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Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names "2Pac" and briefly as "Makaveli", was an Africdan-American rapper and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. MTV ranked him at number two on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time and Rolling Stone named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. His double disc album "All Eyez on Me" is one of the best selling hip hop albums of all time. Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer, and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist. The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems. Both of his parents and several other of his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were reflected in his songs. In late 1993, Shakur formed the group Thug Life with a number of his friends, including Big Syke, Macadoshis, his stepbrother Mopreme Shakur, and Rated R. The group released their only album "Thug Life: Volume 1" on September 26, 1994, which went gold. The album featured the single "Pour Out a Little Liquor," produced by Johnny "J" Jackson, who went on to produce a large part of Shakur's album "All Eyez on Me". During the latter part of his career, Shakur was a vocal participant in the so-called East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, becoming involved in conflicts with other rappers, producers and record-label staff members, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. and his label Bad Boy Records. In addition to rapping and hip hop music, Shakur acted in films. He made his first film appearance in the motion picture Nothing But Trouble, as part of a cameo by the Digital Underground. His first starring role was in the film Juice. In this film, he played the character Roland Bishop, a violent member of the "Wrecking Crew", for which he was hailed by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers as "the film's most magnetic figure." He then went on to star with Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice and with Duane Martin in Above the Rim. After his death, three of Shakur's completed films, Bullet, Gridlock'd and Gang Related, were released. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the Southern Nevada University Medical Center, where he died six days later.


To Live and Die in L.A.

Keep Ya Head Up

2 of AmeirKaz Most Wanted (ft. Snoop Dogg)

Hit em up

Dear Mama


Studio Albums

1991: 2Pacalypse Now

1993: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

1995: Me Against the World

1996: All Eyez on Me

1996: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Collaboration Albums

1991: This Is an EP Release (with Digital Underground)

1991: Sons of the P (with Digital Underground)

1994: Thug Life: Volume 1 (with Thug Life)

Posthumous Solo Albums

1996: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

1997: R U Still Down? (Remember Me)

2001: Until the End of Time

2002: Better Dayz

2004: Loyal to the Game

2006: Pac's Life

Posthumous Collaboration Albums

1999: Still I Rise (with Outlawz)

Compilation Albums

1998: Greatest Hits

2003: Tupac Resurrection


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