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Tupac Shakur
Background information
Also known as 2Pac, Pac, Makaveli
Born (1971-06-16)June 16, 1971
East Harlem, New York City, United States
Origin California
Died September 13, 1996(1996-09-13) (aged 25)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, poet, screenwriter, activist
Years active 1989 – 1996
Labels Interscope, Out Da Gutta, Death Row, Makaveli, Amaru
Associated acts Digital Underground, Richie Rich, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Dave Hollister, Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, Outlawz, Daz Dillinger, Boot Camp Clik, Treach, Ice. T

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996) was an American hip-hop artist, who sold many records. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010. 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.

He was born in East Harlem, New York. Tupac lived in California from age 17. He was the son of Afeni Shakur, who was a member of the Black Panther party. She had just been released from jail a month before his birth. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot several times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died six days later at the Southern Nevada University Medical Center.

He was also called 2Pac, Pac, Makaveli and also called himself The Don Killuminati. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the highest selling rap/hip hop artist, selling 165 million worldwide and 43 million in the US alone.

Shakur acted in eight films.

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