Run-DMC was supposed to be in the car with Tupac the night he was killed


Run-DMC was supposed to be in the car with Tupac the night he was killed

On September 7, 1996, Pac was shot four times while riding in a car in Las Vegas, and died six days later.

Guest at Drink Champs (find the video here), Darryl “DMC” McDaniels revealed that he and his group were supposed to be in the car with 2Pac to go to the MGM Grand.

I remember the night ‘Pac died“, he said. “We were hired by to perform at the Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson fight afterparty. Suge took us there and paid for everything. We get a call, it’s Suge, telling us that he and ‘Pac were coming to pick us up and we were going to the afterparty together. Do you remember who was in the back seat of that car? Nobody. Me, Run and Jay were supposed to be in that seat”.

But Run-DMC never got in that car. The reason? Jay hadn’t finished preparing yet, they were late and that’s why they didn’t accept Suge and 2Pac’s ride.

We get to the afterparty, suddenly a guy walks in. There were about 100 people in there, but they all leave. The music is turned off, a guy comes in with a briefcase, comes to us and puts it on the table. There was $200,000 in cash inside and he tells us ‘you’re paid tonight, but there will be no show, go home’. We didn’t know what was happening.

The next morning I was at the gym on the treadmill and when I hear the CNN news ‘last night in Las Vegas, 2Pac got shot’. And I understood everything”.

After 27 years, Las Vegas police have arrested Duane “Keefe D” Davis accused of organizing the shooting that led to 2Pac’s death. Davis, now 60, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will stand trial next June.


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