SOURCE – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear went full Dad-mode during his Monday night news conference, calling out the “bad apples” who filed for unemployment under fake names during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had somebody apply for unemployment for Tupac Shakur here in Kentucky,” Beshear said, likely thinking of the rapper who died in the 90s. “And that person may have thought they were being funny, they probably did. Except for the fact that because of them, we had to go through so many other claims.”

One problem: Tupac Shakur does live in Kentucky. And he’s waiting on his unemployment benefits.

Tupac Malik Shakur, 46, goes by Malik. He lives in Lexington and worked as a cook at Alfalfa’s and Lynagh’s in Lexington before they closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“I’ve been struggling for like the last month trying to figure out how to pay the bills,” Shakur said.

Shakur said he’s been calling Frankfort frequently to try and figure out why his claim didn’t go through. He said he’s been wondering why it was being held up, but never would have guessed it’s because the education and workforce development cabinet thought it was a joke.


A lot of people are up in arms that Tupac Shakur didn’t get his unemployment check. Imagine some low level government employee, probably making close to minimum wage, sifting through millions of claims and worrying about contracting Corona. She’s probably see Walt Disney, Colonel Harland Sanders, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Abraham Lincoln, Secretariat, and John Calipari file claims too knowing they were made up. She’s trying to get through millions of claims as quick as possible while hating her job and fighting off Corona.

Listen Tupac Shakur, here’s some free advice. Don’t change your name to Tupac Shakur if you don’t want this to happen. I know it was a faith based decision, but there are millions of Arabic names. Don’t name yourself after one of the most famous rappers ever two years AFTER he dies. And it’s not like Kentucky Tupac even goes by Tupac. He goes by Malik. What’s even the point of changing your name to Tupac if you can’t even use it?You know how many times Tupac’s resume has probably been thrown in the trash when he was looking for a job because someone thought he was fucking with them? Probably hundreds.


Shakur hasn’t always been Tupac Malik Shakur. His father practiced Islam and after he died in the early 90s, Shakur took up the faith. 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. The rapper Tupac Shakur died in 1996.

Shakur said people sometimes laugh about it or think it’s cool, but he never expected it would prevent him from being able to collect unemployment.


Filing for unemployment blows. It’s the worst thing in the world. I got fired from my first sales job out of college. I was the Markelle Fultz of selling. Whenever I got on the phone I just forgot how to sell (shoot). Couldn’t grasp it. Getting fired sucks obviously, but unemployment is the worst part. You basically have to call a telephone number that is only active Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, fighting millions of people who are also calling that exact line. God forbid you get through & fuck up on the automated messaging part. Then there’s no going back. If you can’t get through your own phone, than you can go to the unemployment “offices” in Center City where they have ONE PHONE for 200 people that directly connects you to Harrisburg to file your claim. It’s like the nuclear bomb red phone Kennedy had except a lot less exiting. I mean how in the 21st century that I can’t do something online is absurd. You wind up threatening some poor woman over the phone making minimum wage with “My .44 make sure all your kids won’t grow!”

You think when the Governor called Tupac to say he was sorry, Tupac responded “No biggie”? I had too. It was propped up on a tee and I had to knock it out of the park. Sorry.