Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Nobody Wants To Be A Rat

It’s November 1994 and Tupac Shakur is in trouble. He lost a guest spot on a TV series. He’s on trial for rape. And he’s broke.

When he’s not in court, he’s in the recording studio to rap his way out of financial ruin. 

Although he’d been in touch with the law before—he’d beat another rapper with a baseball bat and shot two off-duty cops in self defence—the sexual abuse charge scared him.

It harmed his reputation. It meant a long time behind bars and away from music. And it complicated his already crumbling relationship with his co-defendant, Jaques “Haitian Jack” Agnant.

A surprisingly harmless looking man, who made his reputation robbing drug dealers. 

The two met a few months ago on the movie set Above The Rim and became friends. He told Tupac, “I’m going to look after you. You don’t need to get in no more trouble.”

But once the trials began, Tupac looked like the only one in trouble.

In an interview outside the New York courthouse, Tupac said, “They were all right in the same room with me. Why am I the only one in court right now? […] I’m charged with being in concert with some guys. Where they at?

Tupac thought Jack had set him up.

When the two eventually bumped into each other at a party, Tupac didn’t even acknowledge him. 

As he beefed with a gangster, the legal bills started piling up. So on the 29th of November,  Tupac accepted a deal with Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond to record a verse for $7,000.

Tupac arrived at the recording studio with three friends the day after. 

As he walked up to the building, another rapped yelled down from the balcony that his friend and mentee Biggie was recording upstairs.

Looking forward to seeing his friend, Tupac and his crew walked into the lobby and toward the lift. 

But before he reached the lift, two men in army fatigues stuck a gun in his face. They ordered everyone to get on the floor.

Instead, Tupac reached for his gun. And got shot 5 times.

After he fell to the floor, the men beat him and snatched all his jewelry. Except for his diamond-studded Rolex that was a gift from Haitian Jack.

Tupac played dead.

After the muggers left, he crawled into the lift and rode it upstairs to the studio.

When he staggered through the doors of the studio, he saw a group of people including Henchman and Biggie’s crew. Tupac said everyone looked surprised and guilty.

When the cops came, nobody spoke up. Not even the bloodied up superstar, who was quickly carried out of the studio and driven to Bellevue Hospital.

When Tupac got out of surgery, he was confused and scared.

But amidst all the chaos of his mind, one thing was clear: he was set up. Why else was he the only that got robbed in a building filled with gold-clad stars?

The next day, Tupac rolled into court to hear the verdict on the trial. 

The judge found Tupac guilty of sexual abuse and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Whereas Haitian Jack dodged jail time by cooperating with the police.

A deal Tupac thought too good to be true.

After the hearing, Tupac paid a $25,000 bond to recover from his wounds in peace.

He now had lots of time to think about who wanted him shot.

When Biggie released his first album Ready To Die, Tupac had all the information he needed to solve the mystery.

Although Tupac was a mentor to Biggie, the album notes didn’t give him any credit. A clear sign of disrespect.

The shocked and guilty faces in the studio at the night of the shooting finally made sense.

Maybe Biggie and his entourage were behind the ambush.

That idea eventually led to a bloody conflict that would eventually take the lives of both Tupac and Biggie.

The identities of the murderers still remain a mystery.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach