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
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
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
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.