Tupac Shakur’s brother has slammed President Donald Trump’s campaign for leaving a ticket at the vice presidential debate last week for the late rapper just weeks after Sen Kamala Harris named him as the ‘best rapper alive’.
The Democratic vice presidential candidate made the gaffe during an interview with CNN’s Angela Rye at the NAACP’s virtual convention in September.
‘Best rapper alive?’ Rye asked Harris in the interview. Harris paused for a second and answered: ‘Tupac.’
According to TMZ, Tupac’s stepbrother Mopreme Shakur said the Trump campaign team used the rapper in a ‘clearly disrespectful’ way just to mock the senator.
Tupac Shakur’s brother, Mopreme Shakur (left) has slammed President Donald Trump’s campaign for leaving a ticket at the vice presidential debate last week for the late rapper just weeks after Sen Kamala Harris named him as the ‘best rapper alive’
Mopreme said he wasn’t surprised by the incident at the VP debate because ‘we should know Trump’s lack of respect for the Black and brown community’. Harris is seen last Wednesday during the debate in Utah
Mopreme said he wasn’t surprised by the incident because ‘we should know Trump’s lack of respect for the Black and brown community’.
He also said he would like an apology, but he knows that Trump won’t apologize.
Mopreme did say that the president could make it up to him by releasing his father, Mutulu, from prison.
In 1988, Mutulu, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for RICO conspiracy, armed bank robbery and bank robbery killings.
In his defense, Mopreme says his father has spoken out against violence and has taken full responsibility for his crimes. Despite this, he has been denied parole eight times.
Mopreme also addressed Harris’s mistake for calling Tupac the greatest rapper alive.
He told TMZ that it’s all California love for Harris and that her snafu only shows that she has great taste in music.
During the interview with Harris, Rye pointed out that Tupac has been dead for more than two decades.
Harris named Tupac the ‘best rapper alive’ in an interview with CNN’s Angela Rye (left) at the NAACP’s virtual convention last month
Tupac lives: Some of the wild conspiracy theories
- Fidel Castro helped smuggle him into Cuba. There have been numerous supposed sightings of the rapper in Old Havana where many locals believe he lives. Conspiracy theorist Michael Nice claimed Tupac survived the drive-by shooting and he and then-Cuban leader Fidel Castro helped get him into the country because there was a hit on his head.
- He is living with the Navajo tribe in New Mexico. Filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Rick Boss claims Tupac was either injured in the shooting and escaped in a helicopter or used a body double to fake his death. He flew to New Mexico via the University Medical Center in Vegas and is being protected by the Navajo.
- His death was staged by the Illuminati. Suge J. Knight, the son of former Death Row Records CEO and Tupac’s friend Suge Knight who was in the car when Tupac was shot claims Tupac is living in Malaysia and his death was staged by the powerful secret group. Suge Jr also shared images of what looks like an older Tupac with Beyonce and 50 Cent. His father said Tupac was laughing after the shooting and that his friend had spoken about faking his death before the drive-by.
‘He’s not alive!’ cried Rye. ‘You say he lives on?’
Harris laughed and replied: ‘Not alive, I know, I keep doing that.’
Rye jokingly defended the gaffe, pointing to the conspiracy theories that Tupac could be alive: ‘Listen, West Coast girls think Tupac lives on; I’m with you. So Tupac keep going.’
‘I keep doing that,’ Harris repeated and then seemed to struggle to come up with the name of any living rapper to answer the question.
‘Who would I say? I mean there’s so many, you know?’ she said.
‘There’s some I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane but others…’
Rye laughingly replied ‘I don’t know what that means’ before Harris, without elaborating on her meaning, told her to move on from the question.
‘Keep going, keep going, keep moving Angela,’ the former DA said, to which Rye replied: ‘That was not supposed to be a stumper.’
Tupac was shot multiple times in a car on the night of September 13, 1996 after he had gone to a Mike Tyson boxing match at the MGM Grand.
Tupac, former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and his bodyguards got into a fight with a member of the notorious Crips gang in the casino lobby.
Soon after, Tupac and Knight were in a car stopped at a traffic light when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them and shot into the car.
Tupac was shot four times in the arm, thigh and chest and died in hospital aged 25.
No one was ever charged for his murder.
The rapper has been the subject of wild conspiracy theories that he faked his own death and is still alive.
Theories range from his death being staged by the Illuminati to him being put under witness protection and given a new identity by authorities, and many alleged sightings have been reported worldwide.
Harris was speaking at the NAACP event about racism, the coronavirus pandemic and her vision for America’s future.