Tupac Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was one of the most dynamic, influential and self-destructive American rapper, songwriter and actor of the nineties. He has sold over 75 million records worldwide which made him one of the best-selling music artirsts of all time. He was listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. His double disc albums All Eyez On Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best selling albums in the United States. His career began when he debuted his rapping skills in the soundtrack of film Nothing But Trouble (1991).
Shakur’s parents, Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland, were active members of the Black Panther Party in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. When he was 12, he enrolled in Harlem’s 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and was cast as the Travis Younger character in the play A Raisin In The Sun at the Apollo Theatre. More notably, Shakur, accompanied by one of his friends, Dana Smith, as his beatbox, won many rap competitions and was considered to be the best rapper in his school.
On a trip to Las Vegas to attend a boxing match, Shakur was shot while riding in a car driven by Knight on September 7, 1996. He died six days later, on September 13, 1996, from his injuries at a Las Vegas hospital. He was also engaged to actress Kidada Ann Jones at the time of his death in 1996.