Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Shakur
Background information
Also known as 2Pac, Pac, Makaveli
Born June 16, 1971(1971-06-16)
East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Origin California
Died September 13, 1996(1996-09-13) (aged 25)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, poet, screenwriter, activist
Years active 1989 – 1996
Labels Interscope, Out Da Gutta, Death Row, Makaveli, Amaru
Associated acts Digital Underground, Richie Rich, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Dave Hollister, Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, Outlawz, Daz Dillinger, Boot Camp Clik, Treach, Ice. T
Website 2paclegacy.com

Tupac Amaru Shakur (16 June 1971 - 13 September 1996) was a popular hip-hop artist, who sold many records. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010.[1] Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer, and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist.[2][3][4]

He was born on in Brooklyn, New York City in the USA. He was the son of Afeni Shakur, who was a member of the Black Panther party. She had just been released from jail a month before his birth. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot several times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.[5] He died six days later at the Southern Nevada University Medical Center.[6]

He was also called 2Pac, Pac, Makaveli and also called himself The Don Killuminati. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the highest selling rap/hip hop artist, selling 165 million worldwide and 43 million in the US alone.[source?] Shakur was convicted of assault and sexual assault in separate incidents.[7]

Shakur acted in eight films.

In 2014 a movie about Tupac's life is going to be made.[8][9]

Discography[change | edit source]

Studio albums[change | edit source]

Released Album Peak chart

positions[10][11][12][13][14]

Certifications[15][16][17][18]
US 200 US R&B US CAN
November 12 1991 2Pacalypse Now 64 13 Gold
February 16 1993 Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. 24 4 Platinum
March 14 1995 Me Against the World 1 1 Multi-Platinum
February 13 1996 All Eyez on Me 1 1 1x Diamond. 42 Million copies sold Worldwide Platinum
November 5 1996 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (as Makaveli) 1 1 9x Platin. 35 Million copies sold Worldwide Platinum

Posthumous[change | edit source]

Released Album Peak chart positions[14][19][20] Certifications[15][15][17]
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. CAN
November 25 1997 R U Still Down? (Remember Me) 2 1 6× Multi-Platinum
March 27 2001 Until the End of Time 1 1 8× Multi-Platinum 4× Platinum
November 26 2002 Better Dayz 5 1 2× Multi-Platinum 3× Platinum
December 14 2004 Loyal to the Game 1 1 Platinum
November 21 2006 Pac's Life 9 3 3× Multi-Platinum

Collaboration[change | edit source]

Album Artist Released Album Peak chart positions Certifications[15][21]
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. CAN
Thug Life September 26 1994 Thug Life: Volume 1 42 6 Gold
2Pac + Outlawz December 14 1999 Still I Rise 6 2 Platinum Gold

Compilations[change | edit source]

Released Album Peak chart positions[14] Certifications[15][17]
US 200 US R&B US CAN
November 24 1998 Greatest Hits 3 1 1x Diamond. 38.5 Million copies sold Worldwide Platinum
October 17 2000 The Rose That Grew from Concrete 89 28
2003 The Prophet: The Best of the Works
October 7 2003 Nu-Mixx Klazzics 15 5
August 6 2004 2Pac Live 54 16
September 20 2005 The Rose, Vol. 2
October 3 2005 Live at the House of Blues 159 48
June 12 2007 Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988-1991
August 14 2007 Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2 45 8
December 4 2007 Best of 2Pac 65 13

Soundtrack appearances[change | edit source]

Released Album Chart position RIAA Certification[22][23][24][25][26] Original 2Pac songs
June 29 1993
Poetic Justice
23
Gold
"Definition of a Thug Nigga"
March 22 1994
Above the Rim
1
2× Multi-Platinum
"Pour out a Little Liquor", "Pain"
August 15, 1995
The Show: The Soundtrack
4
Platinum
"My Block"
November 7, 1995
One Million Strong
4
"Runnin'"
April 23, 1996
Sunset Park (soundtrack)
1
"High 'Til I Die "
January 17 1997
Gridlock'd soundtrack
1
"Wanted Dead or Alive", "Out the Moon (Boom, Boom, Boom)", "Never Had a Friend Like Me", "Life's a Traffic Jam"
October 7 1997
Gang Related soundtrack
1
2× Multi-Platinum
"Life So Hard", "Starin' Through My Rear View", "Made Niggaz", "Lost Souls"
November 11 2003
Tupac: Resurrection
2
Platinum
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)", "One Day at a Time", "Ghost", "The Realist Killaz"

Singles[change | edit source]

Year Song Chart positions[27] Album RIAA Certification[28]
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK
1991 "Brenda's Got a Baby" 23 3 2Pacalypse Now
"If My Homie Calls" 3
1992 "Trapped"
1993 "Holla If Ya Hear Me" 110 Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
"I Get Around" (featuring Digital Underground) 11 5 8 Gold
"Keep Ya Head Up" 12 7 2 Gold
1994 "Papa'z Song" (featuring Wycked) 87 82 24
"Cradle to the Grave" (featuring Thug Life) 91 25 Thug Life: Volume 1
"Pour Out a Little Liquor" (featuring Thug Life)
"How Long Will They Mourn Me?" (featuring Thug Life)
1995 "Dear Mama" 9 3 1 27 Me Against the World Platinum
"Can U Get Away" A 70
"So Many Tears" 44 21 6
"Temptations" 68 35 13
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Stretch) 81 57 13 15 One Million Strong
"California Love" (featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman) 1 1 1 1 6 All Eyez on Me 5× platinum
"How Do U Want It" (featuring K-Ci and JoJo) 1 17
1996 "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (featuring Snoop Dogg) A 46
"Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Outlawz) Greatest Hits
"All Bout U" (featuring Nate Dogg, Hussein Fatal & Yaki Kadafi) All Eyez on Me
"Life Goes On" 15
"I Ain't Mad at Cha" (featuring Danny Boy) A 58 18 13
"Toss It Up" (featuring Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo and Aaron Hall) A 34 15 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
1997 "To Live & Die in L.A." 10
"Hail Mary" A 12 8 43
"Wanted Dead or Alive" (duet with Snoop Dogg) 16 Gridlock'd
"Made Niggaz" (featuring Tha Outlawz) 75 1 Gang Related
"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" 67 14 18 21 R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
"Do for Love" 21 10 2 12 Gold
1998 "Changes" 32 12 1 3 Greatest Hits
"Happy Home" 17 Until the End of Time
1999 "Unconditional Love" Greatest Hits
2000 "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" (featuring Tha Outlawz) 72 36 Still I Rise
2001 "Until the End of Time" (featuring R.L.) 52 21 4 Until the End of Time
"Letter 2 My Unborn" 64 21
2002 "Thugz Mansion" (featuring Nas) 19 10 4 24 Better Dayz
2003 "Still Ballin (Nitty remix)" (featuring Trick Daddy) 69 31 15
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.) 19 11 5 17 Tupac: Resurrection
"One Day at a Time (Em's Version)" (featuring Eminem & Tha Outlawz) birth_place = 50 51 22
2004 "Thugs Get Lonely Too" (featuring Nate Dogg) 98 55 Loyal to the Game
2005 "Ghetto Gospel" (featuring Elton John) 1 1
2006 "Untouchable" (featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) Pac's Life
"Pac's Life" (featuring T.I. & Ashanti) 104 21
2008 "Playa Cardz Right" (featuring Keyshia Cole) 63 9
  • A Did not chart on the Hot 100 or Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts (Billboard rules at the time prevented album cuts from charting). Chart peak listed here represents Hot 100 Airplay and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts data.
  • 1 Double-A-Side in the U.S.

Filmography[change | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Nothing But Trouble Himself (Brief appearance)
1992 Juice Bishop First starring role
1992 Drexell's Class Himself Season 1: "Cruisin'"
1993 A Different World Piccolo Season 6: "Homie, Don't You Know Me?"
1993 Poetic Justice Lucky Co-starred with Janet Jackson
1993 In Living Color Himself Season 5: "Ike Turner and Hooch"
1994 Above the Rim Birdie Co-starred with Duane Martin
1995 Murder Was the Case: The Movie Himself (Uncredited)
1996 Bullet Tank Released one month after Shakur's death
1997 Gridlock'd Ezekiel 'Spoon' Whitmore Released several months after Shakur's death
1997 Gang Related Detective Rodríguez Shakur's last performance in a film
2003 Tupac: Resurrection Himself Official documentary film
2009 Notorious Himself (archive footage) Portrayed by Anthony Mackie
20?? Live 2 Tell Screenwriter (Written in 1995)[29]

References[change | edit source]

  1. O'Malley, Zack (November 1, 2010). "Tupac Shakur's Ghastly Halloween". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2010/11/01/tupac-shakur-2pac-ghastly-halloween-haloween-dead-celebs/. Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  2. Tupac Shakur – Thug Angel (The Life of an Outlaw).
  3. "Tupac Shakur". Hotshotdigital.com. http://www.hotshotdigital.com/tribute/TupacShakur.html. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  4. Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. 330.
  5. Antonio Planas (April 7, 2011). "FBI outlines parallels in Notorious B.I.G., Tupac slayings". Las Vegas Review-Journal. http://www.lvrj.com/news/fbi-outlines-parallels-in-notorious-b-i-g-tupac-slayings-119389104.html. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  6. Tupac Shakur's death certificate details reported by Cathy Scott. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  7. Bio
  8. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/5785889/tupac-biopic-set-to-roll-film-in-spring-2014
  9. "Tupac Shakur biopic to be filmed in 2014". Entertainment Weekly. 2013-09-20. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/09/20/tupac-shakur-biopic/. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
  10. Discography entry for 2Pacalypse Now at Billboard.com
  11. Discography entry for Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. at Billboard.com
  12. Discotraphy entry for Me Against the World at Billboard.com
  13. Discography entry for All Eyez on Me at Billboard.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 allmusic ((( 2Pac > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). Allmusic. Accessed May 11 2008.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Tupac Shakur
  16. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Makaveli
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 CRIA Gold and Platinum database
  18. http://www.hitemup.com/tupac/lawsuit-agnant.html (The official legal documents)
  19. Discography entry for RU Still Down? (Remember Me) at Billboard.com
  20. Discography entry for Until the End of Time at Billboard.com
  21. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Thug Life
  22. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums titled Poetic Justice
  23. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums titled Above the Rim
  24. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums titles The Show
  25. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums titled Gang Related
  26. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums titled Tupac Resurrection
  27. Artist Chart History. Billboard. Accessed September 26 2007.
  28. RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for singles by Tupac Shakur.RIAA. Accessed May 11 2008
  29. Recently announced biopic in the works

Other websites[change | edit source]