Tupac the gangster
Tupac the intellectual
Tupac Amaru Shakur, for his real name, was born on june, the 16th, 1971. He died, murdered, on September the 13th, 1996.
His stage names were 2pac, or Makaveli (which is inspired by Machiavelli).
He was an American rapper, but also a poet, and finally, an actor. He was also a Social activist.
He soldover 75 million albums through the world, making him one of the best-selling singers in the world.
Considered by a lot of rappers as the best, he has contributed to the hip-hop explosion, in the 90’s.
The themes of most of Tupac's songs are the violence and hardship in cities, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakurbegan his career as a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, then he made part of others hip-hop groups : the Outlawz, and Thug Life.
He was born on the east Harlem section of Manhattan in new york. He was named Tupac Amaru, as a Peruvian revolutionary who led an indigenous uprising against Spain, and then, was executed. His parents were active members ofthe Black Panthers Party in new york. His mother made part of the Panters 21, some activist from the black panthers arrested on april 1969, finnaly acquitted.
Since he was younger, struggle, incarceration and violence surrounded tupac’s life : for example, his godfather Elmer Pratt, a high ranking Black Panther, was convicted of murdering a school teacher during a robbery in 1968, although hissentence was later overturned. His stepfather, Mutulu, spent four years at large on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list beginning in 1982.
So, his early age has influenced a lot tupac’s life, mentality and struggles.
At 12, he starts theater, in the 127th Street Repertory Ensemble, a Harlem theater group.
In 1986, his family relocated in Baltimore. There he started the Baltimore School forthe Arts, where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He performed in Shakespeare plays.
In his school, accompanied by a friend making beat box, he used participated in many rap competitions and quickly became considered as the best rapper. Although he hasn’t fashion clothes, he was one of the most popular kids in his school because of his sense of humor, his superior rap skills and hisability in crowds.
In 1988, he relocated again. This time in Marin City, in California. There he studied at the Tamalpais High School where he wrote a lot of poetry.
In 1989, during a rap concert he met the hip-hop group Digital Underground which enrolled him as roadie and backup dancer .
Making some vocals apparitions with Digital Underground, starts his rapping career.So, in 1991, he released his first album : 2pacalypsle now.
He met difficulties to market his first album. But he found producers who did it. Pretty well, although no one song spawned top ten hits.
Then, his second album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. was released in 1993 and met more success.
We won’t develop more Tupac’s commercial success, but we can notice the most famous and better albums,which are Me against the world, and all eyez on me.
Me against the world is an absolute mix of feelings. Very emotional. This album influences most of following rappers, notably because of his nothing to lose attitude. This album stayed at the first place in charts and has been the first whose the author was incarcerated.
And all eyez on me, HAVE to be notice because of its influence in the hip hopworld. It’s the tupac’s consecration. sold in over 20 millions exemplaries.
At this time he also gained notoriety by acting in some films, like Juice, directed by Ernest Dickerson and Poetic Justice, directed by John Singleton (film with Janet Jackson, by the way).
In end 1993, Tupac formed the Thug Life group, with friends. This group released an only album and made concert usually without...