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Tupac Amaru Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur was on of the most influential poets slash song writers slash actors and much more than that he was an icon for all those who knew the harsh reality of Thug Life Tupac Shakur 1994 Before his death he accomplished more than any of us will in our life During his short life Tupac Amaru Shakur aka 2Pac became a living symbol of his generations frustration and rage As a rapper his songs often depicted the misery desperation and violence of ghetto life As a personality he easily embodied the common street thug that spoke his mind and soul As an actor he was charismatic and very natural he appeared in five films and was offered a chance at the big screen in a variety of personas But Shakur never had time to realize any of these embodiments 1992 Ernest Dickensons Juice The son of political activists Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland Tupac grew up a troubled child His home life was unstable and he ended up moving from one inner-city community to another Because of that instability Shakur sought to assert himself through gangs By the time he was twenty Shakur 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 boy who was killed after getting caught in gang-war crossfire between Shakurs gang and a rival group In the late eighties Tupac teamed up with Humpty-Hump aka Eddie Humphrey aka Gregory Shock-G Jacobs and other Oakland based rappers to create Digital Underground a band intent on massive bass beats and frenetic Parliament-Funkadelic-style rhythms Tupacs success started in 1990 the group released its debut and best album Sex Packets a pulsating testament to the boogie power of hip-hop featuring two classic tracks Humpty Dance and Doowutchyalike These songs started the base todays
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