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The Man The Myth The Icon Just the few words to describe The Legend Born in a jail cell no one knew what great expectations and influence this incredible man would have on the blacks Diagnosing Thug Life to his followers this New York MC would create a rap revolution which even inspired Jam master J Mr Kean and fellow students Tupac Amaru Shakur deserves to be heard and Im here to tell my side of the story Shakur was born in Brooklyn NY 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 meaning Thankful To God in Arabic 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 which were later used in his songs 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 was the subject of two wrongful-death lawsuits one involving a six-year-old
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