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
A highly questionable selfie of a man who looks a bit like the late rapper means that Tupac faked his own death and is alive and well - according to a fan conspiracy theory.
The late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur is actually alive and well… if a new fan theory that has swooped upon a dubious ‘selfie’ circulating the internet is to be believed, that is.
The image comes from a YouTube video dating from 2015, which contains a photo taken on a smartphone purchased in 2011, according to those fans claiming its veracity. It features a man who, admittedly, resembles Tupac in a blue and black raincoat and a red bandana looking up into the camera lens.
According to news.com.au, the waterproof the man is wearing hit the shops in 2012. The makers of the video, who run the YouTube channel Tupac Legacy, say they’re “not 100 per cent [Tupac] is alive but I want to share my view”.
'All Eyez On Me' is set for a November 11th release, and the first teaser trailer arrived on what would have been the rapper's 45th birthday.
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me has been released, on the same day that would have been the late rapper’s 45th birthday.
The tense clip, which was uploaded to the Instagram account of radio show ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’ on Wednesday night (June 15th), features the voice Danai Gurira, star of ‘The Walking Dead’ who plays Tupac’s late mother Afeni, who died last month at the age of 69.
A waxwork figure of the late Tupac Shakur in Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas
Continue reading: First Trailer For Tupac Shakur Biopic 'All Eyez On Me' Released
Terrible reviews and no money coming through the doors means one thing on Broadway
The musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” is being pulled from Broadway less than one month after the show’s official opening at the Palace Theatre. Poor reviews, a terrible box and no real plan for the future of the production has seen it become an early casualty of the season.
Tupac and Snoop Dogg at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006 (Getty/Frank Micelotta)
To put the financial side of things into perspective: the show never reached $200k in its six weeks - hit shows on Broadway gross more than $1 million a week on the regular, with blockbusters like "The Lion King" and "Wicked" often exceeding $2 million without breaking a sweat. In comparison, HIYHM is one of the worst-selling musicals in recent years. The New York Times reports it grossed $154,948 last week, which only 17% of its potential.
Sorry, Tupac fans. At least there's still the biopic!
A Broadway musical may just be one of the strangest venues for a Tupac tribute. Audiences, who went to see Holler If You Hear Me seem to think so too and the musical has now closed after six weeks on Broadway. The tribute musical, which included a number of Tupac songs, had its disappointing run at the Palace Theater. Unfortunately, it failed to attract enough attendees to justify the $8 miillion investment, according to MTV. The show received mixed reviews and never brought in more than $175,000 per week (for the record, those are very poor sales numbers for a Broadway show.
The aim of the show was to introduce a new audience to Tupac's work and to prove that a hip hop musical could flourish on Broadway.
“I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway,” lead producer Eric L. Gold said in a statement.
The agency cleared up some of the most pressing issues facing the American public today.
Whoever runs the CIA’s new Twitter account really wants to convince the world that the agency is fun, quirky, down with the cool kids and not at all a slightly scary government organization. Cue their one-month Twitterversary celebration. The agency’s followers had a lot of questions – and for once, the agency was fine with answering. Well, sort of.
Continue reading: Other Activities Aside, The CIA's Twitter Account Is Pretty Hilarious
The iconic rap star said "f*ck you" to a Las Vegas cop moments after being shot four times in a fatal drive-by shooting on September 7th 1996.
Tupac Shakur's death is surrounded by mystery, but for his devoted fans, a recent revelation would please them greatly.
In 1996, the rap star was shot four times after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas, he died a week later in hospital on September 13th.
The murderer, who pulled the trigger in a drive-by assassination, has never been identified and maybe never will, but we now know what Tupac's final words were.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur’s Final Words Were “F*ck You” To A Cop
The final words of Tupac Shakur have been revealed. Are they what you expected?
The dying words of rapper Tupac Shakur have been revealed, 18 years after his death. The words were spoken to sergeant Chris Carroll, the policeman who questioned Shakur on the scene after the fatal shooting on September 7, 1996. Carroll told how he found the rapper, “covered with blood” and proceeded to try and find out what had happened: “So I’m looking at Tupac…I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me…All of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed…An ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. When he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking me right in the eye.”
Tupac's last words were his final act of defiance against the police
So, what profundity did Tupac, the voice of a generation, a rapper capable of penning poetic and poignant lyrics, have to say as his final words? Carroll continued, “That’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’ He looked at me and he took and breath…then the words came out: ‘F**k you’.” And with his final act of defiance towards the police, the rapper died.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur's Final Words Were 'F**k You,' Other Famous Last Words
Tupac Shakur's words were...well....F*CK YOU.
Finally, fans of Tupac Shakur breathe a sigh of relief. No, we still don't know the identity of his killer - and we probably never will - but at least we know the rapper's last words. Shakur died on September 13, 1996, six days after being shot four times following a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas.
Tupac Shakur's Final Words Have Been Revealed
Now, former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Chris Carroll who worked the case and who was at the scene when Tupac was shot, has revealed his final words.
Continue reading: So, Tupac Shakur's Final Words Were A Big "F*CK YOU" To Cops
A hologram of Michael Jackson performed at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, marking the second time a dead musician has been resurrected by a visual effects company. Are holograms the future of musical performances?
So, the King of Pop performed at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. Yes, you heard us right and no, there’s not a new King of Pop who has finally claimed the late Michael Jackson’s crown. Michael Jackson himself performed on stage at the award show. Sort of. Before any of you start panicking that a bunch of necromancers organised the event, let’s clear something up. It was a hologram of Michael Jackson that took to the stage, and not the singer, who died in 2009 from a cardiac arrest.
A hologram of Jackson, dubbed the 'King of Pop' performed at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards
The scarily realistic hologram performed Jackson’s song “Slave To The Rhythm,” taken from the upcoming posthumous album. The hologram, dressed in a gold jacket and red trousers, even performed Jackson’s signature moonwalk. This is not the first time that a hologram of a dead musician has performed at a large-scale event. Back in 2012 a hologram of rapper Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in 1996 aged 25 years old, performed onstage at Coachella Music Festival.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur, Now Michael Jackson. Are Hologram Performances The Future?
Idris Elba is rumored to be playing Tupac in the upcoming biopic, but would one of these other actors be a better choice?
18 years after the murder of Tupac Shakur the rapper will be bought back to life, this time not by a hologram projector but by an actor. The Tupac biopic is finally in the works, with rumours that Idris Elba may be lined up to play the late rapper. The biopic is set to be directed by an old friend of Shakur’s, John Singleton, who has over twenty years in the business and films such as Boyz n the Hood, Baby Boy and 2 Fast 2 Furious under his belt. Singleton directed Tupac, who starred as a young postal clerk, in his 1993 film Poetic Justice, so he was well-acquainted with the rapper. Who better to direct than someone who was accustomed to the subject of the biopic?
Tupac was just 25 when he was shot and killed in Las Vegas
Singleton may be the ideal director for the project, but is Idris Elba, at 41 years old, the best choice to play the rapper, who died at 25? Idris is a supremely talented actor, so we’re sure that he’ll do a stellar job, but if casting directors need a little more choice, why not try one of this lot?
Continue reading: Which One Of These Actors Should Play Tupac?
After Idris Elba's recent impromptu rap performance received less than a glowing from an onlooker, is he the right choice to play Tupac Shakur in the upcoming biopic?
Idris Elba is plenty of things, but unfortunately a natural born rapper is not one of them. The Thor: The Dark World actor has been critically acclaimed for his recent roles, including winning the Golden Globe for his performance as tough man police detective Luther in the BBC drama series as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Nelson Madela in 2013’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Idris Elba may be set to play rapper Tupac in the upcoming biopic movie
The versatile actor has also achieved international success starring in blockbuster movies including Thor, Pacific Rim and Prometheus as well as, believe it or not, having a rather successful sideline career DJing. Under the moniker DJ Big Driis, or alternatively Big Driis the Londoner, Elba, has DJed all over the world in some of the biggest nightclubs. What we’re trying to say here is that no one doubts that the guy’s got many talents.
Continue reading: Idris Elba Is Many Things, But Is A Rapper One Of Them?
Marilyn rubbing suncream on to Tupac's chest and Lennon jamming with Cobain: Radler's surreal new advert.
A new European beer commercial from the Radler brand has caused controversy across the world in countries where the advert's dark sense of humour doesn't sit well. The television commercial shows a bunch of dead celebrities, including Bruce Lee, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe, chilling out, drinking beers on a desert island and hiding whenever a ship passes.
Marilyn Monroe Is One Of The Dead Celebrities Featured In The New Radler Advert.
The clip begins with a white-haired Elvis being given a beer by a beach babe waitress, who he eyes up as she struts away past an aging Marilyn Monroe rubbing suncream into Tupac Shakur's torso. The waitress reaches the bar where Kurt Cobain is strumming on his guitar whilst hanging out with John Lennon, who says "Hey Jude," whilst paying the peace sign - perhaps because the actor didn't really look like Lennon at all.
Death Row Records' former chief engineer Rick Clifford reveals Tupac was scheduled to audition for a Jedi Master role in 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace', the part eventually went to Samuel L. Jackson.
The revelation came from the former Death Row Records chief engineer Rick Clifford.
The 'Hit Em Up' rapper was supposedly set to read the part of a Jedi master for 1999's 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace', before his death on September 13th 1996.
Suge Knight was arrested again this week, but do fans still believe he had anything to do with Tupac's murder?
Another year, another Suge Knight arrested story huh? This time, the founder of Death Row Records was stopped shortly before midnight in Los Angeles on Wednesday (September 11, 2013) on an outstanding warrant.
According to the Associated Press, police officer Sara Faden said the mogul was stopped on a traffic violation though was already wanted on a misdemeanour warrant. Cops took him into custody before he was released several hours later on $20,000 bail.
A warrant was issued for Knight's arrest in February after he skipped a court appearance for driving with a license. The notorious CEO - who helped make stars of rappers Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur - filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and experienced countless legal problems over the past couple of decades.
Continue reading: Does Anyone Still Believe Suge Knight Killed Tupac Shakur?
Rapper J. Cole's latest album 'Born Sinner' has topped the Billboard 200 album chart in its third week of release, zooming past rivals Wale and Kanye West.
J. Cole's sophomore album Born Sinner has shot to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart after its release on 18th June 2013. According to Billboard, a case such as J. Cole's - where an album climbs to the top as opposed to debuting at No.1 - is rare due to most titles enjoying their best sales weeks during their debut frame and struggle to maintain momentum to compete with newer albums. Ever since Nielsen SoundScan started analysing the chart in 1991, there have been 583 albums to reached No. 1. Of those, only 13% (76 records) did not debut at No. 1 - J Cole's Born Sinner is now one of the few to do so. However, this is the sixth smallest selling week ever in SoundScan's records with just 58,000 sold to claim the top spot.
J. Cole Enjoying His Second Taste Of No.1.
The 28 year-old North Carolinan tweeted his excitement and thanked his fans for helping him get to No.1: "3 weeks later. #1 Album in the country. Born Sinner. Thank You." According to USA Today, after its release Born Sinner had to contend with spending its first fortnight at No. 2, first behind Kanye West's Yeezus and then Wale's The Gifted then overtook the other two rappers after selling 58,000 in its third week. It has now sold 439,000 copies surpassing Yeezus' 431,000. The Gifted was No. 2 this week with 50,000 followed by Yeezus with 39,000,
Continue reading: J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' No.1 On Billboard 200 Chart
Ray Parker Jr., Katy Perry, Motown performers/songwriters Holland Dozier Holland, Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, Latino group Mana and Rick Springfield will also be honoured next year
The late Tupac Shakur and political commentator Tavis Smiley are among the list of people set to become the next stars honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the two being nominated to receive stars on the world-famous stretch of sidewalk in 2014.
It has been 17 years since the rapper, actor and political activist Tupac was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7 1996, dying from his woulds six days later, and since then Shakur has received an almost demi-God like status within the entertainment industry. His cult-like status within modern society actually makes his entry into the Walk of Fame a little surprising actually, as it should have come much earlier.
2Pac, as his name is often stylised, will receive his award for his recording career, which began when he first laid down vocals for Digital Underground's 1991 single 'Same Song,' a band that he had toured with as a roadie and back-up dancer prior to moving into the studio and then on to his solo career. Smiley, who most will know for his liberal talk shows, will recevie his award in recognition of his television work.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur To Be Awarded Post-Humous Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Miami rapper Rick Ross was the target of a drive-by shooting Florida on Monday (January 28, 2013), narrowly escaping the attack but not before crashing his car into a nearby apartment block. Detectives are on the hunt for the perpetrator though in the meantime, Ross has been advised to bulk up on security. Though it's entirely possible it was a random attack, there's also the belief that somebody out there wants the rapper dead.
"I think the next step for Ross to take is security. Lots and lots of security," he said. "There is no shame in having security depending on your level of celebrity. Certain artists just can't do things that regular people can do," said Brian B. Dot Miller of RapRadar.com. Hip-hop music has been marred by violence in the past - leading to the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG - and it almost became all too real again on Monday. "I think this is a sad day for hip-hop because a lot of times we all partake in the entertainment of it, without realizing that hip-hop was always built on the foundation of realness and keeping it real," said Kim Osorio, editor in chief of The Source magazine.
Fort Lauderdale police have confirmed that Ross was driving his silver Rolls Royce when the shooting occurred at 5am near the intersection of Southwest 15th Avenue and East Las Olas Boulevard.
Continue reading: Rick Ross Advised To Take "Lots And Lots Of Security" After Shooting
Last week, after fifteen years in police custody, the autopsy report into the death of the late rapper the Notorious BIG was made public for the first time. Now, the Los Angeles Police Department have issued an apology to the family of Biggie Smalls, real name Christopher Wallace, after it emerged that they were unaware and unwilling to have the details made public in the first place.
Biggie's family were allegedly unaware that the medical report detailing the rapper's cause of death in 1997 was set to be made public last week, and as you can imagine they were less than happy when such intimate details were laid bare for all to see. LAPD had allegedly intended to notify the rapper's family about the unveiling, but according to a public statement released yesterday (Dec 8) the report was released prematurely "due to an administrative error."
The report revealed that Wallace was shot multiple times, however it was one fatal shot his heart, left lung and colon that caused his death. The report also reveals that at the time of his death the rapper was not under the influence of either drugs nor alcohol.
Perhaps we've all missed the point with Chris Brown. Maybe we're giving him too much of a hard time. The man himself sure thinks so, claiming there's only one person who can understand why he does the things he does. That man just so happens to be the deceased rapper Tupac Shakur.
You'll have heard by now about Brown's bust-up with Jenny Johnson on Twitter, after which he deleted his profile. It was a pretty intense exchange, which culminated in Brown telling the television personality he wanted to defecate on her eye. Nice. Anyway, he's still got his trusty Instagram profile and has been busy posting pictures of himself on his European tour and making various ridiculous statements. On Tuesday (November 27, 2012), he posted an image of Tupac with the caption, "That awkward moment when the only person you can relate to in the world is dead." We're not quite why Brown thinks he would have bonded with Tupac, given that the legendary rapper would have almost certainly despised him.
Brown's love affair with the Harlem superstar goes back years. In 2007, he told MTV News, "I'm trying to be the R&B Tupac.I'm trying to make as many records as I can so when I'm out of this world, y'all can still have music from me nobody has heard yet."
Continue reading: Chris Brown Claims Only Tupac Shakur Can Understand Him. Sigh.
Date of birth
16th June, 1971
Date of death
13th September, 1996