More than two decades after his death on September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur endures as one of hip-hop’s most iconic figures and its most powerful enigma 😊 His life was a tapestry of often contradictory images: the concerned young father cradling his son in the video for “Keep Ya Head Up”; the angry rapper spitting at cameras as they swirled around his 1994 trial for sexual assault; the artist who animatedly, yet eloquently, pushed back at Ed Gordon’s questions during a memorable BET interview; and the man who seemed to predict his own demise when the “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” video, released weeks after his death, depicted him as an angel in heaven 😉 
Fans continue to be fascinated by the tragic story of Tupac’s death. How did it really happen? Chris Carroll, a retired sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, was the first officer on the scene after Tupac’s fateful shooting on the strip. In a 2014 interview with Vegas Seven, a local newspaper, he describes the mayhem and reveals what could have been the rapper’s last words. The officer attempted to find information on the suspect after Shakur was unable to be freed from his vehicle. The officer recounts, “He looked at me and he tookaken a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thoughtughtught I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words camecome out: ‘F**k you.’ Then he had begun to gurgle and slip out of consciousness. Shakur was 25 when he died six days later. 
Lesane Crooks was born to Afeni Shakur (née Alice Faye Williams), a member of the Black Panther Party, and she renamed him Tupac Amaru Shakur—after Peruvian revolutionary Túpac Amaru II—when he was a year old. His childhood was spent on the move. He and his family settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1986. Shakur attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. His academic achievements and creativity were impressive, however, his family moved to Marin City, California. He was not able to graduate. Shakur was a street shopper and became an active member of the gang culture. In 1990 he joined Digital Underground, an Oakland-based rap group that had scored a Billboard Top 40 hit with the novelty single “The Humpty Dance.” Shakur performed on two Digital Underground albums in 1991, This Is an EP Release and Sons of the P, before his solo debut, 2Pacalypse Now, later that year. Last edited 37 days ago, by Jacinda Heck (Barranquilla Colombia). 
Stevan Gustafson found the following: vulture.comIn September 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle called Interscope and asked them to take the record 2Pacalypse Now from retail shelves. Texas was the scene of a murder. A teenager is accused of shooting dead a Texas trooper while he was stopped for speeding. 2PacalypseNow was claimed to be the name of the suspect. Driving at the time This is the aftermath of the shooting. The trooper’s family sued Interscope and its parent company, Time Warner, along with the 21-year-old rapper, Tupac Shakur, whose work had supposedly animated the killing. Quayle decried the “irresponsible corporate act” that Warner and Interscope committed by pressing 2Pacalypse Now. Then he doubled down: “There is absolutely no reason for a record like this to be published … it has no place in our society.” (many thanks to Jaclynne Gonzales from Bouake, Ivory Coast for pointing this out to us).