Born Lesane Parish Crooks in June 1971, Tupac Amaru Shakur became the most talked about celebrity in the world in his heyday. The rapper, also an actor, was considered one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Growing in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, he moved to San Francisco Bay area to pursue his career and by 1991, he had released his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now.
Many of his works have been praised because he addressed contemporary social issues that plagued blacks and people of color. Most of his songs were targeted at racism and inequality.
Tupac was killed on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas after he was struck by four 40 caliber rounds fired from a Glock: two in the chest, one in the arm, and one in the thigh. He died from his wounds six days later.