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    Post by DJ VELI on Sun May 09, 2010 4:38 pm

    Tupac Shakur grew up around nothing but self-delusion. His mother,
    Alice Faye Williams, thought she was a "revolutionary." She called
    herself "Afeni Shakur" and associated with members of the ill-fated
    Black Panther Party, a movement that wanted to feed school kids
    breakfast and earn civil rights for African Americans.

    During her youth she dropped out of high school, partied with North
    Carolina gang members, then moved to Brooklyn: After an affair with one
    of Malcolm X's bodyguards, she became political. When the mostly white
    United Federation of Teachers went on strike in 1968, she crossed the
    picket line and taught the children herself. After this she joined a New
    York chapter of the Black Panther Party and fell in with an organizer
    named Lumumba. She took to ranting about killing "the pigs" and
    overthrowing the government, which eventually led to her arrest and that
    of twenty comrades for conspiring to set off a race war. Pregnant, she
    made bail and told her husband, Lummuba, it wasn't his child. Behind his
    back she had been carrying on with Legs (a small-time associate of
    Harlem drug baron Nicky Barnes) and Billy Garland (a member of the
    Party). Lumumba immediately divorced fer.

    Things went downhill for Afeni: Bail revoked, she was imprisoned in
    the Women's House of Detention in Greenwich Village. In her cell she
    patted her belly and said, "This is my prince. He is going to save the
    black nation."

    By the time Tupac was born on June 16, 1971, Afeni had already
    defended herself in court and been acquitted on 156 counts. Living in
    the Bronx, she found steady work as a paralegal and tried to raise her
    son to respect the value of an education.

    From childhood, everyone called him the "Black Prince." For
    misbehaving, he had to read an entire edition of The New York Times. But
    she had no answer when he asked about his daddy. "She just told me, 'I
    don't know who your daddy is.' It wasn't like she was a slut or nothin'.
    It was just some rough times."When he was two, his sister, Sekyiwa, was
    born. This child's father, Mutulu, was a Black Panther who, a few
    months before her birth, had been sentenced to sixty years for a fatal
    armored car robbery.

    With Mutulu away, the family experienced hard times. No matter where
    they moved-the Bronx, Harlem, homeless shelters-Tupac was distressed. "I
    remember crying all the time. My major thing growing up was I couldn't
    fit in. Because I was from everywhere. I didn't have no buddies that I
    grew up with."

    As time passed, the issue of his father tormented him. He felt
    "unmanly," he said. Then his cousins started saying he had an effeminate
    face. "I don't know. I just didn't feel hard. I could do all the things
    my mother could give me, but she couldn't give me nothing else."

    The loneliness began to wear on him. He retreated into writing love
    songs and poetry. "I remember I had a book like a diary. And in that
    book I said I was going to be famous." He wanted to be an actor. Acting
    was an escape from his dismal life. He was good at it, eager to leave
    his crummy family behind. "The reason why I could get into acting was
    because it takes nothin' to get out of who I am and go into somebody
    else."

    His mother enrolled him in the 127th Street Ensemble, a theater group
    in the impoverished Harlem section of Manhattan, where he landed his
    first role at age twelve, that of Travis in A Raisin in the Sun. "I lay
    on a couch and played sleep for the first scene. Then I woke up and I
    was the only person onstage. I can remeber thinking, "This is the best
    shit in the world!" That got me real high. I was gettin' a secret: This
    is what my cousins can't do."

    In Baltimore, at age fifteen, he fell into rap; he started writing
    lyrics, walking with a swagger, and milking his background in New York
    for all it was worth. People in small towns feared the Big Apple's
    reputation; he called himself MC New York and made people think he was a
    tough guy.

    He enrolled in the illustrious Balitomore School for the Arts, where
    he studied acting and ballet with white kids and finally felt "in touch"
    with himself. "Them white kids had things we never seen," he said.
    "That was the first time I saw there was white people who you could get
    along with. Before that, I just believed what everyone else said: They
    was devils. But I loved it. I loved going to school. It taught me a lot.
    I was starting to feel like I really wanted to be an artist.

    By the time he was twenty, Shakur had been arrested eight times, even
    serving eight months in prison after being convicted of sexual abuse.
    In addition, he was the subject of two wrongful-death lawsuits, one
    involving a six-year-old boy who was killed after getting caught in
    gang-war crossfire between Shakur's gang and a rival group.

    In the late eighties, Shakur teamed up with Humpty-Hump (a.k.a. Eddie
    Humphrey, a.k.a. Gregory "Shock-G" Jacobs) and other Oakland-based
    rappers to create Digital Underground, a band intent on massive bass
    beats and frenetic, Parliament-Funkadelic-style rhythms. In 1990, the
    group released its debut and best album, Sex Packets, a pulsating
    testament to the boogie power of hip-hop, featuring two classic tracks,
    "Humpty Dance" and "Doowutchyalike." After an EP of re-mixes in 1991,
    D.U. released Sons of the P and, the following year, The Body-Hat
    Syndrome, all on Tommy Boy Records.

    In 1992, Shakur entered a most fruitful five-year period. He broke
    free of D.U. and made his solo debut, 2Pacalypse Now, a gangsta rap
    document that put him in the notorious, high-speed lane to stardom. That
    same year he starred in Juice, an acclaimed low-budget film about gangs
    which saw some Hollywood success. In 1993, he recorded and released
    Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., an album that found Shakur crossing over to
    the pop charts with singles such as Keep Ya Head Up and I Get Around.
    Unfortunately, he also found himself on police blotters, when
    allegations of a violent attack on an off-duty police officer and sexual
    misconduct arose. The same year, Shakur played a single father and
    Janet Jackson's love interest in the John Singleton film Poetic Justice.


    In November of 1994, he was shot five times during a robbery in which
    thieves made off with $40,000 worth of his jewelry. Shakur miraculously
    recovered from his injuries and in 24 hours he checked himself out of
    the hospital to produce his most impressive artistic accomplishments,
    including 1995's Me Against the World, which sold over 5 million copies
    to date, and the double-CD All Eyez on Me, which recently sold diamond.
    As his career arc began a steep rise toward fame and fortune, Shakur was
    shot (most say suspiciously) and killed after watching a Mike Tyson
    fight with Death Row Records president Marion "Suge" Knight. Though his
    death was a jolt to his fans and the music community, Shakur himself
    often said that he expected he'd die by the sword before he reached
    thirty.

    Following his passing, Shakur's label released an album, The Don
    Killuminati, under the pseudonym "Makaveli." The cover depicted Shakur
    nailed to a cross under a crown of thorns, with a map of the country's
    major gang areas superimposed on it. In January of 1997, Gramercy
    pictures released Gridlock'd, a film in which Shakur played the role of a
    drug addict to mostly good reviews. His final film, Gang Related, was
    released in 1997. Tupac Shakur has to date sold over 80 million copies
    worldwide, with posthumous albums such as R U Still Down (Remember Me),
    Still I Rise, Until The End Of Time, Better Dayz, Loyal To The Game and
    Pacs Life. Death Row Records recently got bought by WideAwake
    Entertainment. Afeni Shakur stated that Death Row, Daz Dillinger and
    Amaru Entertainment got about 200 unreleased tracks left in the vault.
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    Post by Makavelilives* on Sun May 09, 2010 4:52 pm

    Nice, learned some things here and there I didn't know before.
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    Post by GuardadoMusic on Sun May 09, 2010 5:00 pm

    Great summary of 2Pac's life, really great Veli
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    Post by Shiva on Mon May 10, 2010 3:43 am

    lol did you write that yourself?
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    Post by Makavelilives* on Mon May 10, 2010 6:04 am

    Just copy and pasted one of the paragraphs into Google. Would be pretty amazing if he wrote all of it by himself lol
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    Post by DJ VELI on Wed May 12, 2010 3:10 pm

    Shiva wrote:lol did you write that yourself?

    nah man, 1 of my friends wrote it for my youtube channel, its to long though so hes's working on a shorter one lol

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