There was a resurgence in interest surrounding conspiracy theories about Tupac Shakur’s murder in 1996 following his “appearance” in the form of a Tupac hologram at the Coachella Festival last weekend, and now Suge Knight has said that he isn’t entirely sure Pac is dead.
The murders of Tupac Shakur in 1996 and then Biggie Smalls in 1997 rocked the rap world and basically ushered out an era of public beef that culminated before the rappers died in a bunch of East Coast/West Coast jibber jabber. Both murders remain famously unsolved a decade and a half on, and the lack of resolution in the rapper’s deaths has given rise to films, a Chris Rock bit and much speculation as to why a murder like Tupac’s never produced an arrest.
Biggie has rested in relative peace since his passing, but Tupac’s death has been shrouded in mystery and intrigue despite any concrete evidence that the rapper faked his death. The release of the Makaveli material certainly helped, and the eerie “clues” left by Pac before his death were even hilariously lampooned in a Dave Chapelle sketch a decade ago.
Now Suge Knight- an integral person in both rapper’s death narratives and frequently accused of being involved in one or both murders- has stated in an interview that he does not entirely believe that Pac died in the first place. Knight is quoted on TMZ discussing the events after the death of Tupac Shakur:
“Maybe the question is … Pac’s not really dead … pac’s somewhere else,” Knight says.
When asked if he ever saw Tupac’s body following the 1996 shooting, he adds, “Nobody seen Tupac dead. “
The plot thickens. Knight continues on in the same vein, adding some more information about Tupac’s cremation:
“The person who supposedly cremated Tupac … this guy got about 3 million dollars .. personally from me … cash … and next thing I know I never heard from the guy or seen him again … he retired and left.”
Perhaps one of the funnier comments on the Suge Knight/Tupac story came from the site, where a commenter quipped:
“Love Suge but why would you give someone three million in cash and to cremate a friend… doesn’t cremation cost like eight grand[?] …Cuz I can do it for six.”
Persistently after the killing, fellow Death Row alum Snoop Dogg repeatedly implicated Knight in Tupac’s murder.