Hip-Hop legend, Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper, record producer, actor, and poet. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.
Here are some other amazing facts about rapper, actor, and producer Tupac Shakur:
1. Born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971 in the Bronx to Afeni Shakur and William Garland.
2. The name Tupac Amaru Shakur means “shining serpent” (Tupac Amaru) and “thankful to god” (Shakur).
3. Studied drama, ballet and dance at Baltimore School For The Arts, where he met Jada Pinkett Smith.
4. First acting role was portraying Travis from the play “A Raisin in The Sun.”
5. Cast in the movies “Cool Runnings,” “Higher Learning,” and “How To Be A Player” before his death.
6. Inspired to rap when a friend of his was killed while was playing with a gun. His first song was about gun control.
7. First music video appearance was on Digital Underground’s “Same Song.”
8. Dated Madonna, who reportedly wanted to have his baby.
9. Only artist to have an album at number one on the Billboard charts (“Me Against the World”) while incarcerated.
10. Founding member of the rap group named Outlawz, also known as Outlaw Immortalz and Thug Life.
11. Recorded about 150 songs during the final year of his life, often completing three songs per day.
12. Gunned down on the streets of Las Vegas at the age of twenty-five.