Tomorrow would have been Tupac Shakur’s 40th birthday, and a new revelation involving his life has come out: An associate of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has confessed to being involved in the robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios 17 years ago in a statement to AllHipHop.com.* Dexter Isaac, who’s currently serving a life sentence at MDC Brooklyn, says that he was paid $2,500 plus most of the jewelry he took by Rosemond to carry out the crime, and that he still has a chain taken on that day. The meat of the confession after the jump.
In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, hich he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Ried [sic?]. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery.
Isaac goes on to say that he’s coming clean now because he wants to provide closure for the families of both the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, and he also accuses both Rosemond and Diddy (referred to in the letter by his former nickname “Puffy”) of being people who want “to come off all innocent-like.” (Recall that the FBI file on Biggie’s murder alluded to the involvement of both the Notorious B.I.G. and Puffy in the 1994 shooting.) He then drops the old “you can fool some of the people some of the time” threat, which, hm. If you have any questions, you can write him at his address in prison, helpfully provided at the end of the letter! Rosemond, who’s currently on the run from the Feds because he’s wanted on coke-distribution-related matters, has yet to release a counter-statement.
NOTE: AllHipHop has softened the language framing its publication of the statement from “A man has admitted to shooting rap star Tupac Shakur in 1994” to “A man has admitted to being involved in the attack on rap star Tupac Shakur in 1994” since the statement was initially published Wednesday afternoon. The original draft of this post said that Isaac confessed to shooting Tupac because of that framing; it has since been updated.