Tupac is alive claims Suge Knight's son - and he's got 'evidence' to prove it
Conspiracy theories about the death of rap star Tupac Shakur have raged almost since the moment of his death in a gang-related shooting in September 1996.
Two months after his death, his ‘final’ album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was released. Since then, a further five posthumous albums have been released.
The most recent, in 2006, was billed as the final Tupac release.
But, in a new interview, controversial label boss Marion ‘Suge’ Knight has claimed that he owns the rights to a number of other unreleased songs by the star, and that it’s only a matter of time before they too are released.
J Knight has said several times that the star now lives in seclusion in Malaysia (Image: SugeJKnight/Instagram)
More controversially his son – Suge J. Knight – claims that the rapper is very much alive and ready to record brand new material for a renewed Death Row label. He has even been posting requests on Instagramsearching for producers to work with the allegedly still-living rap legend.
He uploaded an image with the words, "I need the hottest producer to work on a project for Pac", adding the caption, "Looking for the best producer for Pac."
Knight Jr has repeatedly claimed on social media that Tupac is alive, claiming to have met him in Malaysia and posting screengrabs of text message exchanges which he alleges he has had with the star.
Since his death Tupac has been 'spotted' ' in Somalia, New Jersey, Sweden, Cuba, Boston, New York and Los Angeles
In the Suge Knight interview, conducted from the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego where Knight is currently serving a 28-year manslaughter sentence, the Death Row records chief told the Daily Mail that new Tupac material was imminent but stopped short of confirming his son's claims that the rapper was still alive
Knight Senior characterises the new material as fragments, and suggested that they might be fleshed out by turning them into duets with current artists such as Cardi B.
He sold the bulk of his Death Row copyrights for $24 million in 2008 but managed to retain ownership of these ‘studio scraps’ from Tupac.
Addressing the issue of why the material hadn’t been released before, he told the newspaper: “[It's] not that they was bad songs but those are songs that [Tupac] didn't want to be out on an album or want to be out.”
The various conspiracy theories regarding Tupac’s death centre on the idea that he faked the shooting in order to avoid prosecution, that he is living in Malaysia, or in Cuba where he socialises with Rihanna , and that he is hiding in plain sight and already recording new material under the name Kasoniva the Don.
While they are all highly improbable the fact that no-one was ever convicted, or even definitively named as a suspect for Tupac Shakur’s murder.
Tupac's murder was blamed by some on rival rapper The Notorious B.I.G.(Image: Time Life Pictures/Getty Images))
Tupac released four albums prior to his death, and six more have been released since (Image: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty)
My view: This is strange, a wild theory.