More Tupac Shakur Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Gang Related)A highly celebrated actor and rapper, the late Tupac Shakur made his big screen debut as the violent and dangerous character Bishop in Ernest Dickerson's Juice. He went on to play Lucky opposite Janet Jackson in John Singleton's Poetic Justice. Most recently, Shakur starred in the box office hit Above the Rim and in Gridlock 'd.
Makaveli, his fifth solo album, his second on The New and Untouchable Death Row Records label, is steeped in the philosophy of the Italian political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli. All Eyez On Me, Shakur's fourth solo album and first on Death Row Records, has received high praise in the music industry and is already five times platinum. The first double CD in the history of rap, All Eyez On Me is over two hours long and contains 27 cuts. The compilation includes California Love, the project's first hit single featuring and co-produced by Dr. Dre.
Shakur's double platinum 1995 album Me Against the World debuted at #1 on the Billboard pop album chart where it remained for four weeks. The year before, he appeared on the double platinum Above The Rim soundtrack as part of Thug Life, now called the Outlaw Immortalz.
His 1991 album 2Pacalypse Now first introduced him as an explosive new voice on the scene. It was his Strictly 4 My N.I G G.A Z... which catapulted him into the top ranks of rap artists. Certified platinum, the album was an across-the-boards hit, breaking into the pop top 40 and top 10 R&B.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Shakur moved to Baltimore where he attended its High School of the Performing Arts and penned his first rap. Moving to Marin City, California, he continued to write and record. He joined Digital Underground and made his premiere record on that Grammy-nominated group's Same Song from the gold This Is An EP Release. He was also heard on the gold album Sons of the P.
Days before his death, Shakur wrapped filming on Gang Related. He was also finishing the score for a film depicting the life of his mother Afeni Shakur, optioned by actor/producer Jasmine Guy.
Bio courtesy MGM for "Gang Related" (18-Aug-2002)