The Mystery Of Tupac Shakur Essay

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Who really killed Tupac Shakur is one of the most intriguing questions of our generation. The conspiracy theories are endless as well as outlandishly speculative. Many factors contribute to answering this seemingly unanswerable question. Rivalries, money, and fame all play key factors in determining what happened to one of the most famous rappers of all time. Rivalry and tension among his many enemies were the driving causes of Shakur’s death. Even those whom he once called friends may have turned on him as a result of jealousy or revenge. Of all the theories regarding Tupac Shakur’s unsolved murder, the theory most likely to be true is that he was killed by the Crips.
Immediately after Tupac Shakur’s murder the night of September 7, 1996, possible suspects were targeted and investigated. Among the earliest accused was Suge Knight, the creator of Death Row Records (Scott 183). Shakur’s contract with Death Row was a profit vacuum for Knight because of Shakur’s immense talent and popularity. And, allegedly, a four-million dollar insurance policy was enacted on Tupac after signing with Death Row Records, giving Death Row the benefit rather than his family (Scott 183). This policy reinforced the idea that Tupac was the driving money force for Death Row; therefore, he was extremely valuable for the success of the company. As Knight once said, "Tupac IS Death Row." (Johnson and McQuillar 173). However, tension came when Tupac supposedly was ready to depart from Death Row Records once the contract expired, which would negatively affect the success of Death Row (Scott 184). The devastation of Shakur’s departure would cause a major change in Death Row's success, and potentially causing another company to be more successful than Knight’s. This fear supposedly could have possessed Knight to arrange the murder of Shakur so that no other label could have this treasured rap dominator.
Though the shift in power and money could possess one to kill, more evidence goes against the idea that Knight was Shakur’s killer than evidence that supports it. The strongest support for this view is that Knight was driving his car with Shakur in the passenger seat when he was shot, which put his life equally at risk (Scott 184). There is even a possibility that Shakur was not the one targeted in the shooting (Quinn). Had Knight arranged the shooting, he logically would not have ridden in the same vehicle. Also, there is no evidence that such an insurance policy was even written for Death Row’s benefit (Scott 183). Another major supporting detail was that Shakur was already providing Knight with potentially hundreds of millions of dollars from nearly two hundred of his recorded songs before his death (Scott 183). Because of this, Knight would have no logical reason to want to end his most successful rapper’s life for more money than he was already provided. Suge Knight made sure to keep his rappers happy, because they were each a vital part to his business and he genuinely...

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