Today would have marked the 39th birthday for one of the most controversial but influential men in hip-hop and society as a whole.
Tupac Shakur was born June 16th, 1971 and was brutally shot on the Vegas strip on September 7th, 1996, after leaving a heavyweight fight between Mike Tyson and Bruce Sheldon. He died from complications of his bullet wounds on September 13th, 1996.
Tupac Shakur even in his death has maintained a tight grip on the music industry as he did when he was alive. He has inspired many rappers of today who tried hard to emulate the bravado, thug-life and charm that he held. Many tried but they’ve all failed. Throughout all of Pac’s so-called faults, he was a visionary that knew the world was ‘effed’ up completely. He delivered the news to you straight with no chaser whether you liked it or not. His stance on social issues, as well has having the street cred to rep’ for the lowest of the low made Tupac loved by many.
Many wonder how the game would be if Pac were still alive? Would half of these wack-a$$ rapper’s be here (you know who you are)? Would Pac have made the transition into being a full-time activist or politician? All one can do is wonder what 2010, would have brought for an almost 40 year-old Tupac. One thing for sure is he left countless amounts of music for the world to enjoy. He has sold over 75 million records worldwide. Even in death Tupac continues to reach people.
Tupac’s murder still remains unsolved to this date.