Remembering Tupac Amaru Shakur is an initiative geared towards remembering one of the greatest MCs to have ever graced the hip hop scene, both living and dead. The personality of Tupac is huge, with him having major influences on most rappers of either the old school or new school hip hop.
Most rappers tend to have him named on their top 5, as well as most hip hop critics and patronizers. Even people who have little or no knowledge about hip hop tend to know about Tupac. Their knowledge stems from the fact that he was a well-known rapper who was shot to death.
Owing to how significant the figure of Tupac was both the hip hop community and the black community generally, we shall be remembering Tupac Amaru Shakur and telling the story about him that the younger generation should know about and really appreciate. We do not want him to be remembered just as a “well-known rapper that was shot to death”, we want him to be remembered for the true greatness he was and is being associated with.
Born Lesane Parish Crooks, Tupac Shakur (fondly called 2Pac), was born on June 16, 1971, in Manhattan, New York City. To further elaborate on his biography and life, let us have a quick look at his career and accolades.
Despite being born in New Yor and moving to San Francisco a few years later, Tupac Shakur further moved to Los Angels in 1993, where he started to pursue his music career as a young rapper. His pursuit into the hip hop genre bore fruit in 1991, with the release of his first album titled 2Pacalypse Now.
Tupac was notorious and considered legendary for his wave of revolution in the hip hop genre, as he made tracks that spoke on various issues and problems that affected the society (i.e conscious music), as against the trend at that point where hip hop tracks only preached gangsterism.
The release of his next albums titled Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… (1993) and Me Against the World (1995) ensured that his popularity shot through the roof as basically everyone with the knowledge of hip hop knew who Tupac Shakur was and how awesome and raw his lyrics were.
West Coast and East Coast hip hop genre saw massive growth, as Tupac Shakur took advantage of the rivalry that existed between them to foster its growth. His subsequent album, All Eyez on Me (1996), became guaranteed Diamond by the RIAA.
Despite how great he was, and despite how much potential he was, his life was cut short tragically on September 13, 1996, after he was repeatedly shot 6 times via a drive-by shooting. Even in death, his legacies kept speaking up for him as he has recorded more commercial and prolific success than when he was alive.
Since his death, five posthumous albums have been released, and all of them have been already certified platinum in the United State of America alone, not counting other regions or countries. His records have been sold over 70 million units, making him one of the best selling artistes of all time.
Tupac Shakur was drafted into the Hip Hop Hall of Fame in 2002 and was also drafted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 on his first year of eligibility. He has been named by the popular music magazine, Rolling Stone, as one of the 100 greatest artistes of all time.
Tupac Shakur was a legend; a black Messiah. Through his music, he spoke against racism, police brutality, segregation, and a lot of other societal ills that plague the black community today. Through his music, he was the voice of millions of black people across the world. This is the Tupac Shakur that we should all be remembering today. This is the Tupac Shakur that we should never forget.