On June 16 Tupac was born…

On June 16, 1971 Tupac Shakur was born. 

Tupac Shakur Orion Pictures

Tupac Shakur
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Shakur (also known as 2Pac) was a West coast rapper whose songs revolved around the turmoil that inner cities face, as well as various social issues present in society. His family has roots relating to the Black Panther Family, whose ideology can been heard in his music. Throughout his career, Tupac was part of Deathrow Records, being associated with such hip-hop greats as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, and Nate Dogg. Arguably two of this biggest hits in his career were “California Love” and “Dear Mama,” with the ladder, a moving tribute to his mother, being inducted into National Recording Registry in 2010. His album, “All Eyez on Me” is one of the best selling hip-hop albums of all time, and often considered one of the best from a critical standpoint.

“California Love” by Tupac:

Besides music, Tupac also ventured into film, most notably starring in 1993’s “Poetic Justice” alongside Janet Jackson.

Theatrical poster for

Theatrical poster for “Poetic Justice”
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As a West Coast rapper, Tupac was instrumental in the East Coast – West Coast hop rivalry in the 90s, which pitted Tupac and Death Row Records (ran by Suge Knight) against The Notorious B.I.G. and Bad Boy Records (ran by Sean “P Diddy” Combs). On September 7, 1996, Tupuc was gunned down by an unknown assailant in Las Vegas. He was shot six times, with various theories surrounding his unsolved death. Since his death, he has has received various honors and recognition, with media outlets such as Rolling Stone magazine, Vibe magazine, and MTV labeling him of the greatest hip-hop stars of all time, cementing Tupuc as a pop culture icon.

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