Home > Celebrity > T > Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur


Famous as :

Rapper, actor

Birth Name :

Lesane Parish Crooks

Birth Date :

June 16, 1971

Birth Place :

East Harlem, New York, USA

Spouse :

Keisha Morris (29-Apr-95 - 1996) (annulled)

Claim to fame :

Album "2Pacalypse Now" (1991)


A highly celebrated actor and rapper, the late Tupac Amaru Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks in Brooklyn, New York City, on June 16, 1971, to Afeni Shakur, a member of the Black Panthers. Serving jail time on bombing charges while pregnant with Tupac, she faced a possible sentence of up to three hundred years in prison, but was released one month before Tupac was born as she acted as her own attorney. About his biological father Tupac said, "I never knew where my father was or who my father was for sure." His step father Metulu, to his knowing, was a drug dealer and was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, whom he said was not always around to give him the discipline he needed. Impoverished during most of his childhood, Afeni took him and his half-sister Sekyiwa moving around to homeless shelters and various places around New York City. Such condition caused Tupac retained few friends and relied on writing poetry and diary entries to keep himself busy. At the age of 12 he joined a Harlem theatre group and acted as Travis in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." One year later, in 1984 Tupac's mother brought him and his sister to live in Baltimore, Maryland, and lived in the infamous neighborhood, Roland Park, in East Baltimore where Tupac was intensely despised because of his looks, name, and lack of trendy fashionwear of the 80s. Even so he made a few friends while staying there and attended Roland Park Middle School. The following years he spent his time studied at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High, where for his sophomore year he was accepted to the Baltimore School for the Arts. It was there where Tupac for the very first time in his life "loved his classes" and had the opportunity to study theater, ballet, and other arts.

Nurturing his love to literature from his peers, Tupac gained the respect of Baltimore kids by acting like a tough guy and tried to write his first rap there under the name "MC New York." The song was about gun control and was inspired by the killing of one of his close friends. Two years later, his mother Afeni found it difficult to get a job, which he personally assumed as a result of her active involvement in Black Panthers, that she once again moved the family to live with a family friend in Marin City, California. There Tupac soon moved in with a neighbor and started selling drugs and hustling on the street, but also made friends who helped spark his interest in rap music. He made friends with Ray Luv, and with a mutual friend named DJ Dize, with both he started a rap group called Strictly Dope. Their recordings under the name "Tupac Shakur: The Lost Tapes" were released in 2001 and was immediately followed by neighborhood performances that obviously brought Tupac the more than enough applaud to land an audition with Shock G of Digital Underground. Supported by the group' members, in 1990 he began his career as a back up dancer for Digital Underground, a Northern California rap group best known for their P-Funk inspired sex songs. In the near future, Tupac began rapping with the group before he at the end left it to pursue a solo career and released his EP "Digital Undreground" debut, after which he signed to Interscope Records and released his first solo album entitled "2Pacalypse Now" in 1991. This album quickly made Tupac the most controversial rapper in hip-hop as he got a public admonishment by Vice President Dan Quayle for his music had clearly encouraged and or caused the shooting of a Texas police officer. Moreover, the album also set the tone for the singer's soon-to-be platinum formula: a mix of hardcore, gun toting, misogynist, Thug Life anthems, and a tender, caring, troubled side that exposed the light side of Tupac's darker image.

Latest News

New Unreleased Tupac Music Will Be Released

March 28, 2015 02:08:09 GMT

Fans are likely getting new music by . Jeff Jampol, the head of JAM Inc. that's been working with the late rapper's mom Afeni Shakur to oversee her son's collection since 2013, talks to Billboard about handling his works and reveals plan to release unearthed material in the future as a part of the 20th anniversary of the rap legend's death.

Madonna Opens Up About Getting Raped, Confirms She Dated Tupac Shakur

March 12, 2015 07:11:58 GMT

opened up about her past stories in a radio interview with on Sirius XM's "Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday, March 11. The "Rebel Heart" singer told Howard that she was raped during her first year in New York City.

Tupac Shakur Musical to Close Early Due to 'Financial Burdens'

July 15, 2014 04:29:26 GMT

A stage production inspired by 's songs has to end its Broadway run at the Palace Theater early this coming Sunday, July 20 after around 55 performances. Titled after one of the rapper's songs, "Holler If Ya Hear Me", the hip-hop musical was shut down due to lukewarm response from audience.

CIA Tweets They Don't Know Where Tupac Shakur Is

July 08, 2014 05:56:18 GMT

The Central Intelligence Agency celebrated their one-month Twitter anniversary on Monday, July 7 by answering some followers' top questions. In the Monday session, which featured hashtag #Twitterversary, CIA responded to the questions with humorous replies including one which mentioned , a rapper whose death eighteen years ago sparked conspiracy theories.

Former Police Officer Says Tupac Shakur's Last Words Were 'F**k You'

May 23, 2014 03:02:01 GMT

Eighteen years after was fatally shot in Las Vegas, a former police officer who first responded to the scene opened up about the rap superstar's last words before he lost consciousness. Chris Carroll, who was with the Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's bike patrol unit, shared the story to Las Vegas weekly newspaper Vegas Seven on Wednesday, May 21.

John Singleton to Direct Tupac Shakur Biopic

February 13, 2014 01:23:50 GMT

Long-gestating biopic about has found a director. John Singleton, who once directed the late rapper/actor in 1993's romantic drama "Poetic Justice" opposite , is on board the project to rewrite, direct and produce the biographic movie.

Tupac Shakur Auditioned for Jedi Role in 'Star Wars' Before His Death

January 09, 2014 02:57:20 GMT

It's revealed in a new interview that was eying a role in "" before he died. Death Row Records' former Chief Engineer Rick Clifford spilled to 2Pac-Forum that the late rapper auditioned for Jedi.

Tupac's Mother Sues Record Label for $1M Over Unpaid Royalties

September 26, 2013 09:11:51 GMT

The family of is suing a record label over alleged unpaid royalties. TMZ reports that Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother and family co-administrator, has filed a lawsuit against Entertainment One after claiming that the company breached a contract to pay royalties to Tupac's "" that was released in June 2007.

Jessica Simpson Shows Off Baby Bump in a Bikini

December 31, 2012 02:38:08 GMT

is taking her fans through every step of her pregnancy. After confirming rumors that she's expecting a second child with fiance Eric Johnson (II), she shows off her growing belly in a picture taken during a holiday break in Hawaii.

Emmylou Harris Suspected of Hit and Run Accident

December 29, 2012 18:49:32 GMT

Country legend is a suspect in a hit and run. Law enforcement told TMZ that Harris is in the middle of an investigation on a car accident that occurred on October 1 at around 10 P.M. in Los Angeles.

Kaleidoscope 2012: Important Events in Entertainment (Part 2/4)

December 29, 2012 06:20:31 GMT

AceShowbiz's annual Kaleidoscope continues with its second part which highlights important things during the second trimester of 2012. In April, a breakthrough was made in music as the late was resurrected in the form of a surreal hologram on stage during a live performance. Nearing the end of spring, TV shows were airing their season finales and reality competition series marked the end of another chapter by crowning the winner.

Elvis Presley to Get Hologram Resurrection a la Tupac Shakur

June 07, 2012 04:01:07 GMT

will be brought to the stage in a hologram image by Digital production company, who previously stunned Coachella crowd with its resurrection. They will create the virtual King of Rock 'n' Roll for a range of entertainment projects including live shows and appearances for TV and movie.

'VH1 Divas' to Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston

May 09, 2012 01:14:27 GMT

The life and legacy of is going to be remembered in the next installment of "VH1 Divas". The gig will be taped in Los Angeles in December with the late New Jersey singer's longtime musical director Rickey Minor serving as a executive producer.

Video: Kristen Stewart Recalls Watching Tupac Hologram at Coachella With Katy Perry

May 09, 2012 01:11:09 GMT

has provided fans with detailed accounts of her Coachella experience. When stopping by "" on Monday, May 7 night, the " Saga" beauty talked about catching the hologram performance at the annual music festival in April with close friend .

'Les Miserables' Debuts First Minimalist Teaser Poster at CinemaCon

April 23, 2012 08:55:28 GMT

Tom Hooper's much-talked-about upcoming musical film "" has unveiled its very first teaser poster. The one-sheet is displayed on the venue of this year's CinemaCon, which takes place at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Coachella Backstage Story: Dr. Dre Addresses Tupac Shakur Hologram Tour

April 23, 2012 08:14:38 GMT

On Sunday night, April 22 when he's set to close Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, posted a video message from the backstage of the event. The rapper thanked his fans for all the support they gave to him, and took time to talk about rumors suggesting he would tour with a virtual .

Dr. Dre Hopes Tupac Shakur's Hologram Inspires Jimi Hendrix's Virtual Incarnation

April 20, 2012 02:43:15 GMT

is thrilled by the overwhelmingly-positive response for his effort in bringing back via hologram image at the Coachella recently. The rapper/producer hopes it inspires the resurrections of other legends.

Michael Jackson to Get Hologram Resurrection Like Tupac Shakur

April 19, 2012 03:06:14 GMT

After was successfully brought to life via hologram image at Coachella, might be the next dead performer who would get such treatment. The plan to create the late King of Pop's virtual image was brought to attention by his sibling Jackie Jackson.

Warren G on Tupac Shakur's Hologram Incarnation: It Gave Me Chills

April 18, 2012 05:06:52 GMT

People were astounded by 's hologram performance at Coachella and so was Warren G, who joined and 's set where the late rapper was brought to life. The rapper said he's in awe when witnessing the projected image beforehand at the rehearsal.

Tupac Shakur to Tour With Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg via Hologram Image

April 17, 2012 02:42:19 GMT

Hot on heels of positive response over 's resurrection at the third day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, words run rampant that the late rapper will be brought to life once again for a tour. The hologram image of Tupac reportedly will be joined by and .

Video: Tupac Resurrected During Snoop Dogg's Performance at Coachella

April 16, 2012 08:45:05 GMT

The weekend one of the 2012 Coachella Music Festival has been closed with a spectacular performance by and co. During the peak performance on Sunday, April 15, the Doggfather has brought back rap legend to life through a high-tech 3D hologram image.

Tupac Shakur and Nate Dogg to Be Brought to Coachella by Dr. Dre

April 13, 2012 09:00:11 GMT

's set at the upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this coming weekend won't be like any other. According to report, the Doc is going to bring and Nate Dogg to the stage via hologram.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Have a Fun Jam Session in 'Look Around' Video

January 26, 2012 06:47:38 GMT

release a super fun music video for their single "Look Around". Members of the California-based band perform in four separate rooms. Each represents their personalities, so almost all the props and artwork in the rooms came from their personal collections, so it's explained on the band's official website.

Rihanna Pays Homage to Tupac With Pink Thug Life Tattoo

January 26, 2012 06:40:55 GMT

has got herself a new tattoo, and it apparently is a tribute to late rapper . On Wednesday, January 25, the "Only Girl (In the World)" hitmaker took to her Twitter account to share a photo of her new pale pink ink, a set of letters that spell out "Thug Life".

Tupac Shakur's Song in Sex Tape Gets $1 Million Offer

October 10, 2011 07:33:16 GMT

Despite legal threat from 's estate, bidding wars over the late rapper's sex tape continue. A $1 million offer has reportedly been placed, but it's not for the steamy video. According to TMZ, it's to acquire rights to the unreleased track playing in the background of the tape.

Pictures From Tupac Shakur's Sex Tape Surface

October 05, 2011 15:36:05 GMT

After breaking the story that rap legend has a sex tape hidden all these years, TMZ provided photographic evidence to support it. As described previously and as seen partly in one of the pictures, Tupac had a woman performing oral sex on him.

Report: Tupac Shakur's Sex Tape Planned to Be Released

October 04, 2011 08:58:15 GMT

A sex tape that features late rapper receiving oral sex has reportedly surfaced 15 years after his tragic death. According to TMZ, the raunchy five-minute video was shot in 1991 during a house party, and the person who is in possession of the tape is making plans to release it.

Hip-Hop Mogul Linked to Tupac Shakur Shooting Arrested on Drug Charges

June 22, 2011 07:36:32 GMT

Hip-Hop music executive James Rosemond has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshalls and DEA agents in New York City. Though he was recently accused of orchestrating the 1994 shooting of , the co-founder of Czar Entertainment was apprehended on charges unrelated to the accusations made by convicted felon Dexter Isaac.

Man Accused as Mastermind of Tupac Shakur Shooting Denies Involvement

June 17, 2011 08:48:44 GMT

Hip-Hop mogul James Rosemond did not hire convicted felon Dexter Isaac to attack , his lawyer insisted. On Thursday, May 16, a day after Dexter confessed he had shot and robbed the late rapper in 1994, Jeffrey Lichtman spoke out against the allegation. He told E! News, "How anyone can take this animal's word as true without any corroboration at all is frankly beyond me."

NYPD Investigating Confession by Tupac Shakur's Shooter

June 16, 2011 08:16:13 GMT

The New York Police Department have launched a formal investigation into an online posting from convicted felon Dexter Issac who confessed to have shot and robbed late rapper in 1994. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, June 15, spokesman Paul Browne said police might seek to interview the inmate if they determine the post is legitimate.