A video emerged this week of an individual firing shots from an apartment balcony rapping along to Hit Em Up by Tupac Shakur.
The shocking footage was filmed in Chatham, Kent and uploaded to an Instagram account with the name Flexing Mike. The man, later identified as Nigerian, Michael Alunomoh, was the CEO of Truth or Dare Records.
Michael, 32, started the bizarre video by showing off his firearm and ammunition collection to his 57k Instagram followers. While listening to Tupac and the Outlawz song, Hit Em Up, he proceeds to walk over to a balcony and shoots at unknown targets below.
Thumping his chest with the gun and referencing the Notorious B.I.G diss in Hit Em Up, shouting ‘F* Biggie, f* Bad Boy’, he fired off several shots. Within seconds, armed police swarmed the immediate area, to protect innocent onlookers and put an end to the ordeal. This only made the CEO worse. With police surrounding his £1,900-a-month rented penthouse apartment, Michael taunted them. He repeatedly told them “Come on, come on, you’re mad.” Police entered the penthouse apartment and seized six imitation guns.
A spokesman for Kent Police said, “Kent Police was called at 8.35 am on Wednesday, April 22, to a disturbance at a flat on Dock Head Road, Chatham. Members of the public reported a man on a balcony with weapons and patrols, including armed officers, attended the scene. The police helicopter was also deployed and a man in 30s has now been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.”
Furthermore, it’s not clear at this moment what Mr Alunomoh’s motive was. Speculation arose about his mental health and effects of excessive drink and drug use it during the coronavirus lockdown. Inquiries continue.
Although Hit Em Up was an angry, violent song, contrary to belief, the Hip Hop icon regularly spoke about anti-violence. When young, Tupac’s friend consequently lost his life in gunfire. As a result, the young Tupac organized a youth march and a ‘Stop the Violence’ memorial.
Last year Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, spoke at an event aimed at raising awareness for mental health. At the event, Sekyiwa spoke about confusion over her brother’s life but stressed that he had the biggest heart. She understood that people misinterpret his lyrics but says his mission for “Thug Life” was to stop violence completely.