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1/21. He was offered a record contract at the age of 13. However, his mother refused to let him sign anything at such a young age. She felt he had a lot to learn about the world before joining the music industry.
2/21. There are many insane conspiracy theories that Tupac isnt really dead and that he is actually using his death as a way to hide from fame. This theory was then satirized in a Dave Chapelle skit where Tupac rapped about current and contemporary things. You can watch the skit here.
3/21. Renamed Tupac Amaru Shakur in 1972 by his mother after Tupac Amaru, a South American revolutionary who was sentenced to death by the Spaniards. Tupac Amaru, in the Inca language means “shining serpent.
4/21. He cited Prince as an inspiration and sampled his music on the “All Eyez On Me” album. Shakur mentioned in an MTV interview that “he [Prince] loves women like I love women.
5/21. He had the words “thug life” tattooed across his abdomen.
6/21. More of his music has been released since his death than was while he was alive.
7/21. In November 1994, he was robbed and shot five times by a pair of muggers in the lobby of a New York recording studio. Tupac survived the attack, and afterwards frequently boasted of his durability in his lyrics.
8/21. Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac were classmates and friends when the two were in high school. Smith discussed their relationship while appearing on The Howard Stern Show in June 2015: “You know, its so funny. Now being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us,”
“When you have two young people that have very strong feelings, but there was no physical chemistry between us at all, and it wasnt even just for me! It was him too.”
“There was a time when I was like, ‘Just kiss me! Lets just see how this goes.’ And when I tell you it had to be the most disgusting kiss for us both. The only way I can put it is, the higher power just did not want that.”
9/21. Used the name Makaveli which is an altered spelling of Machiavelli, about whom he read while in prison.
10/21. Tupac is listed as the most successful gangsta MC in the “Guinness Book of World Records.
11/21. Was originally cast in Menace II Society (1993) but was fired after a physical altercation with director Allen Hughes.
12/21. His 1996 song “Ghetto Gospel” was released in 2005, with some vocals by Elton John, and went to #1 in the UK, despite the fact he had been dead for eight years.
13/21. Tupac wrote a song, but died before he could finish it. Rap artist Eminem finished the song with his own lyrics and released it shortly afterwards.
14/21. He completed the 27 song “All Eyez On Me”, considered by many to be his magnum opus, in only two weeks.
15/21. Shakur renamed his publishing company to “Joshua’s Dream” in honor of a young, terminally ill child whose dying wish was to meet him.
16/21. Tupac was first inspired to rap when a friend of his was killed while he was playing with a gun. His first rap was about gun control.
17/21. Tupac said that because of his moms ties with the Black Panthers, the FBI was always after him and his family.
18/21. His ex-wife Keisha Morris claims that he auditioned for the role of Bubba in Forrest Gump, but didnt end up getting it.
19/21. Though Tupac is known for representing the West Coast, he was actually born on the East side of Harlem.
20/21. Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, was a Black Panther, in jail on bombing charges at the time of her pregnancy with the rapper.
21/21. His mom originally named him Lesane Parish Crooks.