Tupac’s final music video eerily foreshadowed death of rapper

September 19, 1996

Tupac’s final music video eerily foreshadowed death of rapper
SUN STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

A music video of Tupac Shakur made about a month before he was gunned down in Las Vegas foreshadowed his violent death and shows the gangsta rapper being ushered into heaven.

The video for “I Ain’t Mad,” which aired Wednesday night on MTV, also shows Shakur being riddled with bullets and dying in an ambulance.

He is met in heaven by comedian Redd Foxx, who is hosting a jam session with Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Robert Johnson, among other performers.

Shakur’s label, Death Row Records, delivered the video to MTV on Monday — three days after the 25-year-old rapper died Friday of gunshot wounds suffered in a Sept. 7 shooting on East Flamingo Road, the New York Post reported today.

In another eerie similarity to real life, the video shows Shakur — who was in a car with Death Row President Marion “Suge” Knight at the time of the shooting — riding with a friend in a limousine.

“It is ironic — definitely a case of life imitating art,” Death Row’s George Pryce told the Post. “It’s almost as if Tupac had a sense of foreboding.”

Metro Police are investigating the shooting, but they have few leads. The shots came from a white Cadillac that pulled up next to the vehicle in which Shakur was riding. Witnesses, including Knight, have refused to cooperate.

Sources have told the Los Angeles Times that a double killing in Compton, Calif., last week was in retaliation for the Shakur shooting.

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