Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16, 1971 in New York, NY. Actor, poet, and musical genius, Tupac Shakur grew up to become a hip-hop legend, and unfortunately the most famous member of any list of dead rappers.
Shakur was raised by a single mother, and he had a less than ideal upbringing. During his childhood, he and his mother were forced to move all over the Bronx and Brooklyn. Their big break came when they moved to California. Soon after the move, he became a part of Digital Underground, a local rap group. Shakur released his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, in 1991.
2Pac soon rose to prominence in the music and film industry, becoming a rap fashion icon the world over. This fame was not without controversy though. Shakur, although commended for his artistry, was regarded by many as a ruffian due to his explicit lyrics, and his trouble with the law. Tragedy struck the hip-hop world on September 7, 1996 when 2Pac was shot and killed at a traffic light. His life was taken from him at the age of 25.
Even though he was taken at such a young age, 2Pac went on to become one of the most beloved artists to ever step foot in the hip-hop realm. Worldwide, his records have sold well over 75 million copies. Although he is gone, his legacy remains.