With each year, a new Tupac interview, hologram, or previously unreleased song grabs internet headlines and quickly recedes into oblivion. Most recently, Kendrick Lamar concluded his second full-length album with a cut-and-paste of a 1994 conversation between Tupac and the music journalist Mats Nileskar. The Forrest Gump trick rekindled interest in exactly what happened on that night in September 1996. Who killed Tupac? What was their motive? Why does Suge Knight—who's about to go on trial for murder himself—claim that Tupac is still alive?
A wealth of conspiracy theories have sprung up as rich as the soil surrounding JFK's grassy knoll. Innumerable books, documentaries, and Chappelle's Show skits have attempted to offer clarity, but only made things murkier.