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Is Tupac Really Dead?

Conspiracy theories about Tupac's death: they usually insist that he faked his death, that the shooting was a government assassination, that Suge Knight arranged the killing, or that Biggie was involved. The theory has attracted a considerable following on-line and is referred to as the 7 Day Theory, a reference to the fact that much of the evidence supporting it stems from the Makaveli album.

Some supposed "evidence" for these theories can be found in the following examples:

Tupac Shakur's last album before his death was The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory. Its cover eerily depicted him crucified, and was recorded under the pseudo name "Makaveli", an allusion to the Machiavelli of old who suggested faking one's death to fool enemies. The executive producer was mysteriously listed as "Simon", instead of Suge Knight. If one rearranges the letters in The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory one can spell "Ok on tha 7th u think I'm dead yet I'm really alive".

There were also many instances of the number seven involved in Tupacís death. For example, he was shot on September 7th, with five out of twelve total bullets, and his time of death was 4:03 in the morning.

Also, he was known for making many allusions to his own impending death in his music, and even depicted himself in the music video of "I Ain't Mad At Cha" as an angel in Heaven.

Those who knew Tupac personally find the idea that he is still alive laughable. Indeed, the many believers who expected him to return after seven years, in September 2003 were obviously proven wrong.

Although many hoped that Tupacís death would help heal the East Coast/West Coast rivalry, his rival Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down under similar circumstances six months later. Further clouding Tupacís death, Orlando Anderson, the man later suspected of being the shooter, was killed in an unrelated gang shootout in May of 1998.
Oddly, Tupac has released more songs posthumously than while he was alive.

Conspiracies notwithstanding, Tupac was extremely dedicated to his work during his short career. Shock G remembered fondly that Pac would spend entire days in the studio, drinking Hennessy, smoking marijuana, and experimenting with new raps. Much of Tupacís work was only dug up and edited after his death. His music is still being actively released and remixed.

Tupac indicated after getting out of jail that he had lofty future plans, including mostly getting out of the rap scene by releasing high-quality, deep albums only once every five years or so. Pac also desired to give back more to the community, suggesting a Little League to encourage young black kids to keep on the right path. He ran an earlier project called "The Underground Railroad" that aimed to keep youths off drugs by getting them involved in music. Though he did not live to realize these dreams, his mother Afeni is currently attempting to carry on his work by raising money for a Center for the Arts.

The New York robbery led Tupac to seek protection, and he employed bodyguards after getting out of jail in October, 1995. He was known to always wear a bulletproof vest in public. Why he did not on the fateful night remains a mystery.

It should be noted here that Tupac and the crew at Death Row generally depended on members of the Bloods gang for security, while Biggie and the Bad Boy Crew depended on Crips members for security when visiting California. An investigation by the Las Vegas Times, while not naming its gang-member sources, stated that Biggie (who was also in town for the fight) offered to pay the Crips in exchange for Tupacís death. It was noted by the Compton Gang Unit that the Crips were bragging about the killing soon after returning to Compton. Compton Police were disappointed with the lack of initiative showed by Vegas Police in pursuing the killing.

Tupacís close childhood friend, and a member of the Outlawz, Yafeu "Kadafi" Fula, was in the convoy when the shooting happened and told police he might be able to identify the assailants. He too was killed shortly thereafter in New Jersey.

On November 14, 2003, a documentary about the rapper entitled, Tupac: Resurrection was released under the supervision of Afeni Shakur and narrated entirely in Pac's voice with archival footage. Proceeds will go to a charity set up by Afeni. There has recently even been a new clothing line based on Tupac; "Makaveli Branded".

Snoop Doggy Dogg (fellow Rapper) on Tupac's Alive theory:
"People need to let him rest in peace, let that rumor rest in peace. Because, you know what I'm sayin', it's a hard pill to swallow, people don't want to accept it, we don't want to accept it, first of all, and the public don't want to accept it, so they gonna keep that myth or that philosophy going on as long as they can because his music lives on and he's a legend, you know what I'm sayin'. When you make legendary music, people don't want to believe you're gone. Like Elvis, they keep saying Elvis ain't dead you know what I'm sayin', but it's just all about the individual himself, he was a legend and everybody don't wanna let it go."

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