On his 1995 album Thug Life: Volume 1, rapper Tupac Shakur reflected “How long will they mourn me?” It’s a question to this day that seems timeless. Last Thursday (June 16th) marked the 15th year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s murder. Since his murder in Las Vegas in 1996, numerous reports have surfaced claiming he is still alive.
Most recently, a story on PBS’ website pronounced that Tupac was “alive and well” living in New Zealand. The story created quite a stir amongst the internet community who hold closely to any conspiracy theory supporting his whereabouts. Obviously, the story wasn’t true. The day after the story ran, a hacking community called The Lulz Boat, admitted responsibility for the hack.
Reportedly, The Lulz Boat decided to hack PBS after the news group ran a “Wikisecrets” episode that was perceived as unfair to the group by its supporters. In our opinion, we support anyone trying to defend Wikileaks, but come on, messing with Tupac Shakur’s fans is rude.
While the hack was false, the truth remains that people are still mourning his death. Tupac Shakur, like Elvis Presley, has achieved a mythical persona of life after death. Whether reportedly being spotted at a bar in New Orleans or helping drive traffic to a website out of humor for those mourning his death, many people seek updates to confirm their suspicions about his premature death.
In remembrance of the 15th anniversary of his death, we share a couple of tracks with you.
Tupac: “2 Live And Die in LA”
Tupac: “How Long Will They Mourn Me”
Tupac: “Picture Me Rollin'”