It’s been almost 25 years since one of the most prominent hip-hop voices ever, Tupac Shakur, was gunned down in Las Vegas.
Yet, his legend lives on, fueled by the many posthumous albums as well as by the conspiracies surrounding his tragic death at the age of 25.
How he died has been well-documented, but to this day, nobody understands exactly why.
And, although the names of those implicated in the Vegas incident are well-known, no one was ever arrested in connection with his murder, just as no one was arrested in the killing of his arch-rival Notorious B.I.G. six months later.
Let’s try to unravel the mystery that is Tupac’s death.
10 /10 Drive-by Shooting
It was September 7, 1996. Tupac was in a car driven by Death Row Records boss Marian “Suge” Knight. When they stopped at a red light on Flamingo Road, a white Cadillac pulled up alongside, and someone opened fire.
The target was the rapper who took four bullets, while a bullet only grazed Knight. Doctors at the Universal Medical Center in Vegas managed to stabilize him, and, for a brief moment, it looked like he was going to make it.
However, Tupac died of his wounds six days later. Word got out that the guy who pulled the trigger was Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, a member of the Crips gang.
9 /10 Gang Rivalry
There’s no doubt that Tupac’s murder has to do with the bloody gang rivalry that dominated the hip-hop stage at the time.
According to Randall Sullivan’s Labyrinth book, one of the main characters in this terrible feud was Marian “Suge” Knight, who ran Death Row Records like a mafia operation.
His rival was none other than producer Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, who counted The Notorious B.I.G. as his superstar.