Tupac Amaru Shakur  ( /ˈtuːpɑːk ʃəˈkʊər/    TOO-pahk shə-KOOR  ) [2]  (born  Lesane Parish Crooks ; June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his  stage names   2Pac  and  Makaveli , was an American rapper, poet and actor. [3]  Shakur sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the  best-selling music artists  of all time. [4]  His double disc albums   All Eyez on Me   (1996) and his   Greatest Hits   (1998) are among the  best-selling albums in the United States . [5]  Shakur is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time [6]  and he has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of any genre by many publications, including   Rolling Stone  , which ranked him 86th on its  list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time . [7]  On April 7, 2017, Shakur was inducted into the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  in his first year of eligibility. [8]   Shakur began his career as a  roadie ,  backup dancer  and  MC  for the  alternative hip hop  group  Digital Underground , eventually branching off as a solo artist. [9]  [10]  [11]  Most of the themes in Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities,  racism , and other social issues. Both of his parents and several other people in his family were members of the  Black Panther Party , whose ideals were reflected in his songs. During the latter part of his career, Shakur was a vocal participant during the  East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry , becoming involved in conflicts with other rappers, producers, and record-label staff members, most notably  The Notorious B.I.G.  and his label,  Bad Boy Records . [12]  Aside from his career in music, Shakur was also an actor, starring in six films and one TV show in the 1990s, including   Poetic Justice   (1993),   Gang Related   (1997) and   Gridlock'd   (1997).  On September 7, 1996, Shakur was  shot four times in a drive-by shooting  at the intersection of  Flamingo Road  and Koval Lane in  Las Vegas ,  Nevada . [13]  He was taken to the  University Medical Center of Southern Nevada , where he died from his injuries six days later.   https://www.facebook.com/TASF.ORG/
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