Tupac Shakur's 1996 murder mystery has sparked numerous conspiracy theories, but now a New York prisoner claims that he shot the rapper two years prior, in an incident believed to have started the East Coast/West Coast rap feud.
Dexter Isaac, who is in jail for life on unrelated charges, wrote a confession letter taking blame for shooting the rapper in 1994, which some believe led to his eventual murder in 1996. Isaac claimed that he was hired to steal from Shakur, "by whatever means necessary," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio," Isaac said in the letter. "He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Reid. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery."
Shakur was perhaps best known for his feud with rapper Notorious B.I.G. and the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry that escalated after Shakur's death in September 1996. Shakur was fatally shot in the Las Vegas area while Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down on March 9, 1997 at a traffic light in Los Angeles by an unknown man after a Vibe magazine party. The case remains open and in April, hundreds of investigation documents were released by the FBI.
NYPD officials have yet to respond to the claims made in the Shakur confession, which was obtained by the website allhiphop.com. In the document, Isaac is referring to a shooting at Manhattan's Quad Studios, which some believe ultimately led to the deaths of the Notorious B.I.G. and Shakur. The rapper was hit multiple times with gunshots, about two years before his fatal shooting.
"I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did," Isaac wrote. "I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie's] mothers some closure."
A 2002 documentary film called "Biggie and Tupac" addressed their similar deaths as well as the East Coast-West Coast rapper rivalries that were apparent during their final years. Wax figures of the Notorious B.I.G. and Shakur were displayed together at Madame Tussauds' Washington, D.C. museum in the spring of 2010.
A biopic of Notorious B.I.G.'s life and murder was released in 2009 and produced by Diddy and Notorious B.I.G's former managers as well as the rapper's mother Voletta Wallace. The film, "Notorious," starred rapper Jamal Woolard as the grown up rapper. Notorious B.I.G.'s son Christopher Wallace Jr. played the younger version of his father on screen. Voletta Wallace was played by Angela Bassety while Shakur was played by "Hurt Locker" actor Anthony Mackie.
The Los Angeles Times announced earlier in the week that a Tupac Shakur biopic is in the works following a two-year legal battle between the rapper's mother and producers Morgan Creek.
In May, Hackers posted a fake story on PBS' website claiming that Shakur is alive and well in New Zealand.