2Pac's Dad Blames U.S. Government For His Death

2Pac's father says the government is to blame for his son's death.

BYCole Blake
1994 Source Awards

2Pac's father, Billy Garland, says that his son's death was "set up" by the U.S government. He reflected on the legendary rapper's passing during a new interview with The Art of Dialogue. The conversation began with Garland discussing Pac's fight with Orlando Anderson in Las Vegas on the night of his death.

“He never should have did that,” Garland said. “‘Pac just got hyper and he thought he had to lead. If you notice in the video, everybody was following him around. He’s the money-maker. Death Row was the $100 million thing, but everybody’s following 2Pac. Think about that logic. Everything he did, everybody attached themselves to him, and he felt obligated to prove that ‘I’m gonna be your leader.’ And he struck [Orlando] first, only because someone had told him that this is the guy who stole the Death Row medallion."

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CHICAGO - MARCH 1994: Rapper Tupac Shakur performs at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

“Now, the way he did it was off-limits. Cameras every-fucking-where, c’mon, but that’s the irrational shit you do. And you know that broke my heart, but a lot of little shit that he did. But look at all the good shit that he did. Now look what he did, look what he’s done. I don’t think it’ll be done again.”

Garland did note that he is aware of Anderson’s uncle, Duane “Keefe D” Davis, confessing that he was present when his nephew allegedly fired the fatal shots at his son. However, Garland says there's more to the story. He went on to explain that the "key question" is the role the government played in the incident.

Billy Garland On His Son's Death

“Well, I think the key question there is the government,” Garland said. “The government gave him the deal. [2Pac] was being tailed by the government the night of his assassination. He was being tailed by the government while in the studio — that’s a known fact. So I don’t know this guy Keefe, I don’t know. Maybe he had to say that to get out of some issue, I don’t know. I just know it looked like a setup to me. Somebody told this guy to stand there with the Death Row thing and it pursued to what we had, but I don’t think [Orlando Anderson] had anything to do with the death of my son…not at all.”

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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.