A police officer present at the scene of Tupac‘s fatal shooting has claimed the rapper’s final words were ‘fuck you’.
Former Las Vegas Metropolitan PD officer Chris Carroll, who was with the rapper when he passed away following a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, has said that the rapper lay dying in his arms and uttered the expletive after Carroll repeatedly asked “Who shot you?”, reports TMZ. Carroll adds that Tupac then passed out and was taken to the hospital where he later died. The murder case still remains unsolved.
A new musical based on the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me, is set to open next month in New York. Musician, poet, actor and writer Saul Williams will lead the cast of the non-biographical play, which is based on the late rapper’s lyrics. Holler If Ya Hear Me will be staged at the Palace Theater in New York.
Williams will star as John, while the cast also features Broadway actors Christopher Jackson, Tony Award-winning Tonya Pinkins, as well as Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson and and John Earl Jelks. The $8 million (£4.8 million) production will feature songs from throughout the rapper’s career, including classics such as ‘California Love’, ‘Keep Ya Head Up’, ‘Me Against The World’ and the musical’s title song, ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’.
Speaking to NME about the play, Williams said he was only cast last month. “Everybody else had been workshopping the piece with the director for four years, but they never had a lead”. He added he was working on his next LP when he was approached to take part. “I was working on my new album ‘Martin Luther King’ before this started, so at some point I gotta get back to all that! But there’s no way I could turn down working on the first hip hop musical to hit Broadway,” he said. “I’ve been dreaming of this since I was 16.”
The script, written by Todd Kreidler, is not about the rapper’s life story but instead focuses on his music. It tells the story of two childhood friends living in a poor Midwestern industrial city. In a statement, the show’s producers say the show will be a tale of “friendship, family, revenge, change and hope”.