1988-08 Mutulu In Prison / Tupac Selling Drugs

Mutulu Shakur

In August of 1988, his stepfather Mutulu Shakur was sentenced to sixty years in prison for armed robbery after being on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for several years. Tupac soon moved in with a neighbor and started selling drugs on the street, but also made friends who helped spark his interest in rap music. One of these was Ray Luv, and with a mutual friend named DJ Dize (‘Dizz-ee’), they started a rap group called Strictly Dope. Their recordings were later released in 2001 under the name “Tupac Shakur The Lost Tapes”. Their neighborhood performances brought Shakur enough acclaim to land an audition with Shock G of Digital Underground.