Tupac Amaru Shakur 1971 – 1996

by J-Stacknik

Tupac's record company has released 8 albums since his death and with titles such as Tupac Resurrection and song titles such as Empty Coffin, many of his fans still believe he's alive. In fact many of the songs released after his death contain lyrics that tell of events that happened after he died.

Tupac Amaru Shakur, was a controversial, innovator of gangsta rap, whose lyrics were mostly about violence and hardship in inner cities. On September 13, 1996 he died violently as well, the victim of a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, he was 25 years old.

Shakur was born in New York City and grew up primarily in Harlem. His breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground. That same year he released his own album 2Pacalypse Now, it was with this album that began his notoriety as a leading figure of the gangsta permutation of hip-hip, with references to cop killing and sexual violence. His movie career also began that same year with Juice and in 1992 he co-starred with Janet Jackson in the movie Poetic Justice.

This also began his own trouble with the law. He served a 15 day jail term in 1994 for assault and battery and in 1995 he was convicted of sexual assault of a female fan. He served eight months pending an appeal. But on September 13, 1996 after the Tyson vs Seldon fight in Las Vegas he was hit with four bullets. His right lung was removed in emergency surgery and after six days in a medical coma, he died.

The private service that his mother planned was cancelled at the last minute and the rapper was cremated. This is where things got a little bizarre because Tupac’s crew the Outlawz, then mixed his ashes with some marijuana and smoked him. So I guess you could say Tupac did go up in smoke. Literally.

Read more:

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After Tupac’s Death

Morbid Curiosity: Remembering Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur – Biography

 

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