Tupac Shakur Essay

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Lesane Parish Crooks also known as Tupac Shakur is one of the greatest artist of all time. He still influences the world even after his death. Tupac was born June 16, 1971 in East Harlem New York as the son of active members of the Black Panthers Party. After a few years his family moved to Marin City, California where his rap career began. He started writing lyrics in his High School where he also performed at concerts, the concert led to him being signend with Atron Gregory who set him up as a roadie and backup dancer with the young rap group Digital Underground in 1990. Soon people saw his talent and Tupac started rapping on features but his first Solo Album 2Pacalypse did not went well at all. In 1993 him and his friends, including Big Syke formed the group "Thug Life". The group released their only album Thug Life: Volume 1 which went gold and Tupac became known as one of the best rappers in the game. Shakur was also part in the East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry in the early 90's where he got involved after the 1994 shooting. Shakur was friends with the East Cost rapper Biggie Smalls or also known as Natorious B.I.G. That night he came to New York and was about to meet up with Biggie, on the way Shakur got shot five times by two armed men in army fatigues, he accused Biggie and Sean Combs (P.Diddy) whom he saw after the shooting of setting him up. He went to the hospital and survived the shooting. In the following years Shakur released three albums which all went Platinum and the most famous one was "Me Against the World".He became the first artist ever to have an album at number one while serving a prison sentence. He was sent there after the charges of sexually assaulting a woman and gang banging her. Shakur denied this act of violance but had to serve 1½–4½ years in prison, but he only served parts of his sentence. Then in 1996 Tupac Shakur

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