Man Named Tupac Shakur Applied For Unemployment, It Didn’t Go Well


"We had somebody apply for unemployment for Tupac Shakur here in Kentucky", Beshear said, presumably referring to the hip-hop legend who was tragically killed in 1996.

Beshear mentioned that someone named Tupac Shakur had applied and Beshear said they're processing thousands of claims and a few bad apples can make it that much more challenging.

Beshear said, "I would not be suggesting these if I did not think we could be doing them safely", but, if case numbers begin to climb again, "it's always subject to pause. everything up here is fluid, depending on the coronavirus", he said.

"We're going to make sure we resolve his claim", Beshear added.

A man sharing the name with the late, legendary rapper filed for unemployment assistance in the Bluegrass State, and its Governor proceeded to step in it.

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Unaware that his benefits were stalled after the government officials believed it to be a prank, Shakur said: "I'm hurt, I'm really embarrassed and I'm shocked". The same became true for Tupac Shakur, a 46-year-old unemployed cook who lives in Lexington.

Governor Andy Beshear unveiled his plan for the first phase of reopening some businesses in Kentucky. His office told the paper it originally could not verify Shakur's identity and that it was now working to process his claim.

Beshear reportedly called Shakur personally to apologize Tuesday morning.

The Herald-Leader reports that Shakur hasn't always been Tupac Malik Shakur. "It now appears that a Kentuckian by that name has filed a claim", he said. I talked to him on the phone today, I apologized. Shakur said he had his name legally changed around 1998 and that he chose the last name because it means "thankful to God" in Arabic. "I've been struggling for like the last month trying to figure out how to pay the bills", Shakur told

Then, during a Tuesday press conference, Beshear revealed that the man was using his real name and that he called Shakur to apologize for publicly criticizing him. Concluding his speech, Beshear said, "Malik, thank you for being so kind, and again, I'm sorry".