He inspired entire generations of young artists with his style and music. He owned his life and his free attitude, always aligned with his personality and his message… the one and only 2Pac. The person who turned the hip-hop singers into gods.
Live fast die young! Tupac Amaru Shakur born in Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971, better known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, and Pac, was an american rapper and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me (1996) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the United States. 2Pac is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time, 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. On April 7, 2017, Shakur was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He died on September 7, 1996, shot four times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died from his injuries six days later.
2Pac’s style will live forever. He was one of the original fashion killers, pioneering the melding of street style: gold chains, bandanas, exposed boxers, oversize jackets – fashion statemens that imprinted themselves into the pop and fashion culture and change it as well. He even walked a Versace runway show with then girlfriend Kidada Jones, daughter of VIBE founder Quincy Jones.
2Pac’s style has definitely endured, the denim jacket that he wore to the Soul Train Awards in 1993 wouldn’t look out of place in our closets today. He was and always will be a cool dude, a legend and a fashion icon.