Volume 90, Issue 99

Thursday, April 03, 1997

The Great One


Shakur and B.I.G. are really dead - R.I.P.

Re: R.I.P. Notorious B.I.G., March 26

To the Editor:

The circumstances surrounding the murder of rap music's two biggest names, Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., have prompted fans, critics and people with a lot of time on their hands to devise a ridiculous theory.

The theory circulating is one that involves the rap stars faking their own deaths so that they can make large profits off of the record sales. The fact that should immediately strike such a theorist is why would such a person fake their own death? Why would two of the industry's most influential personalities fake their own deaths when they have such promising careers ahead of them? The reason given? It will increase record sales and subsequent profits.

Why fake your own death and live a life in isolation just to sell an additional million albums? A long-term reward would be realized at a hundred times this profit if they were still alive and making albums.

I have my own theory. The same people who believe that Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. are still alive are the same people who saw Elvis during slack week at a bowling alley in Nebraska. Unfortunately, two extremely talented entertainers are gone, well before their time. Let them rest in peace.

Buck Harven
Social Science I

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