Tupac Shakur, best known by his stage name of 2Pac, was an American rapper, record producer and actor. As of 2007, Shakur’s management has sold over 75 million records worldwide. His double disc albums “All Eyez on Me” and his “Greatest Hits” are number 6 and 7 on the best-selling rap albums of all time in the United States. Multiple magazines worldwide consider Tupac to be one of the most influential and best rappers we’ve ever come across.
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 people in his family were members of the “Black Panther Party”, whose ideals were reflected in his songs. During the latter part of his career, Shakur was a vocal participant during the 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 the label Bad Boy Records.
On September 7, 1996 at 11:15pm local time, Shakur was shot four times, twice in the chest, once in the hand and once in the thigh, during a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died six days later, on September 13th, 1996. The murder remains officially unsolved.
We pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death, with Tupac’s hit Runnin’ Featuring Notorious B.I.G