Since he died in 1996 the rumours surrounding his death have gathered pace. Here’s the pick of the bunch.

Words By Owen Blackhurst

Earlier this year Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s Mother, said she was committed to releasing all of the dead rapper’s unreleased material. Not only was this highly impressive, after all he’s already released more studio albums albums dead (6) than he did alive (5), this news also sent the hip-hop conspiracy theorists back into overdrive. Message boards and forums (obviously) took this as a sign that the Hip Hop Jesus was directing affairs from a cave in Cuba and will return in glorious resurrection sometime in the near future. So, without further ado, here’s some of the best rumours surrounding Tupac’s death.

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight says he’s alive

The maniacal Death Row Records boss has been accused of the killing, accused several others of the killing and had a front row seat to the murder, being sat next to Tupac when it happened. Now though, he reckons his old mate is alive. “Pac's not really dead. Pac's somewhere else', he told a radio station. 'Nobody seen Tupac dead.'

His Coachella Hologram was actually him

Forget CGI and mind blowing technology, the theorists believe that it was actually him rapping with Snoop at the 2012 Coachella concert, mainly because he greeted the crowd with a cry of ‘What’s up Coachella,’ a festival that didn’t exist at the time of his alleged death.

The Art of War

Not long before his death, Tupac began rapping under the name Makaveli, a purposely misspelt version of Machiavelli, after the 16th Century Italian political and military theorist. Rumours abound that, after reading The Art of War in prison, Tupac decided to follow Machiavelli’s advice and fake his own death to fool and surprise your enemies. Also, his 2004 album Makaveli, features cover art with Tupac as Jesus on the cross, and sleeve notes that list the producer as SIMON who was, of course, the first apostle to witness the resurrection.

The Seven Day Theory

We’re not sure what this means, but it is one of the most popular theories. Tupac was shot exactly seven months after All Eyez On Me was released. He was shot on the 7th but died seven days later on the 13th  at 4.03 pm (4+3=7). He posthumously released an album called Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, and was 25 at the time (2+5 = 7) of his death. Theorists say he planned it all without giving any real explanation to his obsession with the number seven.


In two videos released after his death Tupac is wearing sneakers that weren’t available at the time of his death. In ‘Toss It Up’ he’s rocking a pair of Penny Hardaway’s, and in ‘Live and Die in LA’ he jumps into a car clad in a pair of unreleased Jordan’s.

He’s helping the FBI

This one is our favourite. Apparently the shooting was a fake, orchestrated with Hollywood levels of planning by the FBI and carried out by corrupt Las Vegas officials. Although nowhere mentions it, we can only presume Tupac had a riot with the remote controlled blood packs and was laughing as he was carted off. He’s now living in the witness protection and helping the FBI with their continuing investigation against Death Row Records.

His bodyguard was to blame

A myth purported by Suge Knight. He claims that Frank Anderson, Tupac’s 20 stone minder, should’ve been in the car. According to Frank, he’d been told by Tupac to ferry his Outlaws posse in a different car and didn’t have his gun with him as it’s illegal in Nevada to carry a weapon. This has led many to believe that Tupac didn’t want Frank there so he could fake his death.

If you want to read a full interview with Frank and his theories to the death, click here to go to Sabotage Times.


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