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11. 2Pac – Tha’ Lunatic – 2Pacalypse Now

11. Tha’ Lunatic

Producer : Shock G

Lyric :

[Tupac] Ohh shit! Jumped on my man’s dick
Heard he had a twelve inch, now the bitch is lovesick
Who’s to blame, the guy or the groupie?
Heard I was down with D.U., now she wants to do me
Oooh-wee! This is the life
New bitch every night, never tripped off a wife
It ain’t right, but it’s cool how they come quick
Don’t try to flip with the lip cause I run shit
Hip hip, hooray for the AK
Spray when I lay competition, what a great day
Make pay, next is the wet sex
Hexed with the vex now they wreck with the complex
I’m set, wonder what I tote, check
Bloody as a coat-check, snappin motherfuckers necks
Revenge so sweet when it comes from
niggaz get done with the drum, watch my foes run
Nigga keeps comin when they can’t slip
Full of that shit, another hit from Tha’ Lunatic

[Stretch] Yeah, fuck that God! Word up
Blowin niggaz out the motherfuckin frame yaknahmsayin?
Constantly.. fuck that trick, we ain’t havin it

[Tupac] Leave me the fuck alone, you gets none of this
It’s suicidal, you lose your title like Doug-las
Cause I’m nothin nice and, I’m icin like Tyson
I’m grippin the mic and, my DJ is slicin
I’m tired of motherfuckers steppin to me with the SAME OLD
Tryin to do me like Nintendo
How the fuck you think I ever got this far?
By bootin motherfuckers like a shootin star
Cause I’m out to show, that I’m a dope MC
Think crack had you fiendin, wait’ll they get a load of me
Bitches on my dick, like a motherfuckin ‘conda
Niggaz wanna flip, let em step, and I’ll bomb em
See somethin you want, why don’t you come and get it
And then get waxed and taxed, like the government
Then I leave you sittin there, wonder where your money went
While your bitch is callin me, tellin me to come again
Nigga I’m loc’ed, when I smoke, from the indo
But we can be friends though, after you get broke like a window
That’s what you provoked, and now you’re smoked out
Lookin like a bitch, cause your whole fuckin posse, broke out
Punk motherfucker couldn’t roll on
He couldn’t hold on, game is too strong, nigga
Leave me the fuck alone, you gets none of this
Feel the wrath.. and revenge of Tha’ Lunatic

[Stretch] Yeah Tu’, tell them motherfuckers, word up
We ain’t havin it, NONE of that shit!!
Bitch ass niggaz, niggaz can’t fuck with us Tu’, word up
Ninety-one, we takin this WHOLE motherfucker over
Niggaz got PROBLEMS in ninety-one
Ninety-two, and ninety-three
and all that other shit, word up!

[Tupac] Recognize game when it smacks your bitch I’m back to rip
Puttin this on the map with this mackin shit
Time will tell if it’s made well
Well I raise hell and excel cause it pays well
Jordan couldn’t dunk it any harder, pump it any farther
I’m funky, that’s word to the father
Act like you know ‘fore I thump, the bolo
Thought you was a pimp, now you’re simpin for my solo
Oh no, not another new jack, swearin that he’s ruthless
Ducked, and now he’s fucked and left toothless
I can hear the fear in your flow, you ain’t prepared
You’re scared and you’re bound to go
It’s somethin, I guess I let the beat keep bumpin
Stop trippin off these niggaz cause they ain’t about nuttin
Or should I say NAYthin
Punk put my tape in, fuck all the fake-in
I’m sick of the bullshit
Come equipped and get ready to rip
or get the dick of Tha’ Lunatic

[Stretch] Ahhhh yeah! FUCK THAT! (the motherfuckin lunatic)
YouknowhatI’msayin? Yes Tu’!
Tell them niggaz what time it is knahmsayin?
(punk motherfuckers, get the dick of the lunatic)
Niggaz can’t fuck with us, word up
Bitch ass niggaz, FUCK EM!

[Tupac] Fuck all them niggaz
I’m tellin these niggaz that they ain’t got..
NAYthin on a nigga like me
We squashin these punk motherfuckers in ninety-one
ninety-two ninety-three.. and SO on
So let the beat FLOAT on
While I spray these PUNK BITCHES
with these dope ass lyrics
Thanks to Poppa for supplyin the DANK
Now it’s money in the BANK
And all y’all niggaz shit STANK
compared to this shit..

Fuck y’all punk bitches!
Tha’ Lunatic [ echoes to fade ]

Samples :

“One of Those Funky Thangs” by Parliament

2Pac – 2Pacalypse Now – 10. Brenda’s Got a Baby


10. Brenda’s Got a Baby

Producer :The Underground Railroad

Lyric :

Brenda’s got a Baby
Brenda’s got a Baby

I hear Brenda’s got a baby
But, Brenda’s barely got a brain
A damn shame
The girl can hardly spell her name
(That’s not our problem, that’s up to Brenda’s family)
Well let me show ya how it affects the whole community
Now Brenda really never knew her moms and her dad was a
Went in death to his arms, it’s sad
Cause I bet Brenda doesn’t even know
Just cause your in the ghetto doesn’t mean ya can’t grow
But oh, that’s a thought, my own revelation
Do whatever it takes to resist the temptation
Brenda got herself a boyfriend
Her boyfriend was her cousin, now lets watch the joy end
She tried to hide her pregnancy, from her family
Who didn’t really care to see, or give a damn if she
Went out and had a church of kids
As long as when the check came they got first dibs
Now Brenda’s belly is gettin bigger
But no one seems to notice any change in her figure
She’s 12 years old and she’s having a baby
In love with the molester, who’s sexing her crazy
And yet she thinks that he’ll be with her forever
And dreams of a world with the two of them are together,
He left her and she had the baby solo, she had it on the
bathroom floor
And didn’t know so, she didn’t know, what to throw away and
what to keep
She wrapped the baby up and threw him in the trash heep
I guess she thought she’d get away
Wouldn’t hear the cries
She didn’t realize
How much the the little baby had her eyes
Now the baby’s in the trash heep balling
Momma can’t help her, but it hurts to hear her calling
Brenda wants to run away
Momma say, you makin’ me lose pay, the social workers here
Now Brenda’s gotta make her own way
Can’t go to her family, they won’t let her stay
No money no babysitter, she couldn’t keep a job
She tried to sell crack, but end up getting robbed
So now what’s next, there ain’t nothing left to sell
So she sees sex as a way of leaving hell
It’s paying the rent, so she really can’t complain
Prostitute, found slain, and Brenda’s her name, she’s got a baby


(don’t you know she’s got a baby)
(don’t you know she’s got a baby)
(don’t you know she’s got a baby)
(don’t you know she’s got a baby)
(don’t you know she’s got a baby)
(don’t you know she’s got a baby)

09. 2Pac – If My Homie Calls – 2Pacalypse Now


09.  If My Homie Calls

Producer : Big D The Impossible

Lyric :

[Verse One:]

Ever since you was a pee-wee, down by my knee with a wee-wee
We been coochie-coo all through school, you and me G
Back in the days we played practical jokes on
everybody smoked with they locs and the yolks on
All through high school, girls by the dozens
Saying we cousins, knowing that we wasn’t
But like the old saying goes
Times goes on, and everybody grows
Grew apart, had to part, went our own ways
You chose the dope gaaaane, my microphone pays
In many ways we were paid in the old days
So far away from the crazies with AK’s
And though I been around clowning with the Underground
I’m still down with my homies from the hometown
And if you need, need anything at all
I drop it all for y’all, if my homies call

[Verse Two:]

It’s a shame, you chose the dope game
Now you slang cane on the streets with no name
It was plain that your aim was mo’ cane
You got game now you run with no shame
I chose rappin tracks to make stacks
In fact I travel the map with raps that spray cats
But now I don’t wanna down my homie
No matter how low you go you’re not lowly
And I, hear that you made a few enemies
But when you need a friend you can depend on me, call
If you need my assistance there’ll be no resistance
I’ll be there in an instant
Who am I to judge another brother, only on his cover
I’d be no different than the other
I’m down to the E-N-D
Cause it’s a fall in no time at all
I’m down for y’all, when my homies call
Word, if my homies call

[Verse Three:]

Well it’s ninety-one and I’m living kinda swell now
But I hear that you’re going through some hell pal
But life making records ain’t easy
It ain’t what I expected it’s hectic it’s sleazy
But I guess that the streets is harder
Trying to survive in the life of a young godfather
My homies is making it elsewhere
Striving, working nine to five with no health care
We both had dreams of being great
But his deferred, and blurred and changed in shaped
It’s fate, it wasn’t my choice to make
To be great, I’m giving it all it takes
Trying to shake, the crates and fakes and snakes
I gotta take, my place or fall from grace
The foolish way, the pace is quick and great
Smiling face, to hide the trace of hate
But my homie would never do me wrong
That’s why I wrote this song, if you ever need me it’s on
No matter who the foe they must fall
Us against them all I’m down to brawl if my homies call

Samples : 

“Let a Woman Be a Woman – Let a Man Be a Man” by Dyke & the Blazers
“Fat Mama” by Herbie Hancock
“I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To” by The Soul Children
“Around the Way Girl” by LL Cool J
“Prelude” by N.W.A

08. 2Pac – Crooked Ass Nigga – 2Pacalypse Now

08. Crooked Ass Nigga

Producer : Stretch

Lyric :

“Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like” – [Ice Cube] [machine gun fires] “Got him!” – [Dr. Dre]

[2Pac] A smokin ass nigga robbed me blind
I got a tech nine now his smokin ass is mine
I guess I felt sorry for the bastard, he was broke
I didn’t know he smoked so I didn’t watch him close
He caught me on the sneak tip, now the punk’s in deep shit
Catch him on the streets, I’ma bring him to his feet, quick
Pass the clip, I think I see him comin now
Fuck the bullshit, posse deep and let’s run him down
Gots to be the first one to hit ya when we meet
Comin quickly up the streets, is the punk ass police
The first one jumped out and said, “Freeze!”
I popped him in his knees and shot him, punk.. please..
Cause cops should mind they business, when we rush
Now you’re pleadin like a bitch, cause you don’t know how to.. hush..
Now back to the smoker that robbed me
I tell you like Latifah, motherfucker give me.. body..
One to the chest, another to his fuckin dome
Now the shit can rest, yo tell him to leave me the fuck alone
Two very bloody bodies on the streets
A nosey ass cop and a nigga that robbed from me
Run from your backup punk, how you figure?
My finger’s on the trigger for you crooked ass niggaz

[Pac] Crooked ass niggaz
[Eazy] Criminal behaviour.. criminal.. criminal behaviour
[Cube] Suddenly I see..
[Eazy] Cri-cri-criminal

[Stretch] Now listen to the mack of the crooked nigga trade
With the fine criminal mind, cold rips like a blade
It’s already quick steppin to the niggaz with the props
and any motherfucker with the flim-flam drops to the knot
Ten o’clock, is a motherfuckin gank move
Stretch is Uptown, clockin weight the shit is real smooth
A nigga’s tryin to play me like he know me but he don’t
Sittin on ten keys, I’ma get him, think I won’t?
My nigga 2Pac, got the fuckin Glock cocked, and he’s ready
When the kid, didn’t even bring the weight bag, instead he
welcomed us, into his apartment
Oh this even better, two to the head, he’s dead a clean get-a-WAY!
Niggaz got PAID!
And yet another sleepin ass nigga got slayed, word up
By a crooked motherfucker named Stretch
And the T-U-P-A-C, the police can’t catch..

[Pac] The crooked ass niggaz
[Eazy] Criminal behaviour..
[Pac] Yeah.. ya don’t stop!

Crooked ass niggaz
[Eazy] Criminal.. criminal behaviour
[Cube] Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like

[2Pac] Now I could be a crooked nigga too
When I’m rollin with my crew, watch what crooked niggaz, do!
I got a nine millimeter Glock pistol
I’m ready to get witcha at the drop, of a whistle
So make your move, and act like you wanna flip
I fire thirteen shots, and pop another clip
I bring luck, my Glock’s like a fuckin mop
The more I shot, the more motherfuckers dropped
And even cops got shot when they rolled up
Best to bring a knot, or get popped, I’m a soldier
I ain’t the type to fetch ya, ask Stretch, he’s my witness
Smoke til I’m blitzed, fuck a motherfuckin piss test
I’m trigger happy, try to ‘tack me and I’ll drop you quick
Long as I got a clip I got some shit to hit em with
The nigga killer I get iller when the shit gets thick
My brain flips, I start thinkin like a lunatic
I rip shit, came equipped with a bigger crew
I thought these niggaz knew, I’m a crooked nigga too

[Eazy] Criminal behaviour.. criminal.. criminal behaviour
[2Pac] Crooked

[2Pac] Crooked ass niggaz come in all shapes and sizes
They wear disguises, backstabbin’s what they specialize in
They’ll try to getcha, they’ll sweatcha to get in the picture
And then they hitcha, son of a bitch! Now he’s richer
Crooked ass nigga..

[Eazy] Criminal behaviour.. criminal.. criminal behaviour
[Cube] Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like
[Eazy] Criminal behaviour
Criminal, criminal, crim
Crim-criminal behaviour
Criminal behaviour, criminal behaviour..

[machine gun fires] “Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like” – [Ice Cube] [machine gun fires] “Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like” – [Ice Cube] [machine gun fires] “Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like” – [Ice Cube] [Eazy] Criminal behaviour
Criminal, criminal, crim
Crim-criminal behaviour
Criminal beha.. crima-crima-crima
Crim-crim, criminal behaviour
Criminal behaviour..

“Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like” – [Ice Cube] [machine gun fires] “Got him!” – [Dr. Dre]

“Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like” – [Ice Cube] [machine gun fires] “Got him!” – [Dr. Dre]

“Suddenly I see, some niggaz that I don’t like” – [Ice Cube] [machine gun fires] “Got him!” – [Dr. Dre]

Samples : 

“Crab Apple” by Idris Muhammad
“Gangsta Gangsta” by N.W.A
“Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A

07. 2Pac – Something Wicked – 2Pacalypse Now


07. Something Wicked

Producer – Jeremy

Lyric :

Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come

More than an adversary I’m very quick
I’m ready to hit ’em with this gift
I’m equipped to kick
Grab you coat and you hat, cause I’m prepared to clamp
Scared the [???], and caught them mutha-fuckas damp
Oh shit, 2pacalypse is back and strapped
Attacking the pacs, I’m kicking the facts for stacks to rap
And those that max, relax and let the blacks get jacks
I’m getting taxed, my pacs is packed with angry blacks
I’m ready to go
I’m ripping the shows, hitting the dough
Getting the hoes [???] Pumping the flow, gangster ho
cause the nose knows
Check the pose, froze, when you see me close
Punks you gonna roast, host, in a cloud of smoke
Broke, choked on a rope, and then smoked
wrote, crimes that’ll bring me bank notes
nope, I ain’t the type of fella that you use though
Kkkkkkicking the funky flava
Pumping [???] producers
Run for cover when you hear the bass drop
One verse is all it takes
Something wicked this way come

Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come

Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
Something wicked this way come
wicked wicked this way comes
wicked wicked this way comes
wicked wicked this way comes
Something wicked this way come

Samples : 

“Welcome to the Terrordome” by Public Enemy

The Beefs – Tupac Vs. ?

Tupac & Biggie
Tupac & Biggie

Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G.

Tupac and Biggie were actually once friends, believe it or not. Before Biggie was famous Tupac used to let Biggie rap with him at concerts and gave him the start that he needed in the rap game, he even bought Biggie his first Rolex! Just before Pac was in shot ’94 B.I.G. said that the company ‘pac was keepin weren’t cool. These guys were King Tut and Jacques Agnant aka Haitian Jack, who were members of the Black Mafia which supposedly financed Bad Boy Records. Biggie said he’d talk to ‘pac later, which never happened. The next time Tupac saw him was when he was shot. When Tupac was in jail he was told how it was Biggie’s home boy who got him shot and Tupac stated this, but never actually said Biggie was responsible for the shooting. He thought Biggie held back info on the shooting. When ‘pac was in jail Biggie released an album which was exactly like Tupac’s so he had to re-write his. By now Tupac was really pissed with him, as Biggie was also rapping about his clothes, jewelery, parties and a live style he didnt have, Tupac knew he was rapping about his life. Tupac released many lyrics, humiliating and denouncing Biggie, a vicious attack on him and Bad Boy with ‘Hit Em Up‘, and claimed he slept with Biggies wife, Faith Evans.

tupac and puff daddyPuff Daddy

Sean Combs, or Puffy, is the owner of Bad Boy Records. He approached Tupac in a bid to sign him to Bad Boy in 1994, Tupac declined the offer.

Tupac then signed for DeathRow records, run by Puffy’s arch enemy Suge Knight. Because of this, and the fact Bad Boy are reportedly funded by the Black Mafia, and that Sean Combs was also in the studio in NY where Tupac was shot, it is thought Tupac was shot because of this declination. Tupac was shot and robbed in the entrance of the building and then got himself into the elevator. He went up to the floor where everybody was partying. Tupac said that Puffy looked shocked when he saw Tupac, as if he had seen a ghost. Tupac thought that Puffy also knew about the set up and was angry because Puffy denied it. While Tupac was in jail, Puffy wanted to make peace with him by sending him a letter, giving him props like “Hey Pac, keep your struggle on”, when Tupac was released, he immediately began to diss Puffy. Aslo Tupac saw Puffy as a fake, he wasnt a Gangster, he didn’t write his own lyrics, his flow was weak, his beats were ripped, but he portrayed the opposite to the public!

mobb deepMobb Deep

Whilst in jail Tupac did an interview with Vibe where he claimed that Thug Life was dead and that he was giving it up. Mobb Deep felt as if they were tough enough to represent it, and in a song called “Survival of the Fittest”, they rapped about Tupac’s notorious Thug Life: “Thug Life we still livin it…”. Tupac didnt like this and sent homies to taunt Mobb Deep at a concert.

According to Tupac the duo were so scared they did everything they could to avoid a conflict. When Tupac was bailed out, he started to take shots at them publicly, again in songs such as “Hit Em Up” and in interviews with big radio stations. Tupac called them little kids and said that they were not on his level. But they had the courage to retaliate on their song “Drop a Gem on Em”. They are the only ones who dissed him in public, although the album the song was on came out after Tupac’s death. They have also taken to disrespectfully dissing 2pac again, well after his demise, to which Fatal of Tupac’s group, the Outlawz has retaliated too in Tupac’s defence.

Cynthia Delores Tucker tupacCynthia Delores Tucker

Miss C. DeLores Tucker was a U.S. politician and civil rights activist best known for her participation in the Civil Rights Movement and stance against gangsta rap music. Miss Tucker wanted Rap to not only be censored, but banned altogether. Tupac addresses her on the track “How Do U Want It?” on the album All Eyez On Me rapping ” C.DeLores Tucker you’s a motherfucker / Instead of trying to help a nigga you destroy a brother”. Tupac also disses her on the track ‘Wonda Why they Call u Bitch‘, again from his ‘All Eyez On Me’ album, saying “Dear Ms. DeLores Tucker,…., I figured you wanted to know, you know, why we call them hoes bitches,and maybe this might help you understand, it ain’t personal,strictly business baby, strictly business!” Tucker filed a $10 million lawsuit after Tupac had died agianst his estate, claiming the songs “ruined her sex life”, inflicted emotional distress, and that the were slanderous and invaded her privacy. This case was eventually dismissed. Tucker later went on to serve in the Advisory Board of the Parents Television Council until her death in 2005.

tupac and dr dreDr. Dre

When Snoop Dogg was on trial for murder a witnesses in the trial said Dr. Dre was in the car, if he had appeared at court he could have testified, but instead he said that he was too busy. This pissed ‘pac off because he thought that Dre wasn’t showing his homeboy Snoop, and the Death Row camp, loyalty. Tupac also didnt like the way Dre because he was earning stacks from Death Row for doing nothing, since ‘The Chronic’. He disses Dre in many songs after Dre left Death Row, even questioning his sexuality, in the song “To Live & Die In L.A.” 2Pac claims that Dr Dre is homosexual and he does the same in “Toss It Up“. Tupac also dissed Dre for been a Gangster one minute, and not the next. In “Toss It Up” Tupac takes big digs at Dr Dre saying; “”No longer dre day, arrive derche, long and forgotten, gotten for plottin-child’s play, check your sexuality, as fruity as this alize quick to jump ship, punk trick, what a dumb move cross Death Row, now who you gonna run to? Like those other suckers cuz you similar, pretendin to be hard-oh my god-check your temperature, screamin Compton, but you can’t return, you ain’t heard brothas pissed cuz you switched and escaped to the burbs”. Tupac also claimed that Dr Dre cheated on his wife, “What’s down in the darkness, will come to light”. Despite all this Dr Dre still paid tribute to ‘pac in 2000 during ‘The Up In Smoke Tour’, saying that it was a pleasure to work alongside 2Pac.

nas tupacNas

Due to faults of his own, rapper Nas got caught up in the East vs Westcoast beef. Which of course Tupac wouldn’t of liked as it initially had nothing to do with Nas. Tupac and Nas met each other at the House of Blues, where Tupac and Nas talked about this whole beef situation. Tupac told Nas that he was in no way involved and that he should not get caught up in it because he and Death Row had nothing but love for him. But then, Tupac listened to Nas’ songs and he remarked that there was a song, “The Message”, in which Nas was talking about fake thugs and it sounded as if Nas was talking about Tupac. Nas also liked to talk a lot about Thug Life after Pac introduced it to the whole world, which pissed Tupac off because he was the man to represent it. Tupac accused Nas of biting his style and stealing his life for his songs. Nas even has a tattoo in the same place of Tupac’s Thug Life tattoo, and wore no shirt and his bandana in a similar way to pac in the video for ‘Hate Me Now’. Tupac dissed Nas on songs like “Against all Odds” and in interviews, such as the interview about Death Row East. But after Tupac’s death Nas claimed they squashed their beef, which issupported by the Outlawz, and Nas even featured on ‘Thugz Mansion‘ on Tupac’s posthumus album ‘Better Dayz’.

Chino XLChino XL

This all started when a small time New Jersey rapper, Chino XL, followed on from rumours, started by Wendy Williams, of Tupac been raped in jail. He says on his track ‘Riiot!’: “I’m trying not to get fucked like 2Pac in jail.” In a radio interview Tupac addressed him stating, “Off the air, I’m gonna beat this niggaz ass”, and also on the song ‘Hit Em Up‘ with “Chino XL, Fuck You Too!” Chino responded in some songs, including a several minute long freestyle on a New York radio. In my opinion Chino XL first said what he did to get his name known in the rap game, by dissing the biggest artist in it, Tupac. We all no beef can make you famous and sells records. After Tupac’s demise Chino stated: “I got a chance to see him on Venice Beach one time right before he passed and I let him know that if I would have known my lyrics would have upset him like that, I would have never said it. I mean I was a fan of his like everybody else was. Everything was straight though and The Outlawz are my peeps from Jersey so it was all peace.

LL Cool JLL Cool J

Tupac admired LL and even gave him a shout out on his song “Old School” in which ‘pac praises all the rappers that influenced him, and who helped rap. But it seems LL didn’t seem to be pleased with the whole Tupac situation and recorded a remix of his song “I Shot Ya”, which brings to mind a song by Notorious BIG called “Who Shot Ya“. Tupac thought this song was about him being shot in New York. Tupac retaliated in tracks like “My Little Homies“, saying “Say what nigga, I rock your motherfucking bells”, referring to LL’s song “I Rock The Bell”. The song was only released after pac’s death though! But still, like many rappers Tupac beefed with, LL took shots at him after he had passed away. On LL’s album “Phenomenon”, he says: “She says she loves Tupac but hates LL. Do you really want a Thug or do you want love”, not too distastefull, but in our view this is still dissing Tupac when he can no longer defend himself!

jay z tupacJay Z

Unlike his Tupac’s beef with Nas, which was mutually ended before Tupac’s demise, this is a beef that was ongoing until Tupac died. Yet still Jay-Z wanted his piece of pac’s fame, by featuring on pac’s posthumus release ‘Better Dayz‘, which was going ahead until the rumours started by him, were quashed! Jay-Z was the first to diss Tupac when he released the track titled “Brooklyn’s finest” (alongside The Notorious B.I.G.). Jay-Z had a close relationship with Bad-Boy and with Mobb Deep. As a retaliation, 2Pac released “Bomb First (My Second Reply)” on his ‘Makaveli: The 7 Day Theory‘ album, dissing Jay-Z among others. Since Tupacs demise, various members of The Outlawz have continued this beef in some tracks, proving pac still had beef with Jay-Z until his death, and that as a result Jay-Z should never have been considered for ‘Better Dayz‘.

Wendy Williams tupacWendy Williams

Williams started a rumor that Tupac was raped while he was in jail and he was all too willing to respond in “Why U Turn On Me.” ‘Pac was never one to hold his tongue. The lyrics are super explicit so we’ll refrain from quoting, but ‘Pac basically sent a big F you to Williams and called her fat. Rape accusations are serious and ‘Pac took his diss against her just as serious.

Why U Turn On Me” : …”Said I got raped in jail, picture that? {*laughter*}
Revenge is a payback bitch, get your gat
Fuck {Wendy Williams} and I pray you choke
On the next dick down your throat, for turnin’ on me…”

”…I put Jenny Craig on your fat ass, you fat troll
Anybody ever seen {Wendy Williams} fat ass?….”

Haitian Jack & TupacHaitian Jack

In the song released after his death called “Against All Odds“, Tupac tells the story of “a snitch named Haitian Jack”. The song says Jack is stocky, light skinned and has a Haitian accent, all of which describes Agnant. Agnant is on probabtion after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct in a 1994 incident in which Tupac was convicted of sexual abuse of a woman who came to his hotel room. Tupac believed Agnant made a deal with prosecutors at the rapper’s expense.


Tupac said they just dissin’ you on the air on MTV. he said they didn’t personally dissed the west coast, but when he started saying California Love, and someone asked them about that, they said that’s not true, cause East Side is the best side. He said he seen them too. And they was talkin’ about how much they respect him and love him, but he HATE THAT, because he be serious. Tupac dissed them in the unreleased song called “When We Ride On Our Enemies” He said:
Heard the Fuggees was tryin’ to do me, look bitch I got yo fate, this ain’t no muthafuckin’ movie… then we watch the other 2 die slow, castrated, entertainin’ at my muthafuckin’ side show…”

We he says he let them know this ain’t no movie, he was talking about their video for “Killing Me Softly“, where they are filming at a movie theatre.

Somethings You Didn’t Know About Tupac

  • Appeared in the Salt-N-Pepa video, “Whatta Man”
  • Died on a Friday the 13th
  • Kidada Jones, daughter of Quincy Jones and fiance of Tupac, has a tattoo of Tupac on her arm.
  • At the Baltimore School of the arts, Tupac met Jada Pinkett, who would become a close friend of his
  • While he was with Digital Underground, someone once shoved a 12 gauge shotgun in Tupac’s face because of a dispute over a woman at a Martin Luther King Jr festival.
  • Wrote a song about his mother called “Dear Mama” while in prison.
  • Renamed Tupac Amaru Shakur in 1972 by his mother after Tupac Amaru, an Inca who was sentenced to death by the Spaniards. Tupac Amaru, in the Inca language, means “shining serpent”.
  • Tupac’s first appearance ever was on Digital Underground’s Same Song where he raps wearing West African war clothes in the video.
  • When Tupac was 12 years old, his mother enrolled him in Harlems 127thSt Ensemble. He played Travis in “A Raisin in The Sun” in his first acting role.
  • Son of black panther Afeni Shakur; grew up in Harlem, Baltimore, and Marin County, California.
  • He had the words “thug life” tattooed across his abdomen.
  • Was engaged to Kidada Jones
  • Was going to play the role of Malik in Higher Learning (1995)
  • More of his music has been released since his death than was while he was alive.
  • Founding Member of the Outlawz
  • Used the name Makaveli which is an altered spelling of Machiavelli, about whom he read while in prison.
  • In the song “Life Goes On” from the “All Eyez on Me” album, he rhymes about his own funeral.
  • As a young man, Tupac also studied dance, including ballet.
  • Tupac is listed as the most successful gangsta MC in the “Guinness Book of World Records.”
  • Grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • Was cast in the movie Woo (1998), but was shot five days before principal photography began.
  • He was offered a record contract at the age of 13. However, his mother refused to let him sign anything at such a young age. She felt he had a lot to learn about the world before joining the music industry.
  • He read for the part of “Bubba” in Forrest Gump (1994).
  • 10 albums have been released after his 1996 death; all have gone platinum.
  • He was voted the 86th Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
  • In November 1994, he was robbed and shot five times by a pair of muggers in the lobby of a New York recording studio. Tupac survived the attack, and afterwards frequently boasted of his durability in his lyrics.
  • Was originally cast in Menace II Society (1993) but was fired after a physical altercation with director Allen Hughes.
  • As a teenager, he studied drama at Baltimore’s School for the Arts, where he rhymed under the name MC New York.
  • When he was 12 years old, his mother enrolled him in Harlem’s 127th St Ensemble. He played Travis in “A Raisin in The Sun” in his first acting role
  • Started his career on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records with Digital Underground.
  • As a young man, he also studied ballet and dance
  • His 1996 song “Ghetto Gospel” was released in 2005, with some vocals by Elton John, and went to #1 in the UK, despite the fact he had been dead for eight years.
  • Was a good friend of fellow hip-hop MC M.C. Hammer, who also was from Oakland, California, USA.
  • His albums have sold 38 million copies in the USA alone.
  • Has been rapping since 18 (1989).
  • Tupac studied drama at Baltimore’s School For The Arts, where he rapped under the name MC New York.
  • According to Guiness Book of Records 2004, he is the highest selling rap/hip-hop artist selling over 67 million copies worldwide
  • In a 2005 Rolling Stones Magazine Vote, Tupac was named #6 of the ‘100 immortal artists of all time’ behind the likes of Elvis and Lennon
  • He is the first rap/hip-hop artist in history to have a wax model of himself set to be placed in Madamme Tussaud’s in Las Vegas
  • Appeared on Forbes’ “Top Earning Dead Celebrities” list in 2002, 2003 and 2004 with earnings of $7 million, $12 million and $5 million in each respective year.
  • Wrote a song, but died before he could finish it. Rap artist Eminem finished the song with his own lyrics and released it shortly afterwards.
  • First music artist to have a #1 LP while being in jail
  • Biological Father Is Billy Garland.
  • The harmonica in “So Many Tears” is a sample from Stevie Wonder’s song “That Girl”, which spent 9 weeks at number one on the R&B charts in 1982.
  • His song “Hit ‘Em Up”, which Shakur considered a “classic battle record” is scathing attack on one-time friend Notorious BIG, Bad Boy Records, and Puff Daddy. In addition, Shakur claimed that he slept with Faith Evans (Notorious BIG’s wife) in the song’s lyrics.
  • Was a fan of actor Tim Roth and was delighted to learn he would work with him on “Gridlock’d”, released after Shakur’s death.
  • Read the article in “Entertainment Weekly” about his “Me Against The World” album’s debut at number one, while incarcerated. The album’s title song also appeared in Michael Bay’s 1995 film “Bad Boys”, which opened in March– while Shakur was behind bars.
  • Cited Prince as an inspiration and sampled his music on the “All Eyez On Me” album. Shakur mentioned in an MTV interview that “he [Prince] loves women like I love women.”.
  • Used an interpolation of the 1984 El Debarge song “A Dream” for his hit “I Ain’t Mad At Ya”. Tupac’s version, however, is at a faster tempo than the original.
  • Recorded much of his vocals of the “All Eyez On Me” album with a Neumann U87 microphone. In addition, entire album was recorded on analog tape. This was considered somewhat archaic by 1995 recording standards, as much of the recording industry had transitioned to digital recording. (However, it should be noted that Dr. Dre, who produced two songs for the album still uses analog tape to record his music, as of late 2006).
  • The song “To Live and Die in LA”, was called by Shakur (who recorded the song under the name “Makaveli”, for the “Seven Day Theory” album) “California Love, part 2– without gay-ass Dre.” It is unknown if “gay-ass Dre” is serious slur against Dr. Dre, who left Shakur’s label Death Row records shortly after producing two tracks for “All Eyez On Me”.
  • Shakur considered singer Don McClean (best known as the singer/songwriter of the 1972 hit “American Pie”) and Kate Bush as two influences in his life. Shakur also saw McClean’s hit “Vincent” (a tale of painter Vincent Van Gogh) as one particular inspiration. In addition, Shakur cited African-American poet Maya Angelou and William Shakespeare as being equally important to him.
  • Gang member Orlando Anderson, often cited as Tupac’s killer, was later murdered himself during an altercation at a LA car wash, on May 29th 1998. It should be noted that Anderson was never charged in the slaying.
  • Tupac is understood to have been offered a record deal at the age of 13, only for Afeni to turn it down as she thought he was to young for such a things.
  • Tupac listened to artists from various different genres of music such as; Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Hendrix.
  • Biggie Smalls used to call Tupac ‘duke’.
  • When Tupac was young and living in Baltimore, he studied ballet and dance and the local performing arts school.
  • Kidada Jones, daughter of Quincy Jones and fianc? of Tupac, has a tattoo of Tupac on her arm.
  • Tupac was a huge fan of Jim Carrey.
  • Porn Star, Spontaneous XXXStacy, has a tattoo on her arm of Tupacs name along with the title of “Keep Ya Head Up”.
  • When Tupac first moved to California he was homeless for 2 years and was living in shelters.
  • Tupac’s favourite Food was Fried Chicken Wings with Hot Sauce.
  • His favourite drink was Orange Pop.
  • His favourite colours were Black and Gold.
  • Tupac intended for “R U Still Down?” to be released.
  • Before becoming famous Tupac was part of the local Baltimore TV news Special. The program, called “Saturday Night Specials,” was on a type of gun. Tupac spoke with great knowledge on the guns, speaking on how they were poorly and cheaply made.
  • The video tape named “Tupac and Jada Home video” which appears on Tupac: Resurrection, was recorded at King’s Dominion Amusement Park.
  • Herbie Lovebug, manger of “Salt-N-Peppa,” was once asked by Tupac’s group Born Busy to hear one of their raps. Herbie told them “Naw, I aint got time for this shit I gotta be on a plane in ten hours!” Years later when Tupac was at the opening of “Juice,” Herbie approached him and expressed a desire to work with him. Tupac’s reply wasn’t one Herbie was looking for.
  • Tupac turned up at a ball at the Baltimore School Of The Art’s dressed as Shaka Zulu. His roommate and close friend John Cole dressed as his white slave. Tupac and John won the best costume award.
  • As a child, Tupac’s friends often gave him clothes for Christmas and birthdays, because they were aware of the poverty in which he lived.
  • Tupac & Big Saccs both went looting together during the LA Riots. According to Sacc’s, he and Tupac went straight from the studio to the hood and started looting.
  • The Tupac poem “Nothing can come between us,” was written for his friend John Cole, whom Tupac nicknamed “White Boy John.”
  • For a short time Tupac lived with Linda Pratt, the wife of Gernimo Pratt, in Marin City.
  • Tupac’s favorite piece of music was from the play Les Miserables. He went to see the play with his then girlfriend Keisha Morris.
  • According to Suge Knight, the song “Never Had A Friend Like Me” was about their relationship because Suge once told Tupac “Your Enemies my Enemies.”
  • It was reported by Mike Dyson that the song “Vincent” by Don Maclean was played on repeat during Tupac’s last hours with us.
  • Tupac auditioned for the part of “Bubba” in the hit film “Forest Gump” starring Tom Hanks.
  • Tupac stood for the code of ‘THUGLIFE’, which stands for “The Hate U Give Lil Infants Fuck Everybody”, the term ‘NIGGA’ stands for “Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished”.
  • The ‘Outlawz’ group Tupac formed and was with stands for “Operating Under Thug Laws As Warriors”.
  • Tupac met Fredro Starr at the premiere of “Sunset Park.”
  • Tupac’s cousin Scott got him the role of Travis in “A Rasin in the Sun.” Scott was also in the New York School for the arts.
  • Tupac was planning to go on tour with Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound in October 1996. The name of the tour was going to be “All Eyez On Us.”
  • When Tupac and Keisha Morris got married, during the ceremony when the priest stated the line “with all your worldly possessions…,” Tupac interupted saying, “Well, Keisha can’t have my pool table or my big screen TV.”
  • Keisha Morris, when married to Tupac, came to visit him in his hotel room in Atlanta. The hotel-room caught fire and she tried to quickly escape. Tupac was disappointed in her and told her he couldn’t trust her because she didn’t stay with him to fight the fire.
  • The song “When Will You Learn” and “U Don’t Wanna Battle Me”, along with a few others, were recorded onto a disc which Tupac lost.
  • Tupac and Sanyika Shakur were good friends and Tupac wanted to play him in a movie about Sanyika’s life.
  • After Pac had released his debut solo album ’2Pacalypse Now’ he wanted to bring out a group called “Nothing Gold.” He was going to do production for them while they wrote their own lyrics, but it never happened. He was also working with a female artist called “A Sister Named Mister” but she never came out either.
  • Tupac and Sanyika Shakur were good friends and Tupac wanted to play him in a movie about Sanyika’s life.
  • Before he was famous, Tupac was paid $335 to appear in an advertisement for a local news channel. He used that money to pay for the months rent.
  • When Tupac got out of jail Suge arranged a private plane back to L.A, a limo, and five police officers for protection. Suge Knight also gave Tupac money to buy Afeni a house when he came to Suge’s Death Row Records label.
  • Tupac and Snoop were supposed to perform “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” on Saturday Night Live, an NBC TV-show. Snoop never appeared for the rehearsal, so Tupac and Ice-T performed “Only God Can Judge Me”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (Barbara Streisand cover) and a little skit. Even though he didn’t look it, it is known Pac was embarrassed by the Streisand cover and was really mad at Snoop for not showing up.
  • Tupac was cremated by “Davis Mortuary” in Las Vegas.
  • Tupac met ‘The Assassin’ and ‘Dee Tha Mad Bitch’ in late ’93. He enjoyed the time he spent working with them so much that he booked a studio for the three of them for an entire week
  • Tupac and Sanyika Shakur were good friends and Tupac wanted to play him in a movie about Sanyika’s life.
  • Tupac bought Biggie Smalls his first ‘Rolex’ watch.

1994-11-30 / Tupac’s Shooting, New York

Tupac holding his middle finger high after being shot.

On the 29th November 1994, a Manhattan jury had convened to deliberate charges of sodomy, sexual abuse, and weapons possession against Tupac, 23, and his codefendant, Charles Fuller, 24.

Ayanna Jackson, 2pac's accuser.
Ayanna Jackson, 2pac’s accuser.

See also: The Rape Case: Ayanna Jackson’s Story

They stood accused of molesting a 19-year-old woman (Ayanna Jackson, 2pac’s accuser) in Tupac’s $750-a-night, 38th-floor Parker Meridien Hotel suite on November 18, 1993. After the first day of deliberations, Tupac left for a publicity stop in Harlem, then went on to Times Square’s Quad Recording Studio to record a track with Uptown Records’ Little Shawn. Facing a maximum 25-year sentence, Tupac knew it might be his last recording session for some time.

Quad Recording Studios. image : Google
Quad Recording Studios. image : Google
The Quad Recording Studis where the rapper was shot the first time
The Quad Recording Studios where the rapper was shot the first time

Excerpt from /The Killing Of Tupac Shakur By Cathy Scott/ Book

On Wednesday November 30, 1994, Tupac Shakur was ambushed and shot inside the lobby of a recording studio in Manhattan’s Times Square. Tupac’s team of criminal attorneys had been in New York with Tupac awaiting a verdict on sexual-assault charges against the rapper. Tupac’s attorneys afterward said the shooting “looks like a setup and smells like a setup.” Later, Tupac publicly blamed Biggie Smalls, who was upstairs in a recording session at the time, in helping to set up the attack.

Earlier in the evening, Tupac had been invited by Ron G., a deejay in New York, to record with him. Tupac had agreed to do the recording for free, as a favor to the young rapper, whom he wanted to help out. (He usually charged other rappers a fee to record on their albums.)

Based on statements made to police by witnesses to the shooting, it went down like this. After finishing the taping session, Tupac was paged by a rapper named Booker, who asked him to tape a song with Little Shawn, an East Coast rapper. Tupac told him he’d do it that day, for $7,000. Booker agreed and told Tupac it was to take place at Quad Studios, at 723 Seventh Avenue between 48th and 49th streets in Times Square. While heading out to the studio, Tupac got a second call from Booker asking why he was taking so long. Then came a third call telling Tupac they didn’t have the money to pay him. Tupac told Booker he wouldn’t record unless he was paid, and hung up. Finally, Tupac got a fourth call from Booker telling him that Uptown Entertainment would take care of the fee, which would be waiting for him when he finished recording. Tupac headed for the studio. By that time, it was just after midnight.

At 12:16 a.m., according to Detective George Nagy with the NYPD’s Midtown North 18th Precinct, Tupac, along with his manager Freddie Moore, his common-law brother-in-law Zayd Turner, fellow rapper Randy “Stretch” Walker, and his half-sister Sekyiwa arrived at Quad Studios. They left their car in a parking garage at 148 West 48th Street. Then they walked the short distance, around the comer, to the studio on Seventh Avenue.

Nine minutes later, Tupac and his group arrived in front of the studio, a police report said. Standing on a small terrace overlooking 48th Street, for a smoke break, were a couple of teenage members of J.U.N.I.O.R. Mafia, a group Biggie Smalls was sponsoring. They hollered down to Tupac to say hello, then went back inside to tell everyone that Tupac had arrived.

Upstairs, it was a party atmosphere. It was a large studio and a lot of people were there that night. Word had spread that Tupac would be recording there. People
were excited in anticipation of the popular rapper’s arrival. Also there to record, but on a different floor from where Tupac was scheduled to record, were Biggie Smalls and Puffy Combs. They were working on Biggie’s “Warning” video. At the time, Quad had recording studios and equipment on five different floors.

Back on the street, on Seventh Avenue, as Tupac and the others approached the entrance to Quad Studios, they could see two black men, near the elevator, wearing Army fatigues, recognized by Tupac as gang garb worn mostly in the Brooklyn area; a third man, also black, was in the lobby, pretending to read a newspaper. Tupac and his group didn’t think twice about the men.

Tupac pressed the intercom button. The four were buzzed in. As they walked toward the elevator, Tupac, according to the police report, was ambushed by the three men, including the man who had been standing just outside the lobby. Two of the three men pulled identical handguns, NYPD Detective George Nagy said.

They went straight for Tupac, ordering him to the floor and demanding he give up all his jewelry and money. When Tupac went for his own gun stashed in his waistband, they shot him. A round hit him in the groin area and passed through his thigh. That bullet cost him a testicle. Then the gunmen began beating him. They ripped his jewelry off him, then shot him again, hitting him in the chest. Tupac was shot five times: twice in the head, twice in the groin area, and once in his left hand. Freddie was shot once in his abdomen. None of the wounds were life-threatening. The men also snatched jewelry from Freddie Moore as they continued holding guns on the others, Nagy said.

All told, Tupac had $35,000 worth of gold taken from him. Stolen were a diamond-and-gold ring, a gold bracelet, and several heavy gold chains. Freddie had $5,000 worth of jewelry stolen, which consisted of a gold bracelet and several gold chains.

Two years later, in one of the last interviews he gave to Vibe magazine, Tupac spoke to a reporter about what it felt like to get shot. /The Killing Of Tupac Shakur By Cathy Scott/

tupac shooting NY 1994

Little Caeser had yelled down to Tupac’s crew from the top of the recording studio so Tupac knew Biggie was there and felt safe thinking that these men were his security. However the man gets up from the desk as two other men (also black) walk through the door. The three men follow Tupac’s entourage until they get to the elevators. At this point the group pull out their guns and yell at Tupac and his peers, “Give up the jewelry, and get on the floor!”, with this Tupac’s entourage quickly gets on the floor but Tupac, curses at the gunmen and makes a lunge for one of their guns. This resulted in Tupac been shot five times, and his manager Freddie Moore, was also shot once.

Jimmy Henchmen Shooter to 2Pac in 1994
Jimmy Henchmen Shooter to 2Pac in 1994

The robbers nabbed $5,000 worth of Moore’s jewelry, as well as Tupac’s $30,000 diamond ring and $10,000 in gold chains, but they left Tupac’s diamond-encrusted gold Rolex, resulting in them taking around $40,000 worth of jewelry. Freddie Moore gave chase to the robbers, collapsing in front of a strip club next door, due to his shot wound. During this time Tupac was dragged into the elevator and taken upstairs to the eighth-floor studio to administer first aid, this floor is where there was several well known individuals including Bad Boy Records’ Biggie Smalls and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Tupac would later describe the scene of when he came out of the elevator as very strange. He said that nobody even got up to help him but only stared at him as if they were surprised he was alive. Tupac said that the only person showing any emotion was ‘Little Shawn’ who was crying. Because of this, Tupac believed Biggie and Puffy new about the arranged shooting and either didnt let him know or set it up themselves.

Tupac reportedly had someone roll him a joint as he made a call to either his girlfriend or his mother, and then he called 911. When the cops showed up, Tupac again saw some familiar faces. Two of the first four police officers on the scene were William Kelly and Joseph Kelly (no relation), and “seconds later, Officer Craig McKernan arrived. McKernan had supervised the two Kellys in Tupac’s arrest at the Parker Meridien and had just testified at the rape trial. “Hi, Officer McKernan,” ‘pac sputtered, lying naked in a pool of his own blood. “Hey Tupac, you hang in there,” McKernan responded, as an EMS team secured a brace around Tupac’s neck and strapped him to a board. The stretcher didn’t fit into the elevator, so he had to be propped upright. McKernan helped carry him out past a waiting photographer. “I can’t believe you’re taking my picture on a stretcher,” Tupac groaned, flipping the middle finger at them (see pic)!

Tupac holding his middle finger high after being shot.
Tupac holding his middle finger high after being shot.

Tupac was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. “He was hit by a low-caliber missile,” says Dr. Leon Pachter, chief of Bellevue’s trauma department. “Had it been a high-caliber missile, he’d have been dead.” Tupac continued to bleed heavily all day, so at 1:30 pm, Pachter and a 12-doctor team operated on the damaged blood vessel high in his right leg. At 4 pm, he was out of surgery. At 6:45 pm, against the numerous complaints of his doctors, he checked himself out of the hospital. Dr. Pachter said: “I haven’t seen anybody in my 25-year professional career leave the hospital like this,”. Tupac’s mother Afeni, who had flown up from Atlanta, wheeled the heavily bandaged Tupac out the back door, fighting through a crowd of reporters.

The next day, Tupac made a surprise appearance in the Manhattan courtroom where his fate was being decided. He was wheeled in by Nation of Islam bodyguards, his charmed Rolex that the robbers didnt take on his right wrist, his left wrist wrapped in gauze, and his bandaged head and leg covered by a wool-knit Yankees hat and a black Nike warm-up suit (see pic).

Tupac leaving the hospital after the Quad Studios shooting.

Tupac later did an interview with Vibe Magazine about the shooting and aftermath, click below to read it. He also would mimic the whole scene of him going up to the eigth floor after the shooting and seeing Biggie and Puffy, in a music video in which he walks from the elevator covered with blood as Biggie begs for his life blaming Puffy for the set up. This was perhaps Tupac’s view of the incident.

”Mr. Shakur, who was struck twice in the head, twice in the groin and once in one hand, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was listed in guarded condition, said Wes Anglin, a hospital spokesman.” / nytimes.comCommanding officer of Manhattan Detectives Assistant Chief John Hill speaks to the mob of reporters, including one from MTV News, and evident by the amount on microphones, holds a simple diagram on the shooting. Behind Hill is Lt. George Pagan, Commander of the Midtown North Detectives. October 30, 1994. (Photo by Charles Wenzelberg / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)

Tupac speaks on his influence on Biggie and getting shot at Quad studios.



The following is a geniune transcript of an interview with Tupac on his shooting in New York on November 30th, 1994. The interview was first published by Vibe magazine in April 1995 and is one of the best accounts of the events of the shooting, given by the man himself. Tupac gives his views on who was behind the shooting and tells us exactly what happened that night, when and why. The interview was conducted by Vibe Magazine, and is therefore property of Vibe Magazine. © Kevin Powell/1995 Time Publishing Ventures Inc.

Vibe: Can you take us back to that night at Quad Recording Studios in Times Square?

Tupac: The night of the shooting? Sure. Ron G. is a DJ out here in New York. He’s, like, “Pac, I want you to come to my house and lay this rap down for my tapes.” I said, “All right, I’ll come for free.” So I went to his house-me, Stretch, and a couple other homeboys. After I laid the song, I got a page from this guy Booker, telling me he wanted me to rap on Little Shawn’s record. Now, this guy I was going to charge, because I could see that they was just using me, so I said, “All right, you give me seven G’s and I’ll do the song.” He said, “I’ve got the money. Come.” I stopped off to get some weed, and he paged me again. “Where you at? Why you ain’t coming?” I’m, like, “I’m coming, man, hold on.”

Did you know this guy?

I met him through some rough characters I knew. He was trying to get legitimate and all that, so I thought I was doing him a favor. But when I called him back for directions, he was, like, “I don’t have the money.” I said, “If you don’t have the money, I’m not coming.” He hung up the phone, then called me back: “I’m going to call [Uptown Entertainment CEO] Andre Harrell and make sure you get the money, but I’m going to give you the money out of my pocket.” So I said, “All right, I’m on my way.” As we’re walking up to the building, somebody screamed from up the top of the studio. It was Little Caesar, Biggie’s [the Notorious B.I.G.] sideman. That’s my homeboy. As soon as I saw him, all my concerns about the situation were relaxed.

So you’re saying that going into it…I felt nervous because this guy knew somebody I had major beef with. I didn’t want to tell the police, but I can tell the world. Nigel had introduced me to Booker. Everybody knew I was short on money. All my shows were getting canceled. All my money from my records was going to lawyers; all the movie money was going to my family. So I was doing this type of stuff, rapping for guys and getting paid.

Who’s this guy Nigel?

I was kicking it with him the whole time I was in New York doing Above the Rim. He came to me. He said, “I’m going to look after you. You don’t need to get in no more trouble.”

Doesn’t Nigel also go by the name of Trevor?

Right. There’s a real Trevor, but Nigel took on both aliases, you understand? So that’s who I was kicking with-I got close to them. I used to dress in baggies and sneakers. They took me shopping; that’s when I bought my Rolex and all my jewels. They made me mature. They introduced me to all these gangsters in Brooklyn. I met Nigel’s family, went to his kid’s birthday party-I trusted him, you know what I’m saying? I even tried to get Nigel in the movie, but he didn’t want to be on film. That bothered me. I don’t know any nigga that didn’t want to be in the movies.

Can we come back to the shooting? Who was with you that night?I was with my homeboy Stretch, his man Fred, and my sister’s boyfriend, Zayd. Not my bodyguard; I don’t have a bodyguard. We get to the studio, and there’s a dude outside in army fatigues with his hat low on his face. When we walked to the door, he didn’t look up. I’ve never seen a black man not acknowledge me one way or the other, either with jealousy or respect. But this guy just looked to see who I was and turned his face down. It didn’t click because I had just finished smoking chronic. I’m not thinking something will happen to me in the lobby. While we’re waiting to get buzzed in, I saw a dude sitting at a table reading a newspaper. He didn’t look up either.

These are both black men?

Black men in their thirties. So first I’m, like, These dudes must be security for Biggie, because I could tell they were from Brooklyn from their army fatigues. But then I said, Wait a minute. Even Biggie’s homeboys love me, why don’t they look up? I pressed the elevator button, turned around, and that’s when the dudes came out with the guns-two identical 9 mms. “Don’t nobody move. Everybody on the floor. You know what time it is. Run your shit.” I was, like, What should I do? I’m thinking Stretch is going to fight; he was towering over those niggas. From what I know about the criminal element, if niggas come to rob you, they always hit the big nigga first. But they didn’t touch Stretch; they came straight to me. Everybody dropped to the floor like potatoes, but I just froze up. It wasn’t like I was being brave or nothing; I just could not get on the floor. They started grabbing at me to see if I was strapped. They said, “Take off your jewels,” and I wouldn’t take them off. The light-skinned dude, the one that was standing outside, was on me. Stretch was on the floor, and the dude with the newspaper was holding the gun on him. He was telling the light-skin dude, “Shoot that motherfucker! fuck it!” Then I got scared, because the dude had the gun to my stomach. All I could think about was piss bags and shit bags. I drew my arm around him to move the gun to my side. He shot and the gun twisted and that’s when I got hit the first time. I felt it in my leg; I didn’t know I got shot in my balls. I dropped to the floor. Everything in my mind said, Pac, pretend you’re dead. It didn’t matter. They started kicking me, hitting me. I never said, “Don’t shoot!” I was quiet as hell. They were snatching my shit off me while I was laying on the floor. I had my eyes closed, but I was shaking, because the situation had me shaking. And then I felt something on the back of my head, something real strong. I thought they stomped me or pistol-whipped me and they were stomping my head against the concrete. I saw white, just white. I didn’t hear nothing, I didn’t feel nothing, and I said, I’m unconscious. But I was conscious. And then I felt it again, and I could hear things now and I could see things and they were bringing me back to consciousness. Then they did it again, and I couldn’t hear nothing. And I couldn’t see nothing; it was just all white. And then they hit me again, and I could hear things and I could see things and I knew I was conscious again.

Did you ever hear them say their names?

No. No. But they knew me, or else they would never check for my gun. It was like they were mad at me. I felt them kicking me and stomping me; they didn’t hit nobody else. It was, like, “Ooh, motherf*cker, ooh, aah”-they were kicking hard. So I’m going unconscious, and I’m not feeling no blood on my head or nothing. The only thing I felt was my stomach hurting real bad. My sister’s boyfriend turned me over and said, “Yo, are you all right?” I was, like, “Yes, I’m hit, I’m hit.” And Fred is saying he’s hit, but that was the bullet that went through my leg. So I stood up and I went to the door and-the sh*t that fucked me up-as soon as I got to the door, I saw a police car sitting there. I was, like, “Uh-oh, the police are coming, and I didn’t even go upstairs yet.” So we jumped in the elevator and went upstairs. I’m limping and everything, but I don’t feel nothing. It’s numb. When we got upstairs, I looked around, and it scared the sh*t out of me.


Because Andre Harrell was there, Puffy [Bad Boy Entertainment CEO Sean “Puffy” Combs] was there, Biggie… there was about 40 niggas there. All of them had jewels on. More jewels than me. I saw Booker, and he had this look on his face like he was surprised to see me. Why? I had just beeped the buzzer and said I was coming upstairs. Little Shawn bust out crying. I went, Why is Little Shawn crying, and I got shot? He was crying uncontrollably, like, “Oh my God, Pac, you’ve got to sit down!” I was feeling weird, like, Why do they want to make me sit down?

Because five bullets had passed through your body.

I didn’t know I was shot in the head yet. I didn’t feel nothing. I opened my pants, and I could see the gunpowder and the hole in my Karl Kani drawers. I didn’t want to pull them down to see if my dick was still there. I just saw a hole and went, “Oh shit. Roll me some weed.” I called my girlfriend and I was, like, “Yo, I just got shot. Call my mother and tell her.” Nobody approached me. I noticed that nobody would look at me. Andre Harrell wouldn’t look at me. I had been going to dinner with him the last few days. He had invited me to the set of New York Undercover, telling me he was going to get me a job. Puffy was standing back too. I knew Puffy. He knew how much stuff I had done for Biggie before he came out.

People did see blood on you?

They started telling me, “Your head! Your head is bleeding.” But I thought it was just a pistol-whip. Then the ambulance came, and the police. First cop I looked up to see was the cop that took the stand against me in the rape charge. He had a half smile on his face, and he could see them looking at my balls. He said, “What’s up, Tupac? How’s it hanging?”

When I got to Bellevue Hospital, the doctor was going, “Oh my God!” I was, like, “What? What?” And I was hearing him tell other doctors, “Look at this. This is gunpowder right here.” He was talking about my head: “This is the entry wound. This is the exit wound.” And when he did that, I could actually feel the holes. I said, “Oh my God. I could feel that.” It was the spots that I was blacking out on. And that’s when I said, “Oh shit. They shot me in my head.” They said, “You don’t know how lucky you are. You got shot five times.” It was, like, weird. I did not want to believe it. I could only remember that first shot, then everything went blank.

At any point did you think you were going to die?

No. I swear to God. Not to sound creepy or nothing-I felt God cared for me from the first time the niggas pulled the gun out. The only thing that hurt me was that Stretch and them all fell to the floor. The bullets didn’t hurt. Nothing hurt until I was recovering. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t get up, and my hand was f*cked up. I was looking on the news and it was lying about me.

Tell me about some of the coverage that bothered you. The No. 1 thing that bothered me was that dude that wrote that shit that said I pretended to do it. That I had set it up, it was an act. When I read that, I just started crying like a baby, like a bitch. I could not believe it. It just tore me apart. And then the news was trying to say I had a gun and I had weed on me. Instead of saying I was a victim, they were making it like I did it.

What about all the jokes saying you had lost one of your testicles?

That didn’t really bother me, because I was, like, shit, I’m going to get the last laugh. Because I’ve got bigger nuts than all these niggas. My doctors are, like, “You can have babies.” They told me that the first night, after I got exploratory surgery: “Nothing’s wrong. It went through the skin and out the skin.” Same thing with my head. Through my skin and out the skin.

Have you had a lot of pain since then?

Yes, I have headaches. I wake up screaming. I’ve been having nightmares, thinking they’re still shooting me. All I see is niggas pulling guns, and I hear the dude saying, “Shoot that motherfucker!” Then I’ll wake up sweaty as hell and I’ll be, like, Damn, I have a headache. The psychiatrist at Bellevue said that’s post-traumatic stress.

Why did you leave Bellevue Hospital?

I left Bellevue the next night. They were helping me, but I felt like a science project. They kept coming in, looking at my dick and shit, and this was not a cool position to be in. I knew my life was in danger. The Fruit of Islam was there, but they didn’t have guns. I knew what type of niggas I was dealing with.

So I left Bellevue and went to Metropolitan. They gave me a phone and said, “You’re safe here. Nobody knows you’re here.” But the phone would ring and someone would say, “You ain’t dead yet?” I was, like, Damn! Those motherfuckers don’t have no mercy. So I checked myself out, and my family took me to a safe spot, somebody who really cared about me in New York City.



The Rape Case: Ayanna Jackson’s Story

Tupac, Haitian Jack and Ayanna Jackson

Ayanna Jackson’ Story

I am the young woman that was sexually assaulted by Tupac Shakur and his thugs. I’ve read Kevin Powell’s interview with Tupac [“Ready to Live,” April], in which I was misrepresented. Up until this point I have only told my story under oath in court; nobody has heard my story, only his side, which is much different than what Tupac stated is the true story.

A friend of mine took me to Nell’s, where he introduced me to [the men VIBE identified as] Nigel and Trevor, who later introduced me to their friend Tupac. When I first met Tupac, he kissed me on my cheek and made small talk with me. After a while, I excused myself and started to walk to the dance floor. When I felt someone slide their hands into the back pocket of my jeans, I turned around, assuming it was my friend, but was shocked when I discovered it was Tupac. We danced for a while, and he touched my face and his body brushed mine. Due to the small dance floor and the large number of people, we were shoved into a dark corner. Tupac pulled up his shirt, took my hand, traced it down his chest, and sat it on top of his erect penis. He then kissed me and pushed my head down on his penis, and in a brief three-second encounter, my lips touched the head of his penis.

Ayanna Jackson, 2pac’s accuser.

This happened so suddenly that once I realized what he was trying to do, I swiftly brought my head up. I must reiterate that I did not suck his penis on the dance floor. He pulled his shirt back down and asked me what I was doing later. I told him that I was going home because I had to go to work that day. Then, as people started surrounding him again, he grabbed my arm and said, “Let’s get out of here, I’m tired of people stressing me.” We exited Nell’s, got into a white BMW, pulled up at the Parker Meridien, and went to his suite. We conversed, and he rolled up some blunts. We started kissing, and then we had oral and vaginal sexual intercourse several times.

He called my house a couple nights later and gave me his SkyPager number and told me he wanted to see me tomorrow. That evening after work, I paged him, and his road manager called me back and informed me that Pac really wanted to see me but he had a show to do in Jersey, so I should call a car service and take it to the Meridien and he would pay for the cab. Once I got to the hotel, I met Charles Fuller for the first time; he paid for the cab and led me upstairs. Inside the suite, Tupac, Nigel, and Trevor were seated in the living room, smoking weed and drinking Absolut. Tupac told me to come in and pointed to the arm of the sofa near him, and I sat down. After about 20 minutes, Tupac took my hand and led me into a bedroom in the suite. He fell onto the bed and asked me to give him a massage. So I massaged his back, he turned around, and I started massaging his chest.

In this VladTV exclusive clip, Vlad sat down with Ayanna Jackson, a woman who accused 2Pac and his associates of rape in 1993.

Just as we began kissing, the door opened and I heard people entering. As I started to turn to see who it was, Tupac grabbed my head and told me, “Don’t move.” I looked down at him and he said, “Don’t worry, baby, these are my brothers and they ain’t going to hurt you. We do everything together.” I started to shake my head, “No, no, Pac, I came here to be with you. I came here to see you. I don’t want to do this.” I started to rise up off the bed but he brutally slammed my head down. My lips and face came crashing down hard onto his penis, he squeezed the back of my neck, and I started to gag. Tupac and Nigel held me down while Trevor forced his penis into my mouth. I felt hands tearing my shoes off, ripping my stockings and panties off. I couldn’t move; I felt paralyzed, trapped, and I started to black out. They leered at my body. “This bitch got a fat ass, she’s fine.” While they laughed and joked to one another, Nigel, Trevor, and Fuller held me in the room, trying to calm me down. They would not allow me to leave.

Finally, I got to the elevators, which had a panel of mirrors. Once I caught sight of myself, I sank down on the floor and started to cry. They came out, picked me up, and brought me back into the suite. Tupac was lying on the couch. In my mind I’m thinking, “This motherfucker just raped me, and he’s lying up here like a king acting as if nothing happened.” So I began crying hysterically and shouting, “How could you do this to me? I came here to see you. I can’t believe you did this to me.” Tupac replied, “I don’t have time for this shit. Get this bitch out of here.”

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The aforementioned is the true story. It was not a setup, and I never knew any of the thugs he was hanging with. Tupac knows exactly what he did to me. I admit I did not make the wisest decisions, but I did not deserve to be gang-raped.

See also : Tupac’s Shooting New York 1994


KILLuminati And The Connection With Tupac


The Don Killuminati : The 7 Day Theory was the final album finished before Tupac Shakur’s death and the first to be released after his death. Tupac had complete creative input on the album from the name of the album to the cover which Tupac chose to symbolize how the media has crucified him. The album was completely finished in a total of seven days (lyrics were written and recorded in only three days and the production only took four more days) during the month of August of 1996 and these are among the very last songs he recorded before his fatal shooting on September 7, 1996.

Death Row released this posthumous album under the name of Makaveli, a pseudonym derived from the Italian politician Niccolo Machiavelli, who supposedly faked his own death and reappeared seven days later to take revenge on his enemies. Shakur was greatly inspired by Machiavelli’s works, including The Prince, which he had read while in prison.
The Don. The next part of the title means, simply, in Italian terms, the leader or boss of an organization.
Killuminati As you can see, Tupac decided to attach the word Kill, or letter K to Illuminati. I am assuming the reader knows about the Illuminati, but, in short, they are believed to be infiltrating political, economic, educational, and religious institutions in an effort to initiate plans of a world dictatorship.

Tupac’s connection:

Tupac obviously believed in this and publicly took his stand against it, as did Martin Luther King, they both died for doing so, now is this coincidence, or the fact that the Illuminati do really rule the world? If we but all the meanings together in English we see that, The meaning of Tupac’s album title is, “Tupac: The Leader Of Killers Of The Illuminati
So this clearly means that Tupac thought of himself as been the leader of the Killuminati cult, against white dominance, not racist, but to give all people a fair stab at life and not be blinded by what the Illuminati, rulers and government tell us. I leave it for you to dwell on, visit the links below for full info, as I’ve only scratched the surface.

For Tupac and his following, Killuminati represented a global revolutionary change. A spiritual awareness, a mental change, and a change in the destiny of AFRIKAN people. They believed in the Illuminati and that all non white people were being held down by this force. Killuminati initiates change in the mind, the body, and the spirit of AFRIKANS, while being conscious of the enemy the Illuminati. They believe that the Illuminati are the same elite group who brought black people to slavery, the same people thought by many to run the world today, with the same values and goals. They have since only changed faces and improved upon their methods of exploitation. Killuminati was created to do away with the nonchalant, regressive attitudes of AFRIKAN people world wide. And that this attitude stems from the worst crimes in world history Imperial/Colonial invasions of the free world, and the AFRIKAN slave trade. Killuminati stands to end this cycle of exploitation and oppression. Tupac wanted his people to emerge and place the highest focus upon formal education, specialized training, and political, cultural, and spiritual cultivation.

Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, JFK, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur. Tupac’s 1996 murder was easily explained by the media as a byproduct of the ongoing East Coast/ West Coast feud. But since his death, those that have followed Tupac’s career with much passion have learned this was not the case. His life was one filled with controversy, and it is quite fitting that his death be just as controversial. Like the before mentioned names, his influence and following was very strong – and it was for this reason he was a threat to the ruling elite. It is believed that Tupac first learned about the Illuminati while in prison. In his later years, Tupac became more and more interested in the group. And of course, the Illuminati became more and more interested in Mr. Shakur. In fact, his lyrics began to make mention of the Illuminati, and on many albums tried to expose those watching him. Born in prison to a Black Panther, Tupac’s bold and dissenting voice would eventually lead him to a fate identical to the revolutionaries above.

So now we know a brief, and I stress brief, knowledge about the THEORIES surrounding a group called the Illuminati, we im hoping we can now work out what Killuminati means in this case. KILLUMINATI is Global Revolutionary change. A spiritual awareness, a mental change, a physical change, an a change in the destiny of AFRIKAN people. They believe in the Illuminati and that all non white people are being held down, hence there has been no black presidents in the richest countries of the world etc. KILLUMINATI initiates change in the mind, body, and spirit of AFRIKANS, while being conscious of the enemy, the Illuminati. A website states that “The Illuminati are the same group of elitists who brought black people to slavery, the same people who are thought by many to run the world today, with the same values and goals. They have since only changed faces and improved upon their methods of exploitation. KILLUMINATI is a path way to Traditional Spiritual Communal Overstanding. KILLUMINATI is here to do away with the nonchalant regressive attitudes of AFRIKAN people world wide. This attitude stems from the worst crimes in world history, Imperial/Colonial invasions of the free world, and the AFRIKAN slave trade. KILLUMINATI stands to end this cycle of oppression and exploitation. The slave trade and slavery of AFRIKANS has cast an unsolved problem on AFRIKANS. We must emerge and place the highest focus upon formal education, specialized training and political, cultural and spiritual cultivation.”

Tupac’s Tattoos


The outspoken nature of Tupac was also evident in the ink he wore on his skin. Messages of his faith and spiritual station could be found in the burning Christ on the cross on Tupac’s left bicep beside the quote – ”Only God Can Judge Me”, most noted tattoo the ”Thug Life” on his stomach and the acronym it stood for'( The Hate U Give Little Infants Fuck Everybody) – goes misinterpreted by his detractors to this day.

(1) “Makaveli” (wrote on his neck)tupac tattoo front
(2) Neferetiti with: “2 Die 4″ wrote underneath
(3) “2PAC
(4) A Skull
(5) Skull And Crossbones with: “Heartless” written above
(6) “Notorious” on forearm
(7) The now famous “Thug Life” across his stomach, the “i” is replaced with a bullet
(8) AK-47 with: “50 Niggaz” (representing all niggaz in all 50 states)
(9) A Black Panther, to show respect to his families ties to the Black Panthers
(10) Jesus on burning cross in crown of thorns with: “Only God Can Judge Me
(11) “Outlaw” representing his group

12) A Cross, with the bible verse “Exodus 18:11″, which reads: “Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.”tupac tattoo back
(13) Face with “Smile Now” written below
(14) “Ballin
(15) Crown with “Boss Playaz
(16) “Fuck The World” across shoulders
(17) Face with “Cry Later” written below
(18) “MOB” on back of his right arm. Representing ‘Money Over Bitches’

(19) ”DADA” tattoo on his inner left forearm.

1. 2Pac

Left side of his chest

Tupac was 18 years old, he got his first tattoo, a simple “2Pac” inscription on his left chest.

Meaning: In 1989, at the age of eighteen, Tupac got his very first tattoo. He had ‘2PAC’ tattooed on the left of his chest. Born Lesane Parish Crooks, Afeni renamed him after the last Incan ruler, Tupac Amaru II. With this being his first stage name, it was inevitable that he would put it on his body.

2. Nefertiti 2 Die 4

Right chest

This chest piece, Queen Nefertiti, symbolizes black grace and excellence and represents his love for his mother Afeni Shakur. Queen Nefertiti is a symbol for strong women. The text comes from the lyric above in his song ‘Something 2 Die 4’ – “You know what my momma used to tell me. If ya can’t find something to live for…. then you BEST, find something ta die for” – from ”Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…” album.

3. 50 Niggaz

Below chest

50 Niggaz: 50 Niggaz stands for 1 black from every state of the USA, all them niggaz would be stronger than every weapon, if they would be united. This tattoo specifically symbolized black unity. Tupac believed that if one black person from every state joined together with him, they’d be stronger than an AK-47. In his song ”Holla at me” from “All eyez on me” album, Tupac sang “I want members across tha fifty states”. He got this tattoo done with his stepbrother, Maurice “Mopreme” and Dana Smith aka Mouse Man.

Tupac’s most famous tattoo, on his abs, reads “Thug Life.” Directly above it is another one, which reads “50 Niggaz.” Those are both social movements, and the latter inspired the former.  “50 represented states,” Mopreme said. “If we had one good nigga in every state, we could accomplish anything.” 50 Niggaz developed and morphed into Thug Life, he went on, adding that when their friend Big Kato was murdered in 1993, it set Thug Life into overdrive. “It was really supposed to be about saving thugs’ lives,” Mopreme added. “A lot of people got the message, but a whole lot didn’t.”

4. Thug Life


Tupac got his “Thug Life” tattoo in December, 1992 at Dago’s Tattoo in Houston. ‘THUG LIFE’ – an acronym for ‘The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody’ is the most recognizable tattoo in music. ‘”Inside my mind, couldn’t find a place to rest. Until I got that THUG LIFE tatted on my chest.” -2Pac

The “I” in “Life” was replaced with a bullet. In late 1993, Tupac formed the group called Thug Life with a number of his friends, including Big Syke (Tyruss Himes), Macadoshis (Diron Rivers), his stepbrother Mopreme Shakur, and the Rated R (Walter Burns). The group released their only album Thug Life: Volume 1 on September 26, 1994, which went gold.

5. Celtic cross and Exodus 1831

Right below his neck

Tupac had a massive Cross tattoo on his whole back which has the shape of a Celtic cross. The tattoo artist Dennis “Dago” Coelho told in an interview that Tupac came to him and asked for a symbol on his back that he could take with him for the rest of his life and ended up having the cross tattoo which is often referred as Tupac cross. He had the words “Exodus 1831” tattooed inside the cross. Among the fans there are two possible meanings of Tupac’s EXODUS 1831 tattoo. One group believes that it refers to a verse from the bible. But the problem with that theory is that in the bible, chapter 18 finishes with Verse 27 so Exodus verse 18:31 is non-existent.

The other group believes that Tupac was inspired by the heroic courage of Nat Turner an African-American slave who led a two-day rebellion of slaves and freed the blacks in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831. The rebellion caused the death of approximately sixty white men, women and children. Whites organized militias and called out regular troops to suppress the uprising. In addition, white militias and mobs attacked blacks in the area, killing an estimated 120, many of whom were not even involved in the revolt. Nat turner was later captured and hanged.

The meaning of Exodus is a mass departure of people. Tupac Cross represents many things like faith, god, injustice, fight against corruption and human rights.

Exodus 18:31

6. Fuck the world

Right below his neck

Tattoo on the back of his shoulders read “Fuck the world”, one of the tracks from his third studio album “Me against the world” released on March 1995. He expressed raw anger on “Fuck the World” and that was his message when he felt the whole world was conspiring against him. Tupac’s life was full of ups and down, so he got inked FUCK THE WORLD tattoo on his back to express his anger towards everyone.


7. ‘Smile now’ and ‘Cry later’

Left and Right of his back

Tupac had a happy face mask tattoo on the left side of his back, under it says “smile now” and a sad face mask tattoo on the right side of his back, below it says “cry later”. The masks are also known as the Comedy and the Tragedy masks derived from the symbols used in ancient Greek theater. The tattoos represent the good and bad times in life.

On Scarface’s song “Smile”, Tupac said: “There’s gonna be some stuff that you’re gonna see / That’s gonna make it hard to smile in the future / But whatever you see / Through all the rain and pain / You gotta keep a sense of humor / Gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit. “.  

‘Smile now’ and ‘Cry later’

8. Ballin

Lower back

Ballin is a word often used and heard as a slang, especially in the black community. It is originated from the term ‘having a ball’. Tupac had this tattoo on his lower back. This tattoo is the tenth track ”Str8 Ballin” from his album Thug Life: Volume 1(1994), in which he rapped, “I would share the definition of ballin’ with you white folks, but now the game is to be sold not told so fuck y’all.”

9. Panther Head

Top of left Arm

Tupac had inked a black panther head on his left arm. Panther tattoos are basically sign of power and strength. Tupac had inked black panther head on his left arm as a tribute to The Black Panther Party, in which his mother Afeni Shakur was an active member. The Black Panther Party was founded on October 15, 1966 with the aim of protecting black people and giving them justice in every field. Many members of Shakur family were involved in this party, some of whom were even imprisoned for serious criminal offenses, including his mother Afeni Shakur.

”All Eyez Оn Мe” Album Photo Shoot by Ken Nahoum / Edge Film

10. Jesus on burning cross in crown of thorns with: “Only God Can Judge Me” 

Tupac had got Jesus on burning cross tattoo with a text ‘Only God Can Judge Me’ on th left side of his arm. He believed that he was answerable to only God and no one else in this world. He also has a song titled ‘Only God Can Judge Me’ from the album ‘All Eyez On Me‘(1996) featuring Rappin’ 4-Tay.

11. Outlaw

Left Arm

Outlaw can be defined as a person who is excluded from the benefit or protection of the law. It is an acronym of ‘Operating Under Thug Laws As Warriors’. This tattoo represents Tupac’s hip hop rappers group which he formed in late 1995 right after he got released from prison. This group called Outlawz was officially known as Outlaw Immortalz and Dramacydal.

12. Be Ambitious With Love While Young 

Upper Right arm

Tupac’s right shoulder tattoo explained…(this tattoo is located above the Heartless skull tattoo.) .Tupac was saying that while he’s young he wants to be ambitious with love using both ambition and love to catapult his success.The writing says “Be Ambitious with Love while young” in cursive…The scale at the bottom looks to represent both youth and fortune as you can see gold in the right scale and a baby infant in the left scale…the scale are being held up by money tied to the goon as it is a balance of “life and fortune” “young and fortunate” or young and successful”,the skull goon has a beanie on his head with a sideways dollar sign “$” on the front which could mean “head of currency” hence the goon being the vicious hustler for money.There is also a worn bandanna over the skull goon’s mouth…Tupac had a true philosophy about being successful while young.This is the tattoo 2pac fans spent many years wondering about.On the right next to the actual photo is a 100% accurate illustration of Tupac’s right shoulder tattoo…On the left is a cropped up close photo of Tupac’s actual right shoulder tattoo,they’re brought side by side to break down the tattoo description.

14. Skull and Crossbones with HEARTLESS / “My only fear of death is coming back reincarnated”.

Right side of his arm

Tupac had a Skull and Crossbones tattoo on his right shoulder. Above the Skull and Crossbones tattoo he had “HEARTLESS” written in the memory of his late friend “Strech” from the Live Squad – HEARTLESS. Under the Skull and Crossbones, he had a tattoo that read “My only fear of death is coming back reincarnated”.


Right forearm

The word notorious basically means famous for bad quality or deed. Tupac Shakur had inked the word notorious on his right forearm in an old English font. This tattoo was in the memory of his best friend Big Kato who was murdered in 1993.

16. MOB

Backside of the right arm

Tupac had “MOB” tattoo on the back of his right arm that stands for “Money over Bitches”.

The word mob means a large crowd of people usually get together to cause trouble and violence. Mob has many different acronyms but for Tupac, it meant ‘Money Over Bitches’ which he had described in his songs ‘Blasphemy’ (The Don Killuminati: the 7-day Theory,1996) and ‘MOB’ (Until the End of Time,2001). Later he described the word mob as ‘Money, Organization, and Business’.



 Inner right forearm

Tupac had a 7-point crown tattoo on his right forearm that said “Trust Nobody”. The crown is a traditional symbol of immortality. Tupac became quite paranoid, especially after being shot at the Quad Studios in New York in November 1994. He was convinced that it was a set-up by the people that were close to him. On All Eyez On Me’s ‘Holla at Me’, he rapped: “When me and you was homies / No one informed me / It was all a scheme / You infiltrated my team / And sold a nigga dreams / How could you do me like that?”.

Tattoo Studio: Andy Neville’s Tattoo Asylum on October 27, 1995, Venice Beach

2Pac getting his Trust Nobody tattoo
2Pac getting his Trust Nobody tattoo | Colorized by TruthAboutTupac.com

18. Makaveli

Right side of his neck

Tupac had “Makaveli” tattooed on his neck. Tupac released his 5th studio album “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” under his alternative stage name Makaveli. Tupac created the alias “Makaveli” from Renaissance Italian philosopher and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli, whose writings inspired him in the prison.

Machiavelli, a political theorist from Italy, wrote the book in the 1500s with the work of his is to be the first works of modern philosophy. Writing about how you can get an advantage over your enemies and political tactics to deceive, Machiavelli paved the way in philosophy. Loving the way he viewed topics, ‘Pac analysed the life and writings of Machiavelli. His first posthumous album was released under the alias Makaveli.


19. Boss Playaz

Back of his neck

2Pac tattooed ‘Boss Playaz’ on the back of his neck along with a three-point crown. On the A three-point crown with the text “Boss Playaz”. For Tupac, “boss playa” is the next level a “thug nigga” should try to reach. In an interview Tupac said, “Coming from the ghetto, our development as men begins with a dust kicker, a thug nigga then finally a boss playa. […] [Many] never survive the next level of Thug Life. […] He used the term in 1995 when writing to former publicising at Death Row, Nina Bhadreshwar, while in prison. In the letter he elaborated; “A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a Soulja, a teacher and most of all a man!”

20. DADA

Left arm

Tupac had inked this last tattoo on his inner left forearm. It is a crown with a word DADA under it. It was believed that this tattoo was dedicated by Tupac Shakur to his fiance, Kidada Jones, daughter of the legendary jazz musician and record producer Quincy Jones Jr. as a token of his love towards her.

Tupac Shakur Biography


Tupac Amaru Shakur was an American rapper. In addition to his status as a
top-selling recording artist, Shakur was a successful film actor and a
prominent social activist. He is recognized in the Guinness Book of World
Records as the highest-selling rap artist, with over 75,000,000 albums
sold worldwide, including over 50,000,000 in the United States alone. Many fans, critics, and industry insiders rank him as one of the greatest
rappers ever. tupac baby

Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City, New York. He was named after Tupac Amaru II, an Incan revolutionary who led an indigenous uprising against Spain and subsequently received capital punishment. The names “Tupac Amaru” and “Shakur” mean Shining Serpent or Royal Serpent in Quechua and Thankful (to God) in Arabic, respectively.

His mother, Afeni Shakur, was an active member of the Black Panther Party in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s; Tupac was born just one month after her acquittal on more than 100 charges of “Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks” in the New York Panther 21 court case Tupac grew up around nothing but self-delusion. His mother, thought she was a “revolutionary. ” She called herself “Afeni Shakur” and associated with members of the ill-fated Black Panther Party, a movement that wanted to feed school kids breakfast and earn civil rights for African Americans.

Panther 21 acquittal, Afeni and a 1 or 2 month old baby Pac! July or August 1971.
Panther 21 acquittal, Afeni and a 1 or 2 month old baby Pac! July or August 1971.

During her youth she dropped out of high school, partied with North Carolina
gang members, then moved to Brooklyn: After an affair with one of Malcolm X’s bodyguards, she became political. When the mostly white United Federation of Teachers went on strike in 1968, she crossed the picket line and taught the children herself.

After this she joined a New York chapter of the Black Panther Party and fell in with an organizer named Lumumba. She took to ranting about killing “the pigs” and overthrowing the government, which eventually led to her arrest and that of twenty comrades for conspiring to set off a race war. Pregnant, she made bail and told her husband, Lummuba, it wasn’t his child. Behind his back she had been carrying on with Legs (a small-time associate of Harlem drug baron Nicky Barnes) and Billy Garland (a member of the Party). Lumumba immediately divorced her.

Billy Garland (Tupac’s Bio Father) & Tupac in the prison.

Tupac said, “I never knew where my father was or who my father was for sure.” His godfather, Geronimo Pratt, was also a high-ranking Panther. His step-father, Mutulu, was a drug dealer who, according to Tupac, was rarely present to give him the discipline he needed.

Tupac had a half-sister, Sekyiwa, two years his junior, and an older stepbrother, Mopreme “Komani” Shakur, who appeared on many of his recordings.

Young Pac

At the age of twelve, Shakur enrolled in Harlem’s famous “127th Street Ensemble.” His first major role with this acting troupe was as Travis in A Raisin in the Sun. In 1986 Tupac’s mother brought him and his sister to live in Baltimore, Maryland. The Shakurs lived on Greenmount Ave. in East Baltimore. There, Tupac was disliked because of his looks, name, and lack of trendy clothing. He attended Roland Park Middle School, then spent his freshman year at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High.

For his sophomore year Tupac was accepted to the Baltimore School for the Arts. He enjoyed his classes there, studying theater, ballet, and other arts. It was during this time that Tupac became close friends with another student named Jada Pinkett. Even at this young age, Tupac was outspoken on the subject of racial equality. His teachers remembered him as being a very gifted student. He was an avid reader, delving into books on eastern religions, and even entire encyclopedia sets. Hiding his love of literature from his peers, he gained the respect of his peers by acting like a tough guy. Tupac composed his first rap in Baltimore under the name “MC New York”. The song was about gun control and was inspired by the fatal shooting of one of his close friends.

Tupac and half-sister, Sekyiwa.

From childhood, everyone called him the “Black Prince.” For misbehaving, he had to read an entire edition of The New York Times. But she had no answer when he asked about his daddy. “She just told me, ‘I don’t know who your daddy is.’ It wasn’t like she was a slut or nothing’. It was just some rough times. “When he was two, his sister, Sekyiwa, was born. This child’s father, Mutulu, was a Black Panther who, a few months before her birth, had been sentenced to sixty years for a fatal armoured car robbery.

Tupac – Fighter For Life

With Mutulu away, the family experienced hard times. No matter where they moved-the Bronx, Harlem, homeless shelters Tupac was distressed. “I remember crying all the time. My major thing growing up was I couldn’t fit in. Because I was from everywhere. I didn’t have no buddies that I grew up with.”

Mutulu, Mopreme & Family

At the age of twelve, Tupac enrolled in Harlem’s 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and was cast as the Travis Younger character in the play A Raisin in the Sun, which was performed at the Apollo Theater. In 1986, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his second year at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, he transferred to the Baltimore School for the Arts. There he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He performed in Shakespeare plays, and in the role of the Mouse King in the ballet The Nutcracker.

Baltimore School for the Arts.

In June 1988, a drug-addicted Afeni was having trouble finding work (her Panther past did not help, either). She uprooted the family again and brought Tupac and Sekyiwa to live with a family friend in Marin City, California,  where Tupac attended Tamalpais High School. He joined the Ensemble Theater Company (ETC) to pursue his career in entertainment.

Tupac move into Leila Steinberg’s home with his friend Ray Luv at the age of seventeen and he eventually dropped out of high school. Leila Steinberg acted as a literary mentor to Tupac, an avid reader.

Tupac & Leila Steinberg / 1994

In August of 1988, Tupac’s stepfather Mutulu was sentenced to sixty years in prison for armed robbery after being on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for several years. Shakur soon moved in with a neighbor and started selling drugs on the street, but also made friends who helped spark his interest in rap music. One of these was Ray Luv, and with a mutual friend named DJ Dize (Dizz-ee), they started a rap group called Strictly Dope. Their recordings were later released in 2001 under the name Tupac Shakur: The Lost Tapes. Their neighborhood performances brought Tupac enough acclaim to land an audition with Shock G of Digital Underground.

Steinberg has kept copies of the books that he read, which include J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Jamaica Kincaid’s At the Bottom of the River, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Eileen Southern’s Music of Black Americans, and the feminist writings of Alice Walker and Robin Morgan. Most of these books were read before the age of twenty. It has been said that Tupac was, in fact, more well-read and intellectually well-rounded at that age than the average student in the first year class of most Ivy League institutions In 1989, Leila Steinberg organized a concert with Tupac’s group, Strictly Dope. The concert lead to him being signed with Atron Gregory who set him up with Digital Underground.

Strictly Dope

Tupac’s professional entertainment career began in the early 1990s, when he debuted his rapping skills on “Same Song” from the Digital Underground album ”This is an EP Release”. He first appeared in the music video for “Same Song“. After his rap debut, Tupac performed with Digital Underground again on the album ”Sons Of The P”.

”Same Song” song

Later, he released his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now. Initially he had trouble marketing his solo debut, but Interscope Records‘ executives Ted Field and Tom Whalley eventually agreed to distribute the record.


Tupac claimed his first album was aimed at the problems facing young black males, but it was publicly criticized for its graphic language and images of violence by and against law enforcement.In one instance, a young man claimed his killing of a Texas-based trooper was influenced by the album. Former Vice President Dan Quayle publicly denounced the album as having “no place in our society” 2Pacalypse Now did not do as well on the charts as future albums, spawning no top ten hits.

His second record, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, was released in 1993. The album, produced mostly in part by Randy “Stretch” Walker (Shakur’s closest friend and associate at the time) and the Live Squad, generated two hits, “Keep Ya Head Up” and “I Get Around“, the latter featuring guest appearances by Shock G and Money-B of the Digital Underground.

2Pac ‎– Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
2Pac ‎– Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Shakur’s profile was raised considerably by his acclaimed role in the Ernest Dickerson film Juice, which led to a lead role in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice the following year. By the time the film hit theaters, 2Pac had released his second album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, which became a platinum album, peaking at number four on the R&B charts and launching the Top Ten R&B hit singles “I Get Around” and “Keep Ya Head Up,” which peaked at number 11 and 12, respectively, on the pop charts. Late in 1993, he acted in the basketball movie ”Above the Rim”.  Tupac was filming ”Menace II Society” in the summer of 1993 when he assaulted director Allen Hughes; he was sentenced to 15 days in jail in early 1994. Although Tupac was selling records and earning praise for his music and acting, he began having serious altercations with the law; prior to becoming a recording artist, he had no police record.

By the time he was twenty, Tupac had been arrested eight times, even serving eight months in prison after being convicted of sexual abuse. In addition, he was the subject of two wrongful-death lawsuits, one involving a six-year-old boy who was killed after getting caught in gang-war crossfire between Tupac’s gang and a rival group.

In late 1993, Shakur formed the group Thug Life with a number of his friends, including Big Syke, Macadoshis, his stepbrother Mopreme Shakur, and Rated R. The group released their first and only record album Thug Life Vol. 1 on September 26, 1994. The group usually performed their concerts without Tupac.

Thug Life Vol.1 Cover Front
Thug Life Vol.1 Cover Front

The concept of “Thug Life” was viewed by Tupac as a philosophy for life. He developed the word into a backronym standing for The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody“. He declared that the dictionary definition of a “thug” as being a rogue or criminal was not how he used the term, but rather he meant someone who came from oppressive or squalid background and little opportunity but still made a life for himself and was proud.
In 1994, he was found guilty of sexual assault. The day after the verdict was announced, he was shot by a pair of muggers while he was in the lobby of a New York City recordings studio. Shakur was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on February 7, 1995.

tupac shot 94 ny
On the night of November 30, 1994, the day before the verdict in his sexual abuse trial was to be announced, Tupac was shot five times and robbed after entering the lobby of the Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan, New York City, New York, by two armed men in army fatigues. He would later accuse Sean Combs, Andre Harrell, and Biggie Smalls  whom he saw after the shooting of setting him up. Shakur also suspected his close friend and associate, Randy “Stretch” Walker, of being involved in the attempt.

tupac-shot 94According to the doctors at Bellevue Hospital, where he was admitted immediately following the incident, Shakur had received five bullet wounds; twice in the head, twice in the groin and once through the arm and thigh. He checked out of the hospital, against doctor’s orders, three hours after surgery. In the day that followed, Shakur entered the courthouse in a wheelchair and was found guilty of three counts of molestation, but innocent of six others, including sodomy.
On November 30, 1995, exactly one year to the day of the shooting, Stretch was killed in an execution-style murder in Queens.rip stretch
Shakur began serving his prison sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility on February 14, 1995. Shortly afterwards, he released his multi-platinum album Me Against the World. Shakur is the only artist ever to have an album at number one on the Billboard 200 while serving a prison sentence. The album made its debut on the Billboard 200 and stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks. The record album sold 240,000 copies in its first week, setting a record for highest first week sales for a solo male rap artist at the time.

Keisha Morris and Tupac
Keisha Morris and Tupac

He married his long-time girlfriend, Keisha Morris, while serving his sentence. This marriage was later annulled. While imprisoned, Shakur read many books by Niccolo Machiavelli, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and other works of political philosophy and strategy.

Read for Keisha Morris, here.

He also wrote a screenplay titled ”Live 2 Tell” while incarcerated, a story about an adolescent who becomes a drug baron.

In October 1995, Shakur’s case was on appeal but due to all of his legal fees he could not raise the $1.4 million bail.tupac out on bail limo

After serving eleven months of his one-and-a-half year to four-and-a-half year sentence, Tupac was released from the penitentiary, due in large part to the help and influence of Marion “Suge” Knight, CEO of Death Row Records. Knight posted $1.4 million bail pending appeal of the conviction, in exchange for which Shakur was obligated to release three albums for the Death Row label.

2Pac’s Death Row debut, ”All Eyez on Me”, was the first double disc of original material in hip-hop history.2Pac ‎– All Eyez On Me

It debuted at number one upon its February release, and would be certified quintuple platinum by the fall. Although he had a hit record and, with the Dr. Dre duet “California Love,” a massive single on his hands, Shakur was beginning to tire of hip-hop and started to concentrate on acting. During the summer of 1996, he completed two films, the thriller Bullet and the dark comedy Gridlock’d, which also starred Tim Roth. He also made some recordings for Death Row, which was quickly disintegrating without Dre as the house producer, and as Knight became heavily involved in illegal activities.

While incarcerated in Clinton Correctional Facility, Shakur read and studied Niccolo Machiavelli and other published works, which inspired his pseudonym “Makaveli” under which he released the record album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.makaveli_the_don_killuminati-front

The album presents a stark contrast to previous works. Throughout the album, Tupac continues to focus on the themes of pain and aggression, making this album one of the emotionally darker works of his career. Tupac wrote and recorded all the lyrics in only three days and the production took another four days, combining for a total of seven days to complete the album (hence the name). The album was completely finished before Shakur died and Shakur had complete creative input on the album from the name of the album to the cover, which Shakur chose to symbolize how the media had crucified him. The record debuted at number one and sold 663,000 copies in the first week. Tupac had plans of starting Makaveli Records which would have included Outlawz, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Daddy Kane, Big Syke, and Gang Starr.

Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon Poster
Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon Poster

On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson – Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. After leaving the match, one of Suge Knight’s associates spotted 21 year-old Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips, in the MGM Grand lobby and had Shakur aware. Shakur immediately rushed Anderson and knocked him to the ground. Shakur’s entourage, as well as Knight and his followers assisted in beating down Anderson. The fight was captured on the hotel’s video surveillance. A few weeks earlier, Anderson and a group of Crips robbed a member of Death Row’s entourage in a Foot Locker store, precipitating Shakur’s onset. After the brawl, Shakur went to rendezvous with Knight to go to Death Row-owned Club 662 (now known as restaurant/club Seven).

He rode in Knight’s 1996 black BMW 750i sedan as part of a larger convoy with some of Tupac’s friends, Outlawz, and bodyguards.
At 10:55 p.m., while paused at a red light, Shakur rolled down his window and a photographer took their photo at around 11:00-11:05 p.m., they were halted on Las Vegas Blvd. by Metro bicycle cops for playing the car stereo too loud and not having license plates. The plates were then found in the trunk of Knight’s vehicle; they were released without being fined a few minutes later.

Flamingo Road - Koval Lane
Flamingo Road – Koval Lane

At about 11:10 p.m., while stopped at a red light at Flamingo Road near the intersection of Koval Lane in front of the Maxim Hotel, a vehicle occupied by two women pulled up on their right side. Shakur, who was standing up through the sunroof, exchanged words with the two women, and invited them to go to Club 662. At approximately 11:15 p.m., a white, four-door, late-model, Cadillac driven by unknown person(s) pulled up to the sedan’s right side, rolled down one of the windows, and rapidly fired around twelve to thirteen shots at Tupac.

He was struck by four rounds; one hit him in the chest, the pelvis, and his right hand and thigh. One of the rounds apparently ricocheted into Shakur’s right lung. Knight was hit in the head by shrapnel, though it is thought that a bullet grazed him. According to Knight, a bullet from the gunfire had been lodged in his skull, however, medical reports later contradicted this statement.the last tupac picture

At the time of the drive-by, Tupac was riding alongside Knight, with his bodyguard following behind in a vehicle belonging to Kidada Jones, Shakur’s then-fiance. The bodyguard, Frank Alexander, stated that when he was about to ride along with the rapper in Knight’s car, Shakur asked him to drive Kidada Jones’ car instead just in case they were too drunk and needed additional vehicles from Club 662 back to the hotel. Shortly after the assault, the bodyguard reported in his documentary, ”Before I Wake”, that one of the convoy’s cars drove off after the assailant but he never heard back from the occupants.
After arriving on the scene, police and paramedics took Knight and a fatally wounded Shakur to the University Medical Center. According to an interview with one of Shakur’s closest friends and music video director Gobi, while at the hospital, he received news from a Death Row marketing employee that the shooters had called the record label and were sending death threats aimed at Shakur, claiming that they were going there to “finish him off”.Upon hearing this, Gobi immediately alerted the Las Vegas police, but the police claimed they were understaffed and no one could be sent.Nonetheless, the shooters never arrived.At the hospital, Shakur was in and out of consciousness; heavily sedated, breathed through a ventilator and respirator, was placed on life support machines, and was ultimately put under a barbiturate-induced coma after repeatedly trying to get out of the bed.
Despite having been resuscitated in a trauma center and surviving a multitude of surgeries (as well the removal of a failed right lung), Shakur had gotten through the critical phase of the medical therapy and had a 50% chance of pulling through Gobi left the medical center after being informed that Shakur made a 13% recovery on the sixth night.While in Critical Care Unit on the afternoon of September 13, 1996, Shakur died of internal bleeding; doctors attempted to revive him but could not stop his hemorrhaging.


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