The conspiracy theories that surround Tupac are convoluted and sinister. He was arrested for crimes he may not have commited and ended up being a victim of murder. In this article we discuss his death and his political desires; we ask whether any of these conspiracy theories might actually hold any truth.
I should make it clear from the start that I don’t subscribe wholeheartedly to any conspiracy theories – I just like talking about them. I tend to court them, but never take them to bed.
I published a post a few months back on Rihanna’s involvement with Satan and I found it interesting from a psychological point of view more than anything else.
Recently, I’ve noticed a large number of people searching for “Tupac Illuminati.” Before now, I actually didn’t know much about Tupac, his death and the conspiracy theories surrounding him; so I watched a YouTube documentary to see what the crack was.
I certainly wasn’t sold on any of the conspiracies, but the film and the theories within it were a lot more interesting than I’d imagined. Some people believe Tupac is still alive and well and living in Cuba or New Zealand, but that seems a little far fetched to me.
What I’m going to do here is a kind of critical synopsis of the documentary, except it won’t be as classy as the word “synopsis” makes it sound.
The video starts by pointing out that people like Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Jay Z are constantly throwing up illuminati, triangular finger shapes. According to the video, this is for a reason: they are controlled by the Illuminati.
As Illuminati slaves, these pop stars pander to to their master’s whims by writing lyrics about sex and money; this, in turn, keeps the nation’s youth stupid and fame-obsessed.
The theory is that as soon as a famous artist breaks from this pattern and starts talking about what’s really going on in the wider world i.e. corruption, wars, capitalist control, big business, political back-handers – they get snuffed and the media spotlight moves away from them… or worse.
This is why, according to the video, pop stars’ lyrics are so vacuous.
Tupac’s Political Aims
I didn’t know anything about 2Pac before writing this, I mean, I knew he was a rapper that got killed, but that was it really. I never knew that he was an intelligent, well-spoken guy that talked about illegal wars and oppression.
When interviewed, he comes across as an erudite young man, and he was young, just 25 when he died.
I also didn’t know that he was planning to move into politics with MC Hammer and Snoop Dog (or Snoop Lion as he’s now calling himself). Initially, that sounds kind of amusing (I mean, could you imagine it?) but, the reality is that their combined fan base of disenfranchised poor people in America could have made a fair difference at the polling stations.
Who else are the starving, underclass, black majority going to vote for? But that’s all conjecture, and the point the documentary maker is making is that the Illuminati – or white elite – were scared of his oratory and sway. There’s probably some truth in there.
What Do They Really Mean By Illuminati?
It seems that, in the conspiracy world, the word “Illuminati” is interchangeable with the phrase “the man.” The original meaning of Illuminati seems to have been watered down and the term is really taken to mean, the guys at the top with the cash.
Before his death, Tupac promised:
…before the next election…we will have our own political party.
I’m guessing the whiteys at the White House probably did get wind and probably were a little scared. Would they kill to keep control? Damn right they would. Did they kill Tupac? We’ll never know. But it’s not as if the CIA have got any problem with assassinating people.
Anyway, I’m literally jumping the gun, before the US government allegedly assassinated him, they are supposed to have set him up on rape charges (read 2Pac & Ayanna’s account in this thread). Ayanna Jackson claimed to have been sodomized by him and his friends against her will.
What took place on that fateful night we will never know. But what is true, is that forensics found no sign of forced entry and no traces of semen etc. It may have been a set up, but we don’t know who or why anyone would have done that. Maybe Tupac’s “mates” set him up, maybe she set him up for the money…. or, maybe he actually did it.
Whatever actually happened, Tupac went down. The conspiracy theorists reckon he was sent down on a rape charge so that when he came out of prison, no one would respect or listen to him.
A lot of conspiracy theorists base their arguments on a certain outcome – for instance, if someone was discredited, it proves that some shady organisation orchestrated it. In reality, the shady organisation may have been pleased that he was discredited and it may have worked in their favour, but it certainly doesn’t act as proof that they organised that discrediting.
The rape charge didn’t keep him down though, upon his release he was as vocal as ever. At around 11:00pm on the Las Vegas strip, on the 7th of September, 1996, after a Tyson boxing match, a Cadillac pulled up next to Tupac’s BMW and six rounds were fired at Tupac.
He was hit four times in the chest, pelvis, and his right hand and thigh. One of the rounds went into Shakur’s right lung and left testicle.
He died from his wounds after a week in an induced coma on the 13th September. The first police officer on the scene – Chris Carroll – tried to find out from Tupac who had shot him, Tupac looked into his eyes, and according to the officer, his final words were:
To add fuel to the conspiracy flames, the case of who shot Tupac has never been closed. No witnesses could be summoned and their leads all ran dry. Despite Tupac’s entourage consisting of around 10 vehicles that night, no one came forward to testify. Further fuel was piled on when Yaki Kadafi (Yafu Fula), part of Tupac‘s band Oultawz, was shot a couple of months later.
If big government did snuff out the rising star, this is exactly what you would have expected to happen: no one would have talked. But, what if it was a gang based murder? It would have been the same outcome. An unsolved murder is no case for conspiracy.
The latter part of the film focuses on anti-cop, anti-establishment, anti-Illuminati lyrics that Tupac wrote. The video maker takes these lyrics as evidence that he was killed by Illuminati forces, but of course, they can’t be used as evidence. It doesn’t count as any kind of proof.
Lyrics are creative writing whether they’re based on truth or not.
One point raised in this section is quite telling of the general paranoia in the US; on the greatest hits album released after Tupac’s death, the censors made a change to some lyrics. The originals said:
“Undercover agents die by random shots”
That line was changed to
“Outlawz motherf*ckers die by random shots.”
So the censors were fine with the swear words, but not the reference to undercover agents. That may well be nothing more than good old fashioned official US paranoia though.
Here’s a video that sums up the Illuminati guff de jour:
The thing that gets my goat so thoroughly with conspiracy Illuminati protagonists is their cocksure spouting of semi-facts as pure biblical doctrine, check this yahoo answer for an example.
Conspiracy theorists often shoot themselves in the foot. If you’re going to argue that something is definitely true without any evidence, sensible people will turn their back on the entirety of your argument without giving it space to breathe. Any nuggets of truth the conspiracy nuts drag up is shrouded and ruined by their all embracing embellishments. One website confidently states the following…
It’s very difficult – pretty much impossible – to become famous and not be associated with the Illuminati.
How do they know?
So although I’m not sold on the conspiracy theory, I’m now a little more respectful of Tupac’s memory and sad that we didn’t get to see Hammer, Snoop and 2Pac go up against Bush or Clinton. Oh Lordy, what a difference that could have made… can you imagine?
The documentary ends on a quote by Qunicy Jones, and I liked it, so here it is:
“If we had lost Oprah Winfrey at 25, we would have lost a relatively unknown, local market TV anchorwoman. If we had lost Malcolm X at 25, we would have lost a hustler named Detroit Red. And if I had left the world at 25, we would have lost a big-band trumpet player and aspiring composer–just a sliver of my eventual life potential.”
Here’s the video if you want to watch it for yourself: