One of the greatest mysteries in hip-hop has finally been solved. The person who planned the 1994 hit on Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios in Times Square has finally come forward, and he’s none-other-than record exec-turned convicted drug kingpin Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemand.
After being convicted of running an interstate drug operation recently, Jimmy Henchman confessed to authorities he was the mastermind behind the shooting and robbery of Tupac Shakur that essentially started the East Coast vs. West Coast war.
According to the Village Voice, Henchman participated in “Queen For A Day” government sessions last fall where he confessed to being the man behind the operation that landed Tupac in the hospital with five gunshot wounds.
Before he was assassinated, Tupac recorded a song on Makaveli called “Against All Odds,” in which he blamed Henchman for orchestrating the assault at the Quad:
“Jimmy Henchman. . .
[You] set me up, wet me up… stuck me up.
But you never shut me up.”
“Rosemond secretly admitted to involvement in Tupac’s ambush during one of nine “Queen For A Day” proffer sessions with the government last autumn, court transcripts show. (In such sessions, suspects under investigation choose to enter an agreement with the government to confess knowledge of certain crimes with the agreement that the information won’t be used to prosecute them.) His confession unfolded as he was trying to carve out a cooperation deal that might lead to a reduced sentence, according to federal prosecutors.
“Rosemond apparently came clean about his involvement in Tupac’s ambush shortly after his former best friend, Dexter Isaac, stepped forward last summer to publicly confess that he had led the attack on Shakur in 1994. Isaac released a statement on June 16, 2011 to allhiphop.com, saying it was Rosemond who had paid him to rob and pistol-whip Tupac.”
The statute of limitations on robbery is seven years, so although this confession brings minor closure to a huge chapter in hip-hop, the involved parties will not see any jail time for the shooting. In “Queen For A Day” sessions, suspects under investigation choose to enter an agreement with the government to confess knowledge of certain crimes with the agreement that the information won’t be used to prosecute them.
Henchman’s confession unfolded as he was trying to carve out a cooperation deal that might lead to a reduced sentence, according to federal prosecutors.
In addition to facing a possible life sentence for being convicted on drug trafficking charges, Henchman was also just indicted in New York on a murder-for-hire charge. Prosecutors accuse Henchman of ordering others to kill a man in the Bronx in 2009 as payback for an assault on his 14-year-old son.