Some rappers pioneered hip-hop music and culture with their sheer personality, lyrical poetry, and unparalleled raping skills. Tupac Shakur is a legend among them. However, the hip-hop industry lost this legend in his 1996 tragic incident. His timeless work remains relevant and powerful in every era. Tupac He was born on June 16, 1971. Now that his birthday is here, let’s find out more about this rap legend.
Tupac Amal Shakur, better known by his stage name 2pacm. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Baltimore with her family. However, his family was constantly on the move, and soon moved to Marine City before he graduated. But he excelled both academically and creatively. His exposure to street and gang culture quickly made Tupac a street legend, from which he was able to gather more material for his rapping skills.
The name Tupac was inspired by the descendants of the last Inca ruler, as his mother, Afeni Shakur, once explained. I wanted him to know that he wasn’t from the neighborhood, he was part of the world culture. ” Proving one’s mother right. Tupac has become a revolutionary hip hop artist who speaks to themes such as society, discrimination and women’s empowerment.
Becoming the most influential figure in hip-hop culture around the world was no easy task, but he did it all in his early twenties. While some may still want to associate him with the life of a thug, it was his powerful iron bar that shook the public that changed society. Tupac’s artistic sensibility may be a reflection of his passion for literature and art, which is also pervasive in his musical arsenal. He first signed to his Digital Underground label, and after that it was history.
Although his music career was short-lived, his hip-hop projects made headlines in the music industry and his work is considered the bible of hip-hop. He released a total of four studio albums during his career.
But there are also many posthumous music projects. like that,
Tupac didn’t win many awards during his short and highly influential music career, but the rapper won the most recognition and awards in the 2000s.
- Best MC of All Time (2003) by MTV Poll
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ranked All Eyes On Me at #90 and Me Against The World at #170 (2007)
- #4 on Billboard’s Top 50 Rappers (2023)
- #5 on The Source’s “The Top 50 Lyricists” list (2012)
- Grammy Museum Holds Exhibition Dedicated to Shakur (2015)
Despite the controversy over the East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry, there’s no question that Tupac’s influence on the hip-hop music industry has remained undeniable over the years.
Tupac participated not only in musical projects, but also in numerous films, captivating the audience with his acting skills. Besides his acting, there are many other documentaries devoted to him and his life, as he has inspired so many people around the world. some movies are
- Poetic Justice (1993)
- Above the Rim (1994)
- Murder Was the Case: The Movie (1995)
- Brett (1996)
- Gridlocked (1997)
- gang related (1997)
According to Forbes magazine, Tupac is among the 10 highest-paid celebrities who have died. Shakur’s current net worth is still around $40 million, 27 years after his death.
The story of Tupac Shakur’s death on September 13, 1996 began with a failed attempt that happened two years earlier. On November 30, 1994, Shakur was shot and seriously injured during a robbery by two armed men at an office building in Midtown Manhattan. At the time, he was working on his third studio album, Me Against the World. The incident sparked a much-famous “East Coast vs. West Coast” feud in the 1990s hip-hop scene.
Then, on September 7, 1996, in a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldan in Las Vegas, Shakur and his allies took on street gang The Crips. Later that night, Death Row Records head Marian “Suge” Knight and Tupac were shot in a car, with Tupac receiving four shots. The University Medical Center did their best to save Shakur, but he died of his injuries on September 13.
Whether it was a gang war or simply the violence Tupac fought through his music, the legend is gone. What remains, however, is his strong and timeless hip-hop collection that can inspire people of all ages and ages.
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