It may be hard to believe but Tupac Shakur’s professional music career only lasted five years. He released 2Pacalypse Now in November 1991. But by September 13, 1996, the world heard the sad news that the violent, controversial, poetic, and philosophical rapper was dead.
At 25 years old, Tupac dominated the music charts while displaying his acting talent in films like Poetic Justice and Above the Rim. Many of the rappers today credit Tupac as being their inspiration both in their writing and style. This may be part of the reason why his fans refuse to believe the gifted artist has been dead for 21 years this fall.
Many are still wondering what the motive was behind the killing of Tupac Shakur.
Tupak had attended a Mike Tyson with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.
Reports surfaced that on the evening of the shooting a fight broke out.
Tupac and Knight were present when the brawl and alleged gang members broke out in the lobby of the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
Tupac was involved in several rivalries with other rappers, the most famous one the West Coast vs East Coast.
His biggest nemesis was his one time friend Notorious B.I.G. Biggie was killed six months later and his case has also gone unsolved.
The general belief is that Tupac’s killing was the result of the West Coast vs East Coast feud.
Although the name of Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson has come up as well. He was a South Side Crips gang member who was involved in the fight with Tupac and Knight at the MGM Grand Casino. Still, the Los Angeles and Las Vegas police departments could not gather enough evidence to go after Anderson. Ironically, he was shot to death two years later.
Other theories have surfaced like Knight planning the murder after finding out that Tupac wanted to start his own label.
Knight was in the car with Tupac when the rapper was shot several times but surprisingly never got shot, only getting struck by bullet fragments.