From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

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Tupac Shakur was bit by the acting bug early on. The East Harlem native graced the stages of the famed Apollo Theater at just 12 years old when he was cast in the play A Raisin In The Sun. He bounced around with his family to Maryland then California where he took up with the rap group Digital Underground. But soon 2Pac would go out on his own as a solo artist. His debut album 2Pacalypse didn’t feature any chart-topping songs but it did help him earn critical acclaim as a lyricist. In 1992, Shakur went back to his roots as an actor and starred in the classic New Jack Swing film Juice as Ronald Bishop. Although he starred in several other movies and recorded hundreds of songs in his short career, the Me Against The World rapper’s life was cut short when he was gunned down after a 1996 Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas.

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