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Tupac Shakur In 'Gridlock'd'

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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.

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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.

 

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