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[[caption-width-right:350:THUG LIFE.]]
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->We shouldn't ask why does a rose that grew from the concrete have damaged petals, instead we should all celebrate its tenacity, we should all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, don't ask me why, thank god, and ask me how?
-->--'''Tupac Shakur'''

->"A lot of people think that it was about [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Biggie]] on the East Coast and 2Pac on the West Coast. It wasn't like that. Big ran New York. 2Pac ran ''America''."
-->--''Cormega''

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli, was an American rapper. In addition to his status as a top-selling recording artist, Shakur was a promising actor, a poet and a social activist. Most of Shakur's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, problems in society and conflicts with other rappers. Shakur's work is known for advocating political, economic, social and racial equality. Shakur was initially a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group DigitalUnderground, before forming his own group Thug Life then going solo.[[note]]this hasn't stopped people on Website/YouTube from re-labeling Digital Underground songs as "Digital Underground featuring 2Pac", even if he didn't actually appear in the song.[[/note]]

Shakur became the target of lawsuits and experienced other legal problems. He was later shot five times and robbed in the lobby of a recording studio in New York City. Following the event, Shakur grew suspicious that other figures in the rap industry had prior knowledge of the incident and did not warn him; the controversy helped spark the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur was later convicted for rape, but he insisted all relations were consensual.

After serving eleven months of his sentence he was released from prison on an appeal financed by Marion "Suge" Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records. In exchange for Suge's assistance, Shakur agreed to release three albums under the Death Row label. The first of such was ''All Eyez on Me'', Shakur's first double album (as well as the only double album released during his lifetime) as well as one of the earliest double albums in hip-hop.

In addition to his music, Shakur was also one of the first rappers to have a successful acting career. What separates him from the others (and what many people didn't realize), is that he actually went to school for acting and would have seriously pursued it had he not gotten into music. As a child, he played Travis in ''Theatre/ARaisinInTheSun'' during a run at the Apollo Theater. As an adult, his best-known movies include ''PoeticJustice'' with JanetJackson and ''Above The Rim.''

On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died six days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest at the University Medical Center. For a few years, Tupac was just as prolific in death as in life. [[FanDumb Rabid]] fans and conspiracy theorists have speculated that he staged his murder to escape his enemies, though this urban myth has largely died down.

Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide. A wealth of posthumous material continues to be released as of 2010, but cynical listeners have always seen it as a way of cashing in on his legacy, especially since most of the songs were remixed with current musical trends and artists, which sometimes clash with Shakur's style. Nonetheless, he was one of the defining musicians of TheNineties.
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!!Songs of note:

* “Keep Ya Head Up”
* “I Get Around”
* “Pour Out A Little Liquor” (with Thug Life)
* “Dear Mama”
* “California Love”
* “Ghetto Gospel”
* “How Do U Want It”
* “To Live & Die In LA” (as Makaveli)
* “So Many Tears”
* “Temptations”
* “Me Against the World”
* “Brenda's Got a Baby”
* “All Eyez On Me”
* “Hit 'Em Up“
* “I Don't Give a Fuck”
* “Changes”
* “Do For Love”
* “I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto”
* “Hail Mary” (as Makaveli)
* “Definition of a Thug Nigga”
* “Pain”
* “Loyal To The Game”
* “Toss it Up” (as Makaveli)
* “How Long Will They Mourn Me?” (with Thug Life)
* “Me And My Girlfriend”
* “Thug Luv” ( with BoneThugsNHarmony)
* "Staring At The World Through My Rear View"
* "Lost Souls"


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!! Albums of Note

* 1991 ''2Pacalypse Now''
* 1993 ''Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.''
* 1994 ''Thug Life''
* 1995 ''Me Against the World''
* 1996 ''All Eyez on Me''
* 1996 ''The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory'' (Essentially finished prior to his death and thus not a 'true' posthumous album in the strictest sense.)

Released Posthumously:
* 1997 ''R U Still Down? (Remember Me)'', Probably the most popular of the posthumous releases.
* 1998 ''Greatest Hits'' (Notable in that it included the original version of ''California Love'' (the one released on ''AEOM'' was a remix), a new mix of ''Toss It Up'', and four previously unreleased tracks, including the popular ''Changes'')
* 1999 ''Still I Rise'' (With the Outlawz)
* 2001 ''Until the End of Time''
* 2002 ''Better Dayz''
* 2004 ''Loyal to the Game''
* 2006 ''Pac's Life''

!!Music Videos:
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCEmTaWSPTk Trapped]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2meZCM4Ols&feature=related If My Homies Call]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzoF1ZmisTs Brenda's Got A Baby]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXwmDGJAB8 Keep Ya Head Up]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnDR8OngS1U I Get Around]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcloTmvTeA Dear Mama]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbs7wWLXLpw So Many Tears]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVKvDGl8TyY Temptations]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXtYNH0CQJo All About U]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWOsbGP5Ox4 California Love]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgjA5NLFjKM Hail Mary]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41qC3w3UUkU Hit 'Em Up]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jp20gOwlS4 To Live and Die in LA]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yre5nBXAxyk Do For Love]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdYTz6d7wHY&feature=related I Wonder If Heaven's Got A Ghetto]]”
* “[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA13uMi9Hp0 How Do U Want It]]” (NSFW)

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!!Tropes found in his music include:

* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Do For Love".
* AngryBlackMan:He fulfills this trope in the song ''Changes'' also in the song ''Trapped'' and you can hear a little of this in the song ''Ballad of a dead Soldier'' . Also, "Holla If Ya Hear Me."
* TheApunkalypse: The first half of the "California Love" video.
* AttackBackfire: As he pointed out in ''Rebel Of The Underground,'' not only did the people who kicked up a fuss over his earlier albums help draw attention to them, they also inadvertently gave him ideas for material to use in future albums.
-->They say they hate me; they wanna hold me down.\\
I guess they're scared of the rebel; the [[TitleDrop rebel of the underground]]!\\
But I never let it get me.\\
I just make another record 'bout the punks trying to sweat me!
* BadAssFamily: Afeni Shakur, Assata Shakur, Mutulu Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, the latter being a highly decorated Vietnam vet.
* ByronicHero
* ConspiracyTheorist: Tupac's ''The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory'' album.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: In a rather blatant example, ''RollingStone'' revisited ''All Eyez on Me'' in 2004 and gave it five stars, as opposed to the three it received in 1996.
* DealWithTheDevil: Invoked by Tupac to his childhood friend Watani Tyehimba, who begged him not to sign with Death Row Records and its [[ChaoticEvil notoriously violent CEO Suge Knight.]] Tupac said he knew what he was getting into, but was caught between a rock and a hard place due to financial troubles.
* DisposableSexWorker: The eponymous Brenda in "Brenda's Got a Baby".
* DownerEnding: "Ghetto Gospel", thanks to the flashbacks of the day. It doesn't get better knowing how it ended.
* FollowTheLeader: Many rappers continue to copy his style and attitude (minus the socio-political commentary mind you)
* ExecutiveMeddling: A vast majority of the planned tracks for Thug Life were unreleased because the record company thought they were too controversial. Some of them have been released posthumously.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: "Dear Mama".
** "Keep Ya Head Up" also has shades of this, with Tupac proclaiming that men shouldn't hate women because, when you get down to it, all men came from women.
* FatAndSkinny: Him and B.I.G. when they were still friends.
* FunWithAcronyms: Nigga: '''N'''ever '''I'''gnorant '''G'''etting '''G'''oals '''A'''ccomplished.
** Also "Thug Life"= '''T'''he '''H'''ate '''U''' '''G'''ive '''L'''ittle '''I'''nfants '''F'''ucks '''E'''verybody.
* GangstaRap: One of the greats. In case you didn't notice.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: Deconstructed in "Papa's Song".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Snoop Dogg.
* HardcoreHipHop: "Hit 'Em Up" is one of the most infamous examples of the genre.
* ICallItVera: "Me And My Girlfriend", which is often misinterpreted as a romanticized outlaw tale ala ''Film/BonnieAndClyde''. However, the "girlfriend" of the title is really his gun. The misinterpretation has been aided in no small part by Music/JayZ's version, which turned it into a duet with Music/{{Beyonce}}.
* IconicOutfit: His bandanna and "Thug Life" stomach tattoo.
* IntercourseWithYou: "How Do U Want It?"
* JustifiedCriminal: His songs overlap with this a lot and occasionally so did his life. In one notable incident, he avoided charges in Atlanta for [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shooting two off-duty cops in the asses after seeing them harass a black driver.]] (The case was dropped due to insufficient evidence)
* {{Minimalism}}: The beat to "Hail Mary".
* MeaningfulName / NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His first and middle names are the full name of the last Inca emperor, who was caught and killed after leading a resistance against the Spanish decades after the initial conquest in Peru. This is reflective of his family's Black Panther background.
* MobWar
* MoralityBallad: "Brenda's Got a Baby". All that tragedy could arguably have been prevented if Brenda's parents and teachers were looking out for her.
* MrFanservice: The man was a former dancer, so his ripped and often [[ShirtlessScene displayed]] physique is justified.
* PoliticalRap: Especially before his Death Row stuff. His debut album ''[=2Pacalypse Now=]'' is quite a bit different than ''All Eyez on Me'' in terms of subject matter.
* ProperlyParanoid: After he got shot the first time...
* ReallyGetsAround: "I Get Around" lampshades this.
** Also, he had sex with all the women who appear in the video for "How Do U Want It?" within such a short period of time that he wound up in the emergency room for "exhaustion."
* RealMenWearPink: He did ballet in school.
* StageNames: Averted until the formation of the Outlawz, then... hoo boy. The group was originally called Dramacydal; Pac got the idea for the change after reading Machiavelli in prison. Nearly every member of the group took a stage name inspired by a famous dictator: Hussein "Fatal", Napoleon, [[strike: Idi Amin]] E.D.I. Mean, [[strike: Khomeni]] Komani, Yaki [[strike: Qaddafi]] Kadafi, Big Syke aka Mussolini, [[strike: Castro]] Kastro... pretty much every one ''but'' [[GodwinsLaw the one you're thinking of.]]
** The real significance of the names was that [[FridgeBrilliance they were enemies of America]].
* TheNineties: When he was alive and in his prime.
* TakeThat: The infamous "Hit 'Em Up", primarily aimed at his friend turned rival TheNotoriousBIG. Others have felt his wrath as well mainly...
** Mobb Deep
** JayZ
** Chino XL
** Nas
** All of Junior M.A.F.I.A.
** LLCoolJ
** Even Dr. Dre on his last album, after Dre had left Death Row. Pac mistakenly thought Dre had abandoned him in prison, when he'd really just realized that Suge Knight was a godawful manager. Obviously Tupac wasn't going to feel the same way about the man who'd just bailed him out of jail.
* TemptingFate: Pac taunted the people who shot him that first time.
* TrueCompanions: The Outlaw Immortalz.
* XtremeKoolLetterz
* WarriorPoet: An iconic example.

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