On this day in 1996, Tupac Shakur died in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 25.
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage name 2Pac, was born Lesane Parish Crooks in 1971. He began his career as a backup dancer and MC for Digital Underground, an alternative hip hop group. When he decided to branch off as a solo artist, his singles became hits almost immediately.
Many of his songs touched on issues such as racism, hardship in inner cities, violence, and other social problems. Growing up, many of Shakur’s adult role models, including his parents, were members of the Black Panther Party. It’s clear that the Black Panther ideals and ethics are reflected in Shakur’s music.
Later in his career, he became involved in conflict with others in the industry. Most notably, these include The Notorious B.I.G. and the label Bad Boy Records.
On September 7, 1996, he was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was shot four times and was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. His condition worsened and he died six days later.
Shakur is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 75 million records sold worldwide. Aside from his music career, he also starred in six films and one TV series during the 1990’s.
Last year, a bopic titled All Eyez on Me was released. The film had been in development for three years, and multiple well-known directors were involved in the project. It was released on June 16, 2016, which would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.
In April of 2017, Shakur was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Additionally, he’s been ranked as one of the greatest artists of all times by Rolling Stone magazine.