It’s been nearly 15 years since the death of the rapper Tupac Shakur, and still to this day, his passing is a mystery … with everyone from reporters to fans to other rappers and celebrities drawing their own conclusions as to what happened.
Author John Potash, however, believes he holds the answer to Pac’s death, and has penned an entire book about it called The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders.
In his book, available now through his own Progressive Left Press, Potash theorizes that the rapper was targeted by the FBI due to his political affiliations and influence on black culture.
Potash says, via an interview with AllHipHop.com, that Tupac’s growing influence on pop culture and his relationships with prominent members of ’60s civil rights group, the Black Panthers, put him on the government’s radar, who then enlisted the F.B.I. who used COINTELPRO tactics to assassinate him, and other influential black leaders.
“He had very close relationships with his extended Black Panther Party family, who acted as his mentors, not to mention that he was trying to do more positive things,” he says. “[The government] orchestrated his assassination.”
Adding onto his theory is that Pac’s label, Death Row Records, was a front used U.S. to battle black activism.
“A high level police detective named Russell Poole got himself assigned to the murder investigation of Biggie, during his investigation he stumbled across the fact that Death Row Records employed many officers who were considered agents,” Potash said. “Poole also found typical intelligence operations such as trafficking drugs, guns and laundering money taking place at Death Row Records.”
Despite the possible consequences from revealing such information, Potash admits to being fearful for his life, but that says “this is what gives me passion.”
Potash’s book is a culmination of 12 years of research, and includes names, dates and events to support the books claims. Sources include over 100 interviews, FOIA-released CIA and FBI documents, court transcripts, and many mainstream media outlets, according to the book’s description.
Tupac Shakur was gunned down in September 1996, following a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas. The shooting took place shortly after he and Suge Knight were involved in a scuffle with known gang member Orlando Anderson in the lobby of the MGM Grand casino.
Tupac died from the wounds days later. He was just 25 years old.
To date, his murder remains unsolved.