Tupac Shakur

Rap Artist + Actor and Poet
Born Jun 16, 1971

Tupac Amaru Shakur, known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. Shakur had sold over 75 million records worldwide as of 2010, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.… Read More

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1971 Birth Shakur, whose birth name according to relatives was Lesane Parish Crooks, was born on June 16, 1971, in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. … Read More


1982 11 Years Old His stepfather, Mutulu, spent four years at large on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list beginning in 1982. Mutulu was wanted for having helped his sister Assata Shakur (also known as Joanne Chesimard) to escape from a penitentiary in New Jersey. She had been imprisoned for killing a state trooper in 1973. Mutulu was caught in 1986 and imprisoned for the robbery of a Brinks armored truck in which two police officers and a guard were killed. … Read More
1988 17 Years Old In June 1988, Shakur, then 17, and his family moved to Marin City, California, a residential community located 5 miles (8. km) north of San Francisco, where he attended Tamalpais High School in nearby Mill Valley. … Read More
1989 18 Years Old He began attending the poetry classes of Leila Steinberg in 1989. … Read More
1990 19 Years Old He set him up as a roadie and backup dancer with the hip hop group Digital Underground in 1990.


1991 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Shakur's professional entertainment career began in the early 1990s, when he debuted his rapping skills in a vocal turn in Digital Underground's "Same Song" from the soundtrack to the 1991 film Nothing but Trouble and also appeared with the group in the film of the same name. … Read More
His second studio album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z, was released in February 1993. … Read More
1994 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Although the original version of the album was not completed, Shakur performed the planned first single from the album, "Out on Bail" at the 1994 Source Awards. … Read More
Upon his release from Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995, Shakur immediately went back to song recording. … Read More
On February 13, 1996, Shakur released his fourth solo album, All Eyez on Me. … Read More
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