2Pac (US rapper)

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Performance name of: Tupac Shakur (2Pac’s personal identity)

Also performs as: Makaveli (Tupac Shakur)


Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks; June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and songwriter. Considered to be one of the most influential and successful rappers of all time, academics regard him as one of the most influential music artists of the 20th century and also a politically conscious activist voice for Black America. Shakur is among the best-selling music artists, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. His lyrical content has been noted for addressing social injustice, political issues, and the marginalization of other African-Americans, but he was also synonymous with gangsta rap and violent lyrics.

Shakur was born in New York City to parents who were both political activists and Black Panther Party members. Raised by his mother, Afeni Shakur, he relocated to Baltimore in 1984 and to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. With the release of his debut album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991, he became a central figure in West Coast hip hop for his conscious rap and political rap lyrics. Shakur achieved further critical and commercial success with his follow-up albums Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (1993) and Me Against the World (1995). His Diamond certified album All Eyez on Me (1996), the first double-length album in hip-hop history, abandoned his introspective lyrics for volatile gangsta rap. In addition to his music career, Shakur also found considerable success as an actor, with his starring roles in Juice (1992), Poetic Justice (1993), Above the Rim (1994), Bullet (1996), Gridlock'd (1997), and Gang Related (1997). Shakur's most notable songs include "California Love," "Changes," "Dear Mama," "Hail Mary," "Keep Ya Head Up," "Hit 'Em Up," "Ambitionz az a Ridah," "All Eyez on Me," "Ghetto Gospel," "Do for Love," "So Many Tears," "To Live & Die in L.A.," "How Do U Want It," "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," and "I Get Around." Alongside his solo career, Tupac was part of the group Thug Life and collaborated with artists like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and the Outlawz.

During the later part of his career, Shakur was shot five times in the lobby of a New York recording studio and experienced legal troubles, including incarceration. He served eight months in prison on sexual abuse charges, but was released pending an appeal of his conviction in 1995. Following his release, he signed to Marion "Suge" Knight's label Death Row Records and became heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times by an unidentified assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas; he died six days later. Following his murder, Shakur's friend-turned-rival, the Notorious B.I.G., was at first considered a suspect due to their public feud; he was also murdered in another drive-by shooting six months later in March 1997, while visiting Los Angeles. On September 22, 1996, a peace summit was convened at Mosque Maryam by Louis Farrakhan in response to his assassination. The circumstances of Shakur's murder have led to numerous conspiracy theories with some believing that he faked his own death.

Shakur's double-length posthumous album Greatest Hits (1998) is one of his two releases—and one of only nine hip hop albums—to have been certified Diamond in the United States. Five more albums have been released since Shakur's death, including his critically acclaimed posthumous album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996) under his stage name Makaveli, all of which have been certified Platinum in the United States. In 2002, Shakur was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Shakur among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2023, he was awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His influence in music, activism, and other areas of culture has been the subject of academic studies.

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19912Pacalypse Now2Pac4.157
1993Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…2Pac4.2514
1995Me Against the World2Pac412
1996All Eyez on Me2Pac4.517
1997R U Still Down? (Remember Me)2Pac3.87
1999Still I Rise2Pac + Outlawz3.54
2001Until the End of Time2Pac3.56
2002Better Dayz2Pac46
2004Loyal to the Game2Pac4.46
2006Pac’s Life2Pac3.57

Album + Compilation

19971 in 21: A Tupac Shakur Story2Pac3
1998Greatest Hits2Pac4.29
1999The Here After2Pac feat. The Notorious B.I.G.3
2000The Lost TapesTupac Shakur5
2003The Prophet: The Best of the Works2Pac4
2003More + Best Works On Death Row2Pac1
2003Black Jesuz: The Best Songs2Pac1
20052Pac & Friends2Pac31
2005The Prophet Returns2Pac31
2005Live My Life2Pac1
200610 anos sem 2Pac2Pac1
2006Thug LifeTupac Shakur1
2007The 10th Anniversary Collection: The Sex, the Soul & The Street2Pac2
2007The Best of 2Pac, Part 1: Thug2Pac1
2007The Best of 2Pac, Part 2: Life2Pac1
2007Death Row Dayz2Pac1
2008Live It Up2Pac1
2008Life of an Outlaw (The Best of the Works of)2Pac & Tha Outlawz1
2012Ghetto Gospel: The Birth of a Legend2Pac2
The Best of Gansta Songs2Pac1

Album + Compilation + Remix

1997The Remixes - A Tupac Shakur StoryTupac2

Album + Soundtrack

2003Tupac: Resurrection2Pac4

Album + Interview

1998In His Own Words2Pac1

Album + Live

20042Pac Live2Pac4
2005Live at the House of BluesTupac2

Album + Remix

2003Nu-Mixx Klazzics2Pac14
2007Nu Mixx Klazzics, Vol. 2 (Evolution: Duets and Remixes)2Pac4

Album + Remix + Mixtape/Street

2005The Way He Wanted ItTupac / Makaveli the Don1
2008The Way He Wanted It, Vol 42Pac1
2009Night of the Living Dead, Part. II: 2Pac EditionCookin’ Soul, DJ Whoo Kid & 2Pac21
2010The Way He Wanted It, Pt 5Tupac1
2017With Respect : Remixes Volume 1Cartelsons Presents Tupac1
2017With Respect : Remixes Volume 2Cartelsons Presents Tupac1

Album + Mixtape/Street

1997Stop the GunfightTrapp feat. 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G.11
2006Ten Years Gone2Pac1
2009EverydayLil' Prophet presents 2Pac1
2010One Nation2Pac & Boot Camp Clik2
2018The Chronic2Pac1


1991Trapped / The Lunatic2Pac3
1991If My Homie Calls / Brenda’s Got a Baby2Pac5
1993Holler If Ya Hear Me2Pac2
1993Judgement Day2Pac, Dee tha Mad Bitch & DJ King Assassin51
1993I Get Around2Pac54
1993Keep Ya Head Up2Pac52
1993Gotta Get MineMC Breed with 2Pac13
1994Papa’z Song2Pac4
1995So Many Tears2Pac34
1995California Love2Pac featuring Dr. Dre49
1995Dear Mama2Pac4.657
1995Me Against the World2Pac22
1996Real Bad BoysDJ King Assassin, 2Pac, Makaveli & Dee tha Mad Bitch51
1996How Do U Want It2Pac featuring K‐Ci & JoJo4.359
1996I Ain’t Mad at Cha2Pac4.654
1997I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto2Pac3
1997Do for Love2Pac2
1997Runnin’2Pac & Notorious B.I.G.43
1997SmileScarface feat. 2Pac & Johnny P1
1997StaticTupac Shakur with Force One Network1
1997Wanted Dead or Alive2Pac and Snoop Doggy Dogg2
1998Kriminal MindedDJ King Assassin & 2Pac51
1998Runnin’ (’98 remixes)2Pac & Notorious B.I.G.2
1999Baby Don’t Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)2Pac and Outlawz2
2000Thug Nature2Pac2
2001Letter 2 My Unborn2Pac1
2001Until the End of Time2Pac3
2002UntouchableN.I.N.A. featuring 2Pac2
2002Thugz Mansion2Pac2
2003Runnin’ (Dying to Live)2Pac featuring The Notorious B.I.G.2
2004Ghetto Gospel2Pac5
2007Pac’s Life2Pac featuring Ashanti and T.I.1
2008Playa Cardz RightKeyshia Cole featuring 2Pac3

Single + Soundtrack

1993I’d Rather Be Your Luva!Madonna, 2Pac & DJ King Assassin51

Single + Remix

2003Life Goes On (nu mixx)2Pac1
2006Untouchable (Swizz remix)2Pac featuring Bone Thugs‐n‐Harmony3
2017Still Ballin' (2Scratch Remix)2Pac, 2Scratch & Kurupt1

Other + Compilation + Interview + Live

2000Death Row Uncut (Too Gangsta for TV)Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg & 2 Pac1

Other + Interview

1997The Last Interview2Pac1

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