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Tupac Amaru Shakur

Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 17. 1971 in East Harlem, New York (NYC,NY). He was named after Tupac Amaru Shaukur II, a revolutionary who led against spain and then soon later recieve punishments.

At the age of twelve, Tupac enrolled on Harlem's famous "12th Street Ensemble", troop of African American Actor. After 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his second year of Paul Lawerence Dunbar High School, he transfered to "Baltimore School for Arts" where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He perfomed in many Shakespeare plays and also had the role of Mouse King in the Nutcracker. With his friend Dana "Mouse" Smith, as his beatboxer, Shakur attended many rap battles and was consider the best rapper in his school. Even though he had didnot have many valur things shuch as cloths, he was consider the most popular kid in school. He also had a close friendship with Jada Pinkett (now known as Jada Pinkett Smith). Shakur said in his documentary (Tupac Ressurection), "Jada is my heart.She will be my friend for my whole life". Shakur also dedicated a poem to Smith, called "Jada".

In 1988, Sakur, yet moved again to Marin City, California. Now he attends Tamalpis High School and soon later join the Ensemble Theater Company (ETC) to try to obtain his career in entertainment. His mother was soon addicted to crack, which led Shakur to move his friend Ray Luv at the age of seventeen and soon later drop out of school.


Family The Start of Hard Times


Afeni Shakur- Tupac's mother was an active member of the Black Panter Party in 1960-1970

Elmer "Gernonimo" Pratt- Tupac's godfather, a high ranking Black Panter, was also accused of convicting of mudering a school teacher of 1968 robbery.

Mutulu Shakur- Tupac's stepfather wad one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list beginning of 1982 who help his sister Assata Shaukur (Tupac's godmother) to escape from penitentiary of New Jersey, where she had been incarcerted for allegedly shooting a state trooper to death


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