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Friday, February 26, 2010

Gangsta Related, Tupac Shakur: "Staring Through My Rearview"

Tupac Shakur was shot four more times in a drive-by in Vegas that took him out at the age of 25. It was not the first time that he was shot.

I don't particularly like rap, but the first time I heard this song was in a movie called "Gang Related". I was curious.

Tupac lived large and died short. Here is how it ended:

On September 7, 1996, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson – Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After leaving the match, one of the associates of Suge Knight, co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records spotted 21 year-old Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips, in the MGM Grand lobby and informed Shakur. Shakur then attacked Anderson.

Shakur's entourage, as well as Suge and his followers assisted in assaulting Anderson. The fight was captured on the hotel's video surveillance. It was paybacks for an incident of a few weeks earlier when Anderson and a group of Crips had robbed a member of Death Row's entourage (Shakur's tribe) in a Foot Locker store, precipitating Shakur's attack.

(You really can't make this stuff up.)

After the brawl, Shakur went with Suge to Death Row-owned Club 662 (now known as restaurant/club Seven). He rode in Suge's car as part of a larger convoy including many of Shakur's entourage.

While paused at a red light, Shakur rolled down his window and a photographer took his photograph. Shortly after, they were halted by Metro bicycle cops for playing the car stereo too loud and not having license plates.

The police were soon satisfied that they were legit and released them. Later while stopped at a red light, a vehicle occupied by two women pulled up on their right side. Shakur, who was standing up through the sunroof, exchanged words with the two women, and invited them to go to a Club.

Shortly after, a late-model Cadillac with an unknown number of occupants pulled up to the side of Shakur's car, rolled down one of the windows, and rapidly fired twelve or thirteen shots at Shakur. He was struck by four rounds, with bullets hitting him in the chest, the pelvis, and his right hand and thigh and right lung.

After arriving on the scene, police and paramedics took Suge and a fatally wounded Shakur to the University Medical Center.

On the afternoon of September 13, 1996, Shakur died of internal bleeding. Dead at 25.

I can relate to being a young and wild . I was lucky,survived and got away with it. I get to look at life through my rearview, not Tupac. Damn shame that.


  1. I just want to know how the hell you got the title of that song by listening to it?

    I didn't understand a word he said. I had to google the lyrics...and then I got a headache.

  2. I wouldn't give ya "Fiddy Cent" for that song, or any gangsta rap song. It's not my world.

  3. Just because it's not your world, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the music, T.

    You don't have to hang with rastas to enjoy reggae.


  4. I only needed 1:13 seconds to know that this is nothing that I am interested in.


  5. The story is about one more wasted life.

  6. that's one minute thirteen seconds.

    I think I gave it a fair hearing before I hit the pause button.

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  8. Oh, c'mon. That whole bloody back and forth eventually gave us this stupendously touching remake:

  9. My world is more like white chix with (bass) guitar - Aimee Mann.

  10. I'm not particularly fond of remakes. Some are good but let's stick with the original on this one.

  11. Rosanna, much better sound and the bonus official video version.

  12. On the cusp, IIRC:

  13. I really like Edie Brickell and wondered what happened to her until I found out she put her career on hold when he married the prick, Paul Simon.

    Of course who doesn't like George Thorogood?

  14. But we have Paul Simon to thank for Graceland, which is truly front-to-back priceless, and this:

    There is a God.

  15. We were listening to this in Belgium:

  16. I hope you have good sound on your computer...

  17. Tell me, oh tell me, I'll change that too.

    Very nice, Mel.

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  19. I got tanked up on coffee at dinner tonight.


  20. Have a lovely evening then, Whit.

  21. For Senor Esteven:

    Most sincerely.

  22. Well, I think we did a pretty good job of supplying a nice variety of tunes. What we liked anyway.

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