Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Shakur (born 6.16.1971; died 09.13.1996)
Tupac Shakur was an American rapper and actor who was famously shot dead during a drive-by shooting at the age of 25.

Tupac Shakur: Childhood
Tupac Shakur was born in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York. His parents were Black Panther Party activists Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland.
He grew up around violent criminals such as his godfather, who was arrested for murder following a robbery.
When he was 12-years-old, he joined Harlem's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble where he got involved in a play called 'A Raisin in the Sun'.
He later moved to Baltimore, Maryland and attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, before transferring to the Baltimore School for the Arts where he landed various roles in Shakespeare plays and in the ballet 'The Nutcracker'.
He was extremely popular at school and was well-known for his rap skills. He was also close friends with actress Jada Pinkett and joined the Baltimore Young Communist League USA.
He then moved to Marin City, California and went to Tamalpais High School. During that time he got involved with a concert and was later signed by Atron Gregory as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground.

Tupac Shakur: Career
Tupac Shakur made his first musical ventures with Digital Underground and caused controversy with his violence-themed debut album '2Pacalypse Now'.
He became more commercially successful with his second album 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.' in 1993. That year he set up the group Thug Life which saw the release of only album 'Thug Life: Volume 1' through his own label Out Da Gutta Records.
'Me Against the World' was his third solo album which won Best Rap Album at the Soul Train Music Awards in 1996.
In the year of his death, he unveiled fourth record 'All Eyez on Me' through Death Row Records. The record became platinum certified nine times by 1998. He then released posthumous fifth album 'Makaveli The Don - Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory' under the name Makaveli.
Tupac has appeared in several films including 'Juice' with Samuel L. Jackson, Cindy Herron and Queen Latifah; 'Poetic Justice' alongside Janet Jackson and 'Above the Rim' opposite Duane Martin.

Tupac Shakur: Personal life
Tupac Shakur was generally considered very educated, being an avid reader with strong political interest and affiliations.
In 1993, he was briefly imprisoned for assault after attempting to hit M.A.D. rapper Chauncey Wynn with a baseball bat. That year, he was also arrested after shooting two police officers who accused him of nearly running them over.
The following year he was jailed for two weeks on another assault charge.
In 1992, a 6-year-old boy was shot dead after Tupac's gun allegedly went off while being picked up by a member of his entourage. Though Tupac was not charged for the incident, he paid out a 6-figure sum to the boys' parents and later wrote two heartfelt songs about the incident.
He was shot five times and robbed in 1994 though survived the attack and was taken to hospital conscious. He later accused Sean Combs and Biggie for the incident.
In 1993, he was charged with sexual assault by a woman he had previously has consensual sexual relations with. He maintained his innocence even after being sentenced.
Tupac was shot dead in a drive-by shooting after attending the boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The incident took place after he and his entourage assaulted a member of the Crips gang Orlando 'Baby Lane' Anderson. Despite being his label boss, several people, including Snoop Dogg, later accused Death Row Records manager Suge Knight of arranging the murder.
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22nd July 2014 -

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16th July 2014 -

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Tupac Shakur’s Final Words Were “F*ck You” To A Cop

24th May 2014 -

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Tupac Shakur's death is surrounded by mystery, but for his devoted fans, a recent revelation would please them greatly.In 1996, the rap star was shot four times after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match in...

Tupac Shakur's Final Words Were 'F**k You,' Other Famous Last Words

23rd May 2014 -

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The dying words of rapper Tupac Shakur have been revealed, 18 years after his death. The words were spoken to sergeant Chris Carroll, the policeman who questioned Shakur on the scene after the fatal shooting...

Tupac Shakur's final words revealed

23rd May 2014 -

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Tupac Shakur's final words were reportedly 'f**k you'.The late rapper, who died from injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996, is said to have sworn at police officer Chris Carroll,...

So, Tupac Shakur's Final Words Were A Big "F*CK YOU" To Cops

23rd May 2014 -

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Finally, fans of Tupac Shakur breathe a sigh of relief. No, we still don't know the identity of his killer - and we probably never will - but at least we know the rapper's last...

Tupac Shakur, Now Michael Jackson. Are Hologram Performances The Future?

20th May 2014 -

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So, the King of Pop performed at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. Yes, you heard us right and no, there’s not a new King of Pop who has finally claimed the late Michael Jackson’s crown....

Which One Of These Actors Should Play Tupac?

28th March 2014 -

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18 years after the murder of Tupac Shakur the rapper will be bought back to life, this time not by a hologram projector but by an actor. The Tupac biopic is finally in the works,...

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A new European beer commercial from the Radler brand has caused controversy across the world in countries where the advert's dark sense of humour doesn't sit well. The television commercial shows a bunch of dead...

John Singleton: Tupac Shakur's spirit came to me

24th March 2014 -

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John Singleton says Tupac Shakur's ''spirit'' encouraged him to helm a biopic on the late rapper. The 46-year-old filmmaker is on board to write, direct and produce the forthcoming film which is based on the...

John Singleton Directing Tupac Movie. Michael B Jordan, Stand By Your Phone

13th February 2014 -

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John Singleton will direct the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic after finally closing a deal to take full creative responsibility for the movie. As well as getting behind the camera, Singleton will re-write and produce...

Tupac Shakur Was Set To Audition For Star Wars Episode I As A Jedi Master

9th January 2014 -

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Before Tupac's untimely passing in 1996, where the rapper was killed in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, he was scheduled to audition for a role in Star Wars.The revelation came from the former...

Tupac Shakur Almost Played Jedi In Star Wars: Episode I - Report

8th January 2014 -

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Rapper Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned for a starring role in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace before his death in 1996.The California Love hitmaker ventured into acting during the last few years of...

Eminem inspires R-Truth's WWE album

14th November 2013 -

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R-Truth is releasing an album inspired by Eminem and Tupac Shakur.The WWE Superstar has for years performed his own theme song on his way to the ring and now he is recording an LP of...

Tupac Shakur Biopic Green-Lit, But Will We Actually See It?

21st September 2013 -

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Tupac Shakur may have been dead for the past 17 years, but his legacy has, if anything, only risen since he was gunned down in 1996. It has seemed that, ever since that fateful day,...

The Latest In A Line Of Biopics, A Tupac Shakur Movie Will Be Produced In 2014

20th September 2013 -

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Biopics are all the rage this year – after one about Diana, an upcoming film about the life of classic Hollywood actress Grace Kelly and a pair of otherwise unrelated films about Nelson and Winnie...

Does Anyone Still Believe Suge Knight Killed Tupac Shakur?

12th September 2013 -

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Another year, another Suge Knight arrested story huh? This time, the founder of Death Row Records was stopped shortly before midnight in Los Angeles on Wednesday (September 11, 2013) on an outstanding warrant. According to...

J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' No.1 On Billboard 200 Chart

11th July 2013 -

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J. Cole's sophomore album Born Sinner has shot to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart after its release on 18th June 2013. According to Billboard, a case such as J. Cole's - where...

Tupac Shakur To Be Awarded Post-Humous Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

25th June 2013 -

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The late Tupac Shakur and political commentator Tavis Smiley are among the list of people set to become the next stars honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the two being...

Tupac Shakur musical set for Broadway

24th June 2013 -

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A musical inspired by Tupac Shakur is headed for Broadway.'Holler If Ya Hear Me', based on music by the rapper - who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, aged 25 - is set...

Rick Ross Advised To Take "Lots And Lots Of Security" After Shooting

29th January 2013 -

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Miami rapper Rick Ross was the target of a drive-by shooting Florida on Monday (January 28, 2013), narrowly escaping the attack but not before crashing his car into a nearby apartment block. Detectives are on...

What, No Holograms? Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Coachella 2013

25th January 2013 -

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How do you top having a dead man headline your festival? Well, in all honestly, you’re not going to. Coachella’s talent bookers must have been scratching their heads in bewilderment when it came to topping...

LAPD Issue Apology To Family Of Notorious BIG Over Autopsy Statement Release

9th December 2012 -

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Last week, after fifteen years in police custody, the autopsy report into the death of the late rapper the Notorious BIG was made public for the first time. Now, the Los Angeles Police Department have...

Notorious B.I.G. Autopsy Report Unveiled To The Public For First Time

8th December 2012 -

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Rap icon the Notorious B.I.G. has had new light shone on to his death after a police autopsy report gave new insight into his death by drive-by shooting fifteen years ago, revealing the trajectory of...

Notorious BIG Post-Mortem Unveils New Details Into Unsolved Shooting

7th December 2012 -

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Fifteen years after he was shot down, information on a post-mortem that has been kept private until now has revealed new information on the late rapper the Notorious BIG has been made public for the...

Chris Brown Claims Only Tupac Shakur Can Understand Him. Sigh.

28th November 2012 -

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Perhaps we've all missed the point with Chris Brown. Maybe we're giving him too much of a hard time. The man himself sure thinks so, claiming there's only one person who can understand why he...

Freddie Mercury Joining Queen For 'We Will Rock You' Anniversary?

10th May 2012 -

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Brian May has announced new plans to continue to pay tribute to late friend Freddie Mercury by getting him to "appear" for the 10th anniversary of the Queen inspired 'We Will Rock You' musical. With...

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