Tupac Amaru Shakur
also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor.
Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010,
making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
MTV ranked him at number two on their list of The Greatest MCs of
All Time and Rolling Stone named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.
His double disc album All Eyez on Me is one of the best selling hip hop albums of all time.
Also known as
2Pac, Pac, Makaveli, MC New York
June 16, 1971
East Harlem, Manhattan
New York City, New York, U.S.
September 13, 1996 (aged 25)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Marin City, California, U.S.
: 5' 7"
Keisha Morris (married on April 29th, 1995; annulled in 1996)
: William Garland
: Afeni Shakur
: Maurice Harding
: Mutulu Shakur
Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland
Rapper, actor, record producer, poet, screenwriter, activist, writer
Outlawz, Thug Life, Danny Boy, Digital Underground, Dr. Dre, Johnny "J",Ice Cube, Nate Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg
1994 -2Pac was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.
1996 -2Pac was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album (Me Against The World) and Best Rap Solo Performance ("Dear Mama").
1997 -2Pac won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.
2Pac topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Billboard 200 Album Artist - Male and the Top R&B Artist - Male (singles & albums).
Tupac started out as a MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.
Many of his family members, including his parents, were members of the Black Panther Party.
On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot multiple times and killed in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.
• Tupac was named after Túpac Amaru, a Peruvian revolutionary who led an indigenous uprising against Spain.
Subsequent to Shakur's death, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (as well as the official coroner's report,
which lists "Crooks" as an aka) released his name as Lesane Parish Crooks.
Tupac was close friends with young actress Jada Pinkett
"All good niggers, all the niggers who change the world, die in violence. They don't die in regular ways."
"Everybody's at war with different things...I'm at war with my own heart sometimes"."
"Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real."
"The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams."
"The reason why I could get into acting was because it takes nothing to get out of who I am and go into somebody else."
"I guarantee, I will spark the brain that will change the world."