Tupac was one of the most notorious and influential celebrities of the 90s and today still. He sold over 75 million albums worldwide, reaching Spain, Brazil, South Africa, and all corners of America. His career was filled with controversy and luxury just the same. As a rapper, a poet, an activist, and an actor, Tupac gained many fans, and also enemies. Tupac’s down-to-earth personality, talent and relatable music allowed him to become one of the top icons of the rap industry.
Tupac, born Lesane Parish Crooks, was also known as 2pac, Pac and Makaveli. He was born in East Harlem Manhattan in New York on June 6th, 1961 to Afeni Shakur, and Billy Garland, both active members of the Blank ...view middle of the document...
When I said that, I didn't know that I was gonna tie myself down to just take all the blunts and hits for all the young black males, to be the media's kicking post for young black males. I just figured since I lived that life I could do that, I could rap about that" (Wikipedia). 2Pacalypse Now went on to become certified gold by the RIAA. It included singles like “Brenda’s Got a Baby”, “Trapped” and “If My Homie Calls”.
Strictly for My N.I.G.G.A.Z., his second studio album, was released in 1993, and did better than the first, debuting 24 on the Billboard 200. This album, different from the first, was his breakout album. It spawned hits like “Keep Ya Heap Up”, and “I Get Around”, turing it platinum. It was his 10th biggest selling album, with 1.4 million units sold as of 2004 (Wikipedia).
Me Against the World, his third studio album released in 1995, was made from the unused tracks of Thug Life: Vol. 1 and other studio sessions. It was more artistic and “soul-bearing”, many calling it the “magnum opus” of his career (Wikipedia). It went double platinum and sold over 3.5 copies in the U.S. alone (Wikipedia). The most praised tracks include “Temptations” and “So Many Tears”. “Dear Mama”, the best -selling single of the album, went on to be 9th on the Billboard 100.
Tupac then went on to form rap group Thug Life, whose album Thug Life: Volume 1, was released in September 1994, its success turning it gold. The original album, due to criticism and controversy, was scrapped and re-recorded. Interscope Records only allowed 10 songs to be released due to the nature of the remaining tracks. It sold almost a half a million copies as of 2011(Wikipedia). His album did well in the public eye, donning it one of the most influential albums of all time. It was his 4th biggest album, selling 2.4 million albums to date.
Tupac’s 4th studio album, All Eyez On Me, was released in 1994. It was established as one of the best albums of the 90s rap era. Most claimed it as Tupac’s best album. By 1998, it had gone platinum 9 times, selling over 5 million copies by April 1996 (Wikipedia). It was his second album to hit #1 in both the Billboard 100 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It had 4 singles, including “California Love” and “How Do U Want It”. It sold over 560,000 copies in its first week and won the 1997 Soul Train Award for R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year (Wikipedia).
His 5th and final album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, was finished a month before his death in 1996. It was finished in a total of 7 days and was posthumously released in 1996. It was later...