The world of Tupac — his workhorse mentality, his vault of work and the sheer amount of life he lived in 27 years on Earth — leads to some very odd stories leaking out from time to time. In the face of all that, a contract dispute seems pretty mundane. But that’s exactly what we have going on right now with R&B singer Natasha Walker.
Given the scope of Tupac’s reach and the amount of people who had to be involved for Tupac to make as much work as he did, it’s a little surprising that you don’t hear about people coming for a slice of the late legend more often. Kudos to Pac’s lawyers for that one. But Walker says they made a pretty egregious oversight when it comes to his track “Bury Me A G.”
According to TMZ, Walker is claiming that she and Pac made a deal that gave her joint ownership of the track all the way back in ‘93. Well, it’s been two decades, and Walker says she hasn’t seen one red cent from the song.
She’s suing for back royalties, damages, and attorney fees. While the statute of limitations in California regarding contract disputes is only four years, Walker and her attorney argue that that’s irrelevant in this case because the song continues to make money.
It really is astounding, the amount of news that Tupac generates decades after his death. Take for example, the recently unearthed jailhouse interview where he reveals that it was his friends who shot him (the first time).
“I don’t got no friends. I don’t got no friends. I got supporters. People on my side and people on the other side,” he warned. “Watch people. Because you can fake for a long time but one day, you’re going to show yourself to be phony.”
When the interviewer asked what had him so paranoid, Tupac let it drop that his own people had shot him.
“I know who shot me. I don’t care about telling the police none of that. I don’t care about none of that,” he said. “Be to yourself. Stay to yourself. Trust nobody. Trust nobody. You know what I mean? Straight up.”
“My closest friends did me in. My closest friends, my homies, people I done took care of their whole family. I done took care of them, looked out for them. Put them in the game, everything. Turned on me. Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All the love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.”
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Tupac was always eloquent, quick with an interesting thing to say. That extended even to his final moments, if you believe the testimony of first responder Chris Carroll. The officer said that he responded to Tupac’s shooting in Las Vegas and got an earful before the rapper lost consciousness.
“All of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed,” Carroll said. He continued:
“And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. Just like that. . . He went from fighting to ‘I can’t do it.’ And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking right in my eyes. And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’. . . He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘F**k you.’”
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