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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


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)


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


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


Track List: Still I Rise

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


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


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


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


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


Track List: Better Dayz (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Still Ballin'

3. When We Ride On Our Enemies

4. Changed Man

5. F**k 'Em All

6. Never B Peace

7. Mamma's Just A Little Girl

8. Street Fame

9. Whatcha Gonna Do

10. Fair Xchange

11. Ghetto Star

12. Thugz Mansion (Acoustic)

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

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


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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Ay teba un pase gangas
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yessssss!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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The best rapper of all time
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Kickin up dust and causing a fuss !!!!
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Pac was an amazing lyricist. Gone too soon. No more tears....
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F. Suge real talk
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Nothing but love
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He spoke the Truth period, his words gave everyone a voice.


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Came from a broken home with nothing, to the greatest rapper to ever live R.I.P my homie Tupac you spoke the truth
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2Pac 4 life
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The truth
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2 PAC I love you and you is a good rap
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My s**t ryte here old skool
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MY DOG!!!!!!!!!
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We miss you so much
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R.I.P. Tupac he was da BOMB!!!
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Hey everyone what's your favorite tupac song. Mine is Keep Ya Head Up because of it's message and amazing beat.
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R.i.p Tupac
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RIP PAC gone never forgotten
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Miss you mama gone to soon, miss you pac music will never be the same RIP both of you
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Don't read this. You will be kissed by your crush on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Post this on 10 other songs in 143 minutes. When you done press the space bar your crush name will appear.
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Why did they remix 2 Pac's music after he died?
That was unnecessary.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if u read and ignore this you will have bad luck. Put this in 15 different songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar. Your crushes name will appear on the screen it is so creepy but it works.
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AlL u pOoFs whO taLlK sHiIt on heA you faVE raPpER 2pAC wOd sHoOt u fOols
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we all know pacs the best
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read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life now you've started reading this don't stop this if so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 145 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush will appear in big letters on it this this is so creepy but it works
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1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say your name
5.pick a school day
post this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out you have 2 hours
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Still the f**king King of the rap game. Rest easy Pac.
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Rest In Peace even though Pacs not dead he never even had a funeral and Shuge Knight said he payed the guy to creamate Pac but the guy ran off with his money, and he said he knows where is and he is smoking Cuban Cigars in a Island the Illuminati wants people to think that 2Pac is dead because 2Pac didn't want to be in the limelight anymore! You Decide it's not the first time an entertainer faked his own death to get out the limelight!
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Rip PAC real s**t
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My one a favorite songs by Pac
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This my song
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Why did they have to remix his music after he died? Unnecessary move
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2pac all eyes on us...I know you see us baby!!! Luv you kid
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Remember me 2pac remember me cuz
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West side man Tupac remember me if you see by heaven remember me cuz
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2pac is my cousin man but right now I'm looking for him in cuba
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None of these so called rappers out today can carry Tupac's note pad HOLLA IF YOU HEAR ME
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Positive truth will vibrate through the universe even though there is a negative combative weak energy weakly representing a legeng....18 7 heaven
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Yea' n**ga' get it how live!!!
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life . Tomorrow will be the best day of life. Don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck.put this on 15songs in 143 min . When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letter on your screen this is so creepy because it actually works
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People I understand your feeling hurt 2pac strong man
Your life is coming in your life before you to sleep ask God heal your soul God will answer your prayer

2pac it is for you God will save your life in your soul lord give power in your life
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Wow this song always makes me cry and at 29 i hope my children understands my struggles and thingd ive made happen as a single. Mother i pray they feel this way about me when they grow up�� mommy makes miracles. ALWAYS ���� LOVE MINE DOWN FOREVER US.
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I give my respect to my homie
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Dear mama, how do u want it ,it's me agains the world , picture me Rollin with all eyes on me. I get around bcuz I see death around the corner. soon as I get home it's all about u bcuz u came with that unconditiona l love, so just smile ,baby don't cry even though we all shed so many tears, only god can judge me , how long will they mourn me , bury me a G , pour out a little liquor. Don't forget you got to keep your head up.
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