Childhood Tupac Amaru Shakur was born 16 June 1971 in Brooklyn, New York. His mother Afeni Shakur was married with Billy Garland. 1971 she was sent to the Greenwich Village jail. In May 1971, she was freed from all charges and one month later Tupac was born. Although unconfirmed by the Shakur family, several sources list his birth name as Lesane Parish Crooks. This name was supposedly entered on the birth certificate because Afeni feared her enemies would attack her son, and disguised his true identity using a different last name. She changed it later, following her separation from Garland and marriage to Mutulu Shakur. 1986 Tupac moved with his family to Baltimore, Maryland where he studied theater, ballet, music and other art forms in high school. Shakur, accompanied by one of his friends, Dana "Mouse" Smith, as his beatbox, won most of the many rap competitions that he participated in and was considered to be the best rapper in his school. He was remembered as one of the most popular kids in his school because of his sense of humor, superior rapping skills, and ability to mix in with all crowds. He was a good student but in June 1988 Tupac moved to Marin City, where he began selling drugs. His stepfather was sentenced to 60 years in prison because he was involved in a robbery. Tupac joined the rap group Digital underground. He was first a dancer in the group but after a while he began rapping with them. It was with this group as he got his rap debut, with the song “same song’’. In addition to his career as a rap artist, he was also an actor. Tupac inspired people because he sang about his life and about how the world is. He has never used drugs or something like that. He has never done anything illegal, even though many say it. He just wanted to share his experiences with others.
The themes of most of Tupac's songs are the violence, racism, the hard conditions people in ghettoes...
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