Name - Lesane Parish Crooks AKATupac Amaru Shakur
Date of Birth - June 16, 1971
Date of Death: - September 13, 1996
Born - Brooklyn, New York
Died - University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Official Cause of Death - Gunshot wounds/Respiratory failure
Weight/Height - 5'8" 165 pounds
Marital Status - Divorced (Keisha Morris) /Engaged (Kidida Jones)
Occupation - rapper, actor, and poet
Mother: Alice Faye Williams a/k/a Afeni Shakur
Father: William (Billy) Garland
Step Father: Jeral Williams AKA Mutula Shakur
Half Sister: Sekyiwa Shakur
Half Brother: Maurice Harding (AKA: Mopreme of Thug Life)
Godfather: Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt

Tupac Amaur Shakur was born in New York City into a nobility of violence. His mother, a Black Panther, was jailed on a bombing charge while she was pregnant with him, although she waas later aquitted. His father was SHOT and killed when Tupac was just a child. Tupac wrote sensitive poetry while attending the High School of Performing Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. Shakur never entirely ceased extolling black womanhood or elders. Increasingly, however, such lyrics were shouldered aside by the bitches and the cop-killing bullets of gangstaism.
he escaped the conviction on a series of assault charges, but in 1993 sexual abuse complaint struck. He arrived for sentencing days earlier in a wheelchair. Days earlier he had been shot 5 times in a Manhattan "robbery" he had regarded as a failed hit. He sought protection under the wing of the massive, much feared Knight, who was deeply embroiled in his feud with Bad Boy and the East. In 2 years the conflict between East and West had moved farbeyond artistic issues to beatings and perhaps worse. One of Shakurs last songs for Death Row implied that Easterners had tried to kill him in 1994 and that he had slept with the wife of Bad Boy rapper(and FatAss)

Tupac's public life began when he joined the rap group, digital underground, firs as a tour dancer, then as a rapper. Not long before thegroup achieved award winning success, Tupac released his first solo album "2pacalypes Now", which was also a success.
While he maitained a thug image, Tupac was a man of contridictions, recording sentimental raps in support of black woman, including Brenda's Got A Baby,and Keep Ya Head Up. "Because I was raised by a woman half my life, then thrown out onto the streets, its like I've got the womans side, thewn I've got the real rough, manly values that were forced onto me."-Tupac Shakur
His stunning talent also got him a role in the motion picture,the violent drama "Juice".
Tupac eventually released asecond album "Strictly for my Niggaz," which was an even bigger success.

The highlight of Tupac's acting career came when he appeared in "Poetic Justice" besides Janet Jackson. The role made Tupac a household name and showed the world that music may not be Tupac's only talent. However he faced a possibility of doing time in prison when he was charged with assaulting the director of Menace II Society, after being dropped from the cast of the movie.
What followed was a tour of courthouses and jailcells for Tupac such as 10 days in prison for assauting a rapper with a baseball bat, and charges for shooting 2 off-duty Atlanta police officers which charges were eventually dropped.
In the midst of a role in the movie "Above the Rim" and a Platnum album "Me against the world," Tupac's rising career was snagged. He was brought up on sexual assault charges by a woman he met at a nightclub. Just 1 day before Tupac would be found guilty, Tupac was shot five times while in a recording studio in New York.

The attack was classed as robbery, however later Tupac accused East-coast rappers including Sean "Puffy" Combs and The Noutorious B-I-G of setting him up. While in prison on sexual abuse charges, Tupac's new album Me Against the world spent 4 weeks at number one on the charts.
Tupac spend 8 months in prison, before Death Row Records producer Suge Knight paid he's 1 million dollar bail and also signed Tupac to Death Row.
After his release, Tupac answered his critics by releasing his Death Row debute,
"All eyez on me, which has currently sold more than 6 million copies, and fetured other Death Row memebers Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Dr Dre.
While becoming Death Row's most valuable rapper, Tupac also completed work on two more films,"Gridlock" and Bullet.

Then On September 7, 1996, Tupac and Suge Knight left the Mike Tyson - Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas in Suges car. A white Cadillac with four people inside pulled
alongside at an intersection and one person opened fire. Tupac was hit 4 times while Suge escaped with minor injuries. Tupac was brought to the University Medical Center.
On Friday, September 13, 1996, Tupac died after 6 days in critical condition. Tupac Shakur was pronounced dead at 4.03 pm, his body was later cremated. He was only 25.
There are many thoeries to Tupac's death, however there is a suspicion that it could have have been the rivalry between the Westcoast and Eastcoast rappers.

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