|Tupac Shakur Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9¼ in|
|Date of Birth||June 16, 1971|
|Date of Death
||September 13, 1996|
Tupac Shakur was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential rappers of all time. One of the best-selling music artists, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Shakur among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time while he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2017. His discography consists of 11 studio albums including 2Pacalypse Now, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, R U Still Down? (Remember Me), Until the End of Time, Better Dayz, Loyal to the Game, and Pac’s Life.
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Tupac Shakur, Tupac, 2Pac, Makaveli, Pac, MC New York
Tupac was born on June 16, 1971.
Tupac passed away at the age of 25 on September 13, 1996, in Las Vegas due to a drive-by shooting.
East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Oakland, California, United States
Tupac Shakur went to Roland Park Middle School for his 8th grade. He then went to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. After the completion of his 2nd year, he got enrolled at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied jazz, acting, poetry, and ballet.
He also attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, San Francisco. In 1989, he took poetry classes with Leila Steinberg.
Rapper, Songwriter, Actor
- Father – Billy Garland (Member of Black Panther Party)
- Mother – Afeni Shakur (Activist, Businesswoman, and Member of Black Panther Party)
- Siblings – Sekyiwa Shakur (Younger Half-sister), Mopreme Shakur (Older Stepbrother) (Rapper)
- Others – Eloise Marie Barnes (Paternal Grandmother), Walter Williams, Jr. (Maternal Grandfather), Rosa Belle McLellan (Maternal Grandmother), Mutulu Shakur (Stepfather) (Was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list), Geronimo Pratt (Godfather) (Military veteran and Member of Black Panther Party)
Hip-hop, Gangsta Rap, Political Hip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop
- Interscope (1991–96)
- Death Row (1995–96)
- Makaveli Records (1996)
- Jive Records
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $200,000 at the time of his death.
5 ft 9¼ in or 176 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Tupac Shakur had dated –
- Missy Elliott – It was alleged that he once had an affair with rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer Missy Elliott.
- Angel Kelly – The American p*rnographic artist Angel Kelly got to know Tupac through her mutual friend. After having met Tupac through her mutual friend, she hung out with him on several occasions.
- Salli Elise Richardson – Tupac was introduced to actor Salli Elise Richardson by a mutual friend. As per his bodyguard, Tupac used to spend most of his time in between shots (for an unidentified movie) in a trailer with the actor. He also claimed that they were very much into each other and he had even gifted her an expensive diamond-studded heart-shaped necklace. Their relationship ended abruptly without any apparent reason as per his bodyguard.
- Sharise Neil – According to reports, Tupac had a short-lived affair with TV actor Sharise in the past.
- Nina Hartley – Tupac had sexual encounters with adult actor Nina Hartley. He had cast her in the music video of his single, How Do You Want It.
- Heather Hunter – Another adult actor he had cast in the music video of How Do You Want It was Heather Hunter. He also had a steamy fling with her.
- Jara Everett – According to reports, Tupac had a fling with actor and singer Jara Everett.
- Tameka “Tiny” Cottle – The singer and songwriter Tameka “Tiny” Cottle often claimed that she had a secret affair with Tupac in the early 90s.
- Jada Pinkett Smith (1986-1989) – Tupac first met actor Jada Pinkett Smith in the mid-80s while they were studying at the Baltimore School for the Arts. They were initially close friends before they started dating. Jada and Tupac were pictured kissing and making out on a couple of occasions but they never publicly revealed that they were in fact dating. They remained in close touch until his untimely death.
- Yolanda Whittaker (1991-1996) – It has been reported that Tupac started going out with recording artist Yolanda Whittaker at the start of the 90s. Their relationship, which was punctuated by several of his other romantic dalliances, lasted for about 5 years. She was with him in the hospital shortly after he was fatally shot.
- Lisa Lopes (1991) – Tupac started going out with rapper and singer, Lisa Lopes in the summer of 1991. He had apparently left his number with a mutual friend to give it to Lisa after having seen her near Atlanta State University. She got in touch with him and they dated for a couple of months.
- Rosie Perez (1993) – Tupac took actor and TV host Rosie Perez as a date to the Soul Train Music Awards in 1993. Apparently, her original date had stood her up and Tupac had come to her rescue. She allegedly repaid his kindness by setting him up with pop singer Madonna.
- Madonna – In her interviews, Madonna has claimed that she dated Tupac for 3 years. As you read above, Rosie Perez claimed to have set them up. However, his brother Mopreme Shakur has often claimed that he had set them up as he had passed on a note to Tupac which was given by Madonna. Tupac ended their relationship in January 1995 via a letter he wrote in prison. In his letter, he explained that he had broken up with her because she was white. He explained that if he had remained with her, he would be letting many of his fans and supporters down.
- Keisha Morris – While he was serving time in prison, Tupac got married to his longtime girlfriend Keisha Morris in April 1995. However, their marriage didn’t last long as they got divorced in 1996. He later claimed that they had gotten married for the wrong reasons.
- Tiny Harris (1994) – Singer and songwriter Tiny Harris hooked up with Tupac Shakur in May 1994.
- Mary J. Blige (1995) – In October 1995, he had a fling with singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor Mary J. Blige.
- Kidada Jones (1995-1996) – Tupac had started going out with actor and model Kidada Jones in the mid-90s. They even got engaged in 1995. And, they were reported to be together until his death in September 1996. She was one of the last persons he spoke to before his death.
- Faith Evans (1995) – He reportedly hooked up with singer Faith Evans in October 1995.
- Sarah Chapman (1995) – Tupac had an affair with model Sarah Chapman in 1995.
- Arnelle Simpson (1995) – It was reported that he had an affair with socialite Arnelle Simpson (O. J. Simpson‘s daughter) in November 1995.
- Whitney Houston – Tupac reportedly had an affair with singer, model, and actor Whitney Houston. Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown accused her of having an affair with Tupac.
Race / Ethnicity
He had African-American ancestry.
- Often tied a bandanna over his head
- French goatee
Tupac’s several footage and musical works have been used in TV adverts for the following –
- Google Play
- Hologram USA
His songs point toward Christian values.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most influential rappers in the history of hip-hop
- Having sold more than 75 million records all over the world
- Being one of the enduring cultural icons for the African-American population
In 1991, he released his debut studio album, 2Pacalypse Now, which was certified as gold in the U.S. On the 25th anniversary in November 2016, the album was released on cassette and vinyl.
In 1991, Tupac made his first theatrical film appearance in a minor role in the comedy-horror flick, Nothing but Trouble.
First TV Show
In 1992, Tupac made his television show debut in the Cruisin’ episode of Drexell’s Class.
Tupac Favorite Things
- Actor – Jim Carrey
- Singer – Prince
- Rap Album – Grip It! On That Other Level by Geto Boys
- Drink – Fanta Orange Soda
- His name was renamed after Túpac Amaru II, a Peruvian revolutionary who fought against Spanish rule in the 18th century.
- At the age of 13, he was cast in the role of Travis Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, which was performed at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and was used to raise funds for Jesse Jackson’s campaign to become US president.
- He started his rapping journey in Baltimore and used to perform under the stage name of MC New York.
- While he was studying at a school in Baltimore, he became a member of the Young Communist League USA.
- In 1990, he started his entertainment career by working as a backup dancer with the alternative hip-hop group, Digital Underground. He eventually got started featuring in their soundtracks.
- According to his former wife Keisha Morris, he had auditioned for the role of Bubba in the iconic movie, Forrest Gump, but was rejected by the show producers.
- He was roped in to play the lead role in the crime drama movie, Menace II Society. However, he assaulted the co-director Allen Hughes, which prompted the producers to replace him with Larenz Tate. He also had to spend 15 days in prison.
- Before he was going to shoot a lovemaking scene with Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice, he was asked to take an HIV test by the producers.
- In November 1993, he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room. He was eventually convicted of the crime and had to serve 9 months in jail before he was released on bail.
- Before he started his huge feud with rapper Biggie, he was actually his good friend. He had even accused him of being a main player behind the mugging event, in which he got shot at. He insisted that mugging was a simple cover-up for an assassination plot.
- When his studio album, Me Against the World, zoomed to the top of the Billboard 200 charts, he became the first artist to achieve the distinction while serving a jail sentence.
- It has been reported that after he was cremated, the members of his hip-hop group, Outlawz, mixed Tupac’s ashes with some marijuana and smoked it.
- In 1993, he shot two off-duty police officers (one was shot in the buttocks, while the other was shot in the back, leg, or abdomen). However, the charges were later dropped after it was found that the police officers were drunk, in possession of stolen weapons, and had lied to fellow police officers.
- He was pretty fond of tattoos and had got words ‘Thug Words’ tattooed on his abdomen.
- During his prison sentence, he became a huge fan of iconic writer Niccolò Machiavelli and even altered the spelling of the Italian writer’s name for his stage name, Makaveli.
- He is reported to have been offered his first recording contract at the age of 13. However, his mother turned it down as she felt he was too young and had a lot to learn.
- In November 1994, he was mugged by a pair of muggers, who shot him 5 times in the lobby of a recording studio in New York City. He managed to survive and boasted about it in several of his songs.
- After his release from prison, he formed the hip-hop group Outlawz (formerly known as Outlaw Immortalz) in 1995. The group has released multiple albums including Ride wit Us or Collide wit Us, Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P., Livin’ Legendz, We Want In: The Street LP, Novakane, Against All Oddz, Neva Surrenda, and Perfect Timing.
- As a result of a poll conducted in 2005 by Rolling Stone magazine, Tupac was placed in the 6th spot in the list featuring “100 Immortal Artists of All-Time”.
- He holds the distinction of being the first rap or hip-hop artist to have his wax statue featured in the Madame Tussauds museum in Las Vegas.
- He decided to rename his publishing company from Ghetto Gospel to Joshua’s Dream, in honor of a terminally ill 11-year-old fan whose dying wish was to meet Tupac.
- The VH1 channel had once placed him on the 3rd spot in the list featuring “50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists”.
- In October 1991, he slapped a $10 million lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department, in which he accused them of brutally assaulting him for jaywalking. The settlement was eventually received for a far smaller sum, which was only sufficient to cover his legal costs.
- In August 1992, a 6-year-old Qa’id Walker-Teal was killed by a shot discharged from a pistol legally registered in Tupac’s name. The charges were never filed but his mother filed a wrongful death suit against him in 1995. They eventually agreed to an out-of-court settlement.
- In April 1993, he was charged with felonious assault after he tried to hit rapper Chauncey Wynn with a baseball bat. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and in exchange, charges of felonious assault were dropped.
- He was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002.
- In June 2023, Tupac was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- In July 2023, a ring belonging to Tupac was sold for over $1 million at an auction in New York. The ring broke the record for the most valuable Hip Hop artifact ever sold at auction.
- A man named Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis who planned the killing of Tupac Shakur was arrested and charged with murder on October 29, 2023.
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