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.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Terrible reviews and no money coming through the doors means one thing on Broadway
The musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” is being pulled from Broadway less than one month after the show’s official opening at the Palace Theatre. Poor reviews, a terrible box and no real plan for the future of the production has seen it become an early casualty of the season.
Tupac and Snoop Dogg at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006 (Getty/Frank Micelotta)
To put the financial side of things into perspective: the show never reached $200k in its six weeks - hit shows on Broadway gross more than $1 million a week on the regular, with blockbusters like "The Lion King" and "Wicked" often exceeding $2 million without breaking a sweat. In comparison, HIYHM is one of the worst-selling musicals in recent years. The New York Times reports it grossed $154,948 last week, which only 17% of its potential.
Sorry, Tupac fans. At least there's still the biopic!
A Broadway musical may just be one of the strangest venues for a Tupac tribute. Audiences, who went to see Holler If You Hear Me seem to think so too and the musical has now closed after six weeks on Broadway. The tribute musical, which included a number of Tupac songs, had its disappointing run at the Palace Theater. Unfortunately, it failed to attract enough attendees to justify the $8 miillion investment, according to MTV. The show received mixed reviews and never brought in more than $175,000 per week (for the record, those are very poor sales numbers for a Broadway show.
The aim of the show was to introduce a new audience to Tupac's work and to prove that a hip hop musical could flourish on Broadway.
“I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway,” lead producer Eric L. Gold said in a statement.
The agency cleared up some of the most pressing issues facing the American public today.
Whoever runs the CIA’s new Twitter account really wants to convince the world that the agency is fun, quirky, down with the cool kids and not at all a slightly scary government organization. Cue their one-month Twitterversary celebration. The agency’s followers had a lot of questions – and for once, the agency was fine with answering. Well, sort of.
Continue reading: Other Activities Aside, The CIA's Twitter Account Is Pretty Hilarious
The iconic rap star said "f*ck you" to a Las Vegas cop moments after being shot four times in a fatal drive-by shooting on September 7th 1996.
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 Las Vegas, he died a week later in hospital on September 13th.
The murderer, who pulled the trigger in a drive-by assassination, has never been identified and maybe never will, but we now know what Tupac's final words were.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur’s Final Words Were “F*ck You” To A Cop
The final words of Tupac Shakur have been revealed. Are they what you expected?
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 on September 7, 1996. Carroll told how he found the rapper, “covered with blood” and proceeded to try and find out what had happened: “So I’m looking at Tupac…I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me…All of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed…An ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. When he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking me right in the eye.”
Tupac's last words were his final act of defiance against the police
So, what profundity did Tupac, the voice of a generation, a rapper capable of penning poetic and poignant lyrics, have to say as his final words? Carroll continued, “That’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’ He looked at me and he took and breath…then the words came out: ‘F**k you’.” And with his final act of defiance towards the police, the rapper died.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur's Final Words Were 'F**k You,' Other Famous Last Words
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