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.
Rapper Lil Wayne Has Been Declared The Most Profane Artist In Music History In A New Study.
Musixmatch researchers Varun Jewalikar and Federica Fragapane analysed the Lollipop star's 12 album releases and found Wayne used an astounding 3,960 swear words, with "n**ga" named as his most frequent obscenity, followed by "b**ch" and "f**k".
His penchant for swearing places him ahead of the late 2Pac, who used 3,724 profanities in his studio releases, while Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and T.I. round out the top five, reports AllHipHop.com.
Jewalikar and Fragapane also examined the frequency of bad language in songs by the most-searched artists in each music genre on Google, with hip-hop tracks featuring the "highest swear word count" and "most frequent use of swear words".
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Actress Kat Graham Has Been Cast To Portray Jada Pinkett Smith In The Upcoming Tupac Shakur Biopic.
The Vampire Diaries star will play the actress in All Eyez on Me, the film detailing the iconic rapper's humble beginnings, his meteoric rise to fame and his murder in 1996.
Pinkett Smith first met Tupac when they were teenagers attending Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland, and they maintained a strong friendship through the years.
All Eyez On Me, which began filming last month (Dec15) after years of development delays, stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac, R&B star Keyshia Cole, Hill Harper and Danai Gurira.
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Movie Tough Guy Tim Roth Once Recorded Songs With Late Rapper Tupac Shakur.
"We went to Death Row Records, which was hilarious because a little pasty-faced London boy walking into Death Row Records was... well, people were just laughing at me," he told late night host James Corden on Monday (11Jan16).
"It was me, Tupac and Thandie Newton, we all rapped together, but I couldn't keep a straight face. I didn't write a thing. He just made me say stuff... I know it's in a vault somewhere."
The Walking Dead Star Danai Gurira Has Signed On To Play Tupac Shakur's Mum In The Upcoming Biopic All Eyez On Me.
The actress will portray political activist and Black Panthers member Afeni Shakur, who was a great influence on her son's life.
Afeni, who is in control of her son's estate, also serves as an executive producer on the movie, which features newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac, R&B star Keyshia Cole, and CSI: NY actor Hill Harper.
All Eyez On Me began filming last month (Dec15) after years of development delays, and a director switch including Boyz n the Hood filmmaker John Singleton and hip-hop music video visionary Benny Boom.
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The Actor Who Played Rapper Notorious B.i.g. In A 2009 Biopic Is Set To Reprise The Character In An Upcoming Movie About Tupac Shakur.
Rapper/actor Jamal Woolard gained 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) to portray the late hip-hop star, real name Christopher Wallace, in Notorius, and producers of Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me have now reportedly asked him to play the music legend once again.
Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr., who plays Shakur, posted a picture on Instagram.com showing himself and Woolard posing outside their trailers near the movie set.
R&B star Keyshia Cole will make her acting debut in the biopic, and CSI: NY actor Hill Harper is also part of the cast.
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Tim Roth Helped Pay For Tupac Shakur's Memorial Service Because The Rapper's Mother Did Not Have Enough Money To Cover The Funeral Costs.
The British actor became friends with the rapper when he appeared opposite him in 1997 movie Gridlock'd, but the hip-hop star died the year before its release when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
Roth admits Shakur still had some work to do on the film at the time of his death, telling fans in a chat on Reddit.com, "The day that he was shot, he was on his way (to work), he had seen the Tyson fight (Mike Tyson's boxing bout with Bruce Seldon), he was supposed to do some additional voice work on the movie.
"We had our fingers crossed that he would survive in the hospital, but it was the surgery that got him in the end. He was young and rash but also brilliant and I adored him."
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R&b Star Keyshia Cole Is Preparing To Make Her Big Screen Acting Debut In A Planned Biopic About Late Rap Icon Tupac Shakur.
The I Changed My Mind singer shared the news with fans on Instagram over the weekend (19Dec15), when she reposted a photo director Benny Boom had posted online from the set of the new film, titled All Eyez On Me.
In the caption, she wrote, "So happy to announce I will be playing a part in this movie!!!!!!!!! #AllEyesOnMe #MyFirstMovieRole (sic)".
She went on to share hints about her character by adding, "#Playing my Girl from back in the day!!!! Her name is #Queen!!!! Don't mind playing a gangsta. #FULLCircle!!!!! #SheKnewMeAsAChild (sic)".
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Hip-hop Music Video Director Benny Boom Has Been Tapped To Replace John Singleton As The Director Of The Upcoming Tupac Shakur Biopic.
The Boyz n the Hood filmmaker announced his departure from the project in April (15), putting the blame on studio bosses at Morgan Creek and accusing them of failing to respect the slain rapper.
"The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur," he said. "Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist... He was a black man guided by his passions... Of most importance was his love of black people and culture... Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about."
Executives at Morgan Creek briefly hired Devil With the Blue Dress director Carl Franklin, but now it appears music video and commercial director Boom is in the hot seat.
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Development On The Tupac Shakur Biopic Has Been Marred By A Legal Battle Between Two Production Companies.
A film about the late rapper was originally due to start shooting in 2011, but it was repeatedly delayed due to a court fight between Shakur's mother Afeni and production company Morgan Creek.
Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton left the project because he felt "the people involved aren't really respectful of (Shakur's) legacy" and he was replaced by Carl Franklin, but the shoot has now been hit by a further legal obstacle.
Producers Randall Emmett and George Furla, who revived the project when they came onboard in 2013, filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (28Oct15) against Morgan Creek bosses, claiming they cast an actor as Shakur without permission, and changed the production budget and schedule without consultation.
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Beloved U.s. Comedians Andy Kaufman And Redd Foxx Are Coming Back From The Dead To Tour, Thanks To The Latest Hologram Technology.
The comics' families have agreed terms with Hologram USA officials to create a stage show based on their classic routines.
"Who knew that the persistent rumours that Andy Kaufman would return from death would come true," Hologram USA founder Alki David told the New York Times.
"We have the opportunity to resurrect him and present his genius with the same vitality and joy that his first audiences experienced 40 years ago. As for our other debut comedy hologram legend, Redd Foxx is a hero who helped change the game not just in comedy, but in how Americans talk about race and sex."
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Edidon and Steve Adler - L.T. Hutton & Morgan Creek Productions host the official Tupac Shakur biopic announcement party at Zanzibar - Santa Monica, California, United States - Thursday 7th November 2013
Tupac Shakur and Las Vegas - Tupac Shakur Impersonator Las Vegas, Nevada - THE REEL AWARDS - A Star-Studded Show Featuring Award-Winning Impersonators held at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Thursday 24th February 2011