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 sold over 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. Shakur began 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 of the 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 his sentence 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 for