The murder of Tupac has reportedly been “solved”, with rapper Keefe D coming forward to confess playing a part in his shooting.
The rap icon died 22 years ago after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas with Death Row Records’ Suge Knight. The assailant was in a white Cadillac and pulled up on the passenger side of Shakur’s BMW at traffic lights. Biggie Smalls’ unsolved murder has also been linked.
Mystery has surrounded his unsolved murder ever since, but now a new Netflix series called Unsolved: the Tupac and Biggie Murders based on an LAPD task force probe has been released – containing revelations that reportedly tend to many unanswered questions around their killing.
The documentary is based on a taped confession by rapper and Crips gang rival Keefe D – recorded under immunity from prosecution.
“I was a Compton kingpin, drug dealer, I’m the only one alive who can really tell you story about the Tupac killing,” said Keefe, reports The Daily Star. “People have been pursuing me for 20 years, I’m coming out now because I have cancer. And I have nothing else to lose. All I care about now is the truth.”
Keefe D confessed to being in the car with the shooter, but refused to name them due to “street code”.
“It just came from the backseat bro,” he added.
The series’ executive producer Kyle Long added that he believes police need to pursue Keefe D in connection with the murder.
“He went live on television and confessed to being an accessory to murder and the Las Vegas PD, as far as I know, is doing nothing about it,” said Long. “I just think it’s outrageous.”
Last year, another new Tupac documentary was announced. Officially authorised by the late rapper’s family, the new film will be directed by the acclaimed 12 Years A Slave filmmaker Steve McQueen and co-produced by Amarau Entertainment (the company founded by Tupac’s mother Afeni to manage her son’s posthumous releases) and Shakur estate representative Tom Whalley.
Speaking about the documentary, McQueen voiced his delight at his attachment to the new project.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” McQueen said. “I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”