Tupac is one of dead celebs that still gets talked about every year, like Kurt Cobain or…Audrey Hepburn, even. Tupac Shakur and Audrey Hepburn have both had their images used after their death. Miss Audrey to sell chocolate and Shakur to play Coachella. Oh my God, remember how funny the Hologram Tupac Twitter account was? Yeah.
Oh anyway, so Tupac’s former bodyguard died. And because people love to talk about Tupac’s still unsolved murder and his alleged illuminati ties and death-faking, here’s more for them to discuss. Did Tupac’s bodyguard really kill himself? OR DID HE KNOW TOO MUCH????!/1? From Eonline:
Frank Alexander (known as “Big Frank”), the former bodyguard of the late rapper, was found dead in his Murrieta, Calif., home Sunday night after police responded to a 911 call regarding a possible suicide, according to a report by Murrieta Patch.
The cause of death has not been released. Alexander was reportedly found with a gunshot wound to the head.
“The death is being investigated to determine if indeed it was a suicide,” Murrieta Police Lt. Tony Conrad told Patch. ”It does appear to be a suicide, but the Coroner’s Office will make the final determination.”
Big Frank served as Shakur’s personal bodyguard in 1996—the last year of the legendary rapper’s life.
He co-authored and published a book based on his experiences in 1998 titled Got Your Back: The Life of a Bodyguard in the Hardcore World of Gangsta Rap.
Courtney Love did it, case closed.
May 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Did you guys hear? Suge Knight saw the Tupac hologram, lost his mind, and now he’s claiming that the dead rapper was never dead. Same story, different cast of characters, and yeah, it totally makes sense that Tupac would fake his own death, blah blah blah NOT. From TMZ:
There is a VERY good chance Tupac Shakur is alive and well … and hiding … this according to the man who was with him during the supposedly fatal shooting in Vegas, Suge Knight.
Knight just appeared on 93.5 KDay in L.A. with Tattoo and Cee Cee … and pumped some major fuel into the biggest urban legend in hip hop … that Tupac FAKED his own death.
Knight says his theory explains why cops never found his murderer — because there was no murder.
“Maybe the question is … Pac’s not really dead … pac’s somewhere else,” Knight says.
When asked if he ever saw Tupac’s body following the 1996 shooting, he adds, “Nobody seen Tupac dead. ”
Knight explains, “The person who supposedly cremated Tupac … this guy got about 3 million dollars .. personally from me … cash … and next thing I know I never heard from the guy or seen him again … he retired and left.”
OK, here’s my theory: Tupac got tired of all the fame, the money, the women, the public adoration, and at the ripe old age of twenty-five, instead of making some kind of lame-ass announcement that he was “retiring” (hello, Amanda Bynes! Lookin’ at you, girl!), he decided that he’d go out with a bang—no pun intended. He’d disappear from the streets of LA, flake out on all of his friends, his family, and his lovers, and not come back until the technology was in place to pretend that his grand return was a festival out in the desert as a holographic image and then hide behind that ’til he got bored. I hear the next big plan is for the Tupac “hologram” to go on tour, until “Tupac” gets sick of it and kills himself off the scene again.
Sure, right? No. Sounds like someone’s been watching too much Jem to me.
April 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm by Sarah
This whole mess started when my beloved Tupac was resurrected in the form of a hologram to perform at Coachella this past weekend. It was weird and awkward, and I don’t know why it happened. As much as I love Tupac, which is a whole lot, I wouldn’t want to see him perform. Because he’s dead. And if I were Snoop Dogg, I don’t think I’d want to perform with my friend that, you know, has been dead for 16 years. Is that a hard thing to understand?
Apparently it is, because Tupac’s probably going on tour:
“This is just the beginning,” Digital Domain’s chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich,told the Journal Monday. “[Dr.] Dre has a massive vision for this.”
Spokespersons for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have declined to comment, but Dr. Dre’s production team first approached Digital Domain a year ago about creating a virtual Tupac. The team started focusing on the Coachella performance around four months ago, according to the newspaper.
The months of creative and technical planning aside, a stadium tour is feasible, or possibly smaller arenas, to bring in the talents of Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa.
The late music legend’s brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon just announced that they are joining together for Unity Tour 2012, a 27-city jaunt that kicks off June 18 in Louisville.
It marks the first time they’ve toured together since the Victory Tour in 1984.
“I just wish Michael was here with us, but I’m sure his spirit will be in the house,” Jackie exclusively told me this morning.
And he may be with them afterall. Jackie said a Michael hologram could very well be part of a bigger tour they’re planning for next year after they release a new album with their recently reunited record label Motown.
“It could have Michael—absolutely,” he said. “Wouldn’t that be wonderful? As a matter of fact, we had that idea two years ago for Michael’s Cirque du Soleil show.”
The brothers are still working on the set list for Unity. “There are so many songs,” Jackie said. “That’s the hardest part because we want to include all the favorites and not leave anything out. We’re going to sing some of Michael’s stuff, too. We’re going to honor him on the stage. He’d want us to do our thing to the best of our ability.”
Wow, sounds super! But hey, you know who I’d really like to see in concert? Someone who’s been dead for much, much longer. Can you help me out, Dr. Dre?
Jimmy Hendrix and Marvin Gaye? Sounds like a blast, Dre, but holler when you can get me someone like Billie Holiday or John Phillip Sousa, someone who’s been dead for a real substantial amount of time. If we’re going to do this thing, let’s do it right. I’ll see you guys at Bonnaroo, I hear Mozart is going to do some sweet mash-ups with Skrillex, and Jesus is going to be the MC.
April 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm by Emily
Wow, is this shit weird.
Tupac the Hologram was brought back to perform at this year’s Coachella festival with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, and it was like it was 1994 all over again. Tupac took the stage late last night, and Eminem, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa joined them at one point for a generally all-star non-sucking-rap cast of characters. Except for 50—he’s questionable.
Tons of people on Twitter squawked about how Tupac had returned from the grave, and his performance was “eerie” and “chilling,” but I know better. How can someone who’s never died come back to life? Jeez.
Of course, the buzz has begun, Tupac’s the next big thing for young kids who’ve never even heard of him, and Hologram Tupac even has a Twitter account now, and is firing back at “haters” by … well, calling them haters:
Holy shit, I know who I’m going to be Twitter-stalking for the next two weeks ’til the hype dies down.
April 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
See, Mama Shakur doesn’t want any of that nonsense. She’s had to go through all sorts of things with her little angel, Tupac – the fact that his friends smoked his remains, conspiracy after conspiracy surrounding his murder, and, you know, the murder itself – and it turns out that a sex tape is just pushing it a little too far:
TMZ spoke with a spokesperson for Pac’s estate, who was VERY clear, “We will sue anyone who tries to sell a Tupac tape.”
The rep insists … only the estate has the power to authorize the use of Tupac’s image for commercial use … and there’s NO WAY the sex tape will ever get the proper approval.
We’re told Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is aware of the tape — and has told her spokesperson, “Get the legal team ready because [we] will not allow someone to put it out.”
The rep tells us … the estate is trying to figure out who is marketing the tape by attempting to identify the individuals who appear on film, including the leading lady, believing one of them might be the culprit.
Really though, thank goodness they’re fighting so hard to keep this tape from being released. Everybody knows I love me some Tupac, but when I first heard the news of the sex tape, I think I literally gagged. It just sounds so gross and icky and it makes me uncomfortable to thing of Tupac, the person I consider to be my guardian angel, engaging in such activities.
On the flip side, is anyone super bummed?
October 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm by Emily
Does that kind of creep any of you out? That boyfriend there has this sex tape, and people are only now talking about it, like, almost two decades after he’s been in the ground? I’m making grim faces, guys. Consider me put the eff off. From TMZ:
The tape, shot in 1991, begins with a bunch of groupies in a living room during a house party. Tupac walks into the room with his pants down to his ankles, his shirt off … sporting several chains.
Tupac — whose head is shaved — pulls one of the women toward him, and she begins performing oral sex. As she does her thing, an unreleased song of Tupac’s is playing in the background, as Tupac is singing along and dancing, wiggling his hips.
And it gets even better. As the woman services Tupac, who is holding a cocktail in one hand and a blunt in another, Money B from Digital Underground walks over to him. Tupac puts his cocktail arm around Money B, continues singing and dancing … and the woman never stops.
That’s impressive. I mean, I can hardly walk and chew gum at the same time without looking stupid or choking or drooling or something. This woman, whoever she is, can give head while someone’s dancing and rapping? Plus, she’s holding a blunt AND a cocktail (har har) in each hand? And it appears to be no thing to either one of them? None of these things are bit distracting? Well. I guess I’m in the right line of business, then, friends. Hopefully no one from my hosting company ever walks into my house and expects this kind of treatment, because I’m just putting it out there right now: I’m just not that talented.