November 30th 1994 was the night Tupac Shakur received an invitation for a recording session at Quad Studios in New York. Upon entering the building’s lobby, Pac was shot and robbed by an unknown assailant and robbed for his jewelry. Staggering around bleeding after the obvious set-up, he found Puff and BIG who were having a recording session in the same building as well and subsequently assumed they were behind it. Whipped up in a media-frenzy, the rift between BIG and Pac eventually spiraled in the infamous East versus West beef, which would conclude with hip-hop loosing two of it’s biggest icons and talents.
Now, Dexter Isaac, a former associate of Jimmy Henchman, confessed to being the shooter. Henchmen has long been suspected by fans and journalists of being involved with the setup and allegedly paid Isaac $2,500 for the assault. As to why Dexter Isaac, already convicted of an unrelated crime, chose to come forward an the day of what would’ve been Pac’s 40th birthday he gives the following reason:
I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Jimmy Henchman],” Dexter Isaac told AllHipHop.com from prison. “I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie’s] mothers some closure.
Case closed? Probably not, but certainly another possible pointer in the right direction for future scholars and investigators. Read the full report at Allhiphop.