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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 Serpant Shakur means Thankful To God in Arabic By the age of twelve Tupac had discovered his oves 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 Not held back by his lack of formal education Tupac joined the Rap group Digital Underground as a dancer Not long before the group achieved award winning success Tupac released his own album 2Pacalypse Now which was also a success The hit single Brendas Got A Baby launched Tupacs career like a rocket His stunning talent also got him a role in the motion picture Juice Tupac eventually released a second album Strictly for my NIGGAZ which was an even bigger success and introduced Tupacs music onto the pop charts The highlight of Tupacs acting career came when he appeared in Poetic Justice besides Janet Jackson The role made Tupac a household name and showed the world that music may not be Tupacs 1 attribute In the midst of a role in the movie Above the Rim and a Platinum album Me against the world Tupacs rising career was snagged He was brought up on sexual assault charges by a woman he met at a nightclub Hours before Tupac would be found guilty Tupac was robbed at gun point
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