On June 16, 1971, a little thug by the name of Tupac Amaru Shakur
came screaming into this world.
He was the son of Black Panther Party members, a scrawny kid with a big mouth, who grew up in the streets during the crack epidemic, studied ballet and jazz at a fancy Baltimore arts school, and bumrushed the '90s rap scene with politicized gangsta philosophy. He got shot five times in 1994 and survived. He spent eleven months locked up in the Attica Correctional Facility on a sex charge. And he died in Las Vegas exactly 25 years, two months, and 27 days after he was born.
Pac's time was short, complicated, and violent. But he released six albums (and nine posthumous ones), sold almost a 100 million records, and changed the world. And next Thursday is the anniversary of his birthday. Honor his life with a pilgrimmage to Atlanta for the 2Pac 40th Birthday Concert Celebration
, organized by his mother Afeni.More »