Marion ‘Suge’ Knight claims that his ex-wife and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr killed Tupac Shakur, and insists he was the real target of the 1996 drive-by.
Reggie Wright Jr. and his ex-wife Sharitha were behind the murder of Tupac and attempted murder of Knight.’
He added that Knight also had alleged details of Wright’s involvement in the Bigge Smalls murder case.
The film tells of an attempted coup at Tupac’s label Death Row Records – co-founded by Suge and Dr Dre among others – which eventually led to the shooting in Las Vegas on 7 September 1996.
‘Culpepper told Carlin individually that not only did Knight confirm the events as portrayed in Compton, which portray Knight was the intended target and Shakur as collateral damage, as true, but also goes on to allege that these 1996 events may have been the first in a history of attempts on Knight’s life, culminating in the recent attempted killing of Knight at the 1OAK Club in Los Angeles, where Knight was shot six times,’ a film spokesperson told Music News.
Knight was also the target of allegations that he was responsible for the shooting of Shakur’s rival Christopher ‘Biggie Smalls’ Wallace in 1997.
The film features Culpepper’s signed affidavit – which was taken by former LAPD detective Russell Poole on July 18, 2015.
Suge wasn’t divorced yet and if he died in that hit, she’d get most of everything,’ Poole said. ‘So she went to Wright Jr., who was in charge of Death Row and ran it while Suge was in prison.
‘[Wright Jr.] has gotten away with it this whole time. They floated a whole lot of propaganda to former LA Times reporter Chuck Phillips—calling in hundreds if not thousands of fake clues.’
White Jr responded to the claims in 2015, after Poole’s death, to AllHipHop, pointing out that several people that had accused him of Tupac’s murder had died in the past decade.
He told Vice in 2015 that Wright Jr. and Suge’s ex, Sharitha Knight orchestrated the murder to assume control of Death Row Records.
‘I believe in karma,’ he said. ‘All these people are dropping dead. I keep telling people God don’t like ugly. I hope people learn a lesson from this.’
Wright warned that the next person could be Tupac Assassination co-director Bond.
‘The next person is probably going to be R.J. Bond. I ain’t predicting no death on anybody, but they better get their selves right,’ he said. ‘They better stop with all this bullcrap they’ve been promoting, because they’re all dying like flies around here.’
Suge’s marriage to Sharitha Golden, the mother of his first child, was tumultuous at best.
Just two years before their wedding in November 1989, Sharitha had obtained a restraining order against Suge,he said”.
They later reconciled and wed, but got divorced the following year with Sharitha demanding her ex pay $735,000 in unpaid child support.
According to his lawyer, Suge believes both Sharitha and White plotted his death together.
The shooting of Tupac, 25, has been surrounded by conspiracy theories ever since.
They include claims that Tupac faked his own death with the help of the first cop on the scene, Chris Carroll, who is now retired, and fled to Cuba. There were even theories that Suge had ordered an assassination hit on Tupac and that Carroll was involved.
Suge, 50, had always denied he was behind the shooting but until now was unwilling to name who it was.
Tupac’s last public photograph was taken as he was riding in the car with Death Row Records co-founder Suge on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas.
The pair had just left a Mike Tyson fight held at the MGM Grand, when the 25-year-old rapper was shot as he stood up through the sunroof to talk to a group of women while the car was stopped at a traffic light.
Shakur was hit four times – twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in the leg.
Perennial rumors surface that the rapper – who was shot in 1996 – is in fact still alive.
The emergence of a ‘selfie’ by a look-a-like last year supposedly showing the rapper was just the latest of many wild stories that the star lives on.
Some say that Tupac grew sick of his fame, faked his own death and moved to Cuba.
Other rumors swirled that police officer Carroll somehow swapped Tupac’s body for a double, helping him on the way to starting a secret new life.
And the fires have been stoked by Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, Tupac’s former record label boss, who was next to the star in the vehicle when he was shot.
Knight has said he never saw the musician’s body and has repeatedly hinted Shakur is out there somewhere.
‘You know he’s somewhere smoking a Cuban cigar on the islands,’ he said in 2014.
He eventually died six days later on September 13.
The Hall of Fame described him as ‘an international symbol of resistance and outlaw spirit, an irresistible contradiction, a definitive rap anti-hero.
Shakur has sold 75 million albums, mostly from seven posthumous releases, and although his sales figures will never match those of 21st century hip hop kings like Drake, Kanye West and The Weeknd, his influence remains profound.
‘For anyone who is serious about learning about hip hop, there are certain people whose music you have to deal with and Tupac is one of those people. You can’t say you are knowledgeable about hip hop if you don’t know about Tupac,’ said Todd Boyd, professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Southern