For years — literally two decades — hip-hop has collectively asked, “Who shot Tupac?” Books, movies, documentaries, and even television shows have been dedicated to answering this age old question.
Conspiracy theorists proposed that the government popped Makaveli, while others pointed fingers at Suge Knight. Some attributed the death to gang violence, as some gave Biggie the charge. After nothing but educated (and uneducated) guesses, most gave up, coming to terms with the fact that the answer would never come out.
As an entire culture mourned the death of a young legend, there were those whose lips were so tightly sealed that the truth stayed under wraps for 22 years. Turns out, the answer to the old brain-teaser has been around all along.
That September Night
Keffe D, who was being interviewed for BET’s The Death Row Chronicles, ran through the night of Tupac’s murder. He explained that he and a group were hanging out that September night, hitting up the 662 Club before leaving the club to “party and s**t” with alcohol.
As Keffe D (front seat passenger), Terrance Brown (the driver), DeAndre Smith (back seat driver side), and Keffe D’s nephew Orlando Anderson (back seat passenger side) were in the car, they spotted Tupac. According to Keffe, the rapper was hanging out of the sunroof entertaining some female fans who were driving behind him.
“We came up, uh, Harmon. And, uh, aw s**t, there they come in that BMW. All the chicks was like ‘Tupac!’ And he was like ‘Hey!’ like a celebrity, like he was in a parade,” Keffe remembered. “If he wouldn’t even been out the window, we would have never seen him.”
Soon after Brown made a U-turn, their car was stopped at a red light right next to Tupac and Suge’s. While Keffe said that the shots did not come from the front seat of the car, when hit with a direct question, he didn’t give a straight answer.
“You said the shots came from the back,” the host said. “Big Dre, Orlando. Who shot Tupac?” With a nervous smile, Keffe answered, “Going to keep it for the code of the streets. It just came from the backseat, bro.”
Though he didn’t say the name straight out, many took this to confirm that his nephew Orlando is Tupac’s murderer. This recent interview is constant with past statements Keffe has made about the night Tupac was shot, including a three-hour recording of Keffe D’s admissions. It was taken from the LAPD archives by ex-Detective Greg Kading and reviewed by LA Weekly in 2011.
Back in the Day
According to LA Weekly‘s reporting on the murder of Tupac, Keffe straight up said his nephew was the killer.
Detective Kading: So Orlando shot across Dre?
Keffe D: “He leaned over, and Orlando rolled down the window, and popped him. If they would have drove on my side, I would have popped them. But they was on the other side.”
Federal agent: “Where does [Baby Lane] get the gun from?”
Keffe D: “A little secret compartment that popped up.”
Federal agent: “In the armrest?”
Keffe D: “Yeah.”
Detective Kading: “Was it a Glock?”
Keffe D: “Yeah.”
Detective Kading: “.40?”
Keffe D: “Yeah. And I ain’t ever told nobody that story, man.”
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