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In Memoriam: A Look Back At Tupac Shakur's Hip Hop Career

Tupac Shakur in 1993 in New York City. The rapper had an amazing hip hop career
November 30, 2019 - 20:33 / Laura Pérez

Tupac Shakur built an impressive music career back in the day. Though his death at a very early age was certainly unfortunate, he left behind an amazing legacy. Let's find out a little bit more about one of the most prominent figures in the hip-hop scene...

Tupac Shakur or just "2Pac" was and still is one of the most important names in hip hop music. Born on June 16, 1971 in New York's East Harlem district, Tupac was involved in the longtime dispute between West Coast and East Coast hip hop.

Unfortunately he was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996 when he was only 25. His former friend and longtime rival "The Notorious B.I.G." was first considered a suspect, but also died during a drive-by shooting a couple months later. It's been more than two decades without him but he certainly left behind an amazing legacy!

Tupac Shakur doing an interview at the KMEL Summer Jam, Mountain View, California, 1991

Tupac Shakur's career in the early 1990's

Tupac's music career started as a way of protesting against the injustices experienced by African-American communities in the United States. During his early life he used to sell drugs on the streets of New York, and liked to write poetry. Often complaining that he was misunderstood In 1991 he released his first album 2Pacalypse, in an effort of showing his definition of a perfect album, "depicting the hard stuff," but also the beautiful things in life.

Rapper Tupac Shakur in 1996

Tupac Shakur was a true hip-hop icon

Tupac Shakur's amazing career includes five studio albums in total, 10 compilation albums, 50 music videos, and 44 singles, such as the iconic hits "California Love," and "So Many Tears." Not to mention that 6 posthumous albums have been released in recent years. After his death he was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002, and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Janet Jackson as "Justice" and Tupac Shakur as "Lucky" in the 1993 film Poetic Justice

Five interesting facts about the rap legend Tupac Shakur

-He starred in the film Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson

-2Pac was included in the Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

-He lived with his girlfriend Kidada Jones (Quincy Jones' daughter) until his death

-Tupac Shakur was good friends with boxer Mike Tyson

-His bandana tied into rabbit ears was certainly his trademark