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Tupac Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks in Brooklyn NY in 1971 While still a small child his mother changed his name to Tupac Amaru after an Inca Indian revolutionary Tupac Amaru meaning Shining Serpent Shakur means Thankful To God in Arabic From childhood everyone called him the Black Prince Formisbehaving he had to read an entire edition of The New York Times When he was two his sister Sekyiwa was born This childs father Mutulu was a BlackPanther who a few months before her birth had been sentenced to sixty years for a fatal armored car robbery With Mutulu away the family experienced hard times No matter where they moved-the Bronx Harlem homeless shelters- Tupac was distressed I remember crying all the time My major thing growing up was I couldnt fit in Because I was from everywhere I didnt have no buddies that I grew up with By the age of twelve Tupac had discovered his loves for acting writing love songs and poetry As a young teen his family moved to Baltimore MD where he attended The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts studying acting and ballet At this school Tupac left a lasting impression on his teachers and was showing tremendous potential Unfortunately Tupac was unable to continue his training He moved to Oakland California with the rest of his family Thats when Tupac began to as he called it Hang with the wrong crowd At age fifteen he fell into rap he started writing lyrics walking with a swagger and milking his background in New York for all it was worth People in small towns feared the Big Apples reputation he called himself MC New York and made people think he was a tough guy By the time he was twenty Tupac had been arrested eight times even serving eight months in prison after being convicted of sexual abuse In addition he
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