Just hours before what would have been Tupac Shakur’s 40th birthday, a man confessed he attacked the iconic rapper in 1994.
It was the shot that sparked the biggest beef in hip-hop ever, pitting the East Coast and West Coast against each other. For years, no one knew who pulled the trigger on ‘Pac during a visit to one of Notorious B.I.G.’s recording sessions.
On Wednesday, Brooklyn inmate Dexter Issac sent a letter to AllHipHop.com, confessing that he had been involved in the attack, but he didn’t specifically name a shooter. He admitted, however, that he had been recruited by James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond to assault Tupac.
"In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio," Dexter wrote. "[Jimmy] gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself."
Why, after 17 years, is Dexter just now choosing to step forward? The inmate, currently serving a life sentence, figures that it is safe to speak out. "The statute of limitations is over, and no one can be charged," he wrote, before addressing Jimmy, "and I’m just plain tired of listening to your lies."
Late last month Jimmy issued a statement that pegged Dexter and a man named Winston Harris as government informants. Outraged at the accusation, Dexter argued that the only reason Jimmy, who is currently hiding from federal authorities, still walks free is because he hasn’t kept his mouth shut.
"Jimmy, I say to you: I have kept your secret for years. You have never been arrested because of me," Dexter states. Moreover, the life-sentence prisoner claims to have fed Jimmy information about a federal investigation on him."
And he even implied that Diddy may have some shady dealings that could get him in hot water with ther law, by questioning, "Mr. Rosemond, I ask you: Are you going to flip on Puffy when the feds get to you?" Dexter didn’t go into detail about what Diddy may have done.
The confession wasn’t just about revenge, however. "I want to apologize to [Shakur’s] family and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Jimmy Henchman]," Dexter told AllHipHop. "I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and B.I.G.’s] mothers some closure."
— Sonya Eskridge