Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Shakur

Born

6/16/1971, East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Died

9/13/1996

Birth Name

Lesane Parish Crooks

Gender

Male

Also Known As

2Pac, Makaveli, 2 Pac Shakur, MC New York, Pac
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Tupac Shakur is one of the most successful and most influential rap artists ever. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling rap/hip-hop artist ever - having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. He is also consistently ranked by fans, critics and industry…more

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  • Trivia

    • In June of 2010 Tupac's song Dear Mama from his Me Against the World album was inducted into the Library of Congress.

    • During the shooting of the movie Poetic Justice, Tupac was asked to take an AIDS test before shooting a love scene with Janet Jackson and he refused to take one.

    • The main suspects in 2Pac's murder are Suge Knight and Orlando Anderson.

    • In September 7, 1996 after 2Pac was rushed to the hospital he lost 20 ounces of blood and couldn't talk.

    • R U Still Down? (Remember Me) was the first posthumous album by Tupac Shakur.

    • Assata Shakur is Tupac's aunt.

    • He has feuds with Bad Boy, Nas, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, Lil' Kim, and Chinco XL, Dan Quayle, Wendy Williams, Fugees, Junior Mafia, Da Brat, Little Caesar, C. Deloris Tucker.

    • His album Better Dayz went 3x Platinum and sold 366,000 copies in its first week.

    • 2Pac's album 2Pac's Greatest Hits went 9x Platinum and sold more than 9 million copies.

    • 2Pac's song Dear Mama is a song dedicated to his mother (Afeni Shakur).

    • 2Pac's album Me Against the World debuted at number-one and stayed there for four weeks and first week sales of 240,000 copies. When Me Against the World was released, Tupac was serving time in prison.

    • He has two poetry books which are The Rose That Grew From Concrete and Inside a Thug's Heart.

    • He has two biographical books which are Tupac: Resurrection and Tupac Shakur Legacy

    • In 2005, MTV listed Tupac's The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory as one of the "Top 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time."

    • 2Pac was greatly inspired by Machiavelli's works, including The Prince, which he had read while in prison.

    • 2Pac's song "Hail Mary", was written and recorded in 30 minutes.

    • 2Pac wasn't really born in jail.

    • 2Pac signed to Death Row Records in 1995.

    • 2Pac has 40 singles in all which are Singles: "Brenda's Got a Baby" "If My Homie Calls" "Trapped" – "I Get Around" – "Keep Ya Head Up" "Papa'z Song – "Holla If Ya Hear Me" "Cradle to the Grave" – "Pour Out A Little Liquor" – "Dear Mama"- "Old School" "So Many Tears" – "Temptations "California Love" – "Hit 'Em Up" "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"- "How Do U Want It" "I Ain't Mad at Cha" "Life Goes On "Toss It Up" "To Live & Die in LA" "Hail Mary" "Wanted Dead or Alive" "Made N**gaz" "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" "Do For Love" "Changes "Happy Home" "Unconditional Love" "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" "Until the End of Time" "Letter 2 My Unborn" – "Thugz Mansion (7 Remix)" "Still Ballin (Nitty Remix)" "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" "One Day at a Time (Em's Version)" "Thugs Get Lonely Too" "Ghetto Gospel" "Untouchable" "Pac's Life

    • In 2005 "Runnin' (Dying To Live)" by Tupac featuring The Notorious B.I.G. was named the song of the year.

    • Shakur's work has influenced many modern rap artists, including Eminem, Nas, Lloyd Banks, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, The Game, and 50 Cent.

    • Suge Knight owed Tupac up to seventeen million dollars and still didn't pay him.

    • 2 Pac's album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory went 7x Platinum and sold 28 million copies worldwide.

    • To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Shakur's death, Shakur's album Pac's Life was released on November 21, 2006.

    • 2 Pac was offered a contract deal to Bad Boy by Sean Combs in 1994. But 2Pac declined.

    • 2Pac's single "Against All Odds" is one of Death Row's Best.

    • 2Pac's video "I Wonder If Heaven's Got a Ghetto" was taped in New Mexico.

    • 2Pac's most selling album is "All Eyez On Me" having sold more than 9 millions copies and is more than 10x platinum.

    • 2 Pac is a fan of Jim Carrey.

    • 2 Pac's image was illegally used in a video called Ecstasy from the all-girl Korean music group BabyVox.

    • 2 Pac dedicated 2 poems for Jada Pinkett Smith from his book of poems "A Rose That Grew From the Concrete" entitled "Jada" and another one titled "The Tears in Cupid's Eyes".

    • 2 Pac attended Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied acting, poetry, and jazz. He performed in Shakespeare plays and landed the role of the Mouse King in The Nutcracker.

    • 2 Pac attended "Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School" for his freshmen and sophmore year.

    • 2 Pac's family relocated to the Roland Park section of Baltimore in 1984.

    • 2 Pac's first major role with acting was as Travis in the play "A Raisin in the Sun".

    • 2 Pac was enrolled in Harlem's famous "127th Street Ensemble" at the age of 12.

    • 2 Pac's last name Shakur comes from the Arabic word thankful (to God).

    • 2 Pac was named after Túpac Amaru II, an Incan revolutionary who led a Peruvian uprising against Spain.

    • 2 Pac was listed as the "Number 1 MC" in MTV's "22 Greatest MCs" countdown in 2003, as voted by the viewers.

    • 2 Pac was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002.

    • 2 Pac, In December 1991 filed a $10,000,000 lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department for alleged brutality.

    • 2 Pac was riding in the passenger seat of a BMW 750 Sedan the night he was shot and later died. Suge Knight, the head man of "Deathrow Records" was the driver.

    • 2 Pac's ex-wife, Keisha Morris, has a tattoo of him sitting on a chair and looking up on her arm. Kidida Jones also has a tattoo of him.

    • 2 Pac was banned from playing in many states because his concerts were too wild. The lyrics to one of his songs say "My lyrics so lethal turn coliseums to murder scenes."
      He was sued by a woman who was shot and paralyzed at a concert he held in 1993.

    • 2 Pac allegedly had sex with almost all the women during the filming of the X-rated "How Do U Want It?" music-video.

    • 2 Pac was cremated by Davis Mortuary in Las Vegas.

    • 2 Pac was good friends with Mike Tyson. Tyson often came out for a fight with 2 Pac rap as his ringwalk music (most common song "Ambitionz Az A Ridah"). 2 Pac had been in attendance at a Tyson fight on the night he was killed in a drive-by shooting.

    • 2 Pac, before he was famous when found out that there was a group of people pissed off and looking for him. He went home, put on his vest, strapped himself with every gun he had, knocked on the door of the people that were looking for him and said "Are you looking for me!" Apparently someone in Tupac's family put out word to make sure nothing happened to him, but they thought he was a crazy motherf*cker and respected him for it.

    • 2 Pac's first known song is titled "When Will You Learn", a song about gun violence dedicated to a friend of his who was killed on the block. The friends name was Darren Berret. It's been said that Tupac copied the "Not wearing any shirt" dress sense from him.

    • 2 Pac enjoyed various types of music artists, including Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters. He is quoted as calling Tracy Chapman a "True Poet."

    • 2 Pac's song "Never Had A Friend Like Me", according to Suge Knight was about their relationship because Suge once told 2 Pac "Your Enemies my Enemies."

    • 2 Pac was given money to buy Afeni (2 Pac's mother) a new house when he came to Death Row by Suge Knight.

    • 2 Pac, when he got out of jail took a private plane back to L.A, a limo and had five police officers for his protection which was all arranged by Suge Knight.

    • 2 Pac was took to his first basketball game by Death Row Records' CEO Suge Knight.

    • 2 Pac, while he was with Digital Underground once had a 12-guage shotgun in his face because of dispute over a girl.

    • 2 Pac had two rottweilers named Bonnie and Clyde whom his uncle took care of.

    • 2 Pac on September 7 1996 was shot four times and later killed. He was shot twice in the chest once in the arm and once in the thigh. Some people think he died because of 5 shots. This is because he was shot 5 times on November 30 1994 and people get confused with these dates.

    • 2 Pac, before he was famous was paid $335 to appear in an advertisement for a local news channel. He used that money to pay for the months rent.

    • 2 Pac bought Biggie Smalls his first Rolex watch.

    • 2 Pac's favorite colours are Black and Gold.

    • 2 Pac's favorite food was Fried Chicken Wings with Hot Sauce and his favorite drink was Orange Pop.

    • 2 Pac's killers have never been caught.

    • 2 Pac used to call Biggie "Christopher" while Biggie used to call 2 Pac "Duke".

    • 2 Pac had a hand written rap on the wall of the Enoch Pratt Free library in Baltimore. It sat next to poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. (It has since been added to the vaults.)

    • 2 Pac & Big Saccs both went looting together during the LA Riots. According to Saccs, he and 2 Pac went straight from the studio to the hood and started looting.

    • 2 Pac was offered a record contract at the age of 13. Afeni (2 Pac's mother) however refused to let him sign anything at such a young age. She felt he had a lot to learn about the world before joining the music industry.

    • 2 Pac claimed that the phrase "N*GGA" in fact stood for "Never Ignorant about Getting Goals Accomplished."

    • 2 Pac claimed the phrase "THUG LIFE" stood for "The Hate U Gave Lil Infants F***** Everyone."

    • 2 Pac had starring roles in six movies: Juice, Poetic Justice, Above the Rim, Bullet, Gridlock'd and Gang Related.

    • 2 Pac's stepfather Mutulu Shakur was sentenced to 60 years in prison for his involvement in an armored-car robbery. Mutulu appeared on the FBI's top ten most wanted list for this crime.

    • 2 Pac was engaged to Kidada Jones.

    • 2 Pac was good friends with Jada Pinkett.

    • 2 Pac was cast in the movie Woo (1998), but was shot five days before principal photography began.

    • 2 Pac is listed as the most successful gangsta rapper in 'The Guinness Book Of World Records'.

    • 2 Pac studied ballet and dance as a young man.

    • 2 Pac used the name Makaveli which is an altered spelling of Machiavelli, about whom he read about whilst in prison.

    • 2 Pac is the founding member of the Outlawz.

    • 2 Pac is 5'11" (1.80 m).

    • 2 Pac was singed to Suge Knight's record label Death Row Records alongside rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

    • 2 Pac was friends with Biggie Smalls
      (Notorious B.I.G) but later on became rivals with him.

    • 2 Pac's mother was a member of the national Protest group known as the Black panthers, who fought in the civil rights movements.

    • 2 Pac was going to play the lead role on Baby Boy but was killed before starting the movie.

    • 2 Pac is considered by many to be the greatest and most influential MC ever.

  • Quotes

    • 2 Pac: (on how he has changed the Hip-hop record selling game) I'm gonna change the rules in the rap game. You know, how, like politics, the Republicans are in now; well, I represent that style; I'm the new nigga, I'ma shake up the whole Congress, by puttin' out a double-album-that nobody ever did - I had the most expensive album on the Charts...and I outsold everyone of them muthafuckas. And I did it in two months.

    • 2 Pac: (on race) The real tragedy is that there are some ignorant brothers out here. That's why I'm not on this all-White or all Black shit. I'm on this all-real or all fake shit with people, whatever color you are. Because niggaz will do you. I mean, there's some [foul] niggaz out there [in the streets]; the same niggaz that did Malcolm X, the same niggaz that did Jesus Christ - every brother ain't a brother. They will do you. So just because it's Black, don't mean it's cool. And just because it's White don't mean it's evil.

    • 2 Pac: If you know in this hotel room they have food every day and I knock on the door. Every day they open tha door to let me see tha party, let me see that they throwin' salami, throwin' food around telling me there's no food. Every day. I'm standing outside tryin to sing my way in- "We are weak, please let us in. We're week, please let us in." After about a week tha song is gonna change to, "We're hungry, we need some food." After two, three weeks it's like "Give me some of tha food! I'm breakin down tha door." After a year it's like, "I'm pickin' the lock, comin' through the door blastin." It's like, "I'm hungry." You reached your level, you don't want any more. We asked ten years ago, we were askin' with the Panthers, we were askin' in the Civil Rights Movement. Now those who were askin' are all dead or in jail, what are we gonna do? And we shouldn't be angry!?

    • 2 Pac: And the raps that I'm rappin to my community shouldn't be filled with rage? They shouldn't be filled with same atrocities that they gave me? The media they don't talk about it, so in my raps I have to talk about it, and it seems foreign because there's no one else talking about it.

    • 2 Pac: If God wanted me to be quiet he would've never showed me what he does.

    • 2 Pac: Though are hands are chained like they are, they haven't taken music from us yet. So that's how I'll fight. People tell me don't quit like everyone else. I wont have no fear.

    • 2 Pac: The only thing America respects is power and power concedes nothing. After the LA Riots, they tried to calm us down and nothing changed since.

    • 2 Pac: I am societies child, this is how they made me, and now I'm sayin what's on my mind and they don't want that. This is what you made me America.

    • 2 Pac: Everybody's at war with different things…I'm at war with my own heart sometimes.

    • 2 Pac: (on the state of urban America) We are in the midst of a very dangerous, non-productive, self-destructive civil war. And it's not just rap shit. It's ideals. And this rap shit is just bringin' it to a head. The East Coast believe one thing, and the West Coast believe one thing. The East Coast got one way of life, the West Coast got another way of life, it always co-existed. We're coming to the turn of the century where we gotta mash together. But we can only do it one way, one style. And that's what we're trying to figure out now, and I think the world is watching that.

    • 2 Pac: My music is not for everyone. It's only for the strong-willed, the [street] soldiers music. It's not like party music - I mean, you could gig to it, but it's spiritual. My music is spiritual. It's like Negro spirituals, except for the fact that I'm not saying 'We shall Overcome.' I'm saying that we are overcome.

    • 2 PAC: For every dark night, there's a brighter day.

    • 2 Pac: F*ck the World only God can judge me.

    • 2 Pac: Once people take the time to find out who I really am, you'd be suprised.

    • 2 Pac: Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal.

    • 2 Pac: In my death, people will understand what I was talking about.

    • 2 Pac: My only fear of death is comming back to the streets reincarnated.

    • 2 Pac: I don't advocate senseless violence of any human being. I'm the one who's been beat down. But I will not be a victim again.

    • 2 Pac: All I can say is I always try to be a real nigga in my heart. Sometimes its good, sometimes it's bad, but its still us. It's never to hurt anybody.

    • 2 Pac: Imperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end no matter how hard we fight.

    • 2 Pac: I feel like Black Jesus got his hands on me and guides me through life to put me where I'm supposed to be...

    • 2 Pac: If it don't make dollars it don't make sense.

    • 2 Pac: The only thing America respects is power and power concedes nothing. After the LA Riots, they tried to calm us down and nothing changed since.

    • 2 Pac: (On Biggie) Stole my lyrics. I stole his bitch. Took my rhymes. I took his wife. If he talk all that shit about being a playa and I got his wife two days after I got outta jail- imagine that gangsta shit he's talking, imagine how plastic that shit is.

    • 2 Pac: To me, I feel that my game is strong. I feel as thought I'm a shining prince, just like Malcolm, and I feel that all of us are shining princes, and if we live like princes, then whatever we want can be ours. Anything.

    • 2 Pac: I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I'm doing is right. So I feel like I'm going to heaven.

    • 2 Pac: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    • 2 Pac: I'm going to show people my true intentions, and my true heart. I'm going to show them the man that my mother raised. I'm going to make them all proud.

    • 2 Pac: The addict in Tupac is dead. The excuse maker in Tupac is dead. The Vengeful Tupac is dead. The Tupac that would stand by and let dishonorable things happen is dead. God let me live for me to do something extremely extraordinary, and that's what I have to do.

    • 2 Pac: If we really are saying that rap is an art form, then we got to be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you are saying, it dont matter that you didnt make them die, it just matters that you didnt save them.

    • 2 Pac: Though are hands are chained like they are, they haven't taken music from us yet. So that's how I'll fight. People tell me don't quit like everyone else. I wont have no fear.

    • 2 Pac: When my Heart Can Beat No More I hope die for a principal or a belief that I have lived for.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This is the greatest rapper ever...

    10
    2 Pac is easily my favorite rapper, ever. He's the greatest, basically. He's also a great actor, too. It's too bad he's dead...alot of people don't know who he is these days (especially kids). It's a shame they listen to artists like Soulja Boy & Lil' Wayne (although he used to be good, my last review for him came out wrong). Old school rap was the best, no doubt...anyways, my favorite 2Pac songs were "Hit Em Up", "Life Goes On", "Me Against the World", "Changes", "Dear Mama", & among others. I love his music. Even though he's still dead, his music is still in our hearts. Greatest Rapper EVER!moreless
  • The One and Only.

    10
    Tupac was the best rapper I have ever seen. He is the one who started most of all of the trends you see from rappers today.His lyrics and his style is what seperated him from all of the other rappers at his time.



    But perhaps his greatest feature was the fact he could make so many great songs in such a short amount of time that even today his music is still being released.



    There are some many of todays rappers who try to look like him and sound like him get tatoos like him. They just end up looking like pretenders to his throne there will always be copycats but there will only ever be one Tupac.moreless
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