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Twenty years ago today, Tupac Shakur was shot and fatally wounded. At the time, it was implicated that the Notorious B.I.G. was involved in his death. What evidence do we have now? Was Biggie to blame?(r/AskHistorians)
The romanticism of the East Coast/West Coast feud makes lots of people want to point at Biggie as responsible, but most of the evidence seems to point to the man 2Pac and Suge jumped in the hotel lobby, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson was responsible. His uncle, Keffe D, said as much in an [interview with police] (www.laweekly.com/news/the-keffe-d-tapes-10-highlig…).
According to LAbyrinth, Anderson was allegedly a member of the South Side Crips who had had issues with Suge Knight’s Bloods-affiliated record label dating back to an incident at an LA mall in which Death Row associate Travon Lane had his DR medallion stolen in a Footlocker. Speculation claims that Puffy paid for this, as he wanted to use the chain in a Bad Boy video mocking DR, but if there’s evidence that it was more than speculation, I’ve never seen it.
Additionally, it’s fairly well documented that in the weeks following 2Pac’s death there was a large scale gang war in LA, seeking retaliation for his death. MC Eiht, a longtime Compton rapper, has [gone on record] (www.ballerstatus.com/2016/02/03/mc-eiht-says-tupac…) stating he believes it was 2Pac’s gang affiliation (through Suge Knight) that led to his murder.
If you comb through his Death Row releases, they’re full of references to Bloods, down to his repeated use of “M.O.B.,” a common Blood saying (Suge is also a known member of the Mob Pirus) and shout-outs to known Pirus (Neckbone, Tray,Buntry).
That said, LAPD Detective Greg Kading wrote in his book Murder Rap that he believes Puffy commissioned Keffe D for the hit. It is also alleged that Biggie [paid $1 million and provided the gun] (www.mtv.com/news/1457346/biggie-paid-gang-to-kill-…) that took out his rival.
There is further speculation that 2Pac was planning on leaving Death Row, which led to Suge Knight to order his death, but remember Knight was in the car when 2Pac was shot.
At the end of the day, no one really knows. Everyone involved is either dead or not talking.