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Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

Tupac Amaru Shakur – Birth name Lesane Parish Crooks (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

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On June 16, the late, great Tupac Shakur would have turned 40 years old. It’s a safe bet that middle age wouldn’t have quelled the hip-hop firebrand’s youthful ferocity, but his friends and fans tell The Root that wisdom surely would have channeled Shakur’s passions into more positive endeavors — politics, they say. Or business.

“Whenever I could hear the radio, [Pac] was what was cracking when I first got into hip-hop,” says 24-year-old rapper Meek Mill, who was just 9 when Tupac was fatally shot in Las Vegas in 1996, of when he first gained his affinity for Tupac’s music. Although he died at 25, the legend of Pac is an enduring one. Mill’s recent song with Rick Ross, “Tupac Back” — in which the rappers invoke Shakur’s legacy — is a testament to his lasting influence. “I think he’d probably be a politician now,” Meek says. “He was always trying to give it to you raw; what’s really going on out here in real life.”


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