Kamala Harris named Tupac the 'best rapper alive', 24 years after he was shot dead in a Las Vegas drive-by.
The Democratic vice presidential candidate made the gaffe during an interview with CNN's Angela Rye at the NAACP's virtual convention Friday, sending social media users into overdrive and fueling fresh debate around the 'Tupac Lives' conspiracy.
'Best rapper alive?' Rye asked Harris in the videoconference interview.
Harris paused for a second and answered: 'Tupac.'
Kamala Harris named Tupac the 'best rapper alive', 24 years after he was shot dead in a Las Vegas drive-by in an interview with CNN's Angela Rye at the NAACP's virtual convention Friday
The two women started laughing and Rye pointed out that the New York rapper has been dead for more than two decades.
'He's not alive!' cried Rye. 'You say he lives on?'
Harris laughed and replied: 'Not alive, I know, I keep doing that.'
Rye jokingly defended the gaffe, pointing to the conspiracy theories that Tupac could be alive: 'Listen, West Coast girls think Tupac lives on; I'm with you. So Tupac keep going.'
'I keep doing that,' Harris repeated and then seemed to struggle to come up with the name of any living rapper to answer the question.
'Who would I say? I mean there's so many, you know?' she said.
'There's some I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane but others...'
Rye laughingly replied 'I don't know what that means' before Harris, without elaborating on her meaning, told her to move on from the question.
'Keep going, keep going, keep moving Angela,' the former DA said, to which Rye replied: 'That was not supposed to be a stumper.'
The two women laughed and Rye pointed out the New York rapper has been dead for more than two decades
Tupac Shakur (pictured) was shot dead in a drive-by in Las Vegas on September 7 1996. Wild conspiracy theories have circulated for years that he is still alive