Did Rap Superstar Tupac Shakur Fake His Own Death To Avoid FBI Targeting and Prison Time?
August 1st, 2013
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LOS ANGELES â Music Producer & Former Death Row Records C.E.O. Suge Knight. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
By Shepard Ambellas and JG Vibes
Is it possible the rap superstar faked his death to avoid FBI surveillance and potential looming prison time? Longtime friend and former Death Row Records C.E.O. says in a rare video clip âPac would fake his own death and disappear to avoid going back to prisonâ.
I wish to began by prefacing this article, letting it be known right off the bat that this is one of the most important articles ever written in the realm of entertainment and must be shared with every man, woman and child in America, regardless of race, color or creed.Â This information is just as important as the more esoteric and political reports that we provide, because Tupac had a message that transcended his culture, his art form and his country. Our freedoms are under attack, our civil liberties are being stripped, and our peoples lives are threatened. We are Americans, a nation of many races. âShepard Ambellas
The Life of an Activist
Many people do not realize that Tupac Shakur was more than a just a well-known rapper, much more. In fact at a young age Tupac already knew he was going to make a mark on the world, before the world would make its mark on him. Considered by the FBI to be a radical anti-authoritarian activist, 2Pac was a visionary revolutionary prodigy of his time.
The famous African-American rapper and born activist, Tupac â2Pacâ Shakur, son to Afini Shakur, a former Black Panther Party member, drew some attention of his own before his reported death, prompted by a violent vehicular shooting which took place on the hot summer night, early morning, of September 7, 1996, near the Las Vegas strip.
Now in a comprehensive and exclusiveÂ Intellihub.comÂ investigative report, the true events and potential possibilities surrounding the controversial rappers death are revealed in-depth for the first time in a major news publication.Â Intellihub.comÂ will stop at nothing to bring forward the facts, realities and questions pertaining to the tragic events that took place on that very night after the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon fight at the MGM Grand Casino in Las vegas Nevada, including the altercation at the MGM that night with a South side Crip from Los Angeles later identified by officials not to be the shooter in 2Pacâs murder investigation.
Many events that night were unsettling, including the botched crime scene evidence from negligence of Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) officers and investigators.
2Pac was no doubt empowering the masses at the time with knowledge and critical thinking techniques suppressed by the elites for years. His study and interests dabbled into many realms. He often pondered and talked about things like:
What are the makings of great leaders?
What made famous war generals?
What are strategies to win an argument?
He often bragged about mastering both East and West coast rap styles and various top rappers styles.
Tupac also envisioned the concept for one the tattoos on his chest which reads,â50 Niggazâ and has an image of an AK-47 assault rifle. Meaning that if 1 African-American came together in each state, one for each state in America, that there would be no stopping them, they could achieve anything.
And so on. Tupac was often referred to by close friends as being very âdeepâ.
Modern conspiracy theories are mixed amongst the populace on what really happened to the Death Row Records signed artist 2Pac, tons of witnesses have come forward over the years and there still to this day is a major lack of evidence that 2Pac even died. In fact, this exclusive series might interest you as sometime the truth is stranger than fiction.
Not only is there a lack of evidence pointing out that 2Pac isnât even dead there is added eyewitness testimony from various sources including former Death Row Records C.E.O., Marion Huge, A.K.A. Suge Knight Jr. that 2Pac is likely alive and well. In fact, Suge Knight himself stated in an interview that 2Pac was so ahead of the game and other rappers at Death Row, including Snoop Dog that 2Pac had time to, âsit back and sip on Thug Passion and formulate another planâ. Thug Passion is a drink often that was often referenced and glorified by 2Pac in his music. Thug Passion contains, one part Alize and one part Cristal.
Suge a known high-powered, well spoken, gangster thug has had numerous run-ins with the law over the years. According to the Los Angeles Times article posted in February of 2013, âThe former head of Death Row Records has had a history of run-ins with the law. He was sentenced in 1997 to nine years in prison for violating terms of probation from an earlier assault case.
He was released from prison in 2001 after serving less than five years but was sent back to jail in 2003 for violating parole when he hit a parking lot attendant.
Knight filed for bankruptcy in 2006, citing civil litigation against him. The following year, his Malibu mansion was put up for sale.
He was arrested in August 2008 in Las Vegas on suspicion of drug possession and aggravated assault.â Showing that Suge is likely not an angel. However some such as Frank Alexander, one of 2Pacs body guards on duty that night, came forward saying it is highly unlikely Suge had Pac killed. Investigators in Las Vegas concluded the same.
Frank Alexander, 2Pacâs body guard on-duty that night, questioned the involvement of Reggie Wright Jr., the head of Wright Way Security, a firm out of Las Vegas whom which Alexander was employed. Frank stated that him and a few dozen other security guards working that night were specifically told by Wright Way Security to not bring theirÂ guns in an unusual order from above. Frank âBig Frankâ Alexander, was found âsuicidedâ in his California home in May of 2013 after releasing numerous interviews and information on the events that took place that night. Reggie Wright Jr. later interviewed by ThugLifeArmy.com stated, âSuge and I had nothing to do with Pacâs Death. That was one of the worst seven days of both of our lives. But we know those of you that want to believe and support this theory are always going to believe what you want. But, I bet you also believe in spaceships, Police donât lie, Bush didnât start the war for revenge for his father and oil as well.â
After further research into the matter evidence and eyewitness statements show itâs highly unlikely Suge Knight orchestrated the murder of 2Pac. In fact, the evidence points to something more intriguing as 2Pac himself may have staged his own death, but first we must explore the background of the famous gangster rapper in detail. From his families Black Panther roots, to other events in his life 2Pac became a major target by several groups, both private and governmental. As he grew in popularity his safety was always at stake.
Friends, family and acquaintances of 2Pac would often warn him that he couldnât just chill in his residence with the blinds and windows open as he was begging for a problem. Eventually, 2Pac had a run-in which almost ended his life at a recording studio one night in New York City, which was then âBad Boyâ, Sean Puffy Combs territory at the time. Pac was attacked robbed and then shot execution style twice in the back of the head, then left for dead that night and somehow came back from the dead (figuratively) as he survived the attack depicted in the hit song âAmbitionz Az a Ridahâ on the epic Death Row release âAll Eyez On Meâ.
A lyrical excerpt from the song âAmbitionz Az a Ridahâ reads;
My murderous lyrics equipped with spirits of the Thugs before me
Pay off the block evade the cops cause I know they comin for me
I been hesitant to reappear, been away for years
Now Iâm back my adversaries been reduced to tears
Question my methods to switch up speeds, sure as some bitches bleedsÂ niggazâll feel the fire of my motherâs corrupted seed
Blast me, but they didnât finish, (buck buck buck buck buck) didnât diminish my powers
So now Iâm back to be a motherfuckin menace, they cowards
Thatâs why they tried to set me up
Had bitch-ass niggaz on my team, so indeed, they wet me up
But Iâm back reincarnated, incarcerated
At the time, I contemplate the way that God made it
Tupacâs net worth is said to be in the $40 million dollar range. In fact, Forbes.com reported in 2011, âLost in the news buzz is the fact that Shakur is earning money like heâs still alive. The late rapperâs estate took in about $3.5 million last year, by our estimates. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, with the bulk of that coming after his death; seven of his 11 platinum albums were released posthumously. As recently as 2007 Shakurâs estate banked $9 millionâmore thanÂ EminemÂ orÂ 50 CentÂ made last year.
ShakurâsÂ vast library of unreleased materialâover 153 songs in allâhas been dwindling of late. His estate now makes more money hawking Shakurâs likeness than it does from his music, thanks to strong demand for the rapperâs Makaveli-branded sneakers, t-shirts and even sweaters. Last year was the first time in ages that Shakurâs annual earnings wouldnât have been enough to qualify him for ourÂ Hip-Hop Cash KingsÂ list, which ranks rapâs top 20 earners.â
Another interesting fact is that the official story suggests that 2Pac was evacuated from the scene in an ambulance while eyewitnesses report him being airlifted out of the intersection.
Could this be a sign?
Part of a bigger plan?
The Coronerâs Report
The official coronerâs report yields a few interesting findings to say the least.
A few discrepancies and points of interest on the official document include:
Tupac Amaru Shakurâs Social Security Number, 546-47-8539, provided on the document is not registered in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and is currently still active out of the State of California since 1977, despite the fact that Tupac was born in Brooklyn, New York. The SSN is currently active in Quincy, Florida according to reports.
The weight listed on the coronerâs report is 215lbs, although 2Pac only weighed around 165 at best as seen on his driverâs license issued out of California months before his death.
The coronerâs report also lists 2Pac employer as Euphanasia which was said to be his new record label. The logo of the company was said to be a black angel of death which 2Pac wore on a $40,000 gold medallion the night of his murder.
A journalist writing for ABCTales.com reported, âThis finding had me interested, so I continued to research the names of the individuals present when the body was removed. I took note of the person identified as Mr. Troy Farrell, who assisted the Davis Mortuary with the removal of the body. What I find interesting is that this same person is today the Anatomy Lab Director of the Medical Education and Research Institute of Nevada, where is in charge of all unclaimed bodies. In addition, he serves on the Committee of Anatomical Dissection. The State of Nevada has a law which states that bodies that go unclaimed meaning no family comes forward to claim them must be storedÂ´for 30 days, and they are then cremated.
Could it be possible, that the person that was cremated on the 14th of September, one day after Tupacâs supposable death is one of those unclaimed bodies?â
This raises the question did 2Pac himself and possibly Suge Knight and or employees of Death Row conspire to fake Pacâs death? If so what would be the reason?
There were several reason Pac would fake his death. A few were pointed out by Suge himself.
A few of the reasons were likely:
To avoid prison time on trumped up felony charges.
To protect himself, Pacâs life was threatened on many occasions, and there was at least 1 attempted assignation on him while he was in New york.
To avoid the FBI whom was actively engaging Tupac and members of his family.
To fulfill a lifelong legacy that became a master plan blueprint (similar to Elvis) later likely reinvented and used by Bad Boy Records to garner major record sales after the famous East coast rapper âBiggie Smallsâ death in 1997.
You see, not only did 2Pac become the most selling rapper of all time with over 75 million records, his blueprint was likely later utilized by Sean âPuffyâ Combs of Bad Boy Records after the murder of the Notorious B.I.G., A.K.A. âBiggie Smallsâ with the epic release of the 1997, East coast album âLife After Deathâ just 16 days after the death of Smalls.
Others such as Suge Knight himself have admitted that there are indeed a few strange circumstances that surround the death of 2Pac. Including the fact that Tupacâs body was cremated the very next day after his death following an expedited autopsy. Knight also stated that the man who cremated 2Pac was paid about $3 million dollars cash for his services. The ashes were said to be delivered in a box to the family the next day. Apparently the man that was hired to cremate Pac is nowhere to be found and essentially has disappeared into the wind according to Suge.
Knight also stated in a radio interview broadcast in LA on 93.5, , âIf this dude is a former (South side) Crip out of Compton (Clarence Anderson) a he killed Tupac, why didnât he go to jail for murder? Then maybe the question is that, Pacâs really not dead, Pacâs somewhere elseâŚ nobody has seen 2Pac dead.â
Others have concluded that autopsy photos revealing tattoos on the body, donât even match up with Tupacâs actual tattoos on his front and back.
FBI Engagement of the Family
John Potash, author of the book FBI War on Tupac Shaur and Bandleaders, exposes the fact that 2Pac and members of his family were indeed targeted by the FBI on numerous occasions. Potash was able to file freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request and paid to receive over 2000 documents on the Shakur family. Only a fraction of the documents, 99 in total, were delivered to Potash as national security reasons were cited. A portion of the documentation revealed that the Shakur family was primarily targeted for its Black Panther ties. In fact, members of the Shakur family made up the core of the Black Panther movement in New York in the past. However, some wonder why gang-banger soon to be a rap star would be targeted by the FBI?
The fact remains that Tupac Shakur was a life-long committed left-wing activist and was the youngest National Chairman of the New African Panthers, which wanted to replicate the Black Panthers. Tupac was even involved in press as he was the groups top newspaper salesman.
According to Potash, Tupacâs business manager, Watani Tyehimba, told him âTupac took on a fake gangster persona in order to appeal to gangs and politicize themâ. Apparently this plan threatened the U.S. government as political messages were now reaching the streets garnering the attention of typically politically uneducated and unmotivated people.
Death Rows Connection to the Federal Government
Some investigative journalists such as John Potash believe that Death Row Records in fact had a connection to the Federal government and was likely a front company for an intelligence operation. Messing 2Pacâs head up and ultimately straying him away from his roots of activism pushing him more into a gangster realm.
It is also interesting to note that Dave Kenner, the original owner of Death Row Records, was reported by Potash in an interview to have been killed 9 days after he was fired from the massive label. However, further research byÂ Mackaveli-board.net forum user @wilson1973 shows Kenner is alive and well, still practicing as a criminal defense attorney. Public records searched by @wilson1973 reveal:
David Elliot Kenner
Encino, CA 91436
State License: California
Year acquired: 1968
Last Updated by Avvo: 7th November â11
According to HipHop365.com, âDavid Kenner, the infamous lawyer and close confidant of Suge Knight has long been rumored to have ties with the legendary Genovese Crime Family of New York City, but according to former LAPD Detective David Peterson, Suge Knight couldnât care less and didnât know whom they were.â
It had also been discovered by a high-level police officer that Death Row Records employed dozens of Los Angeles police officers at all tiers of the company. Potash claims that when the officer questioned his superiors about the police on Death Row payroll he was told by his superiors to consider them âcovert agentsâ.
One of their goals was to aid in the murder of 2Pac and end the East coast, West coast paradigm.
Chuck Willis writing for the Los Angeles Times in 1997 explained how, âFederal agents are trying to determine whether Harris and Johnsonâwho were both previously clients of Kennerâmay have contributed seed money to help launch the rap company, sources said.
Harris was recently moved from state prison to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, and there is speculation in law enforcement circles that he and Johnson may soon be called to testify in front of the grand jury. However, sources close to Harris said he would not testify; representatives for Johnson could not be reached.
Justice Department officials have routinely declined to confirm or deny the existence of a Death Row racketeering investigation. Sources said, however that the Justice Department is investigating Knight and others associated with the company for alleged tax violations and purported links to street gangs, drug trafficking, money laundering and violent acts.
Harris, who is serving a 28-year sentence for cocaine dealing and attempted murder, contends that he put up $1.5 million in late 1991 to underwrite the launch of Death Row. In a 15-page document prepared as a lawsuit last year but never filed in court, Harris says he cut his Death Row deal behind bars in 1991 during a visit from Knight and his lawyer Kenner. Law enforcement sources confirm that Kenner and Knight visited Harris in Lancaster prison nearly a dozen times in 1991.
Investigators are also looking into long-standing rumors in law enforcement circles that Johnson might also have been a silent partner in Death Row. Johnson, who grew up in the same Lynwood neighborhood as Knight, operated one the largest PCP drug rings in the nation during the late 1980s and laundered millions of dollars through real estate and other commercial ventures in the Compton area. He forfeited those assets upon entering a guilty plea.â
Kenner was said to have started to represent 2Pac with his new endeavors, but some question Kennerâs allegiance to Knight. It was said that 2Pacâs new album The 7 Day Theory would be on his own new label âEupahnasiaâ which was listed on the coronerâs report as Tupacâs employer.
Makaveli: The 7 Day Theory
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (commonly shortened to The 7 Day Theory or Don Killuminati and sometimes called Makaveli) is the fifth and final studio album by Tupac Shakur. Released under the new stage name Makaveli, it was his first studio album to be posthumously released. The album was completely finished in a total of seven days during the month of August 1996. The lyrics were written and recorded in only three days, and mixing took an additional four days. These are among the very last songs Shakur recorded before his fatal shooting on September 7, 1996. The album was originally due for release in March 1997, but due to his death, Suge Knight released it four months earlier. â Wikipedia
So why was Pac so rushed to record The 7 Day Theory?
Wikipedia also points out, âThough Shakur had been using the name Makaveli as far back as All Eyez On Me, the Makaveli album was conceived as a sort of introduction for Shakurâs alternate stage name. Thus, the albumâs sleeve contains the text, âExit 2Pac, Enter Makaveliâ.â
Could this have been the master plan that former Death Row Records C.E.O. Suge Knight eluded to when he said 2Pac was so far above the other rappers at Death row including Snoop Dog that he had time to formulate a âplanâ while drinking âThug Passionâ?
Brielle Edwards wrote in an article entitled Tupac (Makaveli) vs. Machiavelli, âWhen Tupac went to prison he studied Machiavelliâs work and also read his books while in prison while serving time for supposedly sexual abuse. He then changed his name to âMakaveliâ. Nicolo Machiavelli was an Italian war strategist and philosopher who wrote about faking his death to fool his enemies. Therefore, when Tupac changed his name to âMakaveliâ and then passed away, many believe that he faked or staged his own death. I do not believe that Tupac faked his own death because faking his death would be totally out of his character. He was relatively moved by Machiavelliâs work, so he used his name as an alias when he came out of prison. Not because he faked his death but because he had a lot of enemies and he could relate to Machiavelli in numerous ways. He didnât fake his death though, a lot of people donât know that Tupac wasnât afraid to die he embraced death more than anybody of his time. To say he faked his death would be like saying he was a coward, and thatâs not how he would have wanted to be remembered or portrayed. Tupac released only one album under the name Makaveli, which was a posthumous album due to Tupacâs unfortunate murder, Tupac rapped with an unmatched ferocity and challenged his enemies. The meaning of the Makaveli name may be that Tupac felt it was time to strategize in the hip hop world, as a metaphorical way of using Machiavelliâs tactics in war and public-relations.
Also, Tupac has a clothing brand which is owned by his mother which is under the Makaveli Branded Label. Which is also pretty interesting as well.
Aside from Tupac, today many rappers idealize Machiavelli for his association with power, deception, and cruelty. His name can be heard in many different songs and contexts. âNew hip-hop has a trend of supporting a sort of âGet Moneyâ attitude, embodied by rapper 50 Cent whose motto is âget rich or die tryingâ. This, although something Machiavelli certainly wouldnât agree for the working mans ideal attitude, does support his view of how a ruler should governâ (halfseensights.wordpress.com). â T-pain notes the resurgence of Machiavelli in his new freestyle of the hit âBlack & Yellowâ. His auto tune proclaims âYou thought it was over, you thought I was gone, Iâm going in you donât have to let me, back from the dead like Iâm Machiavelli Machiavelliâ. Lil Wayne refers to Machiavelli differently in his song â30 minutes to New Orleansâ. âIm sittin on Purielis, Pumpin Machiavelliâ (halfseensights.wordpress.com). When rappers refer to Machiavelli specifically Lilâ Wayne in â30 minutes to New Orleansâ he is referring to rap legend Tupac Shakur, who refers to himself as âMakaveliâ.
While others beg to differ, the possibility remains true that 2Pac had the resources and the know-how to fake his death. According to UrbanDictionary.com, Makaveli is defined as, the Phenomenon of a reincarnated soldier goes beyond the definition of his accredited name. The Makaveli era of Tupac was his verbal will-in-testament to the world, specifically to the urban kids, teenagers, and gangsters of America, to unite. The reincarnation is also a definitive symbol of his ongoing passion to his cause even after death. Makaveliâs lyrics and his passion mirrored his beliefs, values of being a thug, and his humanity. Hence, Makaveli was his own beginning of a new life and the finalization of a completed cause of becoming a true thug. Overall, the Makaveli â Tupac Era was prematurely ended during his death in Las Vegas.â
Is there more to the Tupac Shakur story than has been presented to the public?
The Cuba Connection
It has been said some including the talented rap artist Eminem and even Treach from the former hip-hop group Naughty By Nature, that 2Pac is indeed alive and residing in Cuba.
Could the famous rapper and activist truly reside in Cuba?
Recently the FBI engaged the Shakur family once again, when Tupacâs Godmother was added to the FBIâs most wanted terror list, making Assata Shakur, the second domestic terrorist in U.S. history.
May 3, 2013, RollingStone.com reported, âTupac Shakurâs godmother has been placed on the FBIâs Most-Wanted Terrorists list, becoming the first woman added to the list and only the second domestic terrorist. Joanne Chesimard, now known as Assata Shakur, was convicted in 1977 of the murder of 34-year-old state trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike. After her conviction, she escaped prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba.
The FBI says it added Chesimard, 66, to the list because she is âa supreme terror against the governmentâ who continues to advocate revolution and terrorism against the U.S. âSheâs a danger to the American government,â said Aaron T. Ford, agent in charge of the F.B.I.âs Newark division, according to The New York Times. Chesimard was a member of the Black Panther Party, which was monitored by the FBI with both legal and illegal surveillance in the Sixties and Seventies.â
Assata Shakur is thought to be in Cuba. A $2 million dollar bounty has been issued for her capture.
Some feel this could be an attempt by the FBI to flush out 2Pac if indeed he is alive and resides in Cuba to this day.
During a set at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival, a hologram of Tupac joined Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and performed afew songs.Â The price of the hologram was estimated somewhere between $100,000 and $400,000, andDigital Domain Media Group, the company behind the 2Pac hologram,Â filed for bankruptcyÂ within a year after setting up the performance.
Another company involved, AV Concepts told the media that this was originally an idea conceived by Dr. Dre.Â âWe worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dreâs vision to bring this back to life,â Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, told MTV. âIt was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life.â
The hologram was a stunning replica of a human being both in look and sound, which raises another interesting question.Â How was such clear live audio ripped from old recordings, especially when the hologram can be heard yelling âWhat up, Coachella!â and other phrases that would date the recordings after his death?
Reincarnation of Mackaveli 2014
Some people believe that Tupac will reemerge in 2014 at the age of 42 to live out the Mackaveli prophecy having fooled his enemies. Whatever the case Iâm sure the world will be waiting in 2014 to see if Pac reemerges into the spotlight.
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Shepard AmbellasÂ is the founder & director ofÂ Intellihub.com(a popular alternative news website), researcher, investigative journalist, radio talk show host, activist, and filmmaker.
J.G. VibesÂ is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook calledÂ Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter forÂ Intellihub.comand Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show.Â You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website
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