On Sept. 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur died, six days after he was targeted in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
Now, twenty years later, Tupac has become a celebrated figure around the world.
He was described as a “‘gangsta’ rapper.” Yet Shakur did not completely fit the “gangsta” mold.
In fact, many saw him as a thoughtful man. At times, he complained that his more sensitive side was ignored by the public, and he suggested that his “thug” image was mostly an act.
“There’s no softness. . . . That’s not what people want to see,” he said in a 1993 interview. But in another interview in October, he protested: “I am not a gangster and never have been. . . . I’m the kind of guy who is moved by Don McLean’s Vincent.’ ”
Nevertheless, what was different about Tupac is that he spoke very openly and honestly — not just in his music, but in his conversations with people.
21 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Tupac Shakur
1. While at a hotel with his ex-wife, Keisha Morris, the room they were in caught fire. Reportedly, “Tupac was disappointed in her and told her he couldn’t trust her because she didn’t stay with him to fight the fire.”Source:Getty 1 of 21
2. Tupac bought Biggie Smalls his first Rolex.Source:Instagram 2 of 21
3. His mom originally named him Lesane Parish Crooks.Source:Getty 3 of 21
4. Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, was a Black Panther, in jail on bombing charges at the time of her pregnancy with the rapper.Source:Getty 4 of 21
5. Tupac was homeless when he first moved to California, living in different shelters for approximately two years.Source:Getty 5 of 21
6. Tupac was a really big fan of actor Jim Carrey.Source:Getty 6 of 21
7. Though Tupac is known for representing the West Coast, he was actually born on the East side of Harlem.Source:Getty 7 of 21
8. Tupac once cried after talking to Maya Angelou on the set of “Poetic Justice.”Source:Getty 8 of 21
9. When marrying Keisha Morris, the priest got to the part where he states “with all your worldly possessions…” Tupac interrupted, letting the priest know: “Well, Keisha can’t have my pool table or my big screen TV.”Source:Getty 9 of 21
10. During an altercation in 1993, Tupac shot two policemen – one in the leg and the other in the butt. Charges against the rapper were later dropped.Source:Getty 10 of 21
11. Tupac and Fredo Starr met at the premiere of “Sunset Park.”Source:Getty 11 of 21
12. Mike Dyson says that during Tupac’s final hours on Earth, “Vincent” by Don Maclean was played repetitively.Source:Getty 12 of 21
13. He and Jada Pinkett Smith once kissed to see if they had any chemistry – but according to Jada, “It had to be the most disgusting kiss for us both.”Source:Getty 13 of 21
14. When he was a kid, his friends gave him clothes for Christmas and birthdays. They knew he was struggling with poverty.Source:Instagram 14 of 21
15. Tupac spent 15 days in prison after punching “Menace II Society” director Allen Hughes in the face. He was later replaced by Lorenz Tate. Witnesses say it was more like Hughes was fighting 30 people, referring to Tupac’s entourage who was allegedly jumping him.Source:Instagram 15 of 21
16. Pac was required to take an HIV test before doing love scenes with Janet Jackson in “Poetic Justice.”Source:Instagram 16 of 21
17. When he died, he was engaged to actress Kidada Jones.Source:Instagram 17 of 21
18. After he finished writing his legendary track “Dear Mama,” it is said that he called Jada Pinkett and told her, “I wrote this song about our mothers and I want you to hear it.”Source:Instagram 18 of 21
19. Tupac got his last name from his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur.Source:Instagram 19 of 21
20. While attending the Baltimore School for the Arts, he studied drama, took ballet classes, and rapped under the alias MC New York.Source:Instagram 20 of 21
21. Tupac reportedly had sex with almost all of the women in his x-rated music video “How Do U Want It,” then passed out from exhaustion.Source:Getty 21 of 21