Snapped Notorious: Tupac Shakur airs Sunday, September 10 at 6/5c.
On September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Six days later, the hip-hop legend died. 21 years later, the case remains unsolved and no charges have been filed. Snapped Notorious: Tupac Shakur follows the heinous crime that continues to haunt hip-hop until this day. Here's what five people who knew the rap star say about that fateful night and his legacy.
Danny Boy collaborated with Tupac when he was alive. Many fans will remember the eerie "I Ain't Mad at Cha" that was released after his death. According to him, Suge Knight (who was with the rapper in the car when he got shot) was dazed the night of the incident. "Here comes Suge walking down the hallway...lost," he remembers from the hospital. "Suge was hurt. I really think he was scared for Pac's life. I think he had some sense of guilt."
Veteran hip-hop journalist covered the rapper, including his 1995 sexual assault trial. He underscores that the media immediately pointed to the feud between Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. as a possibly explanation for the murder. "Soon as somebody is shot...we think, 'how are they doing and who did it?' The 'who did it' question immediately redounded for so much of media to Biggie Smalls."
Leila Steinberg was Tupac's very first manager. She remembers her client (and "really good friend") as being an outspoken activist who wanted to "dedicated to making black lives matter."
Former Los Angeles Police Department officer Greg Kading, who worked on Tupac's murder case, says that the rapper was no "hardened criminal." Despite his "thug life" persona, Tupac was just a passionate artist. "He was always trying to use his abilities in order to make a statement."
Tupac's legacy is intrinsically tied to his unsolved murder but West Coast rapper Yo-Yo, who was with the rapper at the hospital, says that his real life's work was about truth through art. "He spoke truth. He spoke about pain. He talked about heartache," she says.
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