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A Short Biography of Tupac Amaru Shakur

Author Name:

Tupac Amaru Shakur

Born As:

Other Names:

2Pac Pac Makaveli Tupac Amaru" and 'Shakur' mean 'Shining Serpent' in Quechua and 'thankful to God' in Arabic, respectively.


16 Jun 1971


13 Sep 1996

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Rap singer                          
Mother Afeni Shakur
Father Billy Garland, both members of the Black Panther Party - late 60's early 70's.                          
Sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007.

Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.                          
Official coroner's report list his birth name as 'Lesane Parish Crooks'. Afeni feared her enemies would attack her son, and disguised his true identity using a different last name. She changed it later, following her separation from Garland and marriage to Mutulu Shakur.

Shakur enrolled in Harlem's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and was cast as the Travis Younger character in the play A Raisin in the Sun, which was performed at the Apollo Theater. In 1986, the family relocated to Baltimore, Maryland.

After completing his second year at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School he transferred to the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He performed in Shakespeare plays, and in the role of the Mouse King in The Nutcracker.[