Birth of a Legend: Tupac Amaru Shakur

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Birth of a legend: Tupac Amaru Shakur

43 years ago from today America was a hotbed of controversy. The U.S supreme courts unanimously ruled on a case that would bus black children to white schools and legally force school systems to racially desegregate. Also in around the same time in American history: The majority of Americans opposed the war in Vietnam and challenged the status quo by staging anti-war demonstrations and rallies to disrupt businesses.

However, the one most influential event that happened in America around June 16 1971 is the birth of a little black boy by the name of Tupac Amaru Shakur .He was born in East Harlem to politically radical black panther parents. Named after the Peruvian revolutionary, Tupac was destined to oppose the status quo. And throughout Tupac’s life controversy followed him. Through his early days with digital underground to his later days with death row records Tupac wrote about the injustice and social struggles of African Americans. And his fan base identified with his messages of social change and the thug life.

By the time Tupac was 25 he was well on his way to becoming one of the greatest and most influential recording artist of all times. And at the height of his career Tupac was murdered. ( A murder that is unsolved even today). But his legend along with his impressive catalogue of recordings will live on forever in history as an American treasure.

What if Tupac was around to see his 43nd birthday?

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Before the East coast West coast rival Biggie Smalls and Tupac was homies.



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Tupac and Jada Pickett Smith went to the same school together at the Baltimore school of the arts. They collaborated in a home video lip singing to” Parents just don’t understand”

by Will Smith who would later go on to be her husband.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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