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Biography: Tupac Shakur (1971-1996)

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Biography: Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) Tupac Shakur became the unlikely sufferer of gangsta rap becoming the tragic symbol of Hardcore rap. At the outset of his career, it didn't appear that he would become one of the most definitive rappers of the 90's, especially since he was a second- string rapper for Digital Underground. But in 1992, he delivered an acclaimed debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, which quickly followed with a star-making performance in the urban drama, Juice. Over the course of one year his profile substantially grew, as he became as well known for his run-ins with the law as he did for his music. By 1994, 2-Pac was rivalling Snoop Doggy Dogg as the most controversial figure in rap, as he was spending as much time in prison as he was in the recording studio. In 1995 his album 'Me Against the World' entered the Charts at number one. As the single "Dear Mama" illustrated he was capable of sensitivity as well as violence. Unfortunately the gangsta lifestyle he captured in his music soon Overtook his own life. Signing with Death Row Records in late 1995, Shakur released the Double-album All Eyez on Me in the spring of 1996, and the record, as well as its hit single "California Love," confirmed his superstar status. ...read more.

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album, peaking at number four on the R&B charts and launching the Top 10 R&B hit singles "I Get Around" and "Keep ya head up", which he had earlier produced with Digital Underground. Late 1993, he acted in the basketball movie 'Above The Rim'. 2-Pac was filming Menace II Society in the summer of 1993 when he assaulted director Allen Hughes, he was sentenced to 15 days in jail in early 1994. The sentence arrived after two other high-profile incidents. Although Shakur was selling a large amount of records and becoming known for his music and acting, he began to have serious run-ins with the law. Before becoming a record artist he had no police record. He was arrested in 1992 after he was involved in a fight that produced a stray bullet killing A six-year-old bystander, the charges were later dismissed. In October of 1993, he was charged with shooting two off-duty police officers in Atlanta. The charges were dismissed, but the following month, he and two of his followers were charged with sexually abusing a female fan. In 1994, he was found guilty of sexual assault. The day after the verdict was announced, he was shot by a pair of muggers while he was in the lobby of a New York recordings studio. ...read more.

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This is suggested to be the cause of 2-Pac's shooting, however, there has also been a number of other suggestions including Knight having used his ties with the mob and to gangs to arrange the shooting and also the theory that the Notorious B.I.G. arranged the shooting as retaliation for 2-Pac's comments that he slept with Biggie's wife, Faith Evans. Either way, Shakur was shot four times and he was admitted to University of Nevada Medical Centre. Six days later, he died from his wounds. Hundreds of mourners appeared at the hospital upon news of his death, and the entire entertainment industry mourned his passing, especially since there were no leads on his death. Many believed his death would end the much-hyped East Coast-West Coast rivalry and decrease Black-on-Black violence. Sadly, six months after his death, his rival the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in similar circumstances. Shakur's violent reputation only increased in the wake of his death and a series of album releases followed, among them was the album 'Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory', issued under the alias 'Makaveli'. The last album to be released after his death was 'Greatest Hits', which included tracks from all of his past albums, including his early Tracks which he did with Digital Underground. Jeetinder.Sohal Biography ...read more.

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