Tupac Amaru Shakur
A REAL ARTIST
"I might be my mother's child, but in all reality, I'm everybody's child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society."
Tupac Shakur dedicated this song to his mother because he knew that even though his mother was on drugs, she would always love him.
June 16, 1971- Tupac Amaru Shakur is born in NYC to Afeni Shakur, a member of the Black Panther Party who was pregnant with him while in jail on bombing charges. Tupac Amaru comes from the Incas meaning "shining serpent" and Shakur is Arabic meaning "thankful to God." 1986 Shakur's family moves to Baltimore where Tupac enrolled in the Baltimore School for the Arts. Here Tupac writes his first rap under the name MC New York. 1988 June: Tupac's family moves to Marin City, CA. Shortly after, Tupac moves in with a neighbor and starts selling drugs. August: Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, is sentenced to 60 years in prison for his involvement in a 1981 armored-car robbery. 1990 Tupac joins Digital Underground as a roadie/dancer/rapper. 1991
Shakur achieves individual recognition with the album "2Pacalypse Now," which spawned the successful singles "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got A Baby." As a member of the Grammy-nominated group Digital Underground he appeared on the track "Same Song" from "This is an EP Release" and on the album "Sons Of The P." 1992 Shakur appeared in the Ernest Dickerson film "Juice." 1993 Appeared in John Singleton's release "Poetic Justice" with Janet Jackson. 1994 Release of "Thug Life." Appeared in "Above The Rim". November: Shakur's New York sex assault trial opens. November: Shakur is shot during apparent robbery attempt outside a music studio in New York. December: One day after being shot, Shakur is convicted of sexually abusing a woman he had invited to his hotel room. He is acquitted of sodomy and weapons charges.1995February: Sentenced in New York to 4 1/2 years in prison for sex abuse.October: Death Row CEO Suge Knight posts 1.4 million Bond for Tupac's release. Tupac then signs with Death Row.Release of "Me Against The World," a multi-million-selling album.May: Shakur married longtime girlfriend, Keisha Morris. 1996 Shakur's fourth solo album, "All Eyez on Me," debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, goes on to sell about 5 million copies.Acted as a detective in Orion's urban crime thriller "Gang Related."September 7, 1996 - After leaving the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas in Suge Knight's car. Tupac is shot four times in the chest by an assailant in a White Cadillac. Shakur rushed to University Medical Center, where he undergoes surgery, including the removal of his right lung. September 13, 1996 - After six days in critical condition, Tupac Amaru Shakur is pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m. His body was cremated. He was 25 years of age.