After almost 20 years, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond - who just received a life sentence for running a multi-million dollar interstate drug ring - has finally admitted what many hip hop fans already knew: He orchestrated the hit on Tupac Shakur that resulted in the rapper getting shot five times. Though Pac did not die that day, what ensued was one of the ugliest times in hip hop history.
After being shot five times by Dexter Isaac (in 2011 Isaac confessed to being the gunman that day at Quad Studios in New York) Tupac went into a blind fury, blaming everyone that was in the studio that day. That list of people included Andre Harrell, P. Diddy and most famously, The Notorious B.I.G. who Pac made his new worst enemy. What did Jimmy Henchman pay Dexter Isaac to carry out the hit which went down under the guise of a robbery? $2,500.
Tupac started a feud with Notorious B.I.G. that got increasingly violent as the months went on. Many people that knew him said that he became a different person after that initial shooting. When Tupac died in 1996 from a shooting that took place in Las Vegas, there was speculation that Biggie had something to do with it. Six months later, Biggie was killed in Los Angeles.
The two were friends before the Quad Studio shooting, but something changed after that day. Pac no longer trusted anybody and under the influence of Suge Knight and Death Row Records was living like he was trying to die. Tupac and Biggie were two of hip hop's biggest stars and remain mythologized in hip hop lore. But thanks to that $2,500 and Jimmy Rosemond, we can only wonder what could have been.