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Original writing Kelly Duggan. Tupac Shakur I have chose to do my piece on the famous gangster rapper, Tupac Shakur, also known as 2pac, MC New York or Makaveli (the don). He was part of major music groups such as 'One Nation Emcees', Two from the Crew, Digital Underground, and most importantly, Thug Life and Outlawz. Tupac's mother was Afeni Shakur and his Father was William Garland. He also had a step father called Jeral Wayne Williams, also known as Matula Shakur. Tupac's siblings consisted of his half sister, Sekiwa Shakur and his half brother Maurice Hadring whom was also part of Thug Life. Finally, Tupac's Godfather was Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt. Tupac had a huge cross on his back that says Exodus 18:11 a reference to where the bible says "Now I know That the Lord is Greater Than All Gods because he delivered the people from the hands of the Egyptians when they dealt with them arrogantly." Tupac Shakur was born in Lesane Parish Crooks in Brooklyn, New York in 1971. While still a small child, his mother changed his name to Tupac Amaru after an Inca Indian revolutionary, "Tupac Amaru", meaning "Shining Serpent". ...read more.


His first rap was about gun control. By the time he was twenty, Tupac had been arrested eight times, even serving eight months in prison after being convicted of sexual abuse. In addition, he was the subject of two wrongful-death lawsuits, one involving a six-year-old boy who was killed after getting caught in gang-war crossfire between Shakur's gang and a rival group. Not held back by his lack of formal education, Tupac started his career on Tommy Boy Records with the Rap group Digital Underground as a dancer. Tupacs first appearance ever was on Digital Underground's Same Song where he raps wearing West African war clothes in the video. While he was with Digital Underground, someone shoved a 12-gauge shotgun in Tupac's face because of a dispute over a woman at a Martin Luther King Junior festival. Not long before the group achieved award winning success, Tupac released his own album "2Pacalypse Now", which was also a success. The hit single "Brenda's got A Baby" launched Tupac's career like a rocket. His stunning talent also got him a role in the motion picture, "Juice". Tupac eventually released a second album "Strictly for my N.I.G.G.A.Z.," which was an even bigger success and introduced Tupac's music onto the pop charts. ...read more.


His final film, 'Gang Related', was released in 1997, and 'Death Row' (2Pac's record label) is said to have several unreleased recordings in the vaults for potential future release. Tupac was planned to act in the movies Cool Runnings, Higher Learning, Menace II Society and How To Be A Player. Kidada Jones, daughter of Quincy Jones and fianc� of Tupac, has a tattoo of Tupac on her arm. Tupac wanted to name his first child Star. September 13th, 2003 will mark the seventh anniversary of Tupac's passing. Even though Tupac Shakur had many convictions and died as a result of being a "thug", he is still my favourite rap artist and I believe his albums are really good despite the lyrics being somewhat offensive! Some believe that he is still alive as there are suspicious facts that do not necessarily conclude with fact based answers. They may think what they like as it doesn't concern me, I just like to listen to his music and watch his films. Suge Knight has now been let out of prison after allegations of him plotting the 'murder' and is back to working for Death Row records. However, Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, has set up her own record label dedicated to 2pac and continues to distribute his music. C:\My Documents\Original writing\Kelly Duggan\STK.doc ...read more.

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