(CNN)Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of one of hip-hop’s most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff’s office said Tuesday.
Jada Pinkett-Smith was very close with Tupac while he was alive, so much so their relationship has been the talk of many different culture commentators and film/documentary directors for years. To accentuate what was a “reflective Saturday” for the Hollywood star, Pinkett-Smith penned a very heartfelt open letter not just about Tupac and her close friend Maxine, but what their deaths, and the circumstances that brought about their deaths, say about the society we live in, and who we are as a culture.
I’m having a deeply reflective Saturday.
In this picture I’m flanked by two extremely close friends of mine…Tupac and Maxine. They both died tragically not too far apart from one another. I flipped through more pictures of my youth only to come across at least 6 other friends who had been taken from this world…violently. I can’t even count acquaintances. There was a time all that loss felt like the norm; today it felt unnatural, strange, downright wrong. Half of my life was surviving a war zone…genocide. I’m grateful for what I have survived. GratefuI that I can spend an evening with Fallon playing a pie in the face game. Grateful I didn’t become a statistic like I often thought I would. Grateful that my own children don’t have to confront the loss and violence in their neighborhood in the way their parents had to. But, I also feel helpless, a bit depressed that there are so many of us who still do. And it feels like it’s only gotten and getting worse.
I’m hurting today.
Love you guys.
18 years after his death, more information on 2Pac’s 1994 shooting is still coming to light. In a recently released audio tape of a phone conversation between 2Pac and Sanyika Shakur (aka Monster), information about a plot against Pac is revealed by Pac himself.
2Pac can be heard on the recording (around 12min mark) saying that “The girl that did this rape shit, she hooked up with the niggas that shot me. It was all connected; it was a big plan. I just caught it at the end, and that’s why they shot me.” The woman he is referring to accused him on rape in 1993 a year before he was attacked and shot at the Quad Recording Studio in New York.
Does this mean Puff Daddy and co are off the hook? They were originally pinpointed as the ones who orchestrated the attack. But Pac does not go on to reveal names.
HotNewHipHop.com breaks down the background info for us:
‘In November 1993, a woman accused Pac and his entourage of raping her in a hotel room, and took the rapper to trial on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, to which he pleaded not guilty. The day before the verdict was announced, November 30, 1994, Pac was shot five times by three men in the lobby of the Manhattan recording studio. Despite that connection (coincidental or not), the rapper initially accused Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G. and their associates of putting a hit out on him. With the alleged sexual assault occurring before the attack, and the attack coming hours before a judge gave Pac a shortened sentence, it definitely seems like someone was trying to get him locked up for a long time, and when they realized that was unlikely to happen, resorted to more violent methods of silencing the star.’
Other audio also shows Pac’s incredibly generous side and passion for making the world a better place. He reveals plans for community centers, registering voters and getting the streets clean “for the kids”. Speaking about himself and his fellow rappers, ”we got the juice, we just ain’t doing nothing with it.”
It’s a sad reminder that the good are taken from us too soon.
BY LUCY ALVAREZ