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Tupac Amaru Shakur, best known by his stage names 2Pac (or Pac for short) and Makaveli, was a 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 #2 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 (including his step-aunt, Assata Shakur and his godfather, Geronimo Pratt), whose ideals were reflected in his songs. 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.
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.
“Since his death, Tupac has become an international martyr, a symbol on the level of Bob Marley or Che Guevara, whose life has inspired Tupacistas on the streets of Brazil, memorial murals in the Bronx and Spain, and bandanna-wearing youth gangs in South Africa.”— Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture
BET named 2Pac ‘The Most Influential Rappers of All Time’. They then went on to say “His confounding mixture of ladies’ man, thug, revolutionary and poet has forever altered our perception of what a rapper should look like, sound like and act like.
In 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Lil Wayne, newcomers like Freddie Gibbs and even his friend-turned-rival Biggie, it’s easy to see that Pac is the most copied MC of all time. There are murals bearing his likeness in New York, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Bulgaria and countless other places; he even has statues in Atlanta and Germany. Quite simply, no other rapper has captured the world’s attention the way Tupac did and still does.”
On December 24, 2015 Demetrius Shipp Jr has been cast to star as Shakur in an upcoming biopic titled All Eyez on Me which finished filming in Atlanta,GA., in May. Its set to release later this year.
?A statue of Tupac Shakur greets guests outside the entrance to the MART, a Museum in Herford, Germany.
?According to Forbes, in 2008 Shakur’s estate made $15 million. In 2002, they recognized him as a Top Earning Dead celebrity coming in on number ten on their list.
?In late 1997, the University of California, Berkeley offered a student-led course entitled “History 98: Poetry and History of Tupac Shakur.”
?On April 15, 2012, a “hologram” of Tupac Shakur (technically a 2-D video projection) performed his songs “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” with Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Music Festival, the effect was created using an optical illusion called Pepper’s ghost.
?On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, Shakur was inducted to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. Shakur’s hit song “Dear Mama” is one of 25 songs that was added to the National Recording Registry in 2010. The Library of Congress has called “Dear Mama” “a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.” The honor came seven days after what would have been Shakur’s 39th birthday. Shakur is the third rapper to enter the library, behind Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy.
?The seat of the Catholic Church released a list of 12 songs onto the social networking Web site’s streaming music service. Among the artists included are Mozart, Muse and Dame Shirley Bassey; the list also includes Shakur’s song “Changes”, which was released two years after his shooting death on a greatest hits album in 1998.
?April 17, 2003, Harvard University co-sponsored an academic symposium entitled “All Eyez on Me: Tupac Shakur and the Search for the Modern Folk Hero.” The speakers discussed a wide range of topics dealing with Shakur’s impact on everything from entertainment to sociology.
?Shakur is held in high esteem by other MCs – in the book How to Rap, Bishop Lamont notes that Shakur “mastered every element, every aspect” of rapping.
?Fredro Starr of Onyx says Shakur, “was a master of the flow.”
?”Every rapper who grew up in the Nineties owes something to Tupac,” wrote 50 Cent. “He didn’t sound like anyone who came before him.”
?About.com for their part named Shakur the most influential rapper ever.
?In a 2005 Rolling Stone magazine vote, Tupac was named No.6 of the ‘100 immortal artists of all time’ behind the likes of Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
?MTV ranked him at No.2 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time.
?Shakur was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002.
?Ranked No.3 on VH1’s 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.
?In 2003, MTV’s “22 Greatest MCs” countdown listed Shakur as the “Number 1 MC”, as voted by the viewers.
?In 2004, at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Shakur was honored along with DJ Hollywood, Kool DJ Herc, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., Rock Steady Crew, and Sugarhill Gang.
?A Vibe magazine poll in 2004 rated Shakur “the greatest rapper of all time” as voted by fans.
?At the First Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival held on Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Shakur was honored for his undeniable voice and talent and as a performer who crossed racial, ethnic, cultural and medium lines; his mother accepted the award on his behalf.
?In 2008, The National Association Of Recording Merchandisers in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized him as a very influential artist and has added him in their Definitive 200 list.
?His double album, All Eyez on Me, is one of the highest-selling rap albums of all time, with over 5 million copies of the album sold in the United States alone by April 1996; it was eventually certified 9x platinum in June 1998 by the RIAA.
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