Inmate Dexter Isaac dropped a bomb today via an exclusive statement to AllHipHop.com, in which he confessed to shooting Tupac Shakur five times in November 1994. This shooting took place two years before Tupac was shot to death in September 1996 in Vegas by two unidentified assailants. However, this first shooting is said to have spurred the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry that resulted in the shooting deaths of both Shakur and his East Coast rival Biggie Smalls.
This whole rivalry sounded gnarly to begin with -- who knows who was really to blame or maybe every one of these guys had a small part. I mean, Tupac Shakur was definitely no good guy, from what I can tell (remember the sexual abuse conviction?). However, I'm having a hard time believing the motives behind Isaac's confession are in any way pure.
Isaac, who is currently serving life in prison for murder, robbery, and other offenses, claims in his confession that he wants to begin to take responsibility for his incalculable wrongdoings. Isaac says he is "trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie's] mothers some closure." However, if this was true and he gave one inkling about those guys' mothers, he really should have stopped typing right after he wrote "I want to apologize."
Unfortunately, Dexter Isaac's attempt at an apology and amends to Shakur's family turns completely disastrous right after the apology when he then starts finger pointing and playing the blame game. He goes on to name former friend, associate, and founder of Czar Entertainment, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, who is currently on the run from Federal officials, as the man who hired him to rob (and presumably shoot) Shakur. He even draws Bad Boy mogul Diddy (Puff, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy) back into the mess, saying Rosemond will probably rat out Diddy for his alleged involvement in the shootings.
There's definitely a time and place for this type of information, if any of it is even true, to be revealed to law enforcement and the world; however, the time is NOT when you're pretending to apologize. Please don't try to bury your finger pointing and sh!t starting from your prison cell in an apology to Tupac and Biggie's mothers. That's just wrong. And as for the right place to allege another's guilt in a crime, it is NOT on a hip hop news site. C'mon now ...
A true apology, a true amends, can't be motivated by the desire to simply clear one's conscience or name, harm, or blame someone else along the way. Ideally, you should be motivated by the sheer need and desire to apologize. Because you are truly sorry. Not because you want to start up some new trouble.
What do you think about this shocking confession?
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