Demetrius Shipp, Jr. They Called Me 'Pac' When I Worked at Target

12/28/2015 12:50 AM PST

Demetrius Shipp, Jr. was destined to play Tupac Shakur ... in fact, he was already being compared to the rapper when he was working retail.

Shipp was arriving in L.A. after the first week of shooting Morgan Creek Production's "All Eyez on Me," when he explained how Tupac has been a running theme throughout his entire life.

He also addresses the ongoing conspiracies that Tupac is alive and well ... Shipp ain't exactly buying it.