|Posted by Kristen Geil on January 6, 2011 at 5:05 PM|
In junior year, my English teacher required us to write and deliver a persuasive speech. I chose to do why 2pac was still alive. I stumbled upon it today while trying to find a different document and thought I'd post it for your enjoyment. Looking at this post and my last post together, I think I've gotten less weird over time...
Tupac Shakur: “Life Goes On”
Here are the facts: on September 7th, 1996, Tupac Shakur and his producer Suge Knight attended a highly touted boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldown, hours after getting into a fight with the Death Row Entourage. While driving in the Las Vegas desert, the vehicle Tupac and Knight were riding in was hit by a rain of bullets, 12 to be exact, as a White Cadillac roared past. Four of those bullets fatally hit their mark on Tupac, who died on Friday the 13th in the University of Nevada hospital.
Is this widely accepted story true? Over the nine years since his supposed death, evidence has begun to pile up in favor of the idea that Tupac is in fact still alive, convincing many of his eventual resurrection. Known for rapping about controversial social issues (violence, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and broken families, to name a few), Tupac left behind an enigmatic legacy, filled with veiled references, hidden symbolism, and mysterious clues that, once pointed out, prove without a doubt that Tupac is really still alive.
In September of 1995, Tupac was incarcerated for alleged sexual assault. While doing his time in jail, he began to delve into the works of Niccolo Machiavelli, an act which proved to be influential in his later career. Machiavelli was an Italian war strategist in the 16th century who, among other things, was known for advocating faking one’s death in order to confuse one’s enemies. Tupac was so influenced by Machiavelli’s writings that he began rapping and producing albums under the pseudonym Makaveli. In his last video released under the name Tupac, Tupac depicts his own death, only to resurrect in his next video from his new album under the name Makaveli. The video “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” was released only two days after Tupac’s so called death, and showed Tupac being shot after leaving the theater with a friend, an event eerily similar to the real situation. The video also showed Tupac as an angel in heaven, surrounded by other celebrities.
This is not the only instance of death and resurrection found in Tupac’s music. In fact, predicting his own death by shooting became Tupac’s trademark of sorts. In the opening to his song “Ghost,” Tupac proclaims “The only way, for me to come back, is by Makaveli.” In another song, “Ain’t Hard to Find” from the album “All Eyes On Me,” Tupac raps "I heard rumors I died, murdered in cold blood, traumatized pictures of me in my final states, you know momma cried, but that was fiction, some coward got the story twisted." On the cover of Tupac’s latest CD at the time, Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory, (released in September of 1996), Tupac is shown nailed to a cross, a universally recognized symbol implying a resurrection is inevitable. Inside the cover is the inscription “Exit Tupac, Enter Makaveli.” The executive producer of this album is mysteriously listed as simply Simon, who, in Biblical writings, was the apostle who helped Jesus carry the cross and who was also one of the first to witness his resurrection. Could Suge Knight be Tupac’s Simon?
Aside from Tupac’s constant predicting of his own death, there was some shady business about the shooting itself and its aftermath. As I mentioned before, the vehicle that Suge and Tupac were in was shot 12 times. Four of those bullets hit Tupac, while Suge Knight claims that one merely “grazed” his head, an improbable situation. There are also no medical records to prove the Suge’s slight injury actually happened.
Another oddity is that Tupac was also known for wearing a bulletproof vest everywhere he went, without fail, yet on this fateful day he was without it. Also, the shooting took place in the middle of the Las Vegas desert, yet the white Cadillac was never found, and there were no police or helicopters immediately called. How is it that on one of the biggest fight nights of the year, the Las Vegas police squad wasn’t in full force and prepared for any situation, especially one involving a celebrity of Tupac’s magnitude?
When questioned about the car ride to the hospital, Suge Knight claims that Tupac was “coherent,” and that they even had a conversation. How is this possible when Tupac was supposedly shot four times? There was no autopsy performed, and Tupac was cremated one day after his death, which means there is no physical evidence to prove that his death is for real. There were also two memorial services in Los Angeles and Atlanta scheduled to be open to the public. Both were mysteriously canceled. The case of who murdered Tupac has never officially been solved, and the police refuse to name suspects.
One final contention that proves Tupac Shakur is still alive is the fact that he has come out with more records and movies posthumously than he did while he was still alive. Tupac released six albums, three movies, and twenty-two music videos during the span of his short career, a great achievement in itself. Yet after his supposed death, he has released eleven albums, four movies, and seventeen music videos, nearly the same amount of media he produced when he was still considered alive. When presented with this information and questioned about it, Tupac’s good friend and producer Shock G only had the flimsy explanation that Tupac liked to “hole up” in the studio, drinking Hennessy, smoking marijuana, and experimenting with new raps. But is it really plausible that a self-admitted perfectionist such as Tupac could produce such an enormous amount of media during such a short time? After all, he only began making it in the big time in 1993, and he died a mere three years later.
Many wonder what motivation Tupac might have for going into hiding for so long. The answer is simple- fame and fortune. By disappearing off the face of the earth, Tupac has guaranteed that his name will be talked about all over the world. He may have gotten the idea of staging a shooting from his friend Snoop Dogg. Shortly before Tupac’s apparent death, Snoop was shot, causing his record sales to shoot way up. It’s possible that Tupac, as a shrewd businessman with his mind on his money and his money on his mind, saw the financial benefits of faking his own death and consequently intriguing the masses and alerting them to his name and music.
Tupac Shakur had two sides to him. One side was a tough guy, spitting out hard core rap lyrics about social issues of the day, a hustler with a shady background. Yet Tupac was also a poet and an avid reader who once studied theater and ballet at a school for the arts in Baltimore. It is entirely plausible that there was yet another side to Tupac that he chose to hide from the world, a side that will only be truly revealed when he fulfills his own prophecy and comes back from the dead.