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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Tupac Amaru Shakur ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} TOO-pahk shə-KOOR;<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}</ref> June 16, 1971

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{{#invoke:Redirect template|main}}September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and (briefly) Makaveli, was an American rapper, author, actor, and poet.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> As of 2007, Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best selling albums in the United States.<ref>List of best-selling albums in the United States</ref> He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone which ranked him 86th on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.<ref name="RS">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, as well as one of the most influential rappers of all time.<ref name="bet.com">http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2011/09/50-most-influential-rappers.html#!2011-topic-tu-pac-crop</ref>

Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist.<ref name="TSTA">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}</ref><ref name="TSHSD">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="HTP-330">Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. 330.</ref> The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems. Both of his parents and several other people in his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were reflected in his songs.

During the latter part of his career, Shakur was a vocal participant during the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, becoming involved in conflicts with other rappers, producers, and record-label staff members, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. and the label Bad Boy Records.<ref>Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King, p. 55</ref>

On September 7, 1996, Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died six days later.<ref name="TSDCD">Tupac Shakur's death certificate details reported by Cathy Scott. Retrieved October 05, 2007.</ref>


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Intro   Early life    Career    Other ventures    Artistry    Personal life    Legal issues    Death    Legacy    Accolades and honors    Discography    Filmography    See also    References    Sources    External links   

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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Tupac Amaru Shakur ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} TOO-pahk shə-KOOR;<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}</ref> June 16, 1971

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{{#invoke:Redirect template|main}}September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and (briefly) Makaveli, was an American rapper, author, actor, and poet.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> As of 2007, Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best selling albums in the United States.<ref>List of best-selling albums in the United States</ref> He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone which ranked him 86th on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.<ref name="RS">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, as well as one of the most influential rappers of all time.<ref name="bet.com">http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2011/09/50-most-influential-rappers.html#!2011-topic-tu-pac-crop</ref>

Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist.<ref name="TSTA">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}</ref><ref name="TSHSD">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="HTP-330">Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. 330.</ref> The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems. Both of his parents and several other people in his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were reflected in his songs.

During the latter part of his career, Shakur was a vocal participant during the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, becoming involved in conflicts with other rappers, producers, and record-label staff members, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. and the label Bad Boy Records.<ref>Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King, p. 55</ref>

On September 7, 1996, Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died six days later.<ref name="TSDCD">Tupac Shakur's death certificate details reported by Cathy Scott. Retrieved October 05, 2007.</ref>


Tupac Shakur sections
Intro   Early life    Career    Other ventures    Artistry    Personal life    Legal issues    Death    Legacy    Accolades and honors    Discography    Filmography    See also    References    Sources    External links   

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