent but he said a lot of good things too. He was a character that had the good and the bad. If he was still alive, he would have moved beyond the thug life and been a positive character for good in the world. There is absolutely no doubt about this. He was young when he was killed. Far too young… There has been no one like PAC… NO ONE.

  • http://forguysmag.com/ FOR GUYS MAG

    “The bicycle officer who made the call from the Maxim hotel began trailing the cars, but was too far behind to catch them” — huh?

  • http://forguysmag.com/ FOR GUYS MAG

    He was just a gangsta rapper with bar-stool, philosophical, quotes who enthralled the under-educated, idiots that worshiped him.

    • FaramarzFathi

      “who enthralled the under-educated, idiots that worshiped him.”
      This reminds me of Sassan.
      Faramarz Fathi

      • garystartswithg

        Tupac’s kids are going to start a dynasty? Cool.

  • http://forguysmag.com/ FOR GUYS MAG

    The guy was a rapist not a rapper.

    • Murder

      Your mother was a man not a woman

  • Guest

    Admittedly, I have really despised my genres of music, and rap is no different. However, Tupac was killed by a branch of the Illuminati called the FBI. This is the same branch that killed other influential black men. His death wasn’t simply the result of gang violence; I believe that his death was a warning to other black musicians that although you think you are free, you are not, and are instead bound by the shackles of contracts.

  • Jeffjeff1

    Admittedly, I have really despised many genres of music, and rap is no different. However, Tupac was killed by a branch of the Rothchild-Illuminati called the FBI. This is the same branch that killed other influential black men. His death wasn’t simply the result of gang violence; I believe that his death was a warning to other black musicians that although you think you are free, you are not, and are instead bound by the shackles of contracts. He no longer wanted to corrupt the black youth.

    • Bumphus

      It’s dem joos what done it…

    • Ria

      For real dude? SMH

      • SW640

        He associated with the Bloods and paid for it.

  • LaurenceW1

    Tupac had real style. It’s weird how he has become the black Elvis, with people needing to believe he’s still alive.

  • Michael Michael

    After over 40 paragraphs, they finally give the “Last Words of Tupac.” Hacks. I bet most readers never made it that far. Its actually kind of ironic: And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’
    “He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘Fuck you.’

    • AfroD

      Good job not knowing the definition of the word hack.

      • Michael Michael

        hack 2 |hak|
        noun
        1 a writer or journalist producing dull, unoriginal work

        • AfroD

          It’s too late to try and defend yourself.

  • A.D. Hopkins

    Saying it late, but this is one of the better crime stories I ever read. Wish the writer who more or less copied it for Rolling Stone had shown the class to credit the original author, DeFrank.

  • DeeWilli_85

    “Right before I die, I’ll be cursing the law” – 2Pac / Under Pressure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfG1lqbsxl4

  • http://www.lifeasshay.com Shay of LifeAsShay.com

    As much as i would have loved to have this story years ago, I am glad to finally have it…Pac must have truly felt “It’s just me again the world.” http://lifeasshay.com/tupacs-final-moments-revealed-by-cop-me-against-the-world/

  • DodgerFan

    OMG….its been how long??? Thyre not going to “solve” this case because they dont want to….why? There must be something the “law” aka gov. is hiding so just let the man rest already. He was great in my opinion and a lot of others feel the same, he demands respect even now that he’s gone, tupac makes the hardest thugs speak about him with respect……. He will always be remembered good and bad. RIP PAC.

  • http://blogaveli.net/ Velcapitan

    Good Read

  • britishrose

    umm good story very important for us all to be at peace with the truth , its a feeling you get when someone finnally make sense of those last minutes , and i always said suge knight had nothing to do with it .. but only the true killer would know that , someone said that a man in brooklyn who saw the killer was gonna talk to the polcie ,but instead moved back to new york and was killed .. they say the killer was shot at the car wash was killed cause he confessed , so you know those killers will neva be found … and i believe the fact that tupac said fuc..k the police speaks volumes , he knew who shot him and wouldnt even tell suge knight didnt see them tupac saw who it was .. he stayed true to the game even when the game was not true to him .. at the time gangsters didnt rat on no one even if they shot them . he proubably thought he would make it .. and would be indanger or his family in danger for him telling … poor baby .. i loved tupac my favorite rappr til this day .. i remember where i was when i heard he was in icu ….. i waited to hear he was ok ,, nothing prepared me for him dieing .. l cried in my room all alone . and i got up and tried to go back to work . i came home early i was just sick over it … i was 29 then an a hugh fan of his …. my boyfriend was too at the time …
    i know suge knight has taken abeating and i think he may have killed biggie and feel guilt now for that .. but i assure you bigger and puffy would not have killed this man … they loved him .. they were madd at him .but not hate him… those thuggs did this to tupac .. period we always knew it was gange realted

  • SW640

    What? He thinks white people feared those two?? Hahaha!!!

  • DodgerFan

    Did God or Jesus join the discussion because there’s a whole lot of judgement going on and from what i know there is only one judge who’s opinion of you really matters……. who cares what anyone here thinks in the end your judgement means as much as…Nothing. Live your life and take what you deserve when its time but for now shut up and worry about you. LET THE MAN REST.

    • nicholasstix

      Says the judgmental fool. Do you think you’re fooling anyone, by calling people you hate “judgement[al]”? For now, shut up, turn off your caps lock, and leave people with moral sense to condemn the devil.

      Nicholas Stix, Uncensored

      • DodgerFan

        “Says the lonely Shakespeare wanna be”
        People I hate????? Who do I hate? I cant hate people i know nothing about. You must be bored.. Go do something.

  • Spirit Equality

    My conspiracy theory sense went off on that part where Suge and Pac were pulled over, *not* given a ticket, and then someone pulled up and shot Pac almost immediately after. It’s almost like the cop who pulled them over confirmed that Pac was in the car for the shooters to come up afterwards. It’s not like it’s hard to find a Vegas cop on the take, so it’s pretty easy to pay one off to pull Suge and Pac over, confirm Pac is in the vehicle, and slow them down enough for the shooters to arrive. Also, how does this officer know there were “three or four” people in the shooter’s car? He wasn’t at the scene of the shooting. This is the first time I’ve heard of more than one shooter being in the car. This whole thing smells of a massive cover-up. “There will never be a court case on this”, indeed.

    • beltway griper

      If I was going to pay off a Vegas cop, I would find one who operates a car, not a mountain bike.

      • Spirit Equality

        I was referring to the officer who pulled over Suge and Pac before the shooting occurred, not the officer who allegedly heard Pac’s last words.

  • Kim Miller

    Another rapist off the streets. Good. This is the way “thugs” go out. Don’t wanna die like a thug? Don’t live like a thug.

  • cageysea

    What can you say about Tupac Shakur except — couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  • Scorpio Queen

    Tupac was Black Panther more than anything else. If Suge Knight was involved in double crossing PAC, he wouldn’t be here. Don’t think for a moment that the JURY was OUT. A trial took place alright….quietly, saving tax payer dollars, and fairly….a life for a life. Sadly, it just happened to be two of the best rappers of our era. Their Blessing for making music and creative genius got caught up in bullshit that didn’t matter….over a woman….male egos…and a vindictive agenda. People need to RISE UP and don’t get caught up in negativity, small stuff, or disrespect from or to others. Keep Your Head To The Sky…..EWF said it best. Peace, Love, Wisdom. RIP Tupac & Biggie, you may both be looking down upon all of us and kicking it, asking yourselves why we are still trying to figure this out.

  • prigsby2

    “2Pacalypse Now” Only an amazing poet of our age could rip off a movie title and piss it around so badly. What total garbage.

  • Twoiron

    Like he lived his life, his dying words were spoken like a man who would fit right in…in Sheol.

  • Agent__86

    Who cares?

  • monymony
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  • https://supporters.eff.org/donate/2015-year-end-challenge Boehner-Monkey`

    Here is a memorial I found to him on the Disqus comments site, “Our Lost.”

    http://ourlost.com/people/tupac-shakur/?riH

  • Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie

    I’m a white boy from central California who was only a moderate Tupac fan. After his death I read A LOT of his lyrics.
    He was as tough and strong….and HEAD STRONG as anyone I’ve ever known or read about. – So I read about him
    Without must more to say: Tupoc being killed was a waste. A waste of a man who had the ability to teach so many people about a life they knew nothing about. Including myself.

  • jamespat

    I read where Frank Alexander, Suge Knight and others said the cop was so scared that he practically was arresting Tupac and that he didnt’ handle him as gingerly as he said he did. Part of the reason why tupac said FU is that he was the victim of a shooting but still was being considered a criminal by the police. It took the cop a while to finally realize who he was dealing with. Frank said the cop had no idea who Tupac was but eventually realized he was someone famous. I also saw interviews that said the door was stuck and that eventually suge helped him open the door. Suge said something like, I know how to open the f’in door so let me do it. Lets face it; cops lie; so do gangsters and rap stars. Its hard to know the truth anymore.

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