Tupac Amaru Shakur was born June 16, 1971 in Brooklyn, NY. He was born with the name Lesane Parish Crooks, but while still a small child his mother, Afeni Shakur, changed his name to Tupac Amaru. The name is from an Inca Indian tribe and means "shining serpent", and his last name, Shakur, means "thankful to God". Tupac has one half sister. Her name is Sekyiwa Shakur. He also has one half brother. His name is Maurice Harding and he is in the Mopreme of Thug Life. Tupac was born at Lesane Parish Cooks.
Although his father was never much in his life, his step father was. His step father is Jeral Wayne Williams AKA Mutula Shakur. His real father is William Garland.
While a young child, Tupac dicovered his love for dance and music. His mother was very supportive along the way. As a young teen his family moved to Baltimore, MD.While living there Tupac attending "The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, studying acting and ballet. He left a lasting impression on his teachers after leaving the school, all knowing he had great promise in the arts.
Tupac had many hit records, but the one that put him on the chart was "All Eyes On Me" and it came out for release in 1996. That album sold over 6 million copies, which is revolutionary for a double CD, especially in Hip Hop music. Although there was a dark side to it all: Shortly before this album was released, Shakur was charged and found guilty on sexual assault charges brought by a women he met at a night club. Just hours before he was found guilty, he was robbed at gun point by men whose intent and purpose is still unknown. Later Tupac got out on bail set at 1 million dollars.
On the night of September 13, 1996, Tupac Amaru Shakur was shot and killed while in his car. The gunmen is still so far unknown, but it is believed that it was a gang related shooting. It was told that Tupac was on his way to a charity function when he was murdered. It has also been told though that Tupac was last seen leaving a notorious night club after picking a fight with some men. Those men however were never found or their idenity was never revealed to public sources. Some say the brawl that night in the club is what caused his death. Still others say it was related to the East Coast/West Coast gang bang fighting. Whatever the case Tupac's death was a great loss. We as people lost a great entertainer.
Poems - 11 in all
When Ure Hero Falls
Liberty Needs Glasses
Ambition Over Adversity
In The Depths of Solitude
In the Event of My Demise
The Rose that Grew from Concrete
Can You See the Pride in the Panther