Tupac Shakur (born 6.16.1971; died 09.13.1996) Tupac Shakur was an American rapper and actor who was famously shot dead during a drive-by shooting at the age of 25. Tupac Shakur: Childhood Tupac Shakur was born in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York. His parents were Black Panther Party activists Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland. He grew up around violent criminals such as his godfather, who was arrested for murder following a robbery. When he was 12-years-old, he joined Harlem's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble where he got involved in a play called 'A Raisin in the Sun'. He later moved to Baltimore, Maryland and attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, before transferring to the Baltimore School for the Arts where he landed various roles in Shakespeare plays and in the ballet 'The Nutcracker'. He was extremely popular at school and was well-known for his rap skills. He was also close friends with actress Jada Pinkett and joined the Baltimore Young Communist League USA. He then moved to Marin City, California and went to Tamalpais High School. During that time he got involved with a concert and was later signed by Atron Gregory as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground. Tupac Shakur: Career Tupac Shakur made his first musical ventures with Digital Underground and caused controversy with his violence-themed debut album '2Pacalypse Now'. He became more commercially successful with his second album 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.' in 1993. That year he set up the group Thug Life which saw the release of only album 'Thug Life: Volume 1' through his own label Out Da Gutta Records. 'Me Against the World' was his third solo album which won Best Rap Album at the Soul Train Music Awards in 1996. In the year of his death, he unveiled fourth record 'All Eyez on Me' through Death Row Records. The record became platinum certified nine times by 1998. He then released posthumous fifth album 'Makaveli The Don - Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory' under the name Makaveli. Tupac has appeared in several films including 'Juice' with Samuel L. Jackson, Cindy Herron and Queen Latifah; 'Poetic Justice' alongside Janet Jackson and 'Above the Rim' opposite Duane Martin. Tupac Shakur: Personal life Tupac Shakur was generally considered very educated, being an avid reader with strong political interest and affiliations. In 1993, he was briefly imprisoned for assault after attempting to hit M.A.D. rapper Chauncey Wynn with a baseball bat. That year, he was also arrested after shooting two police officers who accused him of nearly running them over. The following year he was jailed for two weeks on another assault charge. In 1992, a 6-year-old boy was shot dead after Tupac's gun allegedly went off while being picked up by a member of his entourage. Though Tupac was not charged for the incident, he paid out a 6-figure sum to the boys' parents and later wrote two heartfelt songs about the incident. He was shot five times and robbed in 1994 though survived the attack and was taken to hospital conscious. He later accused Sean Combs and Biggie for the incident. In 1993, he was charged with sexual assault by a woman he had previously has consensual sexual relations with. He maintained his innocence even after being sentenced. Tupac was shot dead in a drive-by shooting after attending the boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The incident took place after he and his entourage assaulted a member of the Crips gang Orlando 'Baby Lane' Anderson. Despite being his label boss, several people, including Snoop Dogg, later accused Death Row Records manager Suge Knight of arranging the murder.
The actress didn't have the easiest start in life.
Jada Pinkett Smith has dropped quite the bombshell about her life before she and her husband Will Smith became the ultimate Hollywood power couple. Most of us know that she was close to Tupac Shakur before he died, but few people know how she earned her money back then.
Jada Pinkett Smith at the BET Awards
The actress opened up about her hood struggles in a radio interview on 'Sway in the Morning' yesterday (July 19th 2017), revealing that her relationship with the young rapper was about survival, and they met while she was dealing drugs.
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An emergency court order granted earlier this week prevented the Gotta Have It! memorabilia business from auctioning Madonna's personal items.
Madonna has blocked the auctioning of personal items, including a letter sent to her from prison by the later rapper Tupac Shakur and a pair of worn underwear, after winning an emergency court order in New York.
The eleventh-hour court order was granted on Tuesday (July 18th) by Manhattan Supreme Court Gerald Leibovitz, who ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to remove many items related to Madonna from theirrock and roll-themed auction and site, it has been confirmed by E! News.
“I was shocked to learn of the planned auctioning of the Shakur letter, as I had no idea that the Shakur letter was no longer in my possession,” according to the original report by Page Six.
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The Jenners respond to lawsuit over Tupac t-shirt
It's the story that keeps on giving. After weeks of controversy over those t-shirts, the latest development in the ever-expanding case is that the lawsuit inflicted upon the two Jenner sisters is "baseless" according to the Jenner clothing company.
Kendall Jenner attends the Met Gala, New York
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The stars dated for a period of time in the 1990s
An emotional letter written from rapper Tupac to a young Madonna reveals the star broke up with the singer because she was “white”, it has been claimed. The pair dated in the 1990s when Tupac was just 25 and Madonna 37 – 18 months before he was gunned down.
Madonna dated Tupac in the 1990s
TMZ has obtained a handwritten letter written by the Changes hitmaker written from his prison cell which is set to go under auction later this month at Gotta Have Rock and Roll with a starting bid of $100,000.
Continue reading: Tupac Broke Up With Madonna Because She Was "Too White"
A letter written by Tupac while he was in prison in early 1995, addressed to Madonna, was published in redacted form by TMZ ahead of its auction.
Madonna grabbed headlines by revealing back in 2015 that she had briefly dated Tupac Shakur – but a new letter written by the late rapper shows that things were a lot deeper between them than people suspected, revealing that he dumped the singer because of the colour of her skin.
Sections of a previously unseen letter written to Madonna by Tupac while he was in jail in 1995 that is due to be auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock and Roll later this month, with a starting bid of $100,000, were published by TMZ on Wednesday (July 5th).
Madonna at the 2017 Met Gala
Demetrius Shipp Jr. is the star of the new biopic about Tupac's life
For his first acting role, 28-year-old Demetrius Shipp Jr. is playing Tupac Shakur in the biopic All Eyez on Me. And he thinks he was born to play the role, because when he was working at a Target store, his coworkers nicknamed him "Pac" because he looked so much like the rap icon.
It was back in 2011 that he first auditioned for the role at the urging of his best friend, who had seen a flyer advertising the national casting search. "I wasn't going to do it, but he convinced me to do it," Shipp says. "I did my audition on the last day before the deadline. And I didn't get the call that I officially had it until 2015!"
Continue reading: Demetrius Shipp Jr. Felt Engulfed By Tupac
The first authorised Tupac documentary is on the way.
It looks like we're finally going to get to see an official documentary on the life, career and untimely death of rapper Tupac Shakur as its announced that director Steve McQueen is on board to helm the project in partnership with the musician's estate.
Tupac Shakur documentary coming soon
The deal was made between a trustee of Tupac's estate Tom Whalley and Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur's company Amaru Entertainment to develop the feature-length film, which will be released through White Horse Pictures sometime in the future. The Academy Award winning Steve McQueen ('12 Years A Slave') is on board as director.
Continue reading: Steve McQueen To Tell 'Unvarnished' Story Of Tupac Shakur
Suge Knight allegedly blamed his ex-wife and a security official for the death of Tupac - but that's not what his lawyer says.
Rumours have recently emerged that Suge Knight has finally opened up about who he believed was responsible for the killing of his friend Tupac Shakur in 1996, apparently blaming both his ex-wife Sharitha and Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr.
Suge Knight snapped at will.i.am Trans4m event in 2013
The claims were allegedly inspired by the forthcoming documentary 'Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton' and also suggested that Suge believed he was the intended target of the shooting. He is thought to have opened up after the shock of discovering that the filmmakers got the theory right.
Continue reading: The Truth Behind Reports That Suge Knight Has Named Tupac's Killers
The rap legend will be posthumously honoured alongside Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, E.L.O. and Joan Baez in April 2017.
The late rap icon Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year as part of the class of 2017, along with the likes of Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes and Joan Baez.
2016 was the first year that Tupac was eligible for consideration to be inducted into the Cleveland-based institution. An artist is eligible upon the 25th anniversary of the release of their first recordings, meaning that the rapper’s 1991 debut single ‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’, released in October that year, allowed him to be considered.
Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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Depp will play LAPD detective Russell Poole in 'LAbyrinth', which tells the story of the murder investigation into Biggie and Tupac's murders in 1997.
Johnny Depp is to take on his first post-divorce movie project by starring in the forthcoming Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. as a police detective who investigated the unsolved murders of the two rap stars.
The Hollywood Reporter indicates that 53 year old Depp is attached to the project to play Russell Poole, the LAPD detective who investigated the slayings of the East and West Coast rap giants in LAbyrinth, a film to be directed by Brad Furman (of The Lincoln Letter) and whose release date is as yet unconfirmed.
Johnny Depp is to play LAPD detective Russell Poole, who investigated the high-profile murders in 1997
Continue reading: Johnny Depp To Star In Biggie And Tupac Film 'LAbyrinth'
Edidon and Steve Adler - L.T. Hutton & Morgan Creek Productions host the official Tupac Shakur biopic announcement party at Zanzibar - Santa Monica, California, United States - Thursday 7th November 2013
Tupac Shakur and Las Vegas - Tupac Shakur Impersonator Las Vegas, Nevada - THE REEL AWARDS - A Star-Studded Show Featuring Award-Winning Impersonators held at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Thursday 24th February 2011
Date of birth
16th June, 1971
Date of death
13th September, 1996