By Dominick J Fils-Aimé|August 28th, 2016
Conspiracy theorists and hip-hop fanatics have long argued that rapper, actor, hip-hop legend and cultural icon Tupac Shakur still lives, most recently citing an alleged picture of the late recording artist taking a selfie.
The picture, captured by YouTube account Tupac Legacy, shows a clip of the purported Pac adorned in a Carhartt windbreaker and a red bandana while drinking a soda. The account user noted that the footage was taken in 2015 with a phone made in 2011. Additionally the jacket being worn was made in 2014. The clip has been viewed more than 1.4 million times.
Shakur was fatally gunned down in Las Vegas on September 13 in 1996. An investigation into the murder yielded minimal results and no charges were ever filed. The clandestine nature of the rapper and his death caused conspiracy theorist to believe the artist faked his own death and now lives in Cuba alongside step aunt, civil rights activist, black panther and convicted cop killer, Assata Shakur, seeking refuge from fame
Many fans also cite past song lyrics concerned with death as fuel for their argument such as “Ain’t’ Hard 2 Find”, off of Pac’s 1996’s album ‘All Eyez On Me’.
Within the songs lyrics, Pac states, “I heard rumors that I died murdered in cold blood, traumatized pictures of me in my final states — you know mama cried. But that was fiction, some coward got the story twisted.”
Various other things contribute the the conspiracies surrounded the hip hop legend, including the amount of albums released after his death, reports that a policeman helped him fake his death, and the use of his alter ego “Makaveli”, named after Italian war strategist Niccolò Machiavelli indeed faked his own death.
Irregardless of if the clip is real or not, the next opportunity to see Shakur ‘ s likeness will be in biopic, “All Eyez on Me”, starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. and directed by Benny Boom. Good marketing? Maybe.