FBI releases documents on Tupac Shakur and terrorist threats the late rapper received


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Following last week’s release of documents on the investigation of Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 murder, the FBI let files on fellow iconic rhymer Tupac Shakur loose today.

His papers, however, focus more on death threats he and his California peers received from the Jewish Defense League, a pro-Israel domestic terrorist organization, than his own 1996 murder.

The September 1997 findings reveal that the “JDL and others yet identified have been extorting money from various rap music stars via death threats.” The JDL apparently would contact artist—Shakur included—by phone, claiming that their lives were in danger, then offer their protective services for a fee.

Before being shot to death Sept. 7 in Las Vegas after attending a Mike Tyson fight, Shakur had been called by the group, though a conclusive connection to his death has not subsequently been made.

The docs also claim that late N.W.A. member Eazy-E (real name: Eric Wright) was also contacted by the JDL before he died of AIDS in 1995. You can check out the 14-year-old FBI papers here.

Do you think they’ll ever find out who killed Tupac? Let us know.

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  • Dupac

    Tupac fakes his death. I just know he’ll be coming back. I pray everyday for his return and one day he will surprise us with his visit. There are a number of clues that suggest he is alive.

    • Vince from NYC

      Yup, he’s in Cuba with Elvis and MJ..

      • Dr, McCoy

        He’s dead, Jim.


        Trust me, no loss.

      • Kat

        Tupac, no loss?? You must be crazy.

  • o

    more fuel on the conspiracy theories

    • rachel

      its not naive to believe in conspiracies..they do exist…

  • krayzeman

    Nope. The streets know but the public never will…sad

  • Jack Meoff

    Tupac is dead; he ain’t coming back. No loss, trust me.

    • emil

      Go blow yourself.

    • Kat

      I say again…no loss?? Are you crazy?

    • baby joker

      shut up if u died it wouldent be a loss

  • thizzymarley

    anybody who thinks tupac is still a live also belives 9/11 was a consipiracy theory, the bulls won the stanley cup, and charlie sheen is the reincarnation of jesus. idiots, the man was a genious, lets not spoil his name saying he faked his own death.

    • Jay

      A hell of a lyricist, an excellent rapper, talented musical stylist. Sure I’d agree with all of that

      “Genius” is STRETCHING it quite a bit. Dont use the word if you dont know its meaning

      • Kat

        I think calling him a musical genius is pretty fair. Debatable, sure, but not blowing things way out of proportion.

      • mrright

        “Don’t use the word if you don’t know the meaning.” What are you the Genius Police? Or just another guy commenting on Tupac Shakur who probably knows next to nothing about him. Glad we had this talk.

        Tupac was a music genius.

    • Monique

      I so agree with you

  • rachel

    not sure if I should say still alive or RIP…truth is stranger than fiction…and you believe THE LIES…I pity you……

  • Matthew

    Pretty sure he’s a rapper not a ryhmer.

  • Reese Mitchell

    There seems to be a lot more going on with his death than has ever been released. Wonder what info is in files that still isn’t known to the public. Somebody pulled the trigger and they ain’t talkin’ period.

  • rachel

    there is more to the story…perhaps he was killed by someone other than Orlando Anderson.

  • thuglife

    thuglife lives on forever

    • rachel

      whats that mean? he’s not alive…right? you just meant in spirit.

  • Rebz

    Definitely agree that the streets know and those who were with Tupac at Death Row know as well but don’t have a soul to speak!

  • ken

    the illuminati=Jewish Defense League makes sense now

  • james

    Tupac was even cooler than I thought. He read all sorts of great works of literature to improve his craft. However, I do find his work to be contradictory at times and I’m not sure what he really stands for. He’d definitely be interesting to have a conversation with!

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