Today June 16, 2023, would have been Tupac Shakur’s 52nd birthday.
On this day, 52 years ago on June 16, 1971, at the East Harlem Public Hospital, New York, Afeni Shakur gifted the entire world as she gave birth to a boy named Lisane Parish Crooks, a few days later on June 29, 1971, renamed Tupac Amaru Shakur. A star was born.
The day Pac was born was the beginning of what happened to be an incredible, exciting, inspiring, touching, motivational, and revolutionary story and the impressive life path of one of the most influential hip-hop artists that ever existed.
Since his early years, Pac was related to and committed to art in general. From childhood years at the Baltimore School Of Arts to the stage dancing with Digital Underground and dropping his debut album “2Pacalypse Now” in 1991, Shakur’s personality was outstanding no matter if it was about rap, poetry, or acting. The talent out of this world, well-known sense of humor, compassion, intolerance of injustice and sometimes – like he said – “big mouth” combined with being real in life and in his music granted Tupac his unmeasurable success with ease.
Despite being taken away from us at the early age of 25 (September 13, 1996) following the fatal shooting at Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, Tupac succeed in placing himself at the top of rap music with his eternal music catalog.
With around 500 recorded songs, 4 studio albums and 1 collaborative album for the spawn of 4 years while still alive, 7 posthumous studio albums, 75 million records sold worldwide and a RIAA-certified Diamond album as well as many multi-platinum plaques (singles and albums), Pac was and remains the best as he holds the 1st position in everyone’s top 5 rappers list. From every rap fan around the world to some of the biggest names in the hip-hop industry, there’s nothing but love for Tupac.
While changing the game with his music for the period from 1991 to 1996, Pac proved himself on the big screen as well. Starring in titles such as “Juice”, “Above The Rim”, “Poetic Justice”, “Gang Related”, “Bullet” and more, he left his fingerprint in Hollywood too. Let’s not forget the fact that Tupac is the first solo rap artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017, also the late rapper was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on June 7, 2023.
To celebrate the special day, the legendary Naughty By Nature will hold a Tupac Birthday Tribute Party organized by NJ Soup.
The event was announced on Naughty By Nature’s official Instagram page and will take place on June 16, 2023, 9 pm-2 pm at the SoKo Bar located in Orange, NJ. The party will be hosted by DJ Naim. Tickets for the event are available here with starting price of USD 20.
Happy Birthday, 2Pac!