It’s with a heavy heart that I report that Frank Alexander has passed away. Tupac fans will know Frank as ‘Pac’s bodyguard and friend, who was on duty that fateful night in 1996.
I’ve spoken to Frank a number of times over the years back when I was working on HitEmUp.com. He produced fan favorite documentaries Tupac: Before I Wake (2001) and Tupac: Assassination (2009), as well as writing Got Your Back (1998), about his time’s with ‘Pac. Through spending so much time with Tupac as his only bodyguard, he often became a voice in regards to speculation surrounding Tupac’s plans just before his death and was sought out by fans and media to clarify things and recount Tupac’s murder. When I spoke with him as a kid he was always happy to share stories and memories, and as a fan, that was always appreciated. No matter how silly in retrospect the question may have been, Frank, knowing what it meant to a young fan, would do his best to answer it. I think it was Frank who told me ‘Pac’s favorite drink was Orange Soda. Before the world of social media and knowing everything about everyone, that kind of information to a little kid was just mind blowing.
Prior to becoming a bodygaurd, Frank served in the US Marines for 11 years, and was a champion amateur Bodybuilder. In recent years he had retired to his ranch and was raising horses, and sadly, we lost contact.
While he was not responsible for Tupac’s death, as his bodygaurd, it is not something he ever got over.
From what I’ve been told, and it isn’t confirmed, he died from a single self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. If that’s true, I’m deeply saddened. Frank never struck me as depressed, although, I would say he was always heavy, there was a weight behind the things he said, and you could tell there was a sense of responsibility behind everything. I think that is why Frank Alexander did his best to give back as much as he could to the Tupac fans, and for that, I am sure every single one of them is thankful.
We’ll miss you.
REST IN PEACE BIG FRANK.
Scarface “makes it as offensive as possible” when discussing the current state of Hip-Hop and music executives brainwashing the current generation. Then on a lighter note he discusses what Tupac‘s plans were before he passed and their friendship. Really great interview, you can tell ‘Face really misses ‘Pac.
The subject of Tupac‘s “Dear Mama” has told Billboard that she plans to release Pac’s “entire body of work,” although no release date is given.
She mentions that there are a lot of incomplete songs left, which the Tupac Shakur Estate intends to treat like “blueprints” and complete on his behalf.
I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans. My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using the blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.
Personally, I am all for more Tupac music, if the tracks are left as ‘Pac actually intended, a la R U Still Down, or even Still I Rise and Better Dayz, which while remixed, retained a certain vibe. But if by “using the blueprints” she means cannibalizing the tracks with totally unrelated features, odd production choices, and sped up vocals to fit the beat (rather than producing a beat to fit the vocals) like the last album, Loyal To The Game, then I say just leave it alone and let the man retain some artistic integrity instead of further watering down what is left, and in the process, his memory and the image the younger generation has of him based on these posthumous choices.
What do you guys think?
2Pac‘s videographer Gobi M. Rahimi followed him in the last of his following months of his life before he was shot on September 7th, 1996. Gobi also says Suge Knight was never shot, but received stitches for either shrapnel or glass cuts to his head. Below is details on the 7 Dayz Documentary as well as more info regarding that fatal night.
This is from the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained and features a blend of James Brown‘s “The Payback” and Tupac‘s “Untouchable.”
What about 2Pac? Uncle Murda compares B.I.G. to Jay-Z. First 48 drops November 27th.
This just landed in my inbox with absolutely no information. If it’s an indie film then cool, but if it’s the feature film we’ve heard rumored for years now… I’d be a little disappointed. If you have any information about the project(s), drop us a line to clear it up.