My mama always used to tell me: 'If you can't find somethin' to live for, you best find somethin' to die for
Tupac Shakur was one of the most successful rap artists of all time. Caught up in a feud between East and West Coast rappers, he died, six days after being wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. He was just 25. His murder has never been solved.
He had been born Lesane Parish Crooks in Harlem, New York, the son of two members of the Black Panther movement. A poet and an actor in the film, Gridlock’d amongst others, his 1991 debut album 2Pacalypse Now created waves but it was his 1993 follow-up that brought him fame, leading to four more albums before 1996.
He led a genuinely action-packed life, getting shot and arrested several times. “There is no doubt he was supremely talented and he managed to pull off the most difficult of balancing acts, which is to sell all the albums he did and still retain every inch the respect of the street,” said journalist, Paul McKenzie.
Tupac’s death came six months before his old rival, Biggie Smalls was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
In April 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.