September 13th, 1996, legendary rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed. Today marks the 23rd anniversary…
At 11.15 pm on September 7 1996, the black BMW in which American rapper Tupac Shakur was travelling with Suge Knight, founder of Death Row records, stopped at a red light in the centre of Las Vegas.
As they waited for the lights to change, a white Cadillac pulled up alongside, from which 14 shots were fired. Tupac was hit six times, with one bullet puncturing his lung.
He died six days later (September 13. 1996), at the age of 25, from injuries sustained in the attack.
He was a rapper and a poet. Vulgar but articulate. A thug and an activist. Vulnerable but arrogant. A misogynist and a momma’s boy. But above all, he was the G.O.A.T. Tupac Shakur represented everything about our culture that people both embraced and demonized, and while he was often vilified throughout his career, he was a hero to the rest of us.
Tupac Shakur fought against systemic corruption and oppression until his dying breath, and even beyond his grave, he continues to be a voice for the unheard, a narrator of the pain and alienation felt by countless victims who are subject to the overwhelming sense of marginalization reaped upon them by society. His music has been immortalized as a profound exploration of manhood, vulnerability, courage, and resilience, and his prolific legacy will continue to endure.
2Pac’s track record speaks for itself: 5 studio albums. 6 movies. 7 posthumous albums. 11 platinum albums. Over 75 million records worldwide. All by the age of 25. In 2017, he became the first ever solo rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
R.I.P. to the most influential rapper of all time.
Tupac Amaru Shakur
June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996