SOLD OUT: One Night in Las Vegas: The 25th Anniversary of the Tupac Shakur Murder
On the night of September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas, hip hop superstar Tupac Shakur was shot four times while sitting in a car idling at a stoplight. Shakur died six days later at a local hospital. His death was devastating to his family, friends and millions of fans. It also further inflamed tensions between rival record companies on the West and East coasts, as well as between the street gangs associated with them. To mark the 25th anniversary of this horrific event, hip hop legend Chuck D and others will explore the events that led to Shakur’s death, the controversies that followed, and Shakur’s cultural legacy. Guests will have the unique opportunity to attend a meet-and-greet with all panelists from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
This program will take place in the Museum’s Historic Courtroom. Tickets for this program are now sold out.
Chuck D, Rapper and Co-Founder of Public Enemy
Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host and producer. Chuck D has been featured on and/or interviewed in more than 50 documentaries on music, technology, politics and race. He has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African-American Athletes. For the past five years, he has hosted On the Real/Off the Record for Air America, on which some of the most important musical and political figures of our time have been interviewed. Chuck D continues to make music and to write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music and race. His most recent book, This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History, was released in 2017.
E.D.I. Mean, Original member of the Outlawz
Malcolm Greenidge, better known by his stage names E.D.I. and EDIDON (also E.D.I. Mean), is an American rapper, record producer, actor and original member of the Outlawz. Greenidge grew up with Katari Kastro Cox and his cousin Tupac Shakur. In the early 1990s Greenidge sent Shakur some of his rap demos, which led to Shakur telling him, “When you graduate high school, come to California.” In 1994, Greenidge, Cox, Yafeu Fula and Mutah Beale formed the group Dramacydal, and was featured on Shakur’s 1995 album Me Against the World. The following year, Dramacydal was merged into the Outlawz. The hip hop group was formed by Shakur just months before his death. On the night of the shooting, E.D.I. was in the car traveling behind Shakur.
In 1996, E.D.I. Mean made several appearances on Shakur’s album All Eyez on Me, featuring on the songs “Tradin’ War Stories,” “When We Ride” and “Thug Passion.” Shakur’s posthumous album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, released the same year, featured E.D.I. on the songs “Bomb First (My Second Reply),” “Life of an Outlaw” and “Just Like Daddy.” In 1997, the Outlawz signed to Death Row Records and appeared several times on Shakur’s 1997 album R U Still Down? (Remember Me), with E.D.I. both rapping and producing. Two years later, Outlawz released their debut album, Still I Rise. In 2017 he made his acting debut, appearing as himself in the Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me.
Stephanie Frederic, Journalist and Film Producer
Two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist turned film and TV producer Stephanie Frederic is the CEO and Chief Content Officer of FGW Productions. In 2017, Frederic’s FGW Productions teamed up with A&E Networks to present the six-part investigative docu-series Who Killed Tupac? Some of Frederic’s behind-the-scenes productions include Girls Trip (starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish); All Eyez On Me (the biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur); Night School (starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish); American Gangster with Denzel Washington; Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool; and the 2019 remake of Shaft. Before Shakur’s death, Frederic conducted an exclusive interview with Orlando Anderson, the man many believe killed Shakur. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Oklahoma and spent many years in the news media, working for Inside Edition, American Journal, Black Entertainment TV and several local news stations around the country.
Frederick Reynolds, Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective
Frederick Douglass Reynolds grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He began his career as a police officer in Compton, California in 1985. He worked as a training officer, homicide investigator, and gang investigator, before being promoted to sergeant and assigned as the supervisor of the homicide unit. Reynolds assisted in “Operation Heatwave”, the massive search warrant operation targeting the two gangs involved in the dozens of shootings and multiple murders in Compton in the aftermath of Tupac Shakur’s murder.
In 2000, the Compton Police Department was dissolved, and Reynolds became a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he worked as the supervisor of the gang unit in Compton and Carson, a city that neighbors Compton. In 2011, Reynolds was promoted to Homicide Investigator where he spent the last years of his career before retiring in 2017, earning a Legendary Lawman Award, two Distinguished Service Awards, and one Meritorious Award, all for conducting complex gang and murder investigations, one of which resulted in the city of Compton recording its lowest number of gang related murders in 25 years.
Reynolds is a recently published author of “Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black man’s odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement”, which not only recounts the stories of his life and career but also the stories of his fellow officers. The book unveils a no-holds barred history of the city of Compton’s gang violence, crack epidemic, and legacy of government corruption.