Dr Dre thanks fans for their support during Coachella and addresses rumors about a Tupac tour.
Instead of celebration, what would have been Tupac’s 40th birthday has been marred by controversy as new allegations emerge about the November 1994 Quad Studios robbery and shooting of the rapper.
While fans celebrated ‘Pac’s life and legacy on Thursday (June 16#, remembering the fallen icon with two trending topics on Twitter ##tupac and THUG LIFE), many of them were also debating the contents of a letter written by Dexter Isaac and posted to AllHipHop.com on Wednesday. In a note to the site, Isaac claimed to be the triggerman in the now-infamous robbery that left Shakur shot five times, two years before he was killed in a still-unsolved murder.
Moreover, Isaac (who is serving a life sentence for murder, robbery, fraud and witness intimidation), now charges that it was ‘Pac’s former associate, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, who set the whole thing up, paying him $2,500 to do the job.
Rosemond’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, fired back, refuting Isaac’s story. “It’s a flat-out lie,” he told the New York Daily News. “Dexter Isaac is not claiming this 17 years later to clear his conscience. He’s doing it because he’s told anybody who will listen he doesn’t want to die in prison. He has kids and wants to work off his sentence. He can’t be trusted.”
“I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Jimmy Henchman],” Isaac told AllHipHop.com from prison. “I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac’s and Biggie’s] mothers some closure.”
Henchman and his defense team, however, are not buying it. On May 17, news broke that federal authorities issued an arrest warrant for Jimmy Henchman in connection with a drug case. Rosemond, who as head of Czar Entertainment has had ties to numerous rappers, believes that the government is using incarcerated informants to build a case against him. He attacked Isaac’s credibility in a statement first issued to XXLMag.com. “If the government is relying on informants like Winston ‘Winnie’ Harris, a convicted drug dealer and Jamaican deportee, who came to me and motioned via hand signal that he was forced to wear a wire and begged me to skip town, or Dexter Isaac, who is serving life in prison plus 30 years, then I’m sure I will not be offered a fair trial.”
The late Tupac’s onetime protégé and a member of the rap group the Outlawz, E.D.I. Mean, told MTV News he wasn’t surprised by Isaac’s confession and pointed out that ‘Pac himself also fingered Rosemond in his fiery 1996 song “Against All Odds.” “I just feel like it’s verification for what ‘Pac said, because a lot of people felt when ‘Pac was saying what he was saying on Makaveli that he was out of line for saying that.”
In the lyric E.D. referred to, ‘Pac implies that Henchman set him up in ’94: “And did I mention, promise to pay back Jimmy Henchman in due time?/ I know you bitch n—as is listenin’, the world is mine/ Set me up, wet me up, n—as stuck me up/ Heard the guns bust, but you tricks never shut me up.”
“One two three/Mos Def and Talib Kweli/We came to rock it on to the tip-top/Best alliance in hip-hop, wyahhhhh/I said one two three/It’s kind of dangerous to be an emcee/They shot Tupac and Biggie/Too much violence in hip-hop. wyahhhhh”
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony founding member Krayzie Bone has announced that he is leaving the group to focus on his solo career and his record label, The Life Entertainment.
“I will no longer be part of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony,” Krayzie revealed in his official ‘Goodbye BTNH Update’ video on Thursday morning (April 14).
“Due to uncontrollable circumstances, it’s basically time for me to move on and start embarking on different endeavors that I’ve already had planned in my life,” Krayzie Bone said. “[I’m trying] to go another level in this music game, and just trying to grow and become greater an what I do, and concentrate on the new generation of artists that I have and puttin’ back into the up and coming artists, the new fresh talent that’s coming about.”
The group has undergone their share of ups and downs over their 20-year-history, losing Flesh to prison for over a decade and Bizzy to mental illness, before finally reuniting as a five-man group last year, and releasing a new album ‘Uni5: The World’s Enemy.’
Despite recently airing many of his grievances about the group’s various behind-the-scenes battles, Krayzie said that he bears his former partners — two of whom are his brothers — no ill will. “It’s been a great 20-year run with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, I have nothing to complain about,” he explained.
Discovered by Eazy-E in 1993, Bone went on to shape the face of Midwest rap with their melodic, sing-song flows and rapid delivery, building an incredibly loyal fan base in a part of the country previously uncharted by hip-hop, working with everyone from Tupac, Biggie and Big Pun to Mariah Carey.
“I thank all the fans for supportin’ me with Bone for over 20 years and I hope y’all will continue to support me on these future endeavors,” Krayzie concluded. “It ain’t nothin’ but love. I love y’all. Thanks for all your support, thanks for everything you’ve done. We had some great times … but it is what it is”.