Now here’s an odd story: According to the FBI, the Jewish Defense League made death threats to Tupac Shakur, among other rappers, in an effort to extort “protection” money from them. Who knew OGs were looking protection from the OG Ois?
The JDL… have been extorting money from various rap music stars via death threats,” the FBI file on the case states. The report then goes on to describe how the group would make the death threats, and then call the rap star and offer protection for a fee.
According to the documents, Shakur was a victim of this scheme, as was another late rapper, Eazy-E.
Although the documents refer to the JDL extortion scheme, they don’t make a direct connection between the group and the murder of Shakur.
The FBI files were released as part of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.
That’s from Haaretz.
In case you’re not familiar with the JDL, here is the profile of former JDL head Irv Rubin, who died in jail after being arrested for allegedly scheming to blow up an LA-area mosque and the office of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, who is Arab American. Rubin’s widow and son are still around, though the JDL has really fallen into the background since Rubin’s death.