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Tupac Amaru Shakur (16.06.1971 – 13.09.1996) born in New York City, America, is also well known as 2Pac and Makaveli was a legendary rapper, poet and actor. Also, he is considered as one of the biggest hip hop artists of all time by his fans.
Early life & background :
Shakur was born in a very activists/rebellious environment. Both his mother and father were members of the Black Panther Party during 1960s and 1970s. He had a cardiopulmonary years younger half sister named Sekyiwa and an elder step brother named Mopreme.
Most of his circle including his friends, family and relatives have been convicted and sentenced of some very serious crimes like robbery and murders.
His life started getting better when his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland.
He then joined Baltimore School for the Arts where he got into poetry, jazz, ballet and acting. He has also performed one of Shakespeare’s plays, The Nutcracker on stage.
He also beatboxed and won many rap battles which eventually made him the most popular guy and the best rapper in his school. He wasn’t only a rap god, but he also had a great sense of humour and the ability to connect with his audience.
He then moved to California with his family where he took poetry classes. And, that’s where he began his career as a hip hop background dancer.
Shakur took the first step into his success in the 1990s with Digital Underground. His track ‘I Get Around’ got ranked #11 on the U.S. Billboard top 100.
Despite of all the controversies 2Pac had faced, his albums as 2Pacalypse, Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… became huge success and are considered some of his best albums till date.
Some of the most popular songs by Tupac Shakur are ‘Dear Mama’, ‘California Love’, ‘Keep Ya Head Up’, ‘Hail Mary’, ‘Thugz Mansion’, ‘Smile’, ‘I Get Around’, ‘Hit ‘Em Up”, ‘Only God Can Judge Us’, ‘Ghetto Gospel’ and ‘Brenda’s Got A Baby’.
Visit 2PacVEVO to check out the tracks.
Tupac Shakur has also acted in a couple of movies such as Juice, Poetic Justice and Above the Rim.
Personal Life :
Tupac married on April of 1995 to Keisha Morris Shakur. Him and his wife legally ended their marriage in March of 1996. They didn’t have any kids.
As stated by his friend cum bodyguard, Shakur loved the colour Green. The strange coincidence is: he wore a green tank top when he got shot at.
He lived with his fiancée Kidada Jones and her mother Peggy Lipton, for months until he died.
Cause of Death :
While returning from a Mike Tyson’s boxing match at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 7, 1996 with Suge Knight, they stopped at a red light. Meanwhile, a white late model Cadillac with unidentified occupants stopped right next to Shakur’s BMW sedan. One of the unknown occupants pulled out a gun and started firing at Tupac rapidly.
Shakur got hit 4 times from the gunshots, twice in his chest, once in his arm & once in his thigh. And one of the most fatal bullets went into his right lung.
Inspite of having injuries and a flat tire of the car, Knight managed to drive a mile away from the scene. They both were then soon rushed to the University Medical Centre of Southern Nevada after the police and paramedics arrived.
After 6 days on 13 September, 1996 is when Tupac Shakur did die due to internal bleeding. He died because of respiratory failure which led him to cardiopulmonary or cardiac arrest due to removal of his lung. He was aged 25 at his death.
2Pac is a hero for kids and an inspiration to many even after years of his death. He died fighting like a soldier, the network of connection amongst his fans will be remain strong forever and Makaveli will always be alive in our hearts. You are and always be a real ‘Thug Life’.
Pig Magnet presents you 23 inspirational Tupac ‘ 2Pac ‘ Shakur quotes about life, moving on, birthday and sayings by Tupac Shakur on Love, Death, People and Reality.
I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood-but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That’s bad. – Tupac Shakur
Don’t change on me. Don’t extort me unless you intend to do it forever. – Tupac Shakur
There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me. – Tupac Shakur
Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes. – Tupac Shakur
With all my fans I got a family again. – Tupac Shakur
The only time I have problems is when I sleep. – Tupac Shakur
Is it a crime to fight for what is mine? – Tupac Shakur
Let the Lord judge the criminals. – Tupac Shakur
I just don’t know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life. – Tupac Shakur
All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me. – Tupac Shakur
My only fear of death is coming back reincarnated. – Tupac Shakur
I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers. – Tupac Shakur
You know it’s funny, when it rains it poursthey got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor. – Tupac Shakur
I’d rather die like a man than live like a coward. – Tupac Shakur
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real. – Tupac Shakur
Hate to sound sleazy, but tease me, I don’t want it if it’s that easy. – Tupac Shakur
When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character. – Tupac Shakur
We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins. – Tupac Shakur
For every dark night, there’s a brighter day. – Tupac Shakur
In my mind I’m a blind man doin’ time. – Tupac Shakur
My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find something to die for. – Tupac Shakur
I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear. – Tupac Shakur
It’s a struggle for every young Black man. You know how it is, only God can judge us. – Tupac Shakur
Rest In Peace, 2Pac.