Happy Birthday Tupac!
Happy Birthday Tupac!
Can you believe it rapper Tupac would have been 44 this year. Had he not have been killed at a tender age of 25. 2Pac is probably one of the world’s most known rappers.
Tupac Amaru Shakur, who was actually born Lesane Parish Crooks was born in 1971 in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. Did you know apparently he was born after Tupac Amaru II, the 18th century Peruvian revolutionary who was executed after leading an indigenous uprising against Spanish rule. Kind of interesting right. Tupac who was born to Afeni Shakur whose maiden name was Williams and Billy Garland. Both of his parents belonged to the revolutionary black nationalist and socialist group the Black Panther Party. Right after Tupac was born his mother was acquitted of 150 charges of conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks in the New York “Panther 21” court case. Shakur grew up with a family full of people involved with the Black Liberation Army and convicted of serious criminal offenses and who were imprisoned.
Tupac found his interest in music when he performed in first play at the Apollo theater. He transferred to the Baltimore School of Arts his sophomore year where he studied acting, poetry, jazz and ballet. His Hip-Hop interests started when he accompanied his friend Dana “Mouse” Smith, as his beatbox. They won many competitions and was considered the best rapper at the school. When Shakur was 17 he moved to California. And in his English class, he wrote “our raps not the sorry story raps everyone is so tired of. They are about what happens in the real world. Our goal is to have people relate to our raps, making it easier to see what is going on out there. Even more important, what we may do to better our world.” He was able to get deep for someone so young.
His professional entertainment career started in the 1990’s, when Tupac debuted his rapping skills in the song “Same Song.” Over the whole period of Tupac’s career he sold 75 million records. Some of the albums he released include All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, Makaveli: The Don Killumanti: The 7 day theory, Ready 2 Die and there’s a bunch more. Tupac also made a series of appearances in movies like “Poetic Justice” and “Juice”.
I think it was Tupac’s lyrics that say “When I die, I wanna be a living legend…” Certainly got that wish. Happy Birthday Tupac!
Some of our favorite Pac joints: