Rapper. Activist. Thug. Actor. Visionary. Influencer. Storyteller. These are words that sum up the greatness that is Lesane Parish Crooks popularly known as 2pac or Tupac Amaru Shakur or Makaveli.
2pac was renamed after a famous 18th-century Peruvian activist Túpac Amaru II who like 2pac himself was a rebel and revolutionary. His parents Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland were notable high ranking members of the famous black panther party, and 2pac’s other family members were also involved in the great Black Liberation Army movement. He had an older stepbrother Mopreme “Komani” Shakur and a half-sister Sekyiwa.
The rap genius and social change agent was born and raised in East Harlem, New York City where he had been topping local charts and winning his way into the hearts of the inner city’s people. When his family moved from New York to Baltimore, Maryland, he enrolled in the prestigious Baltimore school for the arts where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He started his career working with hip hop group digital underground.
2pac was considerably famous for his music as he was for his run-ins with the police. His debut solo album 2Pacalypse Now solidified him as a central figure in West coast hip-hop. He later went on to drop a total of four albums in his lifetime, a fifth studio album, the don killuminat: 7-day theory, was released posthumously.
His rise to fame came with many perks such as an acting career. He acted in various productions like Nothing but trouble (1991) earning 8.4 million in the box office; Juice (1992) which made $20 million in the box office; Poetic justice (1993) which earned more than $27 million; Above the rim (1994) which earned an immpressive $16.19 million.
He has a long list of notable standoffs with the law include his famous $10-million civil suit against the Oakland Police department, claiming that the police brutally beat him for jaywalking. He was also a suspect in the murder of a young 6-year-old boy while riding his bicycle to school. He has further been implicated in a raping, harassment, assault and battery.
He was often engaged in squabbles with people in entertainment like other rappers, producers and record label members. One that is particularly worthy of note is the Bad Boy Records label which had Tupac’s main rival
Notorious B.I.G. and his associate Puff Daddy. Most people believe that this rivalry with B.I.G. and Diddy is what ultimately resulted in Tupac’s untimely demise.
Sadly, Tupac’s career was short-lived. On a breezy night in September of 1996, Tupac was shot four times in Suge Knight’s late-model Cadillac on their way to a party after attending a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon in Las Vegas. He died a couple of days later, at the hospital, of cardiac arrest and respiratory failure associated with his gunshot wounds. Shakur was 25 years old at the time of his death.
Tupac is earning like he still lives .
There is a wide variety of speculations about how much 2pac was worth before he died. While he was still alive, however, Tupac had a lot of street cred, great music and awesome movies that did well at the box office.
I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get stick your chest out, keep ya head up… and handle it.Tupac Shakur
This last September would have made it his 47th birthday, instead, it marked 22 year anniversary of Tupac’s death.
According to Forbes, the late rapper’s estate made close to $3.5 million in 2011. He sold over 75 million records worldwide, and seven of his 11 platinum albums were released posthumously. As recently as 2007 Shakur’s estate cashed in $9 million which is more than Eminem or 50 cents made that year.
According to Celebrity net worth, Tupac’s estate is currently worth about $40 million.