It has been 15 years since the world lost one of the greatest rappers known to the world. Born June 16th 1971 in NYC after his Mother Afeni Shakur had over 150 charges against her of “Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks” in the New York Panther 21 court case. Tupac’s Birth name was listed as “Lesane Parish Crooks”, his mother was afraid that her enemies would find him and harm him. She then later on changed his name as she married
Matulu Shakur. Tupac’s family was of high ranking Black Panthers, his Grandfather “Elmer Geronimo Pratt” was on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list in 1982.
At the age of twelve, Shakur enrolled in Harlem’s 127th street repertory ensemble and was cast as the Travis Younger a character in the play “A Raisin in the Sun”, He performed this part in the Apollo theater. Tupac always relocated but no matter where he went he always was involved in something positive, and always having a tremendous craving for acting. In 1982 he moved to Baltimore, Maryland after. Although he still was able to complete his second year in Paul Laurence Dunbar Highschool and then was transferred to the Baltimore School for the Arts. He then studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. Met Jada Pinkette Smith which was like a sister to him, he said “Jada is my heart. She will be my friend for my whole life,”. He then moved to Marin City California and attended Tamalpais Highschool.
His Rap Career began when he appeared in ” Same Song ” and presented his rap skills for Digital Underground. This was the lead song for Digital Underground in the early 90’s.
Later on he had his first solo album named “2Pacalypse Now” which revealed the socially conscious side of Shakur. On this album, Shakur attacked social injustice, poverty and police brutality on songs “Brenda’s Got a Baby”, “Trapped” and “Part Time Mutha”.and his second album was released in 1993 titled “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z” in which he paid tribute to his previous group of the digital underground and and included them in the track “I Get Around”.
He formed a group named “Thug Life” with a few friends and his step brother Mopreme Shakur and released Thug Life: Vol.1 on September 26, 1994.
In 1995 he released “Me Against The World” with the famous track to his mom “Dear Momma”. In 1996 he released the classical “All Eyez On Me” with tracks such as “Ambitionz Az a Ridah”, “I Aint Mad At Cha”, California Love. This Album was the climax of his career and was much different from his prior albums by still keeping the same socially conscious songs yet adding a more party, celebrating form of music which made the album a good quality successful commercial product.
In November 30th 1994, Tupac was shot 5 times as he entered the building of Quad Record Studios by two armed men. Tupac then accused Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, Andre Harrel, and Biggie Smalls because he saw them after the shooting and speculated there after that they set him up. He was admitted to Bellevue Hospital but checked out against doctors orders 3 hours after surgery and went to court the day after to face the judge for sexual assault charges. As he sat on a wheel chair he was found Guilty of 3 counts of molestation. On February 5th 1995 he was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/4 years in Clinton Correctional Facility. Yet Tupac Shakur became the first rapper to have his album be at the number 1 spot on the BillBoard while in completing his sentence. While Tupac served his sentence he married his long time love, Keisha Morris on April 4th 1995 but the marriage did not last long and both got a divorce in 1996.
Tupac with ex wife Keisha Morris
While Tupac served his sentence the inmates spoke to him and made him aware of the Illuminati. After serving 11 months his sentence was cut short and released from Attica Correctional Center due to the $1.4 Million support from CEO of Death Row Records Suge Knight. In exchange Suge Knight requested that Tupac make 3 albums under his label.
As soon as Tupac was released his recording commenced with a new group he gathered up and called themselves “The Outlawz”. Tupac began to produce hundreds of tracks while on Death Row Records, despite the ongoing issues at Death Row records.
On June 4th 1996 the Outlawz dropped a single throwing shots at rapper Biggie smalls. They names the diss record “Hit Em Up”.
In September 7th 1996 Tupac was shot after he attended the Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas. Until this day it is uncertain who killed Tupac Shakur, His legacy lives on thanks to his mother Afeni Shakur who Founded the Shakur Family Foundation and later on named it Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
Lets Clebrate Tupacs Life and start by making changes.
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