21st Century Famous African American
Born Tupac Amaru Shakur on June 6, 1971 in New York. His mother name was Afeni Shakur and his father’s name was Billy Garland. Raised by a single mother, he often moved from shelter to shelter in the New York City area. Due to him moving so much he was hard to keep friends so Tupac turned to writing and poetry to cope with his problems. Both of Tupac’s parents were Black Panther activist in the late 1960s but he never knew his father until he was older in age.
Once the album "2Pacalypse Now" was released he was one on the biggest provocative rapper in hip-hop due to his lyrics. Then in February of 1993 he released a second studio album titled "Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z." were several tracks stressed Tupac's political and social views. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot 4 times in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then later died six days later, on September 13, 1996 due to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest Tupac as one of the most popular and commercially successful rappers to emerge in the '90s.
Tupac was a famous African American because he was a self-described soldier who did much more than just entertain through his music. From the very beginning of his career to the end, he fought eagerly for his theories, touching people through his music, poetry and interviews. Developing to the fullest point every opportunity he had to be heard, Tupac spoke to young black Americans about the unfair circumstances they were given. He introduced within many inspirations of hope through his words of encouragement and revolt. The optimism he so established was not hopelessly directed, it was hope for real change.