Tupac Shakur (2Pac) Biography: Hip Hop, Life & Death

Tupac Shakur, an American rapper famously known as 2Pac, was active during the late 90s, was a Black American hip-hop artist that shaped and changed what hip hop today is.

Real Name:Tupac Amaru Shakur
Born:June 16, 1971
New York City, U.S.
Occupation:Rapper, songwriter, actor,
Died:September 13, 1996 (aged 25)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Years Active:1987–1996
Genre:Hip hop, political hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Label:Interscope, Jive, Amaru, Death Row
Spouse(s):Keisha Morris ​
(m. 1995; div. 1996)
Tupac Shakur Bio Data

Tupac Shakur Biography

Quick Fact about Tupac Shakur: Tupac was entangled in a feud between West Coast and East Coast rappers and got brutally gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the year 1996 in Las Vegas, leaving an immense influential legacy of hip-hop/rap music at a very young age of 25 years.

So now we know that 2Pca was a famous American rapper and also an actor who came to embody the 1990s gangsta-rap aesthetic, and after his death, he became an iconic symbol for noble struggle.

He was one of the top-selling artists of his time, he sold over 75 million music albums and was loved a lot for his different rap styles.

But tragedy happened, and this young talented superstar was gunned down on the 7th of September in Las Vegas in the year 1996, His murder has never been solved completely and we can assume it will never be since decades have passed since this legend’s death.

Tupac, like every African American, faced racism and started his rap career with a goal to verbalize the injustices experienced by the black race in America.

His rebellious work mixed with his rap music inspired many upcoming generations that faced the same problem, his work made 2Pac a spokesperson for every person who was struggling the same.

Personal life of Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

Tupac was born in the East Harlem side of Manhattan in New York City on the 16th of June in the year 1971.

The name given to him at the time of birth was Lesane Parish Crooks, later he was renamed Tupac Shakur at age one. This name was given by her mother to him after Túpac Amaru II who was the descendant of the last Incan rule, Túpac Amaru. They were inspired by Túpac Amaru.

Short detail about Tupac Amaru: In 1781 Tupac Amaru was executed in Peru after his revolt failed against the Spanish Rule. Tupac’s mother was inspired by the works of Tupac Amaru and hence named him after his descendant Tupac Amaru II.

Tupac Shakur’s Mother explained that she wanted his son to bear a revolutionary name inspired by a revolutionary person and wanted to let him know that he was a part of world culture and not just from a small neighborhood in America

Shakur had siblings too:
Mopreme “Komani” Shakur – his older stepbrother and a two years junior half-sister, Sekyiwa.

His biological father and mother, Billy Garland and Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams) had been active members of the Black Panther Party during the late 1960s and early 1970s in New York.

Tupac Shakur’s School Years

2Pac Shakur

Tupac’s family moved from New York City in 1984 and resided in Baltimore, Maryland. His schooling was done in Roland Park Middle School till the eighth grade and later he was transferred to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for the next two years.

He also went to Baltimore School for the Arts and honed his skills in acting, jazz, ballet, and poetry there. He used to perform in various plays including Shakespeare’s plays.

He has also won his school’s best rapper reputation with his school friend Dana “Mouse” Smith (a Beatbox). He was also good at socializing and known for his good humor.

He was inspired by musicians including Kate Bush, Culture Club, Sinéad O’Connor, and U2 during his teenage years pursuing his music career.

Shakur had a really good friend in Baltimore arts high school named Jada Pinkett, She also became a subject of Tupac’s poems in the arts high school.

After Tupac’s death, Jada Pinkett called him one of his best friends, that he was like a brother to her, and this friendship was beyond any other, and the bond they shared is kind of the ones you get only once in a lifetime.

Later relations

In his adulthood, Tupac made many friends from various diverse backgrounds, not only in the music industry. His friendship would range from professional boxer, Mike Tyson and Jim Carrey and Chuck D and Alanis Morissette, who also revealed that she and Tupac were planning to open a restaurant together.

Tupac’s dating life includes dating Modaonna in the year 1994. He got married to his girlfriend on the 29th of April 1995: His girlfriend Keisha Morris, who was a pre-law student then. But sadly this marriage didn’t last long, it was canceled just ten months later.


Now let’s talk about the facts and conspiracy behind Tupa Shakur’s death in Last Vegas. According to reports Tupac Shakur was gunned down on the night of September 7 in 1996 in Nevada (Las Vegas).

He was there to celebrate a birthday party of her friend and a business partner, Tracy Danielly Robinson. He also went to attend the boxing match of his other friend Mike Tyson with Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand with Suge Knight.

At around 11:15 pm at a stoplight, a four-door white car, a late-model of Cadillac sedan pulled up to the passenger side of Tupac car and fired rapidly towards Tupac Shakur.

Tupac Shakur was hit by 4 bullets in that drive-by shooting, Two in the chest, one in the arm, one in the thigh. When asked about Tupac’s bodyguard’s whereabouts he would say he had been instructed to drive Shakur’s girlfriend’s car: Kidada Jones.

After the drive-by shooting, Tupac was severely injured and was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada where he got the necessary treatment and was put on life support.

Later on the 13th of September in 1996, Shakur was pronounced dead, main cause of death was internal bleeding since a bullet hit his right lung in the drive-by shooting.

So this is all about the famous legendary artist Tupac Shakur in this article of lyricsvan.com, we believe we have covered all the important highlights of Tupac’s Shakur as a legendary Rap Artist.

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