While he was still alive, legendary late rapper Tupac Shakur helpfully defined what, exactly, it meant to be a "ridah" or a "thug n*gga" in various songs. (Obviously, those links go to lyrics that are NSFW, blah, blah). But now we know almost 100 percent for sure that Tupac remained a true gangster until the very end—we’ve got his official last words.
They come courtesy of Chris Carroll. He’s a Las Vegas police officer who responded to the call the night of September 7, 1996—when a still-unknown assailant sprayed bullets into Suge Knight’s car, in which Tupac was riding. In a new interview with Vegas Seven, a weekly publication in Las Vegas, he reveals details of the last lucid moments of Tupac’s life:
"I’m looking at Tupac, and he’s trying to yell back at Suge, and I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me. He was making eye contact with me here and there, but he’s trying to yell at Suge. And I kept asking over and over, ‘Who did this? Who shot you?’ And he basically kept ignoring me.”
But Tupac wasn’t ignoring the cop completely because he was struggling to cling to life. No, he was ignoring him because, to the very end, he abided by the code of never snitching.
His last words to Officer Carroll (allegedly, by Carroll’s account)?
Spoken like a true G.
Arielle Castillo is Fusion's culture editor, reporting on arts, music, culture, and subcultures from the streets on up. She's also a connoisseur of weird Florida, weightlifting, and cats.