The 7 Craziest Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Tupac Shakur

"I return like Makaveli on 18-inch Pirelli's"

Today marks what would have been the 44th birthday of global icon Tupac Amaru Shakur. His legacy has touched every walk of life imaginable, and his undeniable influence can be detected in the DNA of most modern day rappers of the last 15 to 20 years.

To this day, Shakur’s untimely death remains unsolved and shrouded in a cloud mystery, which only helps to fuel various conspiracy theories that have people swearing up and down that the rapper is alive and well. We visit seven of the most over-the-top conspiracy theories involving one of music’s most beloved figures.

  1. 2Pac Was Abducted By Aliens

    This conspiracy theory possibly takes the cake based off of pure ridiculousness alone. Apparently aliens from the planet YILAMHAR, used their powers to setup what only appeared to be 2Pac’s murder. Instead Pac was abducted and offered the opportunity to live on their planet for 1000 years, where he would continue to make music all while surrounded by the “phattest of honeys.” After fulfilling his 100 years on the planet, 2Pac would be guaranteed eternal life on Earth. Cool story indeed bro.

  2. MAKAVELI

    The album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was released under the stage name of Makaveli, named after Niccolò Machiavelli, an Italian war strategist who believed in faking one’s death as a tool against enemies. Also if you swap around a few letters here and there, Makaveli turns into ‘AM ALIVE K.’ The album art for The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory contains the text “Exit 2Pac, Enter Makaveli.” The cover also depicts Shakur as Jesus Christ — who resurrected after seven days.

  3. The Mystery Surrounding His Cremation

    Tupac’s body was supposedly cremated on September 14, 1996 which was the following day after his death. Suge Knight claimed he personally paid a man $3 million to cremate Shakur only to find out the man retired, never to be heard from or seen again. In a related twist to the story, word got out that The Outlawz actually smoked the ashes of their mentor and friend.

    In a 2014 interview, Outlawz member E.D.I. Mean confirmed the rumor, but revealed that the ashes were not Tupac’s after all. Which sparks up a question of our own — who’s ashes were they?

  4. Hidden Messages In The Music

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    2Pac was featured on Richie Rich’s track “N***** Done Changed,” which was released shortly after his death in 1996. On the song 2Pac raps, “I’ve been shot and murdered, can’t tell you how it happened word for word but best believe that n*****’ gonna get what they deserve.” On the track “Life of an Outlaw,” 2Pac rapped “all for the street fame on how to be managed, to plan s***, 6 months in advance to what we plotted, approved to go on swole and now I got it.”

    On the song “Ain’t Hard 2 Find” he opens up the track with — “I heard rumors that I died murdered in cold blood, traumatized pictures of me in my final states — you know mama cried. But that was fiction, some coward got the story twisted.” These lines and more like them are scattered throughout his music, and leads many fans to believe his death was a pre-planned plot.

  5. 2Pac Is In Exile And Living In Cuba

    The story goes that 2Pac faked his own death that fateful night in Las Vegas as a result of all the drama in his life. Soon after he fled to Cuba to join his aunt Assata Shakur — who received political asylum in 1984. If this theory holds correct, Pac may have to relocate soon now that Cuba and the United States are on good terms again.

  6. FBI Witness Protection

    Some believe the rapper faked his death and entered the FBI witness protection program, in an attempt to help with an ongoing investigation into Death Row Records CEO Marion Suge Knight. This theory is easy to debunk— simply because of Pac’s deep roots with the Black Panther Party. Also if you let the Feds tell it, they have no info regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Shakur.

  7. The 7 Day Theory

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    Pac conspiracy theorists believe due to the reoccurring appearance of the number seven throughout his work and life, that he would return in seven years. The number seven represents completion, divine perfection or a spiritual awakening. Unfortunately in 2003, the only sign of 2Pac was in the form of full-length documentary entitled Ressurection, which was narrated by the man himself using various pieces of audio.