Tupac's Videographer Says Suge Knight Wasn't Shot As Claimed, Details "7 Dayz" Documentary

Exclusive: Gobi M. Rahimi reveals some startling information surrounding the final days of Tupac's life, including Suge's imaginary bullet wound and Las Vegas Police's stunning indifference.

One of the few witnesses to Tupac Shakur’s struggle to survive for several days following the drive-by shooting that would eventually claim the now iconic actor/rapper’s life at the young age of 25 is contradicting a long-maintained claim by the former head of Death Row Records, Marion “Suge” Knight, that the then Row CEO was also struck by a bullet in that attack, which is somehow still lodged in his head.

In the trailer to 7 Dayz, the forthcoming documentary from onetime Tupac videographer, Gobi M. Rahimi, the man ‘Pac agreed to let film what would be the final months of his life recalls in the immediate aftermath of that September 7, 1996 shooting, says he witnessed a nurse at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada inform Suge Knight’s mother that her son “is fine,” as he was just cut by either flying glass or a piece of shrapnel and would require only stitches for his injuries.

“A little quick ultrasound would show whether he’s got a bullet or not in his skull,” Gobi told HipHopDX on Monday (February 11th) in response to Knight’s more dubious recollection of that event. “I just remember what I heard. So, unless they went in afterwards and they found a bullet … I’m just repeating what I heard her say.”

Some have theorized that Knight lied in interviews following the shooting regarding the extent of the injuries he sustained during the attack on Tupac to cover up his involvement in the murder of Death Row’s then marquee artist.  

Speaking to HipHopDX via phone while spending time with family in the South of France, the director of some of Tupac’s final music videos (“2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” “Made Niggaz”) documented in detail the trauma-filled nights he spent alongside Gobi’s then girlfriend/production partner Tracy Robinson, ‘Pac’s aunt and assistant Yaasmyn Fula, mother Afeni Shakur, longtime friend Molly Monjauze and proteges The Outlawz as the small but dedicated collective held vigil over the mortally wounded star in the waiting room of UMC’s emergency room.

“I was there for six of the seven nights, from 12 to 8 in the morning,” recalled Gobi. “Me and Noble [of the Outlawz] did the graveyard shift pretty much every night.”

Tupac’s videographer and one of his teenage pupils found themselves in the ill-equipped position of having to help guard, unarmed, their beloved leader due to death threats coming in to Death Row Records warning that the perpetrators of the shooting were planning to come to the hospital to “finish him off,” combined with the apparent ineptitude on the part of Death Row’s security arm, WrightWay.

“Frank Alexander... Couldn’t find him for a few days,” revealed Gobi. “Getting Kevin Hackie out there was difficult. He got stopped by Vegas P.D."

“After the first day they had a guy sitting outside [Tupac’s] door,” he added. “But, you know, being from [Suge’s] team – I guess he didn’t trust anyone. So, Yaasmyn Fula, Black Panther, the way she kinda was in the whole situation is that she wanted to make sure he was secure with people she trusted. And I think on the fifth or sixth night, the Fruit of Islam finally showed up and that’s kind of when I left. It was a day and a dollar too late. But, thankfully they got there. And it was almost like they were people she trusted. So, it seemed like it was finally secure, after five or six days of not knowing who we could trust.”

The paramilitary arm of the Nation of Islam previously provided security to Tupac in 1994 following his shooting at the Quad Recording Studios in New York City.

Prior to the F.O.I.’s arrival, Gobi personally phoned the Las Vegas Metro Police Department to attend to the threats still being made on Tupac as he lie unconscious in the hospital, but was met with surprising indifference towards protecting the life of one of the most popular recording artists in the world.

“I think the third or fourth night is when the marketing guy [from Death Row] came up to me and was like, ‘They just called, the guys who shot him, they’re loading their guns, they’re gonna come and finish him off,’” recounted Gobi. “And I called Vegas P.D. I’m like, ‘Yo, they’re about to come take him out.’ And they were like, ‘Well, sir, there’s a foot patrolman in the hospital, if something should go down you can just get a hold of him.’”

The only hospital security seen by the man Tupac fondly dubbed “The Crazy Iranian” was one older Caucasian gentleman stationed in the corner of the ER waiting room.

“And when he heard me get off of that call,” remembered Gobi, “he was like, ‘I gotta tell you, that’s crazy. Last year, there was a rodeo star that broke his leg and they gave him four Winnebago’s for his family and he had like five or six policemen around the clock to guard him.’”

Luckily for the defenseless Gobi, the threats made against Tupac while he lay fighting for his life were never actually acted on. Unfortunately, the bullet lodged in ‘Pac’s right chest cavity was tragically taking care of the rapper for his then unidentified attackers, causing him to hemorrhage blood and forcing doctors to put him into a medically induced coma to take pressure off of his ravaged body.

Unlike onetime Tupac love interest and fellow artist Yo-Yo, who has previously claimed that she witnessed ‘Pac regain consciousness at one point after being stabilized by life support machines, Gobi revealed to DX that he never personally saw Tupac open his eyes.

“I only saw him on the fifth night, ‘cause I, for whatever reason, didn’t go in to see him,” he explained. “And then the nurse finally on the fifth night she was like, ‘Listen, you’ve been here all these nights, do you wanna go see him?’ And, he was out. He was cold. He was out.”

Gobi also did not personally see the valiant struggle Tupac waged against his own body to survive.

“I never witnessed it; the nurse came out and told me,” he explained. “She came out and she was like, ‘That ‘Pac of yours is a fighter, man. We almost lost him. We just got him back. I just gave him 500 cc’s of adrenaline.’”

“I personally didn’t think he would make it after hearing that he’d been shot,” continued Gobi, “only because twice through the same thing just seemed incomprehensible to me, for anyone to survive that. But, having said that, after three, four, five, six days, I was like, ‘Wow, maybe he is gonna survive.’ So I was shocked when I found out he passed.”

Gobi Recalls Tupac Having A Hard Time Getting Money From Death Row

Gobi initially arrived in Las Vegas to celebrate Tracy Robinson’s September 7th birthday with Tupac, their partner in the then newly formed 24-7 Productions, and was waiting for ‘Pac to arrive for a post-fight performance at Suge Knight’s club, 662, when he got news of the shooting.  

But while no footage was filmed by Gobi of Tupac while he was in Vegas, the current head of Static Free Films is in possession of plenty of film, photos and memories of the months leading up to ‘Pac’s passing, including recollections of the long-rumored battles the star waged with his notorious recording home.  

“It seemed like [Tupac] always had a tough time getting his money,” recalled Gobi, “on a weekly basis. So, whether it was him or Yaasmyn Fula making the calls, there always seemed to be a struggle getting the loot. … A few times I heard Yaasmyn, a few times I heard him, just asking for his money.”

“They weren’t happy,” replied Gobi when asked if the calls he overheard were confrontational. “I think once even one of his Gridlock’d checks got sent to [the label], or Death Row was asking for his acting checks to be sent to [them]. So he was a little [upset] about that as well.”

Battles between Death Row and Tupac over ‘Pac’s acting proceeds were likely taking place due to the fact that the star of stage and screen’s income from films was far exceeding any amount of money he had received from his recording home. According to Gobi, 24-7 Productions was working to secure a three-picture deal for the budding actor a week before ‘Pac passed.

“Paramount and New Line at that point were both interested in doing a deal with him,” revealed Gobi. “And he had specific films that he wanted to do.”

One of the co-stars of the classic hood-film Menace II Society, MC Eiht, recently revealed to HipHopDX that New Line Cinema only green-lit the directorial debut of the Hughes brothers with the guarantee that the star of Juice and Poetic Justice would appear in their movie. According to Gobi, the studio that distributed Menace II Society still eagerly sought to work with Tupac even after he was, according to Eiht, essentially setup to fail by the Hughes brothers at portraying a gangbanger-turned-Muslim and subsequently fired from the film.

“He was bondable after Gridlock’d, so it was like everyone was coming after him,” revealed Gobi of the reasoning for the studios’ renewed interest in the often troublesome talent. “‘Pac was supposed to be in Higher Learning as well, but I think he had an issue with [John] Singleton at one point and he got dropped from that. But, ‘Pac was one of the hottest commodities at that point. There wasn’t anyone else that could fill those shoes.”

Gobi Explains Current Standing With Tupac's Estate

Around the time Tupac was ascending into the actor stratosphere, he was also expanding his musical ambitions by attempting to repair his fractured relationship with East Coast Hip Hop fans by working with an all-star assemblage of New York emcees for an audacious project he billed simply One Nation. And following him every step of the way in that reconciliatory process, cameras in tow, was Gobi.  

And with so much valuable footage from the final months in the life of one of the most revered rappers of all time, thankfully for Gobi he doesn’t anticipate any encroachment on his intellectual property by the gatekeepers of Tupac’s legacy.

“Thus far I’ve had a decent relationship with the family and the estate, and hopefully it will remain that way,” he carefully replied when asked about any cease-and-desist concerns he might have.

As for funding concerns, Gobi assured DX that he will utilize private financing to see to it that the documentary is still released if the current Kickstarter campaign for the film doesn’t meet its financing goal. He encourages Tupac supporters to still check out the campaign that is offering exclusive goodies, including never-before-released photos and video clips, in exchange for contributions to the film.

One of the initial respondents to Gobi’s Kickstarter post was none other than the legendary Chuck D. One of Tupac’s personal Hip Hop heroes has since agreed to narrate the documentary. Recently, the Public Enemy front-man took to Twitter to discuss the praise-filled letter sent to him by Tupac (but unfortunately failing to reach Chuck at the time) while the Westside rider was incarcerated in Dannemora, New York on sexual abuse charges.

The most powerful baritone to ever breathe into a microphone will be heard guiding viewers through the “living documentary” Gobi initially set out to make on Tupac way back in 1996.

“I guess I wasn’t ready to delve into the world of ‘Pac,” replied Gobi when asked about the long delay of the doc. “It’s a sensitive area. And, I guess I just wanted to wait until the right time, and it just seemed like now is the right time to tell that story.

“I think it’s the one area that has not been covered adequately on a human level,” he added about Tupac’s final months, “not a sensationalist level. I wanna share more about who he really was above and beyond the artist, and hopefully show aspects of him that have not been exposed completely or enough in other docs. I just think there was a lot more to him …. I think there are enough stories that have not been told that could conceivably be told in this doc. And I think it’s worth a shot.”

But following in the footsteps of Frank Alexander by releasing a book (Gobi’s 2005 ‘Pac photo journal, Thru My Eyes) and now a film will undoubtedly raise the eyebrows of those who might view the motives of another Tupac associate as less than genuine.

“My intentions as far as I’m concerned are honorable with this,” Gobi declared to any detractors. “I just wanna, again, try to share some stories that have not been shared.”

“People say feeding off of the dead,” he added in response to the “vulture” label that has been assigned to many of the ‘Pac profiteers of recent years. “They say history is written by great people’s contemporaries. I just happened to be there. And, if I can share stuff with you and with fans, or have other people share stuff who [actually knew Tupac], then we have a hand in adding to the legacy. Why is that a bad thing? He would have wanted that. He absolutely would have wanted that. He left me with a treasure chest of stuff and I guarantee you he would be mad at me if I didn’t tell whatever stories that I had. That’s what I was battling with for so long [that delayed this.] I don’t think he would be mad at it, so I don’t see why anyone else would be mad.”

7 Dayz is tentatively slated for release on what would have been Tupac’s 42nd birthday, June 16, 2013.

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90 Comments

  • Anonymous

    I'm a white boy and I love fucking black women. Hell we've been doing it for milenia. Now that rap is popular I suggest we kick it up a gear to show black people what's what.

  • Venom-X

    freakin release this right this instant, i demand to see 2pac 7 days documentary

  • realtalk

    All this snitching shit is stupid!!! If someone killed my friend or relative, im snitching straight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what else do you suppose the person to do? try kill someone and get locked up for life, yeah that makes so much sense doesnt it?! lol, thats dumb so i can obey some law that the mafia(yeah noble peace price people arent they lol) invented i will allow the real killer to either get away with it, or destroy my life by doing 30 years in jail, dumb!!! Now im talking from a non-gang member perspective, i cant talk for gangsters though, i mean they know what they are getting into when the join up, but... if you are a gang member who is trying to leave that shit behind or ex member, or just a rapper trying to progress and someone tries shit, SNITCH!!!!!!!!!!! why wreck your life for some mindless bullshit old untraceable law invented by the mafia, thats why the white man will forever rule, cos of dumb sheepish crap like that, think about it properly, use your brain and u'd understand how dumb 'snitches get stiches' sounds!

  • Dee Jay

    I'd say the real shooter in Tupac's murder, had to be a close associate of Suge Knight.

  • Evans

    How could pac have been so self disrespecting in trusting and associating with someone and a label that robbed him of his extremely hard earned money and humiliated him by throwing him $5,000 every friday despite selling 6 million double cds which is essentially 12 million if consider the fact that all eyez on me retailed for $29 the price of two cds. Deathrow killed the poor guy when gave his resignation and requested an audit, I bet you Snoop Dre and everyone else would have also been in danger had they audited deathrow upon cutting ties. Suge Knight is a black pig who deserves to be dealt with the proper way for exploiting his own struggling people.

  • skypirates

    pac needs a lasting legacy without all the FKN BS MAN

  • Anonymous

    If you wanna know the truth about who killed 2pac and yes it was the crips the 4 people sitting in that cadillac were deandre smith, terrance brown, duan keeffee d, and babylane anderson. read murder rap by greg kading

  • foursix

    One of the few rappers that was actually an artist rather than a punch line rapper who really had no meaning in his words.

  • dinosawsteve

    Chino xl dissed by Nergela http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQB1F7QBecw

  • Kizman

    No disrespect but black folks don't know SHIT called LOGIC. Listen, if NO ONE (including you) wanna FESS UP and TELL then how the fuck are the police supposed to know anything and how the fuck are you or anybody else gonna cry about justice? Niggas talk all that snitch stuff when it's another statistic but when it's their family member or their man they wanna cry justice. Look, niggas in LA KNOW Orlando killed 2pac but no one wanna fess up cuz they'll get labelled a snitch. Instead they rather go at Funk Flex or Suge Knight and use them as scape goats and act tough with them on the Internet or via records. How is the police gonna lock any of these criminals up if nobody is fessin up? And then when the feds DO lock niggas up y'all cry "the police is lockin' brothas/rappers up". I feel sorry for african americans, y'all have the most fucked up mentality out in the world, but yet still think it's worse overseas LMAO. I live in both places btw and yes i'm black.

    • CPT

      Nobody had to fess up. LVPD, LAPD and the L.A.DA's office knew Orlando shot Pac before he even crossed the state line heading back to Compton, immediately after the shooting. But there is way more to the story than Pac getting shot that night. But not to many people know what happened because most of them are dead.

    • Lerington

      Ay I aint no snitch, I played the block.. But you right fam.. I mean no man got any buisness ratting on another mans but your point remains Valid..

  • YMCMB FAN

    people say that pac got raped in prison and had a boyfriend in drama school. google "2pac and Eskiah." 2pac was also used to strip and hump blow up dolls on stage yet yall have the nerve to call guys like game gay for allegedly being a male stripper and having a tongue ring. even though pac was a documented stripper and had a nose ring. 2pac also supported queen latfifah at a gay pride concert. if a rapper like wayne or kanye did that today you guys would be all over them for it and hate mongering. yet Pac is guilty of the same behavior. and victim of the same types of rumors. 2pac was also a documented ballerina. The point is you n*ggas live in glass houses and habitually throw stones at today's rappers for doing the EXACT same shit that pac and biggie did! Biggie rapped about raping jesus, fukin men in the ass, and sucking his girl's dad's dick yet you n*ggas say NOTHING! but let kanye where leather and he's a faggot!? You fuking hypocrites!

  • RR

    We will see a million Biggies (hell, Rick Ross is pretty close) before we ever, EVER see another 2pac...

  • Edubb

    Yes Suge did set up Pac. Suge was paid and told to have Pac taken out. Pac's death has nothing to do with a nigga moment, or the Anderson dude. Suge was tied to some serious people, so once Suge bailed Pac out basically Pac unknowningly sold his soul to Suge and those people. Pac was unpredicatable and once on an LA radio station Pac revealed that he had received a homosexual proposal in order to get with a certain female. On that radio station Pac said the name of the dude who made the gay offer, as soon as Pac revealed this info he was a dead man. What Pac did is called "breaking the oath". So all the other theories are just smoke and mirrors. So in a sense once Pac signed with death row he unknowningly signed his owned death certificate.

    • windws

      Well maybe Puffy didn't have that much power anyway. It is like Biggie said in one interview when asked about it "I'm not that powerful". Jimmy Henchmen was in jail at the time, so Suge is only suspect with enough muscle to pull things off.

    • Anonymous

      Its deeper than what you think my man, why you think 2 weeks later the only person who could identify the shooters was killed. Yes the first shooting bitchass diddy was responsible for that, but the Pac killing was something on another level.

    • sotellreiner

      Why go through all that trouble. More likely explanation is that Bad Boy stirred stuff up to get Suge's cash cow. They already knew Snoop was cool with them and Dre had left the label. Only one puzzle needed to be taken out, bumped off.

  • What

    Its a shame man the game lose one of the best to ever did over some BS. now today i can find one rapper that have a song even close to one of 2pac, make me stick

  • j

    Fuck everyone. Including the shooter. I miss this guy

  • southernneck

    Suge could have taken pac out any time he wanted. The man isn't stupid. He made mistakes, but when it comes to gangsta shyt, he always smart. Vanilla Ice can confirm. ha ha. It just so stupid that he would even design a risky trap like that. And what was Andersson for? Wack conspiracy BS!

  • Ken

    "maybe" biggie "could have gone on" to be successful like hov? damn straight he could've! and word for word, Pac lyrically goes medieval on Hov. just listen to all eyez on me. please. just do that and then come back and say what you just said. smh finally, @ohshit: "nigga moment." smh again.

  • Anonymous

    That's the angel dust talkin, homie. Jay Z was lyrically superior to 2pac. Biggie was right up there, so maybe he could have gone on to have the same success as Jay, but neither of them had any business sense. They lived for the moment which usually leads to early death.

  • OhShit

    i've always believed tupac's death was another sad case of "nigga moment"

  • Anonymous

    Suge knows cause he was behind it why would you tell your security team not to pack guns after y'all just had a rumble and when he died he was broke his momma had to get his money and his catalog

  • Eli Riley

    r.i.p. Pac, Im an new Artist name Eli Riley listen too my new song No Patience (freestyle) and you wont regret it, I have my own style and im trying to come up. Peace. And whats the point of him coming out with this info all these years later? https://soundcloud.com/n-e-w-s/eli-riley-no-patience

  • tharealone

    If Pac had lived and Biggie had lived, Jay Z woulda never got to where he is now. Both woulda got better and better at Mcing, Pac woulda made more movies, got more political, got more attention and stopped hiphop selling out totally to the corporations. Biggie woulda made more albums, better albums than Jay Z ever did. Both Pac and Biggie had real intelligence reflected in their ability to verbalise and talk about so much different shit. Jay Z's a clown, son's never given any real intelligent interview, said a few things bout Obama that his publicist fed to him. Fuck Gay Z and what he's done to hiphop. His lies woulda been exposed much earlier and his attention taken by the 2 Kings. I've always wondered if Pac and Biggie were blood sacrifices for Gay Z and his old white men in the industry dick-sucking lips.

    • Anonymous

      Gay Z is still wack

    • @SmeezeF

      When Jay-z became a house hold name he was already a business exec. Both Pac and Big were artist, that's it. It's very conceivable that Jay would be exactly where he is today had they both lived. Jay money was longer just off his first album. That's something to think about.

    • nochanceman

      Pac signed his own death warant when he signed with Death Row.

  • whiteout

    Seriously, HHDX? Seriously, Gobi? All of us hardcore Tupac fans have known this for over a decade. That whole "graze wound" story might have lasted a year. He was hit with broken glass caused by the gunfire. End.

  • Anonymous

    I love suge knight, he killed 2pac

  • Anonymous

    Do you think diddy would of gone on to make as much money if tupac was still alive?

  • blitzlegga

    I'm sure this movie is gonna have the same shit that you have already seen before with maybe one or two new irrelevant stories. if this dude really had some new insight into the last days of pac, i'm sure he would have came out with this movie 16 years ago. the truth is, the only nigga that knows exactly what happened that night is suge, and suge aint snitchin on nobody (including himself). maybe on his death bed he will finally tell the truth.....

  • Anonymous

    We all know Suge was behind Pacs death.

  • Anonymous

    No joke. He sucked. End of story.

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzBh55tD_eg

    • blitzlegga

      Yo, i went ahead and listened to your shit. Its average. Your another average rapper added to the pile of average rappers that are already out. I'm sure you think that shit is next level, but its not. And I'm being real wit you dude. No hatin. Take that criticism and spread the word.....

  • Anonymous

    He wasn't a good actor by any stretch. Those early movies flopped hard, and were bad. Gang Related lol Oh, and Pac didn't beat anybody down. He kicked Orlando Anderson while he was on the ground while others were beating him. The true definition of a fake thug. This Gobi dude is just another greedy vulture out for his percentage.

  • wu wear

    Everyone knows Suge wasn't shot...

  • Anonymous

    Most of the hot rappers these days are in their 30s yo...

  • Anonymous

    dude came out of a coma all these years l8r bullshit

  • Ho Slappa

    everybody tryin' make a little paper on the side from 2pac's tragic death. despicable!

  • Anonymous

    who gives a fuck about 2pac. niggas who listened it is now 35

  • Anonymous

    "Suge KKKnight" LMAO

  • F9 cigar

    PAC is a legend looking foward to this project. Theres way too much material in the vaults. 40% of hes music on DeathRow has never dropped - crazy

  • Anonymous

    A LAPD detective confirmed that Puffy said he'd pay $1 million dollars for the heads of Pac' and Suge gone. That night they both were a target but as we know Suge only took flying gas to his head and only tries to get media coverage over the 'bullet' in his head. And after Pac' beat down Orlando Anderson in the MGM lobby, who was said to have snatched a Death Row Chain in the Lakewood Mail, as Orlando was the nephew of the guy who collected the money to kill Pac, they went after the entourage and Orlando was given the gun and leaned out the back seat and shot Pac', that's how it went down.

    • Kris

      Word that's what i saw. On youtube. Seem's bout accurate to me. Biggie & 2pac died. Basically over some bullshit. Costing them their freedom. Not only that. But their lives.

  • Anita Baker

    We don't give a shit about Suge KKKnight nigga, tell us who the fuck shot Pac

  • Eric

    Oh oh! Lets see how this plays out! Y'all should checkout www.thegrandreport.com too, they usually have some good reads as well