by Tolu Orekoya
When rapper Tupac Shakur was attacked in 1994, it ignited the east c0ast/west coast rivalry that turned into a blood bath and made the record industry millions. Now, after almost two decades of denying his role in the affair drug kingpin James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemund finally implicated himself in the attack that started the whole affair.
The admission came as part of a US government criminal program called “Queen for a Day” where individuals being investigated admit to certain crimes in return for the knowledge that their admissions will not be used to prosecute them. He was being investigated (and was eventually convicted) for running a multi-milllion dollar crack-cocaine drug ring that operated on both coasts.
This is not the first time that he has been implicated. Before his death Tupac, in his song “Against All Odds”, named Rosemund as the guilty party, and in 2011 Dexter Isaac, a former close friend of Rosemund, released a statement stating that he carried out the attack at Rosemund’s behest.
From Village Voice:
“In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which 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 Reed. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery.”
No one will be arrested for the crime as the statute of limitations for robbery, which is seven years in the state of New York, has long since passed.