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2Pac (Tupac)

2Pac became the unlikely martyr of gangsta rap, and a tragic symbol of the toll its lifestyle exacted on urban black America. At the outset of his career, it didn't appear that he would emerge as one of the definitive rappers of the '90s -- he started out as a second-string rapper and dancer for Digital Underground, joining only after they had already landed their biggest hit. But in 1991, he delivered an acclaimed debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, and quickly followed with a star-making performance in the urban drama Juice. Over the course of one year, his profile rose substantially, based as much on his run-ins with the law as his music. By 1994, 2Pac rivaled Snoop Dogg as the most controversial figure in rap, spending as much time in prison as he did in the recording studio. His burgeoning outlaw mythology helped his 1995 album Me Against the World enter the charts at number one, and it also opened him up to charges of exploitation. Yet, as the single "Dear Mama" illustrated, he was capable of sensitivity as well as violence. Signing with Death Row Records in late 1995, 2Pac released the double-album All Eyez on Me in the spring of 1996, and the record, as well as its hit single "California Love," confirmed his superstar status. Unfortunately, the gangsta lifestyle he captured in his music soon overtook his own life. While his celebrity was at its peak, he publicly fought with his rival, the Notorious B.I.G., and there were tensions brewing at Death Row. Even with such conflicts, however, 2Pac's drive-by shooting in September 1996 came as an unexpected shock. On September 13, six days after the shooting, 2Pac passed away, leaving behind a legacy that was based as much on his lifestyle as it was his music.

The son of two Black Panther members, Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in New York City. His parents had separated before he was born, and his mother moved him and his sister around the country for much of their childhood. Frequently, the family was at the poverty level, but Shakur managed to gain acceptance to the prestigious Baltimore School of the Arts as a teenager. While he was at the school, his creative side flourished, as he began writing raps and acting. Before he could graduate, his family moved to Marin City, CA, when he was 17 years old. Over the next few years, he lived on the streets and began hustling. Eventually, he met Shock-G, the leader of Digital Underground. The Oakland-based crew decided to hire him as a dancer and roadie, and as he toured with the group, he worked on his own material. 2Pac made his first recorded appearance on the group's spring 1991 record, This Is an EP Release, and he also appeared on their second album, Sons of the P. The following year, he released his own debut, 2Pacalypse Now. The album became a word-of-mouth hit, as "Brenda's Got a Baby" reached the R&B Top 30 and the record went gold. However, its blunt and explicit lyrics earned criticisms for moral watchdogs, and Vice President Dan Quayle attacked the album while he was campaigning for re-election that year.

Shakur's profile was raised considerably by his acclaimed role in the Ernest Dickerson film Juice, which led to a lead role in John Singleton's Poetic Justice the following year. By the time the film hit theaters, 2Pac had released his second album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., which became a platinum album, peaking at number four on the R&B charts and launching the Top Ten R&B hit singles "I Get Around" and "Keep Ya Head Up," which peaked at number 11 and 12, respectively, on the pop charts. Late in 1993, he acted in the basketball movie Above the Rim. Although Shakur was selling records and earning praise for his music and acting, he began having serious altercations with the law; prior to becoming a recording artist, he had no police record. He was arrested in 1992 after he was involved in a fight that culminated with a stray bullet killing a six-year-old bystander; the charges were later dismissed. 2Pac was filming Menace II Society in the summer of 1993 when he assaulted director Allen Hughes; he was sentenced to 15 days in jail in early 1994. The sentence arrived after two other high-profile incidents. In October of 1993, when he was charged with shooting two off-duty police officers in Atlanta. The charges were dismissed, but the following month, he and two members of his entourage were charged with sexually abusing a female fan. In 1994, he was found guilty of sexual assault. The day after the verdict was announced, he was shot by a pair of muggers while he was in the lobby of a New York City recordings studio. Shakur was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on February 7, 1995.

Later that month, Shakur began serving his sentence. He was in jail when his third album, Me Against the World, was released in March. The record entered the charts at number one, making 2Pac the first artist to enjoy a number one record while serving a prison sentence. While he was in prison, he accused the Notorious B.I.G., Puffy Combs, Andre Harrell, and his own close friend Randy "Stretch" Walker of orchestrating his New York shooting. Shakur only served eight months of his sentence, as Suge Knight, the president of Death Row Records, arranged for parole and posted a 1.4 million dollar bond for the rapper. By the end of the year, 2Pac was out of prison and working on his debut for Death Row. On November 30, 1995 -- the one-year anniversary of the New York shooting -- Walker was killed in a gangland-styled murder in Queens.

2Pac's Death Row debut, All Eyez on Me, was the first double disc of original material in hip-hop history. It debuted at number one upon its February release, and would be certified quintuple platinum by the fall. Although he had a hit record and, with the Dr. Dre duet "California Love," a massive single on his hands, Shakur was beginning to tire of hip-hop and started to concentrate on acting. During the summer of 1996, he completed two films, the thriller Bullet and the dark comedy Gridlock'd, which also starred Tim Roth. He also made some recordings for Death Row, which was quickly disintegrating without Dre as the house producer, and as Knight became heavily involved in illegal activities.

At the time of his murder in September 1996, there were indications that Shakur was considering leaving Death Row, and maybe even rap, behind. None of those theories can ever be confirmed, just as the reasons behind his shooting remain mysterious. Shakur was shot on the Las Vegas strip as he was riding in the passenger seat of Knight's car. They had just seen the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight at the MGM Grand, and as they were leaving the hotel, 2Pac got into a fight with an unnamed young black man. The case was never solved, but it has been suggested that this was the cause of the drive-by shooting, and it has also been suggested that Knight's ties to the mob and to gangs were the reason; another theory is that the Notorious B.I.G. arranged the shooting as retaliation for 2Pac's comments that he slept with Biggie's wife, Faith Evans. Either way, Shakur was shot four times and was admitted to University of Nevada Medical Center. Six days later, he died from his wounds.

Hundreds of mourners appeared at the hospital upon news of his death, and the entire entertainment industry mourned his passing, especially since there were no leads in the case. Many believed his death would end the much-hyped East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry and decrease black-on-black violence. Sadly, six months after his death, the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered under similar circumstances. As Shakur's notoriety only increased in the wake of his death, a series of posthumous releases followed, among them Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (issued under the alias Makaveli in 1996), R U Still Down? (Remember Me) (1997), Still I Rise (1999), Until the End of Time (2001), and Better Dayz (2002). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Nu-Mixx Klazzics (Explicit)

1. 2 Of Americaz Most Wanted (Nu-Mixx)

2. How Do U Want It (Nu-Mixx)

3. Hail Mary (Nu-Mixx)

4. Life Goes On (Nu-Mixx)

5. All Eyez On Me (Nu-Mixx)

6. Heartz Of Men (Nu-Mixx)

7. Toss It Up (Nu-Mixx)

8. Hit Em Up (Nu-Mixx)

9. Never Had A Friend Like Me (Nu-Mixx)

10. Ambitionz Az A Ridah (Nu-Mixx)

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Track List: Better Dayz (Explicit)

Disc 1
Disc 2

1. My Block (Nitty Remix)

2. Thugz Mansion

3. Never Call U B**ch Again

4. Better Dayz

5. U Can Call

6. Military Minds

7. Fame

8. Fair Xchange (Remix)

9. Catchin Feelins

10. There U Go

11. This Life I Lead

12. Who Do U Believe In

13. They Don't Give a F**k About Us

14. Outro

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Track List: Until The End Of Time

Disc 1

1. Ballad Of A Dead Soulja

2. F**k Friendz

3. Lil' Homies

4. Let Em Have It

5. Good Life

6. Letter 2 My Unborn

7. Breathin

8. Happy Home

9. All Out

10. F**kin Wit The Wrong N**ga

11. Thug N U Thug N Me (Remix)

12. Everything They Owe Me

13. Until The End Of Time

14. M.O.B.

15. World Wide Mob Figgaz

Disc 2

1. Big Syke Interlude

2. My Closest Roaddogz

3. N**gaz Nature Remix

4. When Thugz Cry

5. U Don't Have 2 Worry

6. This Ain't Livin

7. Why U Turn On Me

8. Lastonesleft

9. Thug N U Thug N Me

10. Words 2 My First Born

11. Let Em Have It Remix

12. Runnin On E

13. When I Get Free

14. Until The End Of Time RP Remix

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Track List: Still I Rise (Explicit)

1. Letter To The President

2. Still I Rise

3. Secretz Of War

4. Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)

5. As The World Turns

6. Black Jesuz

7. Homeboyz

8. Hell 4 A Hustler

9. High Speed

10. The Good Die Young

11. Killuminati

12. Teardrops And Closed Caskets

13. Tattoo Tears

14. U Can Be Touched

15. Y'all Don't Know Us

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Track List: R U Still Down? (Remember Me)

Disc 1

1. Redemption

2. Open Fire

3. R U Still Down? (Remember Me)

4. Hellrazor

5. Thug Style

6. Where Do We Go From Here (Interlude)

7. I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto

8. Nothing To Lose

9. I'm Gettin Money

10. Lie To Kick It

11. F**k All Y'All

12. Let Them Thangs Go

13. Definition Of A Thug N**ga

Disc 2

1. Ready 4 Whatever

2. When I Get Free

3. Hold On Be Strong

4. I'm Losin It

5. Fake A** B**ches

6. Do For Love

7. Enemies With Me

8. Nothin But Love

9. 16 On Death Row

10. I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto (Hip-Hop Version)

11. When I Get Free II

12. Black Starry Night (Interlude)

13. Only Fear Of Death

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Track List: Me Against The World (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. If I Die 2nite

3. Me Against The World

4. So Many Tears

5. Temptations

6. Young N**gas

7. Heavy In The Game

8. Lord Knows

9. Dear Mama

10. It Ain't Easy

11. Can You Get Away

12. Old School

13. F**k The World

14. Death Around The Corner

15. Outlaw

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Track List: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (Explicit)

1. Holler If Ya Hear Me

2. Pac's Theme (Interlude)

3. Point The Finga

4. Something 2 Die 4 (Interlude)

5. Last Wordz

6. Souljah's Revenge

7. Peep Game

8. Strugglin'

9. Guess Who's Back

10. Representin' 93

11. Keep Ya Head Up

12. Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...

13. The Streetz R Deathrow

14. I Get Around

15. Papa'z Song

16. 5 Deadly Venomz

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Track List: 2pacalypse Now (Explicit)

1. Young Black Male

2. Trapped

3. Soulja's Story

4. I Don't Give A F**k

5. Violent

6. Words Of Wisdom

7. Something Wicked

8. Crooked A** N**ga

9. If My Homie Calls

10. Brenda's Got A Baby

11. Tha' Lunatic

12. Rebel Of The Underground

13. Part Time Mutha

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Track List: Loyal To The Game (Explicit)

1. Soldier Like Me

2. The Uppercut

3. Out On Bail

4. Ghetto Gospel

5. Black Cotton

6. Loyal To The Game

7. Thugs Get Lonely Too

8. N.*.*.*.*.

9. Who Do You Love?

10. Crooked N**** Too

11. Dont You Trust Me

12. Hennessey

13. Thug 4 Life

14. Po N**** Blues (Scott Storch Remix)

15. Hennessey (Red Spyda Remix)

16. Crooked N**** Too (Raphael Saadiq Remix)

17. Loyal To The Game (DJ Quik Remix)

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I love this song he's so og
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Rip tupac
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You suck2pac
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2 pac was fine he was my crush when I was little!
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Taken from us way to early! RIP Pac.
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trevermckiss e n 8 4 You're real stupid for disrespectin g the dead. Why don't you just get a life and move on. Plus, 2Pac was more of a G than you will ever be. Loser.
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Rip 2pac #new orleans7
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F**k 2pac his a punk g's dont die its more like 2pack his a** back to the casket like a faggit with a tempon
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R.I.P PAC LIFE GOES ON
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PAC never forgotten... . We miss you����
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One of the best ever I wish he was still here making that good s**t
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Dr dre is but pac is good!!!!
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2pac is definitely the best rapper in history
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He was great in the 1992 movie juice
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Rip Dad and Pac died a week apart !
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISS ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.Now that you've been reading this don't stop. If you ignored it you will have bad luck .Post this on 15 others song in 143 minutes.When you done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on you screen. It's freaky cause it actually works
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NEVER IGNORANT GETTING GOALZ ACCOMPLISHED . . . . M Y N**GA....WES T S I D E RIDER 4LYFE....
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4LYFE....4 FINGERS UP 2 TWISTED N THA MIDDLE....
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My m/f-ing Niggah till I Die! His music kept on solid ground in my 18 yrs on lock! PAC TILL I DIE!!
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PAC is the shiznit!! RIP Folks
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Takes me back in the day. Best song.
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Just keep Ridin on your Enemies in heaven.
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GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN RIP
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Love him for his music and his point of views... Thug till the end ♡♡♡♡
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to me he's still alive
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Forever the best
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Raps from the heart, love ya man.
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Rest in Peace
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I listen your songs I was 6
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Hit em Up!!
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Play this song everyday after his death ......a poet my history how much appreciated my mama
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Love you tupac...REST IN HEAVEN..����
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There's know way I can pay you back but my plan is to show that understand you are appreciated!
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F**k eminem he a b**ch this real shot
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Your the best
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Just reminiscing the future is AlL
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Keep it coming wish we can go back to those days when you did not have to pay bills
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Realest to ever so it.
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I'm Tha biggest Tupac fan ever Pac you are Tha GREATEST OF ALL TIME! Now a days we have these water down A** rappers. No one can ever have a impact on people's like you. NO ONE!
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