How Much Time Did Tupac Spend In Prison?

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How Much Time Did Tupac Spend In Prison

Tupac surely lived an exciting life, and even though it lasted only 25 years, he even spent 9 months in jail. The rapper was convicted by the state of New York of sexually assaulting a young woman named Ayanna Jackson. The charge against Tupac was filed in November 1993 and his first-degree sexual assault sentence was between one and a half year and four and a half years. Announcing the verdict, the judge described Shakur’s actions as “an act of brutal violence against a defenseless woman.”

Ayanna Jackson

Tupac’s sentence came into force on February 8, 1995, when he was sent to the New York Clinton Correctional Facility. When shortly afterwards his album “Me Against the World” was released, Tupac became the first artist in history to have a #1 album in the Billboard 200 chart, while being in prison.

Tupac Shakur inmate-A-1140 unseen mugshot Clinton Correctional Facility (New York State Archives)

During his time in prison, Tupac managed to write only one song, as he later said, but on the other hand, he married his girlfriend Keisha Morris. The following year, however, the couple got divorced.

Tupac Married Girlfriend Keisha Morris In The Prison, April 29, 1995
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The nine months spent in prison allowed the rapper to get acquainted with intriguing titles from the world of literature, including some from the field of philosophy. Tupac expressed strong interest in the works of Italian philosopher and politician Niccolo Machiavelli and was inspired to release an album under the nickname Makaveli later on in his career. Tupac was fascinated by Machiavelli’s famous treatise “The Prince”, and was particularly interested in Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”.

Tupac was released on bail on October 12, 1995 for $ 1.4 million. The bail was paid for by label owner Suge Knight, who managed to sign a contract with Shakur while he was still behind bars.

The moment he was released from prison, Tupac started working on his most successful album, All Eyez On Me, and the first two songs he recorded were “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” ​​and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha”.