45 years ago 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.
“I was born not to make it, but I did. The tribulations of a ghetto kid, still I rise.” Tupac
In the mist of all the chaos and like a rose that grew from concrete, a little black boy by the name of Tupac Amaru Shakur .was born.
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.
As we commemorate the birth of the legend and his legacy we’ve discovered a few interesting facts about Tupac’s life.
Life after death: More of his music has been released since his death than when he was alive. Out of the ten albums released after his death all have gone platinum.
Its been said that Tupac signing to Death Row was the gift and the curse. The gift was the fact that it helped Pac reach his peak as the biggest name in rap and officially made him a mega star. Him signing to Death Row proved to be a smart move career wise as he would sell 7-8 million records with his double disc All Eyez on Me. The All Eyez on Me recording sessions began just hours after Tupac was released from jail. The entire double album was completed in 2 weeks. The video for “I aint mad at cha” was Tupac’s last video, completed only 3 weeks before he was gunned down in Las Vegas.
Tupac dated Madonna, who reportedly wanted to have his baby. In the photo above: Legendary rock star Sting drop by to greet the two at a table. The superstar couple appear to be having dinner together. Tupac died without having an offspring to carry on his legacy. But, imagine if you will… the potential of an offspring from two of the most controversial and influential artists in American culture. Although Tupac and Madonna never went half on a baby, in an interview with Howard Stern Madonna did confirm that the rumors of them dating were true. Madonna, a few years after Tupac’s death adopted a black baby boy. It was rumored that she considered calling him Tupac Jr.
Tupac and Jada Pickett Smith went to the same school together at the Baltimore school of the arts. At the time Jada was not into Tupac romantically because she said he was so poor he only had two pairs of pants. They collaborated in a home video lip singing to” Parents just don’t understand” by the fresh Prince AKA Will Smith who would later go on to become Jada’s husband and the father of her children. As parents they went on record to say they do have problems understanding Willow and Jaden as they struggle for their own identities.
Shakur’s alter-ego Makaveli was named after Niccolo Machiavelli, author of “The Prince.” Machiavelli faked his own death, which is why many still believe Tupac is alive.
13 was a lucky number
Two of the biggest events in his career happened on the 13th. “All Eyez on Me,” was released on February 13, 1996. His only number one pop single “How Do U Want It?”, topped the Hot 100 on July 13, 1996.
“You see you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals, on the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete, these are my damaged petals, don’t ask me why, ask me how.” #HappyBirthdayTupac
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