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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Beginnings The Lost Tapes 1981 - 1991

Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988-1991 is the seventh posthumously released album from the late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur. It was released June 12[1][2][3] and it contained some of Shakur's first songs recorded in 1989. The collection of songs were originally released in 2000, and was being re-released. The album featured 10 songs featuring Shakur's early crew. These are the tracks that led to Tupac joining the tour with Digital Underground as a roadie for Chopmaster J and a dancer and crew member for Digital Underground. The album was produced by Digital Underground's co-founder Chopmaster J



  1. "Panther Power"
  2. "The Case of the Misplaced Mic"
  3. "Let Knowledge Drop"
  4. "Never Be Beat"
  5. "A Day in the Life"
  6. "My Burnin' Heart"
  7. "Minnie the Moocher"
  8. "The Case of the Misplaced Mic II"
  9. "Static Mix I"
  10. "Static Mix II"

Friday, February 09, 2007

BET Celebrates Black History Month With Hip-Hop Documentary Film Series

BET takes a no-holds-barred approach to Black History Month this February by examining the people, artistic elements and events that shaped Black America and influenced popular culture with a series of hip-hop documentaries during "Hip-Hop History Weekend," and a groundbreaking BET News special, "The Top 25 Events That (Mis) Shaped Black America."

Kicking off Hip-Hop History Weekend on Friday February 23 at 8:00 p.m. is "Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel," featuring interviews with friends, collaborators and scholars as they look back on Tupac and define his legacy today; "The MC: This is Why We Do It," which explores the origins of MC'ing, as well as the environmental, spiritual and moral aspects to the art form airs Saturday February 24 at 11:00 p.m.; "Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip Hop Cop," bringing to light hard evidence of the NYPD's controversial "rap unit" profiling premieres Sunday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m.; and closing out the weekend is "The Art of 16 Bars" in which some of rap's biggest MCs share their approach from free styling and writing to how to hold the Mic and dealing with being on tour, airing Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Delving deeper into Black culture is the ground-breaking BET News special, "The Top 25 Events That (Mis) Shaped Black America," premiering Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 pm. This special takes an intelligent yet irreverent look at black history thanks to commentary from top cultural critics, comedians and celebrities. Bringing it all together is host Paul Mooney, returning from the highly-rated 2006 special "Top 25 Worst Moments in Black History," with the brilliant and politically incorrect humor that has made him a comedic legend.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A Decade After His Death, 2pac Is Busier Than Ever

Given his protean output, enduring chart success and road-tested ability to stay in the headlines, it’s easy to forget sometimes that Tupac Shakur is no longer among the living — September marked the 10th anniversary of the rap superstar’s death.
Last month, an album from the man who holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ title as the most successful rapper was issued. “Pac’s Life,” an album of previously unreleased studio material (with the exception of a verse on one song), is Shakur’s 11th album since being killed by an unknown assailant in a 1996 drive-by shooting.
The CD debuted at No. 3 last week when sales figures were released; four of Shakur’s posthumous albums have hit No. 1 on the pop and R&B/hip-hop charts.
“I say it every time, that Tupac left us the blueprints to follow,” Afeni Shakur, the rapper’s mother and an executive producer on “Pac’s Life,” said in a news release about the latest album.
Carrying on what fast is becoming a sub-genre of hip-hop that he unintentionally helped create — the posthumous “duet” between performers who never met in life — Shakur is joined on “Pac’s Life” by chart-topping rappers and singers, including Ludacris and T.I.
But the majority of Pac’s latest collaborators weren’t even old enough to drive a car at the time of his passing: R&B singers Keyshia Cole and Ashanti were, respectively, 14 and 16 in 1996. And rappers Lil Scrappy and Young Buck were just 12 and 15 when Shakur died.
Mostly through the unflagging efforts of Afeni Shakur — and a seemingly bottomless trove of unreleased 2Pac recordings — the rapper isn’t likely to fade into obscurity any time soon (even if, hypothetically, his future releases take titles like “Yo, Is This Mike On?: The Forgotten Tape”).
Last month, the gangsta superstar’s estate announced a 25-city “Tupac Legacy Tour” set to kick off in the spring. His smiling likeness continues to appear in ads and on clothing for Makaveli Branded, the rapper-actor’s street-wear line.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Snoop Dogg: A Tribute To 2Pac - Mixtape

Another mixtape, this one is by Snoop Dogg. Its called Snoop Dogg: A Tribute To 2Pac. Enjoy.


Tracklist
1:
INTRO (Pac Poem) 1:03
2: CALI-CALIFORNIA 3:52
3: STORY TO TELL 5:02
Featuring Kurupt
4: GANGSTER BOOGIE 4:10
Featuring Dr. Dre & Toddy Tee
5: ARTICULATE THUG 4:51
Featuring Ras Jass & Eastwood
6: X-CHANGE 4:20 Featuring Typhoon
7: WHATCHU TALKIN' ABOUT 4:40
Featuring Daz & Young Wee
8: IF YOUR FRIENDS SEEN ME (What Would I Be) 3:47
Featuring Toddy Tee
9: MO' CHEDDA 3:59 Featuring K-Dee & Glock
10: DON'T GIVE A FUCK 3:58
Featuring Sanyika Shakur
11: RIDE 3:58
Featuring Eastwood
12: "SNOOP" DOGG 'N THE WAX 5:13
Featuring Ice T
13: BREAKDOWN 4:05
Featuring The Unknown DJ & Valerie
14: I NEED A ROLEX 5:02
Featuring Dr. Dre, Ice T & DJ Yella
15: STORY TO TELL (Radio Version) 3:40
Featuring Kurupt
16: X-CHANGE (Remix) 4:16
Featuring Typhoon.

Download

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

More 2pac Pictures











More Pictures

Monday, November 27, 2006

New Unrealized 2pac Song To Come Out In 50 Cent's Upcoming Album

New unrealized 2pac song to come out in 50 Cent's upcoming album, Live or Die. The track's name is "Supply and Demand" by 50 cent, it is supposedly featuring Snoop Dogg and 2pac

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Pac's Life Music Video


The Pac's Life Music Video
From Pac's Life

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pac's Life Review


The Front Cover

The Back

Inside

Inside (Without Cd)

Random Page In Booklet

{The Review Will Be Up Shortly}

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

2pac's New Album Released


Amaru Entertainment/Interscope is proud to release the new Tupac Shakur album, "Pac's Life," featuring contributions from Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Keyshia Cole, T.I., Ashanti, Young Buck, Lil Scrappy, Carl Thomas, Outlawz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big Syke, Papoose, with productions from LT Hutton, Sha Money XL, Swizz Beatz and more.
Pac's Life
Amaru Entertainment/Interscope
Release Date: November 21st
Untouchable (Swiss Beatz Remix Ft. Bone Thugs -n- Harmony)
Pac's Life (Ft. T.I., Ashanti)
Dumpin' (Ft. Hussein Fatal, Papoose, Carl Thomas)
Playa Cardz Right (Female) (Ft. Keyshia Cole)
Whatz Next (Ft. A3, Jay Rock)
Sleep (Ft. Young Buck, Chamillionaire)
International (Ft. Nipsey Hussle, Young Dre, The Truth)
Don't Sleep (Ft. Lil Scrappy, Nutso, Yaki Kadafi, Stormy)
Soon as I Get Home (Ft. Yaki Kadafi)
Playa Cardz Right (Male) (Ft. Ludacris, Keon Bryce)
Don't Stop (Ft. Big Skye, Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, EDI, Young)
Pac's Life Remix (Ft. Snoop Dogg, T.I., Chris Starr)
Untouchable (Ft. Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, Gravy)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Thug Mansion (Acoustic Version) Music Video

Thug Mansion Music Video

Thug Mansion - Feat Nas

From Better Dayz

Hit Em Up Music Video


Hit Em Up - 2pac Feat Outlawz

From Greatest Hits

2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted - Music Video


2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted - 2pac Featuring Snoop Dogg

From All Eyez On Me

Thursday, November 16, 2006

One Nation Mixtape

I found this dope mixtape, One Nation. It has 15 Tracks, And is produced by Double K Records. Enjoy.


1. One Nation Intro - 2pac
2. All A Dream (RMX) - The Notorious B.I.G. & 2pac
3. All Eyez On Me (RMX) 2pac ft. The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Better Dayz (RMX) - 2pac ft. The Notorious B.I.G.
5. Deadly Combinations (RMX) - 2pac & The Notorious B.I.G.
6. Everyday Struggle (RMX) 2pac ft. The Notorious B.I.G.
7. Flesh Of My Flesh (RMX) - 2pac & The Notorious B.I.G.
8. Get Money (RMX) 2pac ft. The Notorious B.I.G.
9. House Of Pain (RMX) 2pac & The Notorious B.I.G.
10. Let's Get It On (RMX) - 2pac & The Notorious B.I.G.
11. Nasty Girl (RMX) 2pac & The Notorious B.I.G.
12. Suicidal Thoughts (RMX) - The Notorious B.I.G. ft. 2pac
13. What's Beef (RMX) - The Notorious B.I.G. ft. 2pac
14. One Nation Outro - 2pac
15. (Bonus Track) Get Money (Solo RMX) - 2pac

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

How Do You Celebrate Pac's Life?

I found this interesting site
http://www.tupaccontests.com/
where you can submit videos, artwork, essays and peoms about tupac to win prizes and get it published by afeni/interscope as a album art, music video or book.


Many Hip Hop Events To Celebrate 2Pac's New Album

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation celebrates the release of the new 2Pac CD by giving fans several unique opportunities to hear the album before it hits the streets in two weeks. "PAC'S Life," which is scheduled for release by Amaru/Interscope Records on November 21 features contributions from Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Keyshia Cole, T.I., Ashanti, Young Buck, Lil Scrappy, Carl Thomas, Outlawz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big Syke, Papoose, with productions from LT Hutton, Sha Money XL, Swizz Beatz and more.
In anticipation of the album's release, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation kicks off a week of events, details are:

November 11
ALL EYEZ ON ME: HIP HOP'S LEGENDARY
PERFORMERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
Vaknin Gallery, 905 Juniper St., Suite 109 Atlanta, GA 30309
404-513-0169
7:00PM to 10:00PM RSVP to info@urivaknin.com

Tuesday VIP "PAC's Life" CD Preview Party
November 14
Vaknin Gallery, 905 Juniper St., Suite 109 Atlanta, GA 30309
7:00PM-10:00PM

Wednesday Bring A Coat Drive
November 15 Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts,
5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA
Everyone who brings a warm winter coat will receive 2
admission tickets to "PAC's Life" Album Release Party
6:00PM to 8:00PM

Friday Bring A Coat Drive continues at TASCA
November 17 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Monday "PAC'S Life" Teen Art competition at TASCA
November 20 Children ages 13-17 will compete in an art exhibit contest
and all art will be posted in the Center for the month of
December. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
winners.
6:00PM to 8:30PM

Tuesday "PAC'S Life" Album Release Party:
November 21 Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts
5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
9:00PM to 1:00AM
This week the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts was also the setting for the new video for the single "PAC'S Life" featuring T.I. and Ashanti.
Since 2Pac's tragic death ten years ago, his spirit has been kept alive thanks to the extraordinary body of work he left behind, and the commitment his mother Afeni Shakur, has made to continue to get his complete body of work out; work considered even more astonishing given that he was only 25 years old when he was murdered in September 1996. Throughout his life and in the decade since his untimely passing, Tupac has become a role model and inspiration for generations of aspiring artists the world over. To this day, 2PAC remains the greatest hip hop artist of all time.

About TASF
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) was founded by Afeni Shakur to provide training and support to artists who aspire to enhance their creative talents. TASF fosters an environment that encourages freedom of expression, serves as a resource for the arts, and empowers through education. To date, more than 600 students have benefited from the program with a broad range of training available via the Annual Performing Arts Day Camp held at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (home of the Foundation in Stone Mountain, Georgia).

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Remebering Makaveli Volume 3 & 2Pac Video Collection Now On Sale

http://www.hiphoponline.net/rap/index.php?page=rm3

Remembering Makaveli volume 3, the final chapter in the three disc series of DVD video highlighting unseen and memorable captured moments of 2Pac's life. Remembering Makaveli volume 3 contains over two hours of footage, all of which is exciting to see. The first hour consists of 2Pac's birthday on June 16, 1996. In a mock-documentary style coverage, meet 2Pac's mother, Yaki's mother, each Outlaw, 2Pac's sister, and several other members of his entourage (including the singer of Borrowed Times). The viewer also is treated to a tour of 2Pac's mansion and, as the day progresses on, cameras meet up with 2Pac, Kurupt, Danny Boy, and the Outlawz at the studio. Footage shows the steps in creating an instrumental and the writing of verses to the beat (among partying and lots of drinking and smoking). In addition to the main feature, several rare and previously unseen 2Pac interviews are included. 2Pac speaks on Gridlock'd at length in a rare uncut interview that was later chopped up into 20 second sound bytes for broadcast airing. Hear him discuss the dual roles he takes on as an actor and a musician and the challenges of working alongside extremely talented people. This interview is followed by several others, in which 2Pac discusses his signing to Death Row, the demonization of his image in the media, the sexual assault case against him, working with his role models, and so much more. This volume focuses on 2Pac telling us about 2Pac, so it features a great deal of footage of him talking directly to the viewer and telling us how he came to be the man he was. As with volumes one and two, volume three includes special bonus audio that remains unleaked. This time we are revealing one of the four tracks included as bonus... Letter 2 My Unborn (Original Version) will finally see the light of day! No audio is tagged or otherwise altered. Bonus audio is intended to keep the excitement of the project up - but remember that the video is a rare and unseen glimpse into Pac's life. Note: Audio bonus will only be included if we receive enough interest in this package. Also newly available - The 2Pac Video Collection. This video discography spanning three dvd discs features tag free, full videos with intro screens denoting the director and other relevant credit information. Each video (minus one) is from a digital source, so they will be the best quality video quality possible. Exclusive to this set is Made Niggaz 360 Camera Version in dvd quality! This video is an amazing one-take of 2Pac and the Outlawz rapping to a spinning camera in the center of a room, and the scene does not break away into any other angles or scenes. Now is your chance to own every 2Pac video made, all in order of release, and all in digital quality with an exclusive bonus at the end! Remembering Makaveli Volume 3 cover coming soon. Reference 2pac music video collection cover above for music video listings.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Changes Music Video


Changes- Feat Notorious Big
From Tupac Ressurection OST

Until The End Of Time Music Video


Until The End Of Time
From Until The End Of Time

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hail Mary Music Video

Hail Mary - 2pac
From Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory

Sunday, November 05, 2006

2pac - Letter 2 My Unborn [Remixed]

Another Video

2pac - Letter 2 My Unborn [Remixed]
Until The End Of Time
2pac - Wanted Dead Or Alive II [Remixed]

Another Video

2pac feat. Snoop Dogg - Wanted Dead Or Alive II [Remixed]
Gridlock'd Soundtrack
2pac - If I Die 2Nite [Remixed]

Another Good Song

If I Die 2Nite - 2pac
Me Against The World

Saturday, November 04, 2006

More 2pac Pictures










Thursday, November 02, 2006

Another 2pac album to come out beginning of next year

Pac's Life is suspected to be a tribute album and another one is coming around January – February containing a lot of new music and is suspected to have 4 cds.
Stay tuned for more information.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Official Track Listing Released


Here is the Official Track listing

1. Untouchable Swizz Remix featuring Krayzie Bone – Produced By Swizz Beatz

2. Pac’s Life featuring T.I., Ashanti – Produced By LT Hutton

3. Dumpin’ featuring Hussein Fatal, Papoose, Carl Thomas – Produced By Canei Finch

4. Playa Cardz Right (Female) featuring Keyshia Cole – Produced By Carvin and Ivan

5. Whatz Next Featuirng A3, Jay Rock – Produced By Salih

6. Sleep featuring Young Buck, Chamillionaire – Produced By Sha Money XL

7. International featuring Nispey Hussle, Young Dre – Produced By LT Hutton

8. Pac’s Life Remix featuring Snoop – Produced By LT Hutton

9. Playa Cardz Right (Male) featuring Ludacris, Keon Bryce – Produced By Sha Money XL

10. Don’t Sleep featuring Lil Scrappy, Nutso, Kadafi – Produced By E.D.I

11. Soon As I Get Home featuring Yaki Kadafi – Produced By QDIII

12. Don’t Stop featuring Big Syke, Yaki Kadafi, Fatal Hussain, E.D.I., Young Noble, Stormy – Produced By LT Hutton

13. Untouchable featuring Yaki Kadafi, Fatal Hussain, Kastro – Produced By Sha Money XL

*on International versions of the album there will be track
14 - Dear Mama (Remix Version)
this track will not be on the US version.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Live 2 Tell Info

More info on 2pac's new movie "Live 2 Tell"
This new movie is written by 2pac when he was in jail, and so far the only uncounfirmed actor is David Banner It will be directed by Jeff Bowler. It should hit the big screen in 2006

Plot
A charismatic young man at the dawn of adulthood spirals down the wrong path in life and is brought into the underworld by his once trusted mentor, only to become one of the most powerful and feared kingpins in the city. Eventually his conscience gets the better of him and he is driven to self redemption in life... and love.

It is suspected to come out with a soundtrack also.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tupac My Block (remix)

My favourite Tupac song
My Block(RMX)
From Better Dayz

Saturday, October 21, 2006

New Tupac Album Info

Its called " Pac's Life " Hits stores Nov 21.

There is so far two singles

Pac's Life - 2pac, Ashanti and TI

Untouchable - 2pac, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Rumered Track Listing

1. "Pac's Life" (feat. T.I. and Ashanti)
2. "Dumpin" (feat. Papoose)
3. "What's Next"
4. "Fade Me" (feat. R. Kelly)
5. "Soon As I Get Home" (feat. Chamillionaire and Akon)
6. "Untouchable"
7. "Watch Ya Mouth"
8. "Til I C L.A."
9. "If There's A Cure (I Don't Want It)" (feat. Snoop Dogg and The Outlawz)10. "Play Ya Cardz Right" (feat. E-40 and DK)
11. "Street Life" (feat. Snoop Dogg and Zola)
12. "21 Gun Salute" (feat. 50 Cent and Young Buck)
13. "When Nobody Lovez Me"
14. "Watch Ya Mouth" (Ron Browz Remix)
15. "Untouchable" (Swizz Beatz Remix) (feat. Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony)
16. "Play Ya Cardz Right" (Kanye West Remix) (feat. Kanye West and GLC)

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Tupac's Biography

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996) was an influential, best-selling hip hop artist, considered by many to be the greatest rapper of all time. His aliases include 2Pac, Pac, and Makaveli. Among his fans especially, he is known as simply "Tupac". The names "Tupac Amaru" and "Shakur" mean Shining Serpent in Quechua and Thankful (to God) in Arabic, respectively. The name "Tupac Amaru" comes from Tupac Amaru II, grandson of the last Sapa Inca (Tupac Amaru). Contrary to popular belief, Tupac Amaru was not Tupac's first given name (nor one he chose himself); his mother re-named him shortly after birth and had his birth certificate changed to reflect the name by which we know him.
Most of Tupac's raps concerned growing up around violence and hardships in ghettos, racial inequality and sometimes his feud with fellow rappers in the United States. A recent VIBE magazine poll showed Tupac Shakur to be the greatest rapper of all time in the public opinion.
EARLY LIFE
Tupac Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks in the Bronx, New York City on June 16, 1971 to Afeni Shakur, a member of the Black Panthers. Serving jail time on bombing charges while pregnant with Tupac, she faced a sentence of up to three years in prison. Acting as her own attorney, she beat the charges and was released one month before Tupac was born. At first opportunity, Afeni had Tupac's birth certificate changed to reflect his real name, Tupac Amaru, which means "royal serpent" and was the name of an Inca leader and warrior who came to power in 1570.
Shakur said, "I never knew where my father was or who my father was for sure." Although he never had a father, Tupac did have many father-figures. His godfather, Geronimo Pratt, was also a high-ranking Panther. His step-father, Mutulu, was a drug dealer who, according to Shakur, was rarely present to give him the discipline he needed. In the song, "Tradin War Stories", Tupac refers to Donald Goines as his father figure.
Much of Tupac's upbringing revolved around the Black Panther philosophy. Impoverished during most of his childhood, Tupac, with his mother and half-sister, Sekyiwa (pronounced Setchua), moved between homeless shelters and cheap accommodations around New York City. As a result, he retained few friends and relied on writing poetry and diary entries to keep himself busy. At the age of 12, Shakur joined a Harlem theatre group and acted as Travis in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.
In 1984 Tupac's mother brought him and his sister to live in Baltimore, Maryland. The Shakurs lived on Greenmount Ave. in East Baltimore. There, Tupac was disliked because of his looks, name, and lack of trendy clothing. He attended Roland Park Middle School, then spent his freshman year at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High. For his sophomore year Tupac was accepted to the Baltimore School for the Arts. He enjoyed his classes there, studying theater, ballet, and other arts. Even at this young age, Shakur was outspoken on the subject of racial equality. His teachers remembered him as being a very gifted student. He was an avid reader, delving into books on eastern religions, and even entire encyclopedia sets. Hiding his love of literature from his peers, he gained the respect of his peers by acting like a tough guy. Shakur composed his first rap in Baltimore under the name "MC New York". The song was about gun control and was inspired by the fatal shooting of one of his close friends.
Two years later, a drug-addicted Afeni was having trouble finding work (her Panther past did not help, either). She uprooted the family again and brought Tupac and Sekyiwa to live with a family friend in Marin City, California. Tupac described this move from Baltimore and the arts school as "where I got off track". He showed contempt for law enforcement, being hassled occasionally for playing music loudly. In August of 1988, Shakur's stepfather Mutulu was sentenced to sixty years in prison for armed robbery after being on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for several years.
Shakur soon moved in with a neighbor and started selling drugs on the street, but also made friends who helped spark his interest in rap music. One of these was Ray Luv, and with a mutual friend named DJ Dize (Dizz-ee), they started a rap group called Strictly Dope. Their recordings were later released in 2001 under the name Tupac Shakur: The Lost Tapes. Their neighborhood performances brought Tupac enough acclaim to land an audition with Shock G of Digital Underground.
In 1990, Shakur joined as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground. His early lyrics were unremarkable, and he was viewed ambivalently for his tendency to act like a diva and for his occasionally violent personality. On a song for the Nothing But Trouble movie soundtrack, Same Song, Tupac was given his first opportunity to rap on a big-time record. In the song, Shock G leads into Tupac's verse by advising Shakur to "Go ahead and rock this."
FORTUNE AND FAME
As a child, Tupac had dreamed of becoming a Shakespearean actor. Though he never achieved this, he did become a respected actor, drawing from his theatre roots. He starred in Juice in 1991 to critical acclaim, hailed by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers as "The film's most magnetic figure." He went on to star in Poetic Justice, Above the Rim, Gridlock'd, Bullet, and Gang Related.
In 1991, Tupac had trouble shopping his solo-debut, 2Pacalypse Now. Eventually, Interscope records agreed to distribute the record; one can credit executives Ted Field and Tom Whally for giving Tupac the chance. Although produced with the help of his Digital Underground crew, the intent of the album was to showcase his individual talent. While Shakur claimed his album was aimed at the problems facing young black males, it was also filled with images of violence by and against police. 2Pacalypse Now quickly attracted public criticism, especially after a young man who killed a Texas Trooper claimed he was inspired by the album. Former Vice President Dan Quayle, as part of his zealous crusade for morality, publicly denounced the album as having "no place in our society".
The album did not do as well as Tupac had hoped on the charts, sparking no number one hits. In confidence, Shakur told Shock G that he wanted Shock to pick the beats. While Shakur was a talented rapper, producing was not his forte.
His second CD, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., was heavily produced by Shock G, and spurred two number one hits: the emotional Keep Ya Head Up and the playful I Get Around. Shock G would go on to produce the Shakur hits So Many Tears and Temptations.
In 1994, he formed the group Thug Life with a few of his friends, including Big Syke, Macadoshis, his step-brother Mopreme, and Rated R. The group released their first album Thug Life: Volume 1 on Interscope in 1994 with moderate success. The group's lyrical strength undoubtedly lay primarily with Tupac, as the group has had little success after his death.
TROUBLE CAME NATURALLY
Along with Shakur's rise to fame came a series of altercations with the law that further complicated his public image. Before he started his recording career, Tupac had no criminal record. In Oakland in October of 1991, Tupac was stopped by two officers for allegedly jaywalking. When he told the police "fuck y'all," he was choked, beaten, and had his head smashed on the pavement. He subsequently raised a ten million dollar lawsuit against the Oakland police department, which was eventually settled for $42,000.
In October 1993, Shakur came upon two off-duty police officers whom he perceived as harassing a black motorist on the side of the road in Atlanta. Shakur got into a fight with them and shot both officers (one in the leg, one in the buttocks). He faced serious charges until it was discovered that both officers were intoxicated during the incident and were using weapons stolen out of an evidence locker. The charges against Shakur were dismissed.
In December, Tupac Shakur was charged with sexually abusing a woman in his hotel room. According to his account, he met a female fan at a club, Nell's, who was described to him as wanting to "more than meet [him]". She allegedly gave him oral sex on the dance floor before Shakur took her back to his hotel room. The next night, she visited him before he was set to do a show and was giving him a massage in a hotel room. Some friends who were with him that night interrupted the couple, wanting to enjoy the woman's attentions themselves. Shakur claimed to have left the room disgusted and went to take a nap. The girl, disagreeing with his account, accused him of encouraging the three men, pulling her hair, and sodomy. On February 7, 1995, Shakur was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for "forcibly touching the buttocks", though he vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
The NY Shooting
Shortly before his verdict was announced, in an apparent robbery attempt outside a music studio in New York, Shakur was shot five times. Tupac recalled the circumstances in an interview shortly afterwards with Vibe. He was with his close friend Stretch, manager Freddie Moore, and one other friend on the night of November 30, 1994.
They arrived at a studio so Shakur could do some recordings for an acquaintance, Booker, whom he didn't quite trust. When they got to the studio, Tupac was suspicious of two black men in their thirties, both dressed in army fatigues, because neither of them seemed to acknowledge his presence. He noted that he was less wary of them than he should have been because he "had just finished smoking chronic". Shakur simply assumed they must be security for The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie), whom he was still friends with at the time.
The two men, who Shakur described as looking like they were from New York, came at him with identical 9mm handguns, and forced him and his friends to the floor. Their aggression was focused almost exclusively on Tupac, although they did threaten to shoot Stretch as well. After he refused Tupac alone was shot a total of five times while he played dead on the ground and also robbed of thousands of dollars of gold jewelry he was wearing.
He was dragged into an elevator and taken upstairs to safety, where his then-friends Biggie, Puffy, Little Caesar, and others were waiting. Shakur described his friends as acting very strange, almost surprised at his being alive. His first words after realizing how severe his wounds were, having been shot in the head and the groin, were "Oh, shit. Roll me some weed."
He survived, and left the hospital a day after, against doctor's orders because he was feeling harassed by phone calls and the doctors. He showed up in court soon afterwards in a wheelchair to face his verdict in the sexual assault case.
Prison Sentence
Shakur began serving his prison sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility later that February. Soon after, his multi-platinum album, Me Against the World, was released. Shakur has the distinction of being the only artist with an album at number one on the charts while serving a prison sentence. From jail, he married his long-time girlfriend, Keisha Morris. He also had time to pursue reading, delving into the works of Niccolò Machiavelli, and even wrote a screenplay titled Live 2 Tell while incarcerated.
In October, after almost eight months in prison, Shakur was released on parole largely due to the help of Suge Knight, the head of Death Row Records. Suge posted a $1.4 million bail for Shakur, and in exchange Shakur was obliged to release three albums under Death Row. The singer was unrepentant and grew even more embittered against the authorities, which showed in his music.
Out on bail
Immediately after his release from prison, Shakur began work on his next album. In 1996, he released his fourth solo album, All Eyez on Me. It was the first double-disc of original material in hip-hop history. It went on to sell more than nine million copies and is considered by many to be among the best albums in the genre.
He continued his recordings, despite the impending troubles at Death Row as Dr. Dre left his post as house producer and Suge Knight became more involved in illegal activities.
Shakur's last album created while alive was The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. Released two months after his death, this album was portentous and dark, and it predicted his own death in many songs. The entire album is said to have been created in only seven days, and one of the more popular songs off this album, "Hail Mary", was reportedly made in only thirty minutes. The album has sold over five million copies.
ACTING CAREER
At the time of his death, Tupac was also building on his acting career. John Singleton wrote the film Baby Boy with Shakur in mind for the leading role, but Shakur died before it was made. It was eventually filmed with Tyrese Gibson in his place and released in 2001, five years after Shakur's death. From 1991-1996, Shakur acted in seven films, including the critically acclaimed Juice, Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson, and Gridlock'd with Tim Roth. He had also been slated to star in the Hughes brothers' "Menace II Society" but was replaced by Larenz Tate after assaulting the directors.
DONT MAKE ENEMIES WITH ME
During his life, Shakur had a number of rivals. Most famous of all is probably his rivalry with The Notorious B.I.G. and his cohorts at Bad Boy Records. The two were originally close friends when Biggie was still largely unknown. After the robbery, though, Shakur publicly accused Biggie, Puff Daddy, and Andre Harrell of having a hand in his attempted murder.
While Shakur was in jail, he was incensed by Biggie and Puffy's derogatory remarks about him in Vibe Magazine. After all his legal troubles, he claimed he "wanted to get out the [rap] game", but Biggie's remarks spurred him to come back.
As part of the ongoing feud between Shakur and his former friend Biggie, Shakur bragged about having slept with Biggie's estranged wife, Faith Evans, in "Hit 'Em Up", although Faith Evans denied the affair. Suge Knight vocalized the resentment between the Death Row and Bad Boy labels at an awards ceremony, saying "If anyone wants to come to a record company where they don't want the executive producer dancing, singing all up in the videos come to Death Row."
In addition to his enemies at Bad Boy Records, Shakur suspected his former friend Stretch (real name Randy Walker) of being involved in the robbery. On November 30, 1995, exactly one year after the shooting of Shakur in New York, Walker was gunned down in Queens, New York.
Shakur also had some disputes with Dr. Dre, who was, for a while, the in-house producer for Death Row. He claimed that Dre did nothing at Death Row and was taking credit for other people's work. Shakur got angry when Dre refused to show up and testify in defense of his friend, Snoop Doggy Dogg, in a murder trial. In addition, Shakur made hints in songs that he thought Dre was a homosexual, and Suge Knight concurred in the Tupac Shakur: Thug Immortal documentary.
Shakur disliked LL Cool J, whom he thought was a poser and had had an album produced by Puff Daddy. There was also some animosity between Tupac and others. Nas and Jay-Z were both attacked in the 7 Day Theory album. Shakur also mocked Mobb Deep for snubbing him at a concert and commented on the illness that one member suffered from in the controversial track Hit 'Em Up, remarking, "Don't one of you niggas got sickle cell or something?". After Shakur's death, Mobb Deep changed tack and apparently showed respect for him.
While filming Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson, Tupac created quite a stir when he refused to take an AIDS test as a prerequisite for a love scene with Jackson. Shakur stated that other men had love scenes with Jackson on stage before without taking a test, and he didn't feel it necessary. He also stated that if they were going to have sex in the scene he would have taken the test. It is unknown whether she took offence but she stopped talking to him immediately after the filming was completed. In a later interview, Shakur said that he had met Jackson during an immature time of his life, and hoped that he could one day make amends with her.
Shakur also frequently insulted popular New York rapper Jay Z, Chino XL, Lil Kim, Junior Mafia and other artists of Bad Boy Records, of which the Notorious B.I.G. was member.
THE FATAL SHOOTING
Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 7, 1996 after attending the boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon. He died in the University Medical Center hospital six days later from the four gunshot wounds.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Compton police, although they never officially solved the case, concluded that Shakur was shot by Southside Crips after the Tyson fight. Hours before the shooting, Tupac had been involved in a fight in the lobby of the MGM Hotel after the Tyson-Seldon fight. Shakur started the fight when he noticed 21-year-old Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, who had beaten up one of his bodyguards in a shopping mall a few weeks earlier, lingering nearby. Anderson and others were interviewed by police later in connection with the murder, though no suspects were ever publicly named.
Shakur and the crew at Death Row generally depended on members of the Bloods gang for security, while Biggie and the Bad Boy Crew depended on Crips members for security when visiting California. An investigation by the Las Vegas Times, while not naming its gang-member sources, stated that Biggie (who was also in town for the fight) offered to pay the Crips in exchange for Shakur's death. It was noted by the Compton Gang Unit that the Crips were bragging about the killing soon after returning to Compton. Compton Police were disappointed with the lack of initiative showed by Las Vegas police in pursuing the killing.
After the fight with Anderson, Tupac left the MGM Hotel, went to the hotel with his fiance, Kadida Jones. Then, he met up with Suge to go to Death Row's Club 662 in Las Vegas. The two drove together in Suge's BMW sedan, part of a larger convoy of cars including some of Shakur's friends, the Outlawz, and bodyguards. Tupac was not wearing a bulletproof vest that night, even though Death Row had provided him with one. At 11:10 P.M., Suge's car stopped at an intersection on East Flamengo Road. A white Cadillac was seen pulling up to the passenger side of the car, and firing thirteen rounds into the car as Tupac attempted to climb to safety in the back seat. Tupac was hit four times, twice in the chest, and in his arm and thigh, while Suge was grazed in the head.
Shakur's close childhood friend and a member of the Outlawz Yafeu "Kadafi" Fula, was in the convoy when the shooting happened and told police he might be able to identify the assailants. He, too, was killed shortly thereafter in New Jersey. Two teenagers took plea bargains and are serving time for Fula's murder.
HIS FUTURE PLANS
Shakur indicated after getting out of jail that he had future plans, including mostly getting out of the rap scene by releasing high-quality, deep albums only once every five years or so. Shakur also desired to give back more to the community, suggesting a Little League to encourage young black kids to keep on the right path. He ran an earlier project called "The Underground Railroad" that aimed to keep youths off drugs by getting them involved in music. Though he did not live to realize these dreams, his mother Afeni has opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in the month of June in 2005, to carry on his work, by helping youths accomplish their goals. Afeni Shakur has also indicated in several interviews that the final Album of original Music by Tupac Shakur(AB) will be released in 2006.
It is also rumored that Tupac was going to start his own record label "Euphanasia", and was in fact listed as an employee of this company at his time of death.
Posthumous music career
Shakur has in fact released more songs posthumously than while he was alive. Conspiracies notwithstanding, Shakur was extremely dedicated to his work during his short career. Shock G remembered fondly that Pac would spend entire days in the studio, drinking Hennessy, smoking marijuana, and experimenting with new raps. Much of his work was only dug up and edited after his death, many songs being cuts that he did not feel were worthy of release. His music is still being actively released and remixed.
Rights to Tupac's music are now owned by Amaru Entertainment, which is controlled by his mother, and artist royalties are assigned to the Tupac Foundation, which has used the revenue to build the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother believes that getting Tupac into a Harlem arts program as a teenager saved him from drugs, and the new center will have a similar philosophy
The Resurrection
On November 14, 2003, a documentary about the rapper entitled Tupac: Resurrection, was released under the supervision of Afeni Shakur and narrated entirely in Pac's voice. MTV was able to create this effect by chopping up interviews Shakur had given throughout his career, they pieced words together to make the fallen rap star say things he hadn't, and some people feel never would have, said. Proceeds will go to a charity set up by Afeni. There is also a new clothing line based on Shakur, called "Makaveli Branded."

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