Tupac Amaru Shakur, known simply as Tupac or 2Pac, was an influential American rapper, actor, and activist. He was born on June 16, 1971, in East Harlem, New York City, and grew up primarily in the Bronx. Tupac’s parents were both involved in the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary Black nationalist organization.
Tupac rose to prominence in the 1990s as one of the most iconic and talented figures in the history of hip-hop music. His powerful lyrics, poetic delivery, and social consciousness distinguished him from other artists of his time. He released several successful albums during his career, including “2Pacalypse Now” (1991), “Me Against the World” (1995), and “All Eyez on Me” (1996).
Beyond his music, Tupac was known for his activism and outspokenness on social issues, particularly those affecting the African American community. He addressed topics such as police brutality, racial inequality, and the struggles of urban life in his lyrics. His songs like “Changes” and “Dear Mama” resonated with millions of people around the world.
Tupac’s life was tragically cut short when he was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. He succumbed to his injuries six days later, on September 13, at the age of 25. His murder remains unsolved, and it sparked numerous conspiracy theories and debates about his legacy.
Despite his untimely death, Tupac’s impact on music and popular culture continues to be felt to this day. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and has sold over 75 million records worldwide. His influence extends beyond music, as he is seen as an icon and symbol of resistance, struggle, and artistic expression.