37 Facts About Tupac Shakur

1. In the 12 years since Tupac Shakur was murdered in September 1996, the rapper's discography has grown to include a slew of posthumous releases and compilations.

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2. Tupac Shakur wrote the letters as a freshman at Paul Laurence Dunbar.

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3. Tupac Shakur was spitting game in High School, and now his words can be yours for a pretty little penny.

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4. Tupac Shakur was a key player, on the West Coast side.

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5. Tupac Shakur is one of the most iconic musical artists of our lifetime.

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6. In 1996, hip-hop star Tupac Shakur died in Las Vegas several days after being shot in a drive-by shooting that occurred while he was leaving a boxing event.

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7. In 2016, Tupac Shakur was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, when on December 20, 2016, it was announced that he and 5 others would be inducted into the Hall on April 7, 2017.

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8. Tupac Shakur is the third rapper to enter the library, outside of the copyright office, behind Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy.

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9. Tupac Shakur was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002.

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10. On November 14, 2003, a documentary about Tupac Shakur entitled Tupac: Resurrection was released under the supervision of his mother and narrated entirely in his voice.

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11. While in prison, Tupac Shakur wrote to Death Row Uncut director Nina Bhadresher about his plans to begin a "new chapter" of his life.

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12. In an interview after his release, Tupac Shakur claimed to have written only one song during his incarceration.

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13. Tupac Shakur stated that he married her "for the wrong reasons".

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14. Tupac Shakur became the first artist to have an album at number one on the Billboard 200 while serving a prison sentence.

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15. In early 1994, Tupac Shakur was found guilty of assaulting Allen Hughes, co-director of Menace II Society; he served 15 days in jail.

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16. Tupac Shakur pleaded guilty on September 14, 1994, to a misdemeanor in exchange for the dismissal of the felonious-assault charge.

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17. In October 1991, Tupac Shakur filed a $10-million civil suit against the Oakland Police Department, alleging that the police brutally beat him for jaywalking.

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18. Tupac Shakur lived with Kidada Jones, his fiancee, daughter of Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, for several months until his death.

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19. Tupac Shakur had enjoyed and had been influenced by the work of contemporary English and Irish pop musicians as a teenager such as Kate Bush, Culture Club, Sinead O'Connor, and U2.

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20. Tupac Shakur described All Eyez on Me as a celebration of life, and the album was critically and commercially successful.

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21. In 1996, Tupac Shakur released All Eyez on Me, and many of the tracks are considered by critics to be classics, including "Ambitionz Az a Ridah", "I Ain't Mad at Cha", "California Love", "Life Goes On" and "Picture Me Rollin".

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22. Throughout his career, Tupac Shakur expressed an increasingly aggressive attitude on his subsequent albums.

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23. On his second record, Tupac Shakur continued to rap about the social ills facing African Americans, with songs such as "The Streetz R Deathrow" and "Last Wordz".

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24. On this album, Tupac Shakur attacked social injustice, poverty, and police brutality in "Brenda's Got a Baby", "Trapped", and "Part Time Mutha".

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25. In 2013, Hughes said Tupac Shakur would have outshined the other actors had he been in the film, "because he was bigger than the movie.

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26. Tupac Shakur had been slated to star in the 1993 Hughes brothers' film Menace II Society but was replaced by Larenz Tate after assaulting Allen Hughes as a result of a quarrel.

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27. Tupac Shakur continued to produce hundreds of tracks during his time at Death Row, most of which would be released on his posthumous albums Still I Rise, Until the End of Time, Better Dayz, Loyal to the Game and Pac's Life.

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28. Tupac Shakur continued his recordings despite increasing problems at the Death Row label.

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29. On February 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur released his fourth solo album, All Eyez on Me.

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30. Tupac Shakur joined the Death Row label, under which he released the single "California Love".

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31. In November 1991, Tupac Shakur released his debut solo album, 2Pacalypse Now.

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32. In an English class, Tupac Shakur wrote a paper, "Conquering All Obstacles", in which he said:.

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33. Tupac Shakur contributed to the school's drama department by performing in several productions.

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34. In the documentary Tupac: Resurrection, Tupac Shakur says, "Jada is my heart.

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35. Tupac Shakur developed a close friendship with Jada Pinkett that lasted until his death.

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36. Tupac Shakur was born on June 16, 1971, into an African-American family in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City.

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37. Tupac Shakur was born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City but relocated to Los Angeles in 1988.

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