Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur. The legendary rapper and actor touched millions of fans with his tough-yet-heartfelt lyrics on beloved albums such as “2Pacalypse Now” and “All Eyez on Me.” Having sold over 75 million albums worldwide, Shakur remains one of the best-selling recording artists ever. To celebrate this luminary’s legacy, the Atlanta University Library has just announced the opening of the Tupac Shakur Collection to the public. According to HollywoodReporter.com: “Including song lyrics, poems, track lists and video treatments, the collection comprises of approximately 11 linear feet, with 30 boxes of materials. It is one of the few publicly available research collections of an individual hip hop artist. Spanning from 1969 to 2008, a few of the most noteworthy items featured include a handwritten video treatment for ‘Dear Mama,’ a notebook of songs eventually recorded for ’2Pacalypse Now,’ and a handwritten draft of ‘The Rose That Grew from Concrete.’” What a marvelous way to celebrate the memory of this hip-hop giant. Join us in further commemorating the 15th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death by reminiscing on the ten of the most stellar moments of his brief career.
1991: The release of “2Pacalypse Now”
“Who knew that back in 1991 after he made his musical debut with 2Pacalypse Now that the saggy jean-wearing, wide-eyed MC who rapped about the fictional teenaged Brenda and her baby would grow to be one of the most revered figures in modern American history?,” writes Rob Markman of MTV.com. This album launched 2Pac’s brief five-year career and inspired future greats in the game like Eminem and 50 Cent.