Gobi Rahimi: “7 Dayz”

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Gobi Rahimi was a close friend and confidant of the legendary Tupac Shakur. Gobi was Tupac’s production partner and also had the chance to direct many of Pac’s music videos. When the rapper tragically lost his life on September 13, 1996—Gobi was by his side. When Tupac was shot on September 7th, 1996 in Las Vegas, the 7 days that followed are considered by Gobi to be “the scariest nights of his life.”

It’s been close to 20 years since Shakur was violently killed and Gobi is now ready to share his thoughts on those final 7 days of Tupac’s life. He has decided to share his memories by crafting a film titled, 7 Dayz. It would be easy to assume that 7 Dayz is a documentary—but Gobi promises the project is actually a narrative feature film. Days utilizes Gobi’s first-hand account of Pac’s last days and includes never-before-seen footage shot right before Pac’s death.

7 Dayz has turned to Indiegogo to help make the project happen. The Indiegogo campaigned launched on May 18th and it will run for 45 days. The campaign needs to reach $300,000 to make it a reality.

We talked to Gobi about his experiences with Tupac Shakur and who he thinks the icon would be today if he was alive.

Can you talk a little bit about how your relationship with Tupac came to be?

I was selling real estate in Newport Beach when I married a Hispanic filmmaker. I convinced her to do a music video for some friends of ours. I produced the video with my credit cards and I can honestly say that was the first time I had a passion in my life. Three months later I divorced her and I met a girl named Tracy Robinson. Tracy at that time was producing really low budget hip hop videos. I started working as a PA on her videos and eventually started producing.

Tracy was a PA on one of Tupac’s videos and Pac was the one that convinced her to start her own production company. Tupac sent his assistant to look for Tracy and they found her—I sort of came with the package. We produced almost all his videos after California Love. I knew him for 7 months but it felt like 10 years. It was a really intense daily relationship. We produced his videos, we started a production company and we had signed a 3-picture film deal right before he died.

What was his life like during the time you knew him?

When I knew him his relationship with Death Row became more and more strained. There was more and more drama on a daily basis. He was always fighting for his money and they tried to not pay us for videos. Suge Knight would try to get Pac’s film checks sent to him and Tupac would be like—‘that has nothing to do with you.’

2 weeks before he went to Vegas he signed a letter, which I faxed, firing Suge Knight.

How did you end up in Vegas with Tupac when he was shot?

I knew in Vegas something was up because things just didn’t feel right. I convinced Tracy for her birthday to go to Vegas. Her birthday was September 7th and she was reticent to go. She didn’t like the Death Row energy at all and didn’t want to celebrate her birthday in Vegas—but I convinced her to go. We were supposed to meet Tupac at Club 662. The atmosphere there was really heavy and it was not a cool scene. Finally we saw Nate Dogg come into the club and he came up to us and said, “Pac and Suge have been shot.’ We went straight to University Medical Center. All of Suge’s people were there and it felt like me and Tracy were the only people there for Tupac. It felt like we needed to protect him because it felt like nobody was there for him.

Who do you think shot Tupac?

I don’t know what really happened. I’m not trying to solve his murder in this movie. This isn’t a Tupac movie—it’s Gobi’s experience regarding what happened to Tupac during the last 7 days of his life. Tupac plays in the film as himself. I have archival footage in the film that people have never seen before. This is the last film Tupac will ever star in.

The things I know for certain are his 3 album deal with Death Row was over. He had started a production company with me and my partner. We had a 3 picture deal before he died. Tupac was ready for his autonomy. The powers that be took him out—but I don’t know who did it. We can find Saddam Hussein in a cave but there are no eyewitnesses to Tupac’s murder—that sounds fishy to me. I think it goes way up the food chain.

When you say “it goes way up the food chain” is that because you believe people were afraid of the amount of political power Tupac was staring to acquire?

One hundred percent. Tupac was a militant and black version of Edward Snowden. Tupac was taken out because he was a threat. Tupac came from a revolutionary background. He was trained for revolution. He had followers all over the world. To me, this is just my humble opinion, he was a problematic individual with a lot of power. He was only 25 when he died. There was an energy to him that he didn’t know how to control. There was a universal life force going through his veins that he was not able to manage. He was a genius in many ways but he also was a Luke Skywalker that surrounded himself with a lot of Darth Vader’s.

One of the last conversations I had with him he said—’in 6 months nobody is going to recognize me because I am done with all this BS and drama. I am going to be mature and one day I may run for mayor of Los Angeles because the politicians and police force are the biggest gangs in this country.’

UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Tupac Shakur (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

If he was still alive today what kind of man do you think Tupac would be? What would he be doing? What would he have accomplished?

As far as business and music—he would have been more powerful than Jay Z and P. Diddy combined. He would have gotten involved in social activism and politics for sure. The media has always painted him as a gangbanger and a thug but he had plans to get back into community work. Who really knows what he would have done at the age of 40 as opossed to dying at 25. I wouldn’t put anything beyond him. He wanted to change the negative tide of perception that looms over African Americans and he wanted to use the media to do that. He was so advanced in his thinking.

You can learn more about 7 Dayz here and find out how you can help make the project happen. 

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