A new documentary, Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton, was released earlier this month as a full investigation into the death of the influential rapper and whether or not there is evidence for a cover-up. In this documentary, former CEO of Death Row Records Suge Knight, currently in jail waiting to be tried for murder, claims that he was with Tupac Shakur on the night of his death and, for the first time, gives his take on who killed Tupac. The directors of the documentary, Richard Bond and Michael Douglas Carlin, back this claim up by stating that they have a signed affidavit from Knight’s attorney confirming the truth of the story presented in the film.
This release by the documentary’s directors has sparked a firestorm around the long-discussed story, with many speculating on the veracity of Knight’s implication of his ex-wife, Sharitha Knight, and former security executive of Death Row Records, Reggie Wright Jr. Knight’s attorney, Thaddeus Culpepper, responded to all of this by stating that the press release cited no author and that he has never made statements on Knight’s behalf. He went as far to call the report of an affidavit “fake news.”
This is an about-face for Knight, who has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the killer’s identity. As recently as two months ago, he had even claimed that he would refuse to cooperate with police investigation, even if he accepted knowing who the killer was. Whether or not Knight is to be believed is another question. For example, some consider his claim that Dr. Dre conspired with a Los Angeles Police deputy in an assassination attempt rather outlandish. Others would point to his frequent time in jail as another point against believing the former hip-hop executive.
The story of Tupac’s murder has invited many a conspiracy theorist to craft a story about who and why the artist was murdered. A popular conspiracy theory blames the FBI, while others believe it was Sean Combs (formerly Puff Daddy and Diddy) who hired a hitman to kill Tupac. The documentary, Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton, is currently available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Amazon.