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Isaac, who is currently serving a life sentence in New York for unrelated crimes, confessed to AllHipHop.com that he shot Shakur in 1994 and that he was paid $2,500 by James Rosemond—a.k.a. Jimmy Henchman, hip-hop mogul and CEO of management company Czar Entertainment—to rob the rapper.
The robbery and shooting, which LA Times reporter Chuck Philips alleges that both Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls) and Sean "Puffy" Combs knew about in advance, sparked an ongoing rivalry between Shakur and Smalls that would eventually cost both of them their lives. Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996; Smalls was fatally shot in Los Angeles in 1997.
So why would Isaac, who had all but gotten away with the robbery and shooting, finally speak up now? According to Isaac, he wanted to give Tupac's and Biggie's mothers some closure. Rosemond has said that Isaac is a government informant; Isaac hopes his confession will also disprove Rosemond's claims. Rosemond, whome federal agents claim is the leader an LA-to-NYC coke ring, was arrested earlier this week, ending a manhunt after he failed to turn himself in on drug charges unrelated to Isaac's accusations. From a June 15 post by Justin Shady and a June 21 post by Lilledeshan Bose.
This column appeared in print as "Centro Cultural de Mexico Facing Eviction: Also, the softer side of Rob Zombie and a Tupac shooter confesses."