On June 16, 1971, Tupac (born Le sane Parish Crooks) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was named after an Inca Indian revolutionary: Tupac Amaru means 'shining serpent', and Shakur is arabic for 'thankful to God'. Tupac was the son of the political activist Alice Faye Williams (Afeni Shakur). She was a member if the Black Panther Party. Tupac grew up without knowing that his biological father was still alive. Afeni moves in with Mutule Shakur who becomes Tupac's stepfather and confidant for the rest of his life.
Tupac accepted him as a father figure. At the age of 12 Tupac found a passion for acting and writing poetry. Afeni enrolls him in a Harlem theater group. Tupac plays Travis in 'A Raisin the Sun' as his first performance.
Unfortunately, Tupac was unable to continue his training, and moved with his family to Marin City (The Jungle), California. He has been quoted saying 'Leaving that school affected me so much, I see as the point where I got off track'. The man side began to come out of Tupac as he now began to hang with the wrong crowd. Tupac changed out his alias MC New York with a new one, 2 Pac. He rapped with Ray Luv in a group called 'Strictly Dope'. They perform in small shows for people around the neighborhood.
Tupac auditions for Greg Jacobs (Shock G) of the group Digital Underground. Tupac joins the group as a roadie, dancer and as a rapper. He toured with Digital Underground, instead of waiting around for them to get back in town to work on his album, he preferred to travel with them to kill time. He appeared on several songs with Digital Underground including 'Same Song', 'D FLO Shuffle', and 'Wassup Wit Tha Luv'. Nothing could have stopped this man, he was on top of the world making movies and receiving good reviews and getting better acting jobs. Three days after he finished making 'All Eyez On Me' Tupac began work on Makaveli: The Don Killuminati'.
Tupac never lived to see the album being put out. He died due to gunshot wounds. He and Suge Knight were attending the Mike Tyson Vs Bruce Seldom fight at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, Nevada on the September the 7 th, 1996. After the fight in the lobby, one of the staff from Death Row spotted Orlando Anderson. He was a crap who stole one of Death Row's chains. They attacked him and then stormed out of the MGM.
Pulling up to an intersection, Tupac and his entourage were on their way to a charity concert at Death Row Records Club 662. When, suddenly, a car pulled up to the right of them. The men got out of the car and unloaded their guns into the car Tupac and Suge were in. Tupac lived in the hospital for seven days before dying to his wounds. Out of all the people there only one came forward who was the member of the Outlaw, his name was Kad afi. He also died, on the night of a Tyson match, he was shot, by Napoleon's cousin in the head apparently they were both drugged up and it was accidental.
Tupac never stopped working in the studio, Suge Knight told Michael Harris (this was said in DVD 'Welcome To Death Row', Harris funded death row records) that 'I don't need anyone on Death Row... Except Tupac... He is amazing, he never stops working... he doesn't care about woman, or parties he just wants to work', that is why there are hundreds of unreleased material, which some of it has been released. Two movies he made also were released after he died.
There are also loads of Tupac tribute songs, as Tupac touched so many lives he could feel peoples pain, someone once said that 'The amazing thing about Tupac... is he could take his and other peoples sufferings and word it into lyrics', there has also been Tupac Tribute DVD'S and videos.