PBS NewsHour got a hot tip over the holiday weekend: Iconic musician Tupac Shakur was not dead, but alive and well in living in New Zealand. Stranger still, he was shacked up with Biggie Smalls a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G. How did stodgy old NewsHour get the tip about the murdered rapper? Hackers. Yep, the exciting news was tragically all a hacker prank and Tupac is either still dead or really good at hiding.
A group called Lulzsec hacked the NewsHour website as revenge at PBS for doing their jobs and airing a recent Frontline episode about WikiLeaks and the site’s founder, Julian Assange. The technologically savvy kids had too much time on their hands over the long weekend and broke into the noted news site, posting login information and leaving behind a trail of stories, including one that claimed, “Prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand.” According to the post: “The small town – unnamed due to security risks – allegedly housed Tupac and Biggie Smalls (another rapper) for several years. One local, David File, recently passed away, leaving evidence and reports of Tupac’s visit in a diary, which he requested be shipped to his family in the United States.” The post was eventually taken down, but thanks to the magic of the internet, the screen capture will live on forever. Like Biggie and Tupac do, in our dreams.
Now that we know Tupac won’t be making a follow up any time soon, let’s pour a little out and listen to Tupac’s “California Love”: