Today would've marked the man him self's 42nd birthday today!
Still being one of hip hop's most legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, has marked such a memorable territory. He is known for his very controversial opinions and uniquely graphic lyrics that put poetry and music on another level. As of 2010, he has sold over 75 million copies of his albums in which he released from 1990-1996. He also did a few films that became favorites for most such as "Poetic Justice," "Juice," "Above The Rim," and "Nothing But Trouble." He was really active with his acting while he was recording songs even making songs for soundtracks to his movies. He had about three movies that he did before his death that were later released which were, "Bullet," "Gridlock'd," and "Gang Related."
At one point even though he was friends with fellow hip hop star, Biggie Smalls, there were a lot of feuding over sides of the country. The east coast/west coast riot was such a conspiracy that spiraled out of control. The funny thing is Tupac was born in New York City so it was almost like he was against the place where he is considered a native. Being that he grew up in California and had been around a little bit longer than biggie, rumors flew around different labels got involved. It got to the point where most of the fights lead up to Tupac's death.
On September 13, 1996, Tupac lost his life due what was reported as a gang shooting. Gang members of Compton robbed some of the members of Death Row after leaving a Mike Tyson boxing match. It was said that Tupac was shot about five times in the chest and had massive internal bleeding. Since then, so many of his albums and unreleased tracks were leaked such as the single, "Runnin' (Dying To Live)," that featured Biggie Smalls. He also has a very well-known documentary called "Tupac: Resurrection" that pretty much shows how he went about the streets during his career and interviews he did where he made very blunt points about issues in society as well as politics.
People can't help but to continue playing and referencing Tupac in different things because he was too memorable to forget. Happy Birthday Tupac!