Black college homecomings have at least a 35-year history of featuring some of rap music’s biggest stars. Naughty By Nature used a taping from their 1991 homecoming performance at Morris Brown for their hit song “Hip Hop Hooray.”
On October 30, 1993, Tupac Shakur attended Clark Atlanta University’s homecoming with Parental Advisory and Diamond D. The Diggin’ In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) member wrote about the concert and ensuing mayhem in a commemorative post on Instagram.
“It was 30 yrs ago last night when me, Pac and Stretch flew to ATL for his show at Clark U,” Diamond D wrote. “Afterwards as we were approaching the Sheraton hotel off 14th & Peachtree (it is now called The Starling Hotel) is where the infamous incident happened when Pac shot 2 drunk rogue plain clothed white cops who were harassing a Black man.”
According to the legendary Bronx, New York producer, Shakur “intervened to help” a Black person “he didn’t even know.” He then recalled that two police officers didn’t like that, so they came over to a car and “smashed the driver’s side window.”
“I was in the back seat watching this shyt. Pac got out the car and as the cops walked away Pac got down to one knee in a firing stance and hit em both in the ass,” he recalled, saying Shakur wound up beating the case “because both cops were drunk and both had guns, they took from the evidence room from their station.”
Diamond D added the cops were “from another county.” He added, “They were wrong all the way around. They were outside looking for trouble and they found it.”
The alleged dirty cops Diamond was referring to were two brothers, Mark and Scott Whittwell. Tupac Shakur was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, while Mark was charged with shooting at the rapper’s car and making false statements. Eventually, all of the charges were dropped when it was discovered Scott Whitwell was using a gun he’d stolen from the Henry County evidence room.
‘Pac did eventually have to pay up. He settled a civil suit with Mark Whitwell out of court, while Scott Whitwell won a $2 million default judgment against ‘Pac’s estate in 1998.
On November 3, in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the release of Tupac: Resurrection, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will present the film during the opening night of the “Let The Record Show: Archived Cinema” film series curated by former Hip-Hop journalist, Jessica Greene.
It’s a chance to hear who Shakur was told entirely in his own words. Following the film will be a conversation with director Lauren Lazin, AllHipHop.com writer Nicole Duncan-Smith and Shakur’s godfather, filmmaker Jamal Joseph, about his life and impact on the world.
Tickets are on sale here.