Just one day before what would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday, a man named Dexter Isaac has reportedly come forward to claim responsibility for robbing him at Manhattan's Quad Studios in 1994, an incident during which the West Coast rapper was also shot five times, setting off a feud between himself and the Notorious B.I.G.
According to a letter published by AllHipHop and reportedly sent by Isaac, he was paid $2,500 dollars by James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond to carry out the November 1994 robbery. "James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio," reads the watermarked letter. "He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery."
The Quad Studios robbery and shooting occurred less than one year before Tupac was murdered on Sept. 7, 1996.
The letter also insinuates that Isaac possesses information related to the murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. "Now I'm not going to talk about my friend Biggie's death or 2Pac's death, but I would like to give their mothers some closure," it reads. "It's about time that some one did, and I will do so at a different time."
It also goes on to mention both Rosemond and Diddy by name. "Jimmy, you and Puffy like to come off all innoncent-like, but as the saying goes: You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of them all of the time."
Isaac is currently serving a life sentence in prison for unrelated crimes, while Rosemond was to turn himself in to federal authorities on May 23 for his alleged involvement in cocaine distribution. The letter alleges that Isaac's confession was prompted by a statement issued by Rosemond on the day he was to turn himself in, in which Isaac and another man were labeled as "government informants."
Billboard.com could not confirm the validity of the letter at press time.