Close to two decades after Tupac Shakur died of gunshot wounds following an altercation in Las Vegas, his death remains shrouded in mystery. A segment of the upcoming three-night, six-hour National Geographic Channel documentary The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?, tackles the issue with insight from Arsenio Hall, Gobi Rahimi, who directed Shakur’s “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” clip and was with the rapper on the night of his death and Malcolm Greenridge, a member of the Tupac-affiliated group Outlawz.
“The atmosphere in Club 662 was very funky,” Rahimi said of the Vegas club owned by Death Row Records head Suge Knight. “It just seemed like there were a lot of questionable characters in there.” After the shooting, Rahimi recalls the vibe in the hospital. “Me and the Outlawz, we all took shifts,” he said. “And I think they had weapons in their car because the whole time we were there, we were fearful [whoever shot Tupac] was gonna come finish him off.”
The clip also addresses the rumor that, after Shakur passed, his Outlawz buddies smoked his ashes in a blunt. But Greenridge, who rhymes under the name E.D.I. Mean, won’t bite. “‘Pac told us mystery sells, so I’ll let people wonder,” he said. (Incidentally, the group told VladTV that the rumor was true in 2011.)
He also expressed frustration that Shakur’s murder remains unsolved. “Law enforcement around the country weren’t big Tupac fans,” he said. “I’m absolutely positive they know what happened. This is America. We found Bin Laden.”
Apropos of nothing, Arsenio Hall offered, “I believe that if Justin Bieber had gotten shot in Tupac’s car, we’d know more.”