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Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971 - 1996)

The late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur was certainly a work-in-progress, as we all are. Here's a guy who unfortunately, never had the chance to reach his full potential. He was an accomplished rapper and quickly becoming a very good actor.

Tupac's immaturity and "tough guy" demeanor is ultimately what cost him his life. He lived as if there was no tomorrow and affirmed his death in his lyrics. He was actually too smart to be a "thug" but he wore the persona just a little too well and it lead directly to his demise.

His brilliance behind the mic coupled with his onstage persona made him a popular figure not only in the African American community but his skills were on the verge of widespread crossover appeal.

On September 7, 1996 Tupac Shakur (accompanied by Marion "Suge" Knight, who was driving the car) after attending a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was shot several times while sitting on the passenger side of the vehicle. Knight s…
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