Born Lesane Parish Crooks on the 16th day of June in 1971, Manhattan, NY, 2Pac was an American rapper, screenwriter, record producer, actor, poet, writer and activist estimated to be worth $40 million.
He was hugely successful as a rapper and actor, thanks to his socially conscious and highly political songs/lyrics. To date, 2Pac has sold more than 75 million records across the globe, making him one of the best-selling rap artists. He got his name Tupac Amaru from an 18th century revolutionary from South America who was executed after he led an uprising against colonial rule.
Best known by his stage name 2Pac (and briefly known as Makaveli), Tupac began his career as a roadie, a back-up dancer and an MC for a hip hop group known as Digital Underground. It is only after going solo when Tupac realized his best. He released five albums as a solo artist namely 2Pacalypse Now in 1991, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. in 1993, Me Against the World in 1995, All Eyez On Me and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, both in 1996.
2Pac came from a political family and some of the members were part of the Black Panther Party. This was thought to be the source of most of his highly political lyrics. Aside from music, Tupac made a solo film in 1992 with Juice and featured in a 1993 film called Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson.
Tupac was highly involved in the self-styled East Coast/West Coast rivalry during the latter stages of his life. Conflicts and feuds with fellow rappers, writers, producers and a number of record label members, particularly with the one Notorious B.I.G. became common in Tupac’s career; something that resulted in his untimely death after being shot multiple times in Las Vegas on the 7th day of September, 1996, only to pass on 6 days later. He left behind a legacy of his style of music and his lifestyle.