The name, Tupac Shakur, is derived from two languages -- Tupac in Incas means shining serpent whole Shakur in Arabic means thankful to God. This amazing rapper is born in New York City. They eventually moved to Baltimore where the soon-to-be famous rapper enrolled in the Baltimore School of Arts. At the age of 15, he was already able to write his first ever rap song. Everything was going fine for this lad until they decided to relocate to small city outside Oakland California. He got acquainted with his neighbor and they started selling drugs. It was also later that year that Tupac's father was sentenced to 60 years of jail time due to robbery of an armored car.
Despite the turmoil in his family and with himself, Tupac still managed to join the Grammy-nominated group of rappers named Digital Underground. During that time, he was a roadie/ rapper/ dancer. After having concert tours with the group, he was able to launch hist first ever solo problem in the year 1991. It was during the release of his second album that he was able to catch the attention of the public. The album was titled “2pacalypse Now”. In this album, you can find his hit singles with the titles of “Brenda’s Got A Baby” and “Trapped”.
Despite his success in the rapping industry, Tupac wanted to prove that he can be more than just a rapper. Because of this, he decided to make appearances in the movie “Juice”. For the next two years, Tupac has become visible in various movies including “Above The Rim” and “Poetic Justice”.
In 1994, Tupac encountered some legal problems which affected his career. He was charged with sexual assault charges. He was finally acquitted of his weapons and sodomy charges. Shortly afterward, he was shot in during an apparent robbery in New York City.
In 1995, he was back in the game and released his multimillion selling album with the title of "Me Against The World”. However, he was sentenced for 4 ½ years of prison because of sexual abuse charges. He spent 8 months in prison but he was eventually released on bail.
He then released his fourth album with the title “All Eyez on Me”. This album sold five million copies and got the highest rank in Billboard Number One.
Tupac's colorful life came to an end in September 7, 1996. He was a victim of a drive-by in Las Vegas.