Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

American rapper (1971–1996)
Tupac Shakur

Tupac Amaru Shakur (/ˈtuːpɑːk ʃəˈkʊər/ TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, poet, screenwriter, and activist. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Much of Shakur's work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality.

Shakur was born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City but relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. He later moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to further pursue his music career. By the time he released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991, he had become a central figure in West Coast hip hop, introducing social issues in the genre at a time when gangsta rap was dominant in the mainstream. Shakur achieved further critical and commercial success with his follow-up albums Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (1993) and Me Against the World (1995). Later that year, after suffering legal troubles and a robbery and shooting, Shakur became heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry. His double-disc album All Eyez on Me (1996) later became one of the best-selling albums in the United States. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas; he died six days later and the gunman was never captured. The Notorious B.I.G., Shakur's friend turned rival, was at first considered a suspect, but was also murdered in another drive-by shooting several months later. Five more albums have been released since his death, all of which have been certified Platinum.

Outside music, Shakur also gained considerable success as an actor, with his starring roles as Bishop in Juice (1992), Lucky in Poetic Justice (1993), Ezekiel in Gridlock'd (1997), and Jake in Gang Related (1997), all garnering praise from critics.

Shakur is one of the best-selling music artists of all time having sold over 75 million records worldwide. In 2010, Shakur was inducted to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. In 2017, Shakur was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone named Shakur in the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Tupac Shakur was born on Wednesday, 16 June 1971 in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. His full name at birth was Lesane Parish Crooks. He was best known as a rapper. Shakur's country of citizenship (nationality) was American. He died on Friday, 13 September 1996 in University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA at the age of 25. He is buried at Cremated, ashes given to family. Tupac attended high school at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (transferred). His religion is listed as Christian. He was 5' 9¼" (176 cm) tall and weighed 161 lbs (73 kg) with a slim build. He had dark brown eyes and bald hair (color). His net worth was reported to be $40,000,000 US dollars. His zodiac star sign was Gemini.

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Full name at birth
Lesane Parish Crooks
Claim to fame
his extensive catalog, including hits such as Keep Ya Head Up, Dear Mama, How Do You Want It, California Love, I Ain't Mad at Cha, Hit 'Em Up, and Changes, in addition to his roles as Roland Bishop in the 1992 crime drama thriller film Juice, Lucky in the 1993 romantic drama film Poetic Justice, Birdie in the 1994 sports drama film Above the Rim, Tank in the 1996 crime drama film Bullet, Ezekiel "Spoon" Whitmore in the 1997 black comedy crime drama film Gridlock'd, and LAPD Detective Jake Rodriguez (in his final film role) in the 1997 action crime thriller film Gang Related
Date of birth
16 June 1971
Place of birth
East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Date of death
13 September 1996
25 (age at death)
Place of death
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cause of death
Drive-by homicide (gunshot wounds)
Resting place
Cremated, ashes given to family
Rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, poet, screenwriter, activist
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5' 9¼" (176 cm)
161 lbs (73 kg)
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Distinctive feature
  • Often tied a bandanna over his head.
  • French goatee
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Oakland, California, USA
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Net worth
$40,000,000 USD
High school
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (transferred)
  • Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (dropped out)
  • Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California, USA (1989)
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Right now, it is it is almost.. it is almost uhh,
Thanks for comin out, God bless you, good night...
Unless we share with each other we gotta start makin' changes
  • He was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • In April 1993, he was charged with felonious assault after he tried to hit rapper Chauncey Wynn with a baseball bat. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and in exchange, charges of felonious assault were dropped.
  • In August 1992, a 6-year-old Qa’id Walker-Teal was killed by a shot discharged from a pistol legally registered in Tupac’s name. The charges were never filed but his mother filed a wrongful death suit against him in 1995. They eventually agreed to an out-of-court settlement.
  • In October 1991, he slapped a $10 million lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department, in which he accused them of brutally assaulting him for jaywalking. The settlement was eventually received for a far smaller sum, which was only sufficient to cover his legal costs.
  • The VH1 channel had once placed him on the 3rd spot in the list featuring “50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists”.
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