Tupac Shakur wasn’t just a rapper. He was also an actor, poet and a powerful speaker who did everything with an unmatched sense of passion.
Perhaps that’s why today, as we remember him on the 20th anniversary of his death at the age of 25, he still remains one of the most influential artists the world has ever known.
Shakur died on September 13, 1996, from injuries suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting as he sat in the passenger seat of of a car driven by Suge Knight, the CEO of his recording home Death Row Records.
His murder remains unsolved, despite investigations and theories put forth by detectives who worked on the case.
Shakur is considered by many to be best rapper ever.
He released four solo studio albums from 1991 to 1996. Because of his incredible work ethic, Shakur, left behind enough material for six posthumous albums to be released.
His hit records included “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” “Dear Mama,”Changes,” “California Love,” “I Get Around,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “So Many Tears,” “How Do u Want It,” “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” “Hail Mary,” “I Ain’t Mad at Cha,” “To Live and Die In L.A.,” “Toss It Up,” “Hit ‘Em Up,” Do for Love,” “I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto,” “Until the End of Time,” “Letter 2 My Unborn,” “Ghetto Gospel,” “Thugs Get Lonely Too” and “Pac’s Life.”
You can’t mention 2Pac’s music without talking about his group the Outlawz. Members E.D.I. Mean, Young Noble, Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, Napoleon, Moozaliny and Kastro were prominent on many of his recordings.
Shakur’s acting career began to take off in 1992 with his role as Bishop in the movie “Juice.”
He would go on to star in the feature films “Poetic Justice,” “Above the Rim,” “Bullet,” “Gridlock’d” and “Gang Related.”
Rest in peace Tupac Shakur. You will forever be remembered.
Check out some of his best music video and listen to some of those who knew him best speaking about working with him below.