The murder of Tupac Shakur is one of modern music’s enduring unsolved mysteries.
Tupac was shot in a drive-by on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas.
He and Suge Knight – who was then head of Death Row Records, the label to which Tupac was signed – pulled up to a red light in Knight’s BMW when a Cadillac pulled up next to them and the occupants fired shots into the car.
Shakur copped four bullets – in the chest, arm and thigh – and died six days later at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Rumours have long since circulated as to the culprits in the Cadillac, including that it was a conspiracy by the LA Police Department, the Biggie Smalls (who himself was fatally shot only six months later) was behind the killing, and the always-popular theory that Pac never actually died, and is living the high life in anonymity in Havana – sippin’ Cuba Libres with Kurt Cobain and an 83-year-old Elvis Presley.
But while there have never been any arrests, that could soon change, with Netflix series Unsolved: Tupac and Biggie, apparently solving the mystery once and for all.
Along with the aforementioned theories, one of the most popular beliefs regarding Tupac’s death is that it was the work of the Southside Crips.
And now, self-described “Compton kingpin” Duane Keith Davis – better known as Keefe D – revealed his part in the murder, seemingly confirming the Crips connection.
Keefe D claims to have been in the Cadillac with three others – driver Terrence Brown, with DeAndre ‘Dre’ Smith and Davis’ nephew, Orlando Anderson, in the back – on their way to Club 662, where Tupac was said to be, hoping to get square with the rapper after he had beaten up Anderson earlier that night.
However, rather than catching Pac at the club, they saw him out the top of Knight’s BMW, with fans calling his name.
“When we pulled up, I was in the front seat,” Keefe D said in Unsolved.
However, he refused to identify the shooter, saying “Going to keep it for the code of the streets. It just came from the backseat.”
But The Daily Star claim that, in another confession, Keefe D reveals that it was his nephew, Orlando ‘Baby Lane’ Anderson, who pulled the trigger.
“I gave it to [DeAndre ‘Dre’ Smith] and Dre was like ‘no, no, no’ and Lane was like – popped the dudes,” Keefe D claimed in his confession.
“He leaned over and rolled down the window and popped them.”
For their part, the Las Vegas PD are denying that any arrest is imminent.
“We are aware of the statements made in the BET interview regarding the Tupac case,” a spokesperson told USA Today.
“As a result of those statements we have spent the last several months reviewing the case in its entirety.
“Various reports that an arrest warrant is about to be submitted are inaccurate.
“This case still remains an open homicide case.”
The fact that Anderson himself died of a gunshot wound in 1998 would certainly lend credence to the idea that there isn’t likely to be any arrests.