Director Allen Hughes gives his thoughts on the demise and the mystery surrounding Tupac and the infamous Vegas night on September 7th.
Coming off his incredible Dear Mama docuseries which focused on the life of Tupac and his mother Afeni Shakur, Allen Hughes’ latest masterpiece perhaps helped to spark a new interest in the rapper and his demise.
This past Tuesday (July 18), authorities in Nevada confirmed that they served a search warrant on Monday (July 17) in connection with the long-unsolved killing of rapper Tupac Shakur nearly 30 years ago. According to 8 News NOW Las Vegas, the search involved Duane “Keefe D” Davis who has spoken publicly during interviews on YouTube and his 2019 book, Compton Street Legend, about the Tupac Vegas shooting.
Appearing on ABC News, Allen Hughes was asked if his docuseries Dear Mama helped the unsolved case to regain momentum.
“I know people had a strong emotional reaction to Dear Mama. It broke viewing records for FX and Hulu,” said Allen Hughes also crediting Tupac receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I think it probably triggered and shook a lot of trees and reactivated interest and potential leads in this case.”
Since the release of the docuseries and Tupac receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame., Shakur’s streaming numbers have increased dramatically.
“In the community as we know and in the streets, there was never a mystery to who killed Tupac. That was never a mystery. It was always about Las Vegas law enforcement closing the case on this,” explained Hughes. “What happened that night in the MGM Grand casino and that violent incident that Tupac had with that individual, again that guy everyone knows came back and shot Tupac.”
Allen Hughes Dear Mama docuseries has been nominated for an Emmy and is currently streaming on Hulu.