Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10:38
Just before she died, Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni reached out to her family friend, noted civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, with a desperate plea: find out, once and for all, who killed her son.
Twenty years after the death of prolific and influential rapper and actor, Tupac Shakur, HISTORY (DStv Channel 186), and streaming live on DStv Now, presents a six-hour limited investigative series, Wednesdays at 20:15.
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Famed civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, conducts a full-scale investigation into key theories behind the murder of Tupac, and looks at aspects from the legendary artist’s life.
Benjamin has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and other victims of gun violence who many believe were denied their due process of the law. When Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who went to high school with Benjamin's mother, saw that he was fighting for truth and justice for the family of Trayvon Martin, she expressed to him how important that was and that this fight is not just for Tupac and Trayvon, but for all our young black men who didn’t get justice. In exploring how Tupac didn’t get his due process, Benjamin seeks to show how it is relevant to what is happening in the social justice movement in America today.
In each episode, Benjamin and journalist Stephanie Frederic, who has covered Tupac’s case since his murder, examine one of the key theories. Having secured the last remaining eyewitness to his murder, they re-stage the crime scene in Las Vegas to shed new light on the case.
Through Tupac’s own words and exclusive new interviews with eyewitnesses, family, friends, and colleagues, viewers will come to understand every facet of Tupac Shakur’s complex personality. In addition, Benjamin will have a behavioural analysis completed of the late Orlando Anderson, the man many suspect was involved with Tupac’s murder, based off of an archival exclusive interview that was shot prior to his death in 1998.
Key interviews also include Tupac’s brother Mopreme Shakur, his childhood friend E.D.I. Mean as well as other members of his group Outlawz, his first manager Atron Gregory, Al Sharpton, radio personality Big Boy, Christopher Darden, former manager Leila Steinberg, former MTV correspondent Tabitha Soren, executives at Death Row Records, former gang members of the Bloods and the Crips, Quincy “QDIII” Jones III and Digital Underground’s Money-B.
The series’ opening song, Heaven 4 a Gangster, is written and performed by Grammy-nominated rapper, The Game. He wrote and recorded the song in honour of his hero, Tupac Shakur. The single, Heaven 4 a Gangster, dropped on 13 September as a tribute to coincide with the 21st anniversary of Shakur’s untimely death.
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