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Tupac Shakur

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Where:
Las Vegas, Nevada
When:
1996-09-07
Summary:
In this photo taken mere moments before the rapper was shot multiple times, Shakur looks out the passenger window of a BMW. He would succumb to his injuries less than a week later, dying at the young age of 25.

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Tupac Shakur



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Las Vegas, Nevada

  When:
1996-09-07

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“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” Tupac Shakur was a rapper, writer, and actor who defined the gangster rap music craze of the 1990s. Long before he launched his career as a solo artist, Tupac was a backup dancer and roadie for the Digital Underground alternative hip hop music group. Once he went on out his own, he released his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, which earned him fame among the West Coast hip hop music scene. He followed up with Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. in 1993 and Me Against the World in 1995 before releasing his double-disc album, All Eyez on Me, in 1995. The album became one of the top-selling records in American music history. Advertisements:


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As his music career launched him to fame, Tupac ventured into acting and made his film debut in Juice in 1992. He followed up with critically acclaimed performances in Poetic Justice (1993), Gridlock’d (1997), and Gang Related (1997). However, before he could truly get his acting career off the ground, his life was tragically cut short when he was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. Only 25 years old at the time, Tupac’s legacy lives on through his music with his albums generating over 75 million sales and making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Life and Career

Tupac Amaru Shakur came into this world on June 16, 1971, in East Harlem, New York. In the mid-1960s, his parents were associated with the Black Panther Party. While his mother was pregnant with him, she faced over 150 criminal conspiracy charges due to her involvement with the party. She was acquitted of most of these charges and, one month after the ruling, welcomed her son into the world. However, trouble wasn’t behind the Shakur family since most of Tupac’s family was in trouble with the law. His stepfather even spent four years on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

In 1986, Tupac and his family relocated from East Harlem to Baltimore, Maryland in the hopes of escaping the growing violence. Tupac attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and the Baltimore School for the Arts. While there, he discovered his talents in ballet, jazz, acting, and poetry. He also befriended a young aspiring actress named Jada Pinkett who would go on to star in A Different World and marry actor Will Smith. “Jada is my heart,” Tupac later wrote in his book The Rose That Grew from Concrete. “She will be my friend for my whole life.”

Tupac and his family moved to Marin City, California in 1988. He graduated from Tamalpais High School where he explored his interest in acting with the school’s drama department. He studied poetry under Leila Steinberg and ventured into singing under the alias “MC New York” and the band “Strictly Dope.” In 1989, Steinberg put a concert together featuring Strictly Dope as the headliner. Tupac’s performance caught the attention of Atron Gregory who offered him a contract and a spot as a backup dancer and roadie for Digital Underground. Tupac jumped at the opportunity and, by 1991, was a key part of the group as he contributed to the band’s hit single, “Same Song,” which was featured on the soundtrack for Nothing But Trouble (1991).

Amid his flourishing career, Tupac recorded his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, in 1991. Although the album didn’t produce any hit singles, it was later critically praised and picked up traction. Over the next five years, Tupac skyrocketed to stardom as both an actor and musician. He released his second studio album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993), which debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200 and featured singles like “I Get Around” and “Keep Ya Head Up.” At the time, his gangsta rap style was heavily criticized by politicians like Vice President Dan Quayle, but nothing could stop Tupac who set his sights on becoming a leading man in Hollywood as he starred in Juice (1992), Poetic Justice (1993), Gridlock’d (1997), and Gang Related (1997).

Death and Legacy

Tupac’s success was often overshadowed by his numerous run-ins with the law. In November 1993, he was charged with sexual assault but denied the charges. The case later went to trial and he was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse. He spent nine months in prison trying to raise the $1.4 million bail before the case was appealed. He was later released from prison after Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight paid his bail on the condition that Tupac release three albums under the label.

Trouble continued for Tupac throughout 1995 and 1996 as he served his prison sentence and made plans for his future. Those plans were cut short, however, soon after Tupac regained his freedom. He was in Las Vegas celebrating a friend’s birthday on September 7, 1996, when he was fatally shot twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in the thigh by a passing car believed to be driven by a gang member and one of Tupac’s nemeses. Tupac was rushed to the closest hospital where he was immediately put on life support. He died days later on September 13, 1996, from internal bleeding at only 25 years old. Today, the gunman’s identity remains unknown.

In the years following Tupac’s death, he became one of the best-selling music artists of all time with his records reaching over 75 million sales worldwide. An icon of resistance and praised as an activist against the inequality that plagues inner cities, Tupac’s legacy truly lives on in his music as he once said, “Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.”

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