Fortunately, I was searching my old saved school work, and i was able to find an old report i wrote for my English class in the 10th anniversary of Tupac Shaker’s death,, and really saved me from writing............................... TUPAC SHAKUR 1971-1996 September 13, 2006 will mark the 10th anniversary of Tupac Shaker’s death, and I would like to take this chance to write about my favorite artists of all time. His name is Tupac Amaru Shakur; he was named Tupac after an Inca chief meaning a shining serpent. Shakur comes from the Arabic word meaning thankful. His mom is Afani Shakur who is previously known as Alice Fayen Williams; one of the Black Panther party leaders. The Black Panther party aimed at the re-opening of the New York public schools, feeding kids breakfast, and give equal rights to all African Americans. The story of Tupac’s real father remains untold and has been a growing issue throughout his entire life. “I don’t know I just did not feel hard” Tupac once said. Tupac was born on June 16, 1971 in the Bronx New York. He grew up around many influential leaders of the Black Panther party. I started reading about Tupac shortly after his death when his story spread around the world. His work, music and poetry were translated to many other languages and people around the world viewed him in a different perspective; an artist, poet and a legend. In his childhood people called him the “Black Prince.” he was a smart kid, he loved reading and writing to the point that he once read the entire edition of the New York Times at age 6. Tupac retrieved into writing love songs and poetry when loneliness began to wear him. Tupac’s family moved to a lot of places including the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and Baltimore. “I remember I used to cry every time we moved, my major thing in growing up was that I couldn’t fit in, because I moved a lot I didn’t have any buddies to grow up with” he said. At age 12 Tupac began acting at the 127th street resembles; a theater group in the Harlem section of Manhattan. In Baltimore at age fifteen he fell into rap. He started writing lyrics and rapping freestyle. He called himself MC New York and made people think he was a tough guy. People in small towns feared the big apple’s reputation. He enrolled in the illustrious Baltimore school of arts. That’s where he studied acting with white kids and began to get along with them for the first time in his life. After moving to Oakland Tupac teamed with the Humpty-Hump; an Oakland based rappers. As he joined the team in 1990 the team released their best album called “... pockets”. Not to long until he became independent artist. In 1992 he released his first, and one of the best hip-hop albums of all time called “2pacalypse Now”. People fell in love with his music quickly, and “2pacalypse now” put him in a high speed lane to stardom in the age of 21. Tupac was an actor as well, the same year he released “2pacalypse now” he also starred in “Juice”; a movie about gangs. The movie was successful enough to introduce him to the big screen. In 1993 he recorded and released another rap phenomenon called “Strictly for my N.I.G.G.A.Z.”. IN 1993 Tupac played a single father in John Singleton’s famous love film called “Poetic Justice” co-starring Janet Jackson. In 1994 Tupac was shot five times during a robbery in the music city in New York. He quickly recovered from his injuries to produce his most artistic accomplishments of all time including “Me Against the World” and the double cd-set album “All Eyez on Me”. He sold over five million copies. Tupac was famous for the speed of his rap lines, he was so fast to the point that he could just go to the studio and start recording from the top of his head. Tupac’s accuracy and success sparks tension among the rap community, especially with his former best friend Biggi Smalles. Biggi is one of my favorite artists, and a Hip-Hop legend who was murdered a year after Tupac. Tupac was grateful to his mom, he made many beautiful songs for her, and he often called her the “Black Queen”. Tupac music is not nowadays type of rap music, although it contains some irritation, but it is meaningful music. Some of Tupac’s famous phrases are “only God can judge me”, “I got shot five times but I’m still breathing…living proof there’s a God if you need a reason” and “It’s hard to care when no one loves you”. Although Tupac Shakur is not physically alive, but his music, legacy, and famousness are continuously growing, he once said “When I die I want to be a living legend”. Almost every year a movie, an album, or book come out with Tupac’s work. The latest cover of people’s magazine in titled “Tupac: life after Death”. Tupac’s first album after death was “Makavlli” though the spelling is different “Machiavelli” was a 14th century Italian hero who fakes his death in order to come back and gain power. In September 13, 1996 Tupac was shot by unknown gunmen in Las Vegas, much of what happened that night remains mastery to this very day.