Tupac Shakur talked about faking his own death weeks before he passed away, claims record label executive Suge Knight
In an interview for Showtime documentary 'American Dream/American Knightmare', Knight claims that Tupac discussed staging own death and might have dropped hints in a music video.
The mystery that surrounds the death of Tupac Shakur is one of modern music’s most enduring myths. Since vanishing from the public eye in a hail of drive-by gunfire on September 13, 1996, fans have doubted the validity of Tupac’s supposed demise at every opportunity. Whether it’s an FBI cover-up, or a self-made attempt by Tupac to leave the limelight, there are a plethora of rumors and conspiracy theories surrounding the rap icon's demise.
Now, Suge Knight, the co-founder and ex-CEO of Death Row Records (to which Tupac was signed) has added to the enigma of the rap legend by admitting that the rapper spoke about faking his own death and might have dropped hints about it in a music video as well.
Currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter, Suge gave an interview for the new Showtime documentary 'American Dream/American Knightmare', where he spoke about the weeks before Tupac's death in September 1996.
Suge explained: "We was in Maui, you know what I mean, and Pac had, like, never been to Maui. And he got to talking about faking his own death. And Pac was more down for doing, like, the last little videos and s*** of him dying all in the white, you know what i'm saying', with Redd Foxx and everybody like that."
The music video Suge’s referring to is 'I Ain’t Mad At Cha,' (watch below) which was recorded just weeks before Tupac’s death, and sees the legendary MC shot whilst in a white suit, enter Heaven, and then return to Earth as a spirit-guide.
Suge says that, unlike other videos, Tupac acted differently with this one. “He was cussin’ everybody out. With this particular video, he was like, man, what’s up, right?” he explains. “And I felt like, he talkin’ about this sh*t, and our dreams and our future is built together because we plannin’ on doing, so if you talkin’ about not bein’ here, losing your life, and doin’ all these motherfu**in’ videos where you dead and shit, I’m like, shit… if somethin’ really happen to you, nigga, I ain’t gonna be that m***f**er there with tears in my motherfu**in’ eyes, I’m gonna be that motherf**er like, s**t, still pushin’ for you.”
Of course, it should be noted that Suge does have a history of making outrageous claims. During a 2003 interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he said that rapper Eazy-E was assassinated and injected with AIDS. During an appearance on the Howard Stern show, he claimed that Tupac once confronted Dr. Dre about his sexuality, calling him a bunch of homophobic slurs. So although it might be wise to take his statements with a pinch of salt, one never knows.
Suge's comments arrive just a couple of months after his son made headlines for claiming that Tupac is alive and well in Malaysia.