In November 1994, Tupac Shakur was shot at Manhattan's Quad Studios. That shooting set off a horrific chain reaction when, as legend has it, Tupac blamed the Notorious B.I.G. for the shooting. The two had a bitter public falling-out, which led to the storied East Coast/West Coast rap feud of the 90s. Within a few years, both Tupac and Biggie were dead, and their murders remain unsolved. But a new development could shed a whole lot more light on what, exactly, happened in that 1994 shooting.None of this is confirmed as of yet, but according to AllHipHop.com, a man named Dexter Isaac has admitted to shooting Tupac at Quad Studios in November 1994. Isaac claims that music-business figure James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond-- currently the CEO of Czar Entertainment and manager of rapper the Game-- paid him $2,500 for the shooting. Isaac is currently serving a life prison sentence for murder and other offenses.
In a statement to AllHipHop, Isaac says, "I want to apologize to [Tupac's] family and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Rosemond]. I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie's] mothers some closure." He indicated that he's stepping forward to confess because the statute of limitations for an assault charge has passed and he can't be charged with the shooting.
In a 2008 story, the Los Angeles Times reported that Rosemond, along with a few associates, arranged the assault on behalf of Biggie's label boss Sean "Diddy" Combs "because they were angry that he had rejected signing with Combs' Bad Boy Records." The newspaper retracted the story soon afterward when they learned that FBI reports cited in the story had been fabricated.
According to the Smoking Gun, Rosemond is currently a fugitive from justice; he's wanted by the DEA and federal marshals in connection with his alleged leadership of a cocaine trafficking ring.
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