Tupac Shakur
Birth name Lesane William Parish Crooks[1]
Also known as 2Pac, Pac, Makaveli
Date of birth June 16, 1971
Date of death September 13, 1996 (aged 25)
Origin East Harlem, Manhattan, New York
City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip-hop, Gangsta rap
Labels Death Row, Interscope, Jive
Records, Amaru
Thug Life, Dramacydal, Outlawz

Tupac Amaru Shakur (born June 16, 1971-died September 13,1996), also known by his stage names Pac, 2Pac, or Makaveli, was an American rapper. In addition to his status as a top-selling recording artist, Shakur was a promising actor and a social activist. Most of Shakur's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, problems in society, and conflicts with other rappers. Shakur's work is known for advocating political, economic, social and racial equality. Shakur was initially a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.

Shakur became the target of lawsuits and experienced other legal problems. He was later shot five times and robbed in the lobby of a recording studio in New York City. Following the event, Shakur grew suspicious that other figures in the rap industry had prior knowledge of the incident and did not warn him; the controversy helped spark the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur was later a convicted sex offender, guilty of sexual abuse. After serving eleven months of his sentence, he was released from prison on an appeal financed by Marion "Suge" Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records. In exchange for Suge's assistance, Shakur agreed to release 3 albums under the Death Row label.


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Top 10 Billboard singlesEdit


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Nothing But Trouble Himself Brief appearance
1992 Juice Bishop First starring role
1993 Poetic Justice Lucky Co-starred with Janet Jackson
1994 Above the Rim Birdie Co-starred with Duane Martin
1996 Bullet Tank Released one month after Shakur's death
1997 Gridlock'd Ezekiel 'Spoon' Whitmore Released several months after Shakur's death
1997 Gang Related Detective Rodríguez Shakur's last film performance
2003 Tupac: Resurrection Himself Official documentary
2009 Notorious Himself (archive footage) Portrayed by Anthony Mackie
2013 Tupac Himself (archive footage) The official biographical motion picture of Tupac Shakur.The film is currently being produced.
20?? Live 2 Tell Screenwriter Written by Shakur in 1996

2017 all eyez on me

References Edit

  1. Flame Hip-Hop p. 41