20th Anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s Death
Today is September 13, exactly the 20-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s untimely death after being shot six days before while travelling with Suge Knight, founder of Death Row records.I was still a tween in elementary school and unlike today, much of his death reporting was available on Television with MTV being the cornerstone of incisive information.In reporting that is still vivid in my mind, MTV reported how the two attended the heavyweight bout between Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson earlier in the evening and were heading to a party at Club 662. Tupac was hit six times, with one bullet puncturing his lung which led to his death.Born Lesane Parish Crooks in East Harlem, New York City, his moniker was soon changed to Tupac Amaru Shakur. “Tupac Amaru” means “shining serpent.”Tupac was known by his stage name 2Pac.Much has been written about him and as one of the hip hop icon fan, I have also reviewed his book on this blog.Since his death, the music world has been flooded with conspiracy theories about who was behind the shooting and dozens of reports claiming the controversial star is still alive.Such conspiracy theories continue to flood the internet despite Tupac’s rap group The Outlawz revealing what they did with the hip-hop star’s ashes after his death.The Outlawz members Young Noble and EDI Mean claimed that they smoked Tupac’s ashes at a memorial beach party.
Young Noble was quoted as saying; “Yes, it’s definitely true.Had a little memorial for him with his mum and his family. We had hit the beach, threw in a lot of shit he liked at the beach. Some weed, some chicken wings, he loved orange soda.Pac loved that kind of shit, so we were giving him our own farewell.” Tupac lyrics were about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, other social problems and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry.Tupac Shakur released four hip hop albums before he died.Tupac’s first posthumous album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, features lyrics predicting his own death was released in 1996.Theorists have it that Tupac developed a dislike of the Illuminati and the power the organisation supposedly yields while in prison in 1995 which inspired him to work on the album. Tupac also had an acting career, having starred in a number of films including with Tim Roth in Gridlock’d and Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice among others.Twenty years later today,not single individual has ever been convicted for the murder 2Pac.Below are my top three pick of Tupac’s songs although I have all his albums. In addition, I have a portrait i purchased in 1998 at Footscray, in Melbourne and will share its image here.For the record, 2Pac has a fan in me until I die.