Undoubtedly the most famous and most popular Outlaw, Tupac was the front runner for the Outlaws and pretty much all of Death Row Records back in the 1990’s. Tupac will forever be thought about in the top greatest rappers of all time. He has done so much for the scene and for the rap culture.
Tupac has gone on to sold over 75 million records, making him one of the highest selling artists of all time.
Tupac was born on June 16, 1971 in East harlem, his birth name was Leslane Parish Crooks, but in 1972 he was renamed Tupac Amaru.
His parents, Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland were active members of the Black Panther Party.
Growing up, many people in Tupacs life were part of the Black Liberation Army, his parents were in and out of prison due to this.
Tupac was always into performing arts and was enrolled in the Baltimore School for the Arts. He studied, poetry, jazz and ballet. As a youth he was known for rapping and freestyling, and a great sense of humor.
Tupacs music career didnt really start until he was picked up by Digital Underground. He recorded multiple songs with them and was on another album they put out as well.
After that Tupac went on a roll with album after album, his first solo studio album being 2pacalypse now.
He then followed that album up with “Strictly 4 my N.I.G.GA.Z in 1993. By this time Tupac began making a name for himself and started doing a lot better sales wise.
It wasn’t until he joined Death Row Records when Tupac was really on the map. Suge Knight and everyone at Death Row, really blew Tupac up.
HIs Album All Eyez on Me was his fourth studio release and is one of the best selling albums of the 90s.
Since then he has still put out more music even after his death.
Death Row Records
What most people consider and blame Tupacs death over is Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records.
Suge was known to have deep Gang affiliations with the Bloods in Compton, California. Not only that but Suge was one of the front runners, for the whole East Coast, West Coast fiasco.
Death Row Records was the hot record label at the time, when gangster rap was the hot thing on the scene.
Tupac and a number of his close friends formed a group called the Outlawz. Together they would go on to create one of the hardest diss songs of all time, “Hit em up”. Hit em up was directed at the Bad Boy camp and the Notorious BIG.
For himself, Tupac created the Makaveli alias based off of the Renaissance Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, whos writings inspired Tupac. The seven day theory is based off of Machiavelli’s philosophies.