The music world has been abuzz this week following the surprise appearance of Tupac Shakur at the recent Coachella music festival in Indio, CA. Or rather, a hologram facsimile thereof. I suppose it was only a matter of time before the “Tupac Lives” rumors began to circulate once more, but I never imagined Suge Knight would be the source of them.
Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records, who was riding in the car with Shakur that fateful night in Vegas, suggested this week in a radio interview that the rapper was still alive, saying “Maybe the question is…Pac’s not really dead…Pac’s somewhere else,” adding that no one ever saw Shakur’s body.
Most of us will dismiss this as hokum, which it likely is. And regardless, Suge Knight is hardly a credible source of information. Still, though, the murder–unsolved to this day–was and is shrouded by so much mystery that it’s easy to get caught up in conspiracy theories like this.
There’s also the question of Tupac’s posthumously-released songs, which as Dave Chappelle famously noted, are uncannily predictive.