Sitting down with The Art of Dialogue, Billy Garland — who is ‘Pac’s biological father — gave his own view on his son’s 1996 death and who was ultimately responsible.
Garland called Keefe D “just a tool” and implied a wider conspiracy to murder 2Pac that involved the U.S. government and various units of law enforcement.
“He’s not a very intelligent individual,” he said of the former South Side Compton Crip. “When you go on air and say you participated in a high-scale assassination, eventually it’s gonna come back on you. I’m surprised he went that far and that long without them arresting him.
“He was in the car — that’s aiding and abetting in a murder! But he was doing his part with the rest of the people who were talking about the Orlando Anderson — he was fulfilling that glitch and adding to their truth, which we all know wasn’t true.”
Garland also said that Keefe’s arrest — which marks the first time charges have been made in the 27-year-old case — does “absolutely nothing” for him in terms of achieving closure over his son’s death.
“I’m just as empty by the loss of my son as the rest of the world is,” he admitted. “I have no feelings about it whatsoever because it’s not true. It’s not the truth. It’s just another pawn being moved in the game of chess to create that continuous story that we don’t know who did it. And that’s what they want.”
Further suggesting a wider conspiracy behind 2Pac’s death, he added: “Everybody can see through this thin veil of deceit. It’s ridiculous. I don’t think we’ll ever find out who really did the shooting. But we know it wasn’t no one individual. Keefe D might have been involved in it, but he was a pawn — maybe by the government, maybe by Death Row.”
Garland also insinuated that Death Row Records, who 2Pac was signed to at the time of his death, had ties to the government: “Death Row and the government are one and the same at this particular time.”
This is not the first time Billy Garland has suggested that the U.S. government was responsible for the death of 2Pac.
In an interview earlier this year, Garland hinted at a relationship between Keefe and the government.
“Well, I think the key question there is the government. The government gave him the deal,” he said, referring to Keefe D’s 2008 police confession that granted him immunity in a PCP ring case. “[2Pac] was being tailed by the government the night of his assassination. He was being tailed by the government while in the studio — that’s a known fact.
“So I don’t know this guy Keefe, I don’t know. Maybe he had to say that to get out of some issue, I don’t know. I just know it looked like a set up to me. Somebody told this guy to stand there with the Death Row thing and it pursued to what we had, but I don’t think [Orlando Anderson] had anything to do with the death of my son…not at all.”
The theory that the U.S. government was involved in 2Pac’s killing has also been spread by author John Potash, who wrote the book The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders.