Millions of people from all over the world know of the name Tupac Shakur. The late rapper was infamously murdered in 1996. Some people have theories on the murder, other people actually believe that the performer is still alive. Whether or not you believe in any of the conspiracy theories surrounding Tupac, there is no denying that the artist is one of the most talked about and most famous authors of his time.
This actor, poet and actor was named as Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and anyone who has ever truly looked at the performer can see that he is so much more than a rapper, or a singer, but that he was truly an artist and someone dedicated to trying to make the world a better place.
Throughout his career, the New York City native sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. To many of his fans, Tupac was so much more than a rapper, he was an activist, and someone who was willing to speak out on civil rights, violence, police brutality, social issues and racism, even in times and places where many people were afraid to talk on the topic.
While his formation as an artist began in the 1980s when he attended the Baltimore school for the performing arts, his big break really came in 1991 when Tupac emerged as a solo artist under the name 2Pac. His first single “Brenda’s Got a Baby” reached the number 3 spot on the Billlboard Hot Rap Singles Chart and his career only exploded from there. He then released his full first album, which went on to go platinum.
Today, Tupac, who began as a backup dancer and MC, has two of the best selling albums of all time with his last album All Eyez on Me and his album Greatest Hits, which features some of his most popular singles of all time.
A true entertainer, Tupac also acted, appearing in films such as Juice and Poetic Justice. He also infamously plated a drug dealer in the popular basketball film Above the Rim. After spending some time in prison, in 1995-1996, Tupac released his last album All Eyez on Me which was one of his biggest hits to date. This was also the time when he released one of his biggest singles ever, “California Love.” The year he was killed, he also co-starred with Mickey Rouke in a film called Bullet. During this time, Tupac not only sold millions of albums, but he also solidified himself as one of the biggest and brightest stars in the entire entertainment world.
How Much is Tupac’s Fortune Worth?
When Tupac Shakur passed away, it was estimated that he was worth around $3.5 million, even though he was just 25 years old. However, his estate, which is in the hands of his mother, is estimated to be worth more than $40 million. After his death, his records sold even more than they did when he was alive as the performer became immortalized due to his unfortunate and controversial passing.
What Made Tupac So Different?
Tupac managed to have an astonishingly large following not only in his life, but in his death as well. Many people felt that Tupac was so different and unique because he truly had a feeling of social responsibility. He used fame as a platform to instigate social change in the black community, something he credits to growing up with a mother in the Black Panthers.
Tupac was constantly using his fame to bring up what he felt were very important issues in his community and he could often relate to many struggling members of his community as him and his mother often lived in homeless shelters and communities across the country.
Another thing that made Tupac so different was that he wasn’t just a rapper that was good at rhyming phrases, but he was a true poet. In fact, those who knew him best would say he was a poet first, and then a rapper. His famous poem and famous book “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” is a critically acclaimed piece of work and one that has earned him respect not only from fans and other rappers but from poets such as this.
This artistic side of Tupac is one of the many things that made him such a different performer and something that helped make him such an icon in the entertainment world before he passed away. Today, his poetry is still read and published around the globe as he is still seen as a visionary of his time, and his thoughts on social justice are still valued today even 20 years after his death.
The Greatest Inspirational Quotes by Tupac
While many are still struggling to accept Tupac’s death, the rapper still lives on in his words of wisdom. In addition to his poetry and rap lyrics that inspired millions, the performer is known for his inspirational quotes. Tupac was known for delivering inspirational words that inspired younger generations and that encouraged people to follow their dreams and to live the life they want to live, no matter what their upbringing. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the late rapper to date.
“My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.'”
“The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.”
“There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.”
“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”
“we wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals, in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, dont ask me why, thank god, and ask me how”
“I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s authority that I respect.”
“All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.”
“What I learned in jail is that I can’t change. I can’t live a different lifestyle – this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.”
“The only time I have problems is when I sleep.”
“I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.”
“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing.
Through every dark night, theres a bright day after that.
So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.”
“theres gonna be some stuff you gonna see thats gonna make it hard to smile in the future, but through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain you gotta keep your sense of humor. you gotta be able to smile through all this b*llshit…remember that.”
“It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.”
“It’s not like I idolize this one guy Machiavelli. I idolize that type of thinking where you do whatever’s gonna make you achieve your goal.”
“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.”