2Pac

2Pac

2Pac

Biography

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli, was a rapper. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. In the United States alone he has sold 37.5 million records.

Shakur's professional entertainment career began in the early 1990s, when he debuted his rapping skills in a vocal turn in Digital Underground's "Same Song" from the soundtrack to the 1991 film Nothing But Trouble and also appeared with the group in the film of the same name. The song was later released as the lead song of the Digital Underground EP This Is An E.P. Release, the follow-up to their debut hit album Sex Packets. Shakur appeared in the accompanying music video. After his rap debut, he performed with Digital Underground again on the album Sons Of The P. Later, he released his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now.

2Pacalypse Now did not do as well on the charts as future albums, spawning no top ten hits. His second record, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., was released in 1993.

In late 1993, Shakur formed the group Thug Life with a number of his friends, including Big Syke, Macadoshis, his stepbrother Mopreme Shakur, and Rated R. The group released their only record album Thug Life: Volume 1 on September 26, 1994, which went gold. The album featured the single "Pour Out A Little Liquor" produced by Johnny "J" Jackson, who went on to produce a large part of Shakur's album All Eyez On Me.

In addition to his career as a top-selling rap artist, he was a promising actor, and a social activist. Most of Shakur's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur began his career as a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.

In September 1996, Shakur was shot four times in Las Vegas. He was taken to the University Medical Center, where he died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.

Discography

2Pac - 2Pacalypse Now

2Pac - 2Pacalypse Now

Interscope Records 1991
2Pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

2Pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Interscope Records 1993
2Pac - Me Against The World

2Pac - Me Against The World

Interscope Records, Atlantic 1995

2Pac - All Eyez On Me

Interscope Records, Death Row Records 1996
Makaveli - The Don Killuminati (The 7 Day Theory)

Makaveli The Don Killuminati - The 7 Day Theory

Interscope Records, Death Row Records  1996
2Pac - R U Still Down

2Pac - R U Still Down? [Remember Me]

Jive, Amaru Records 1997
2Pac - Greatest Hits

2Pac - Greatest Hits

Death Row Records, Interscope Records 1998
2Pac - In His Own Words

2Pac - In His Own Words

Mecca Records 1998
2Pac & The Outlawz - Still I Rise

2Pac + Outlawz - Still I Rise

Interscope Records 1999
Tupac Shakur - The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Tupac Shakur - The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Amaru Entertainment, Interscope Records 2000
2Pac - Until The End Of Time

2Pac - Until The End Of Time

Interscope Records 2001
2Pac - Better Dayz

2Pac - Better Dayz

Interscope Records 2002
2Pac - Resurrection (Music From The Motion Picture)

2Pac - Resurrection (Music From The Motion Picture)

Interscope Records 2003
2pac - The Prophet

2pac - The Prophet

Death Row Records 2003
2Pac - Loyal To The Game

2Pac - Loyal To The Game

Interscope Records 2004
2Pac - Live

2Pac - Live

Death Row Records, Koch Records 2004
Tupac - Live At The House Of Blues

Tupac - Live At The House Of Blues

Death Row Records, Koch Records 2005
2Pac - The Rose Vol. 2

2Pac - The Rose Vol. 2

Amaru Entertainment, Interscope Records 2005
2Pac - The Prophet Returns

2Pac - The Prophet Returns

Death Row Records, Universal Records 2005
2Pac - Pac's Life

2Pac - Pac's Life

Amaru Entertainment, Interscope Records 2006
Tupac Shakur - Beginnings - The Lost Tapes: 1988-1991

Tupac Shakur - Beginnings - The Lost Tapes: 1988-1991

Koch Recordings 2007
2Pac - The Best Of 2Pac - Part 1: Thug

2Pac - The Best Of 2Pac - Part 1: Thug

Amaru Entertainment 2007
2Pac - The Best Of 2Pac - Part 2: Life

2Pac - The Best Of 2Pac - Part 2: Life

Amaru Entertainment 2007

Guest Appearances

Digital Underground - This Is An E.P. Release
  • Same Song

Digital Underground - This Is An E.P. Release

Tommy Boy Music 1990
Raw Fusion - Live From The Styleetron
  • #1 With A Bullet

Raw Fusion - Live From The Styleetron

Hollywood BASIC 1991
The Govenor - Govenor's Taxin' (Tape)
  • Gaffled Like That

The Govenor - Govenor's Taxin'

Handle Bar Records 1992
Above The Law - Black Mafia Life
  • Call It What U Want

Above The Law - Black Mafia Life

Ruthless Records 1992
Funky Aztecs - Chicano Blues
  • Salsa Con Soulfood

Funky Aztecs - Chicano Blues

TNT Records, Par Records 1992
MC Breed - The New Breed
  • Gotta Get Mine

MC Breed - The New Breed

WRAP Records 1993
Spice 1 - AmeriKKKa's Nightmare
  • Jealous Got Me Strapped

Spice 1 - AmeriKKKa's Nightmare

Jive 1994
Eddie F. And The Untouchables - Let's Get It On
  • Let's Get It On

Eddie F. And The Untouchables - Let's Get It On

Motown 1994
Don Jagwarr - Faded
  • Skank Wit' U

Don Jagwarr - Faded

Priority Records 1994
South Central Cartel - 'N Gatz We Truss
  • Gangsta Team

South Central Cartel - 'N Gatz We Truss

Rush Associated Labels, G.W.K. Records 1994
Smooth - Smooth
  • P.Y.T. (Playa Young Thugs)

Smooth - Smooth

TNT Records, Jive 1995
E-40 - In A Major Way
  • Dusted 'n' Disgusted

E-40 - In A Major Way

Jive, Sick Wid' It Records 1995
Too Short - Cocktails
  • We Do This

Too Short - Cocktails

Jive 1995
E-40 - Tha Hall Of Game
  • Million Dollar Spot

E-40 - Tha Hall Of Game

Jive 1996
Richie Rich - Seasoned Veteran
  • Niggas Done Changed

Richie Rich - Seasoned Veteran

Def Jam Recordings 1996
Young Lay - Black 'N Dangerous
  • Got 2 Survive

Young Lay - Black 'N Dangerous

Atlantic 1996
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Art Of War
  • Thug Luv

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Art Of War

Ruthless Records 1997
Funky Aztecs - Day Of The Dead
  • Slipping Into Darkness (Salsa Con Soulfood Mix)

Funky Aztecs - Day Of The Dead: Dia De Los Muertos

Semaphore 1997
Scarface - The Untouchable
  • Smile

Scarface - The Untouchable

Rap-A-Lot, Noo Trybe Records 1997
Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1
  • Me And My Homies

Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1

Interscope Records, Death Row Records 1997
Ant Banks - Big Thangs
  • 4 Tha Hustlas

Ant Banks - Big Thangs

Priority Records 1997
Scarface - My Homies
  • Homies & Thuggs (The Original)

Scarface - My Homies

Rap-A-Lot Records 1998
Daz Dillinger - Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back
  • Initiated

Daz Dillinger - Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back

Death Row Records, Priority Records 1998
Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2
  • Me & My Homies

Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2

Breakaway Entertainment 1998
Swoop G - World Don't Take Me Personally
  • World Don't Take Me Personally

Young Swoop G - World Don't Take Me Personally

Wrap Records 1998
MC Breed - It's All Good
  • Gotta Get Mine (Remix)

MC Breed - It's All Good

Power Records 1999
3x Krazy - Immortalized
  • Gaffled Remix

3X Krazy - Immortalized

Big Block Records 1999
Nutt-So - The Betrayal
  • Words To My Firstborn

Nutt-So - The Betrayal

Nutty's Playhouse 2000
Assassin - Worldwide Game
  • Kriminal Minded

Assassin - Worldwide Game

Liferdef Records 2000
Big L - The Big Picture 1974 - 1999
  • Deadly Combination

Big L - The Big Picture 1974 - 1999

Rawkus 2000
The Outlawz - Novakane
  • World Wide (Remix)

The Outlawz - Novakane

Outlaw Recordz 2001
Merciless - Step Into My World
  • Try To Ban Me

Merciless - Step Into My World

Blueprint Records 2001
Tha Dogg Pound - Tha Dogg Pound 2002
  • Don't Stop

Tha Dogg Pound - Tha Dogg Pound 2002

Death Row Records 2001
Daz - I Got Love In These Streets EP
  • Only Move 4 Tha Money (So We Comin' Up)

Daz - I Got Love In These Streetz

DPG Recordz 2002
The Game - Live From Compton
  • Street Soldiers

The Game - Live From Compton

Get Low Recordz, Black Wall Street 2003
Kurupt - Against The Grain
  • My Homeboys (Back To Back)

Kurupt - Against The Grain

Death Row Records 2005
Trae - Life Goes On
  • Against All Odds

Trae - Life Goes On

Rap-A-Lot Records 2007
O.F.T.B. - The Missing D.R. Files
  • World Wide

O.F.T.B. - The Missing D.R. Files

Not On Label 2007
C-Bo Presents Marvaless - Ready Made
  • Neva Be Peace

C-Bo Presents Marvaless - Ready Made

West Coast Mafia, Frisco Street Show 2007
Layzie Bone - How A Thug Was Born
  • Stop The Music

Layzie Bone - How A Thug Was Born

Mo Thugs Records, X-Ray Records 2007
Mo Thugs Soldiers
  • Don't Sleep

Mo Thugs - Mo Thugs Soldiers

Mo Thugs Records 2007
Big Syke - Volume 1
  • Cradle 2 The Grave

Big Syke - Volume 1

Ghost Label 2007
Gonzoe - Regime General: Starz & Stripez, Pt. 1
  • Troublez

Gonzoe - Regime General: Starz & Stripez, Pt. 1

Blocwize Ent. 2007
D-Shot - Presidential
  • My Loved Ones

D-Shot - Presidential

Shot Records 2009
Bun B - Trill O.G.
  • Right Now

Bun B - Trill O.G.

Rap-A-Lot Records 2010
Digital Underground - The Greenlight EP
  • Same Song (Live)

Digital Underground - The Greenlight EP

Jake Records 2010
J. Tripper - Five Hours Early Ten Minutes Late!
  • Twist

J. Tripper - Five Hours Early Ten Minutes Late!

Flood The Block 2015

Compilations

Various - Rap Declares War
  • Young Black Male

Various - Rap Declares War

Avenue Records 1992
Poetic Justice (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Definition Of A Thug Nigga

Various - Poetic Justice (Music From The Motion Picture)

Epic Soundtrax 1993
Above The Rim: The Soundtrack
  • Pour Out A Little Liquor

Various - Above The Rim: The Soundtrack

Interscope Records, Death Row Records 1994
Various - One Million Strong
  • Runnin'

Various - One Million Strong

Pacific West ApS 1995
Various - Pump Ya Fist (Hip Hop Inspired By The Black Panthers)
  • Throw Your Hands Up

Various - Pump Ya Fist

PolyGram 1995
Various - The Show (Original Soundtrack)
  • My Block

Various - Russell Simmons Presents The Show Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings 1995
Sunset Park (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • High 'Til I Die

Various - Sunset Park (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

EastWest Records America 1996
Death Row - Greatest Hits
  • Smile For Me Now

Various - Death Row - Greatest Hits

Death Row Records, Interscope Records 1996
Assassin - Hitworks, Volume One
  • Mass Murderin (Remix)

Assassin - Hitworks Volume One

Liferdef Records 1996
Gridlock'd - The Soundtrack
  • Wanted Dead Or Alive

Various - Gridlock'd - The Soundtrack

Death Row Records, Interscope Records 1997
Heat Compilation
  • Raise Up Off These Nuts

Various - Heat Compilation

Boss Records, Swerve Records 1997
Def Jam's How To Be A Player Soundtrack
  • Troublesome

Various - Def Jam's How To Be A Player Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings 1997
Gang Related - The Soundtrack
  • Staring Through My Rearview

Various - Gang Related - The Soundtrack

Death Row Records, Priority Records 1997
Chuy Gomez Presents Best Of The Bay Chapter I
  • Gotta Get Mine

Various - Chuy Gomez Presents Best Of The Bay: Chapter I

Bay Rider Entertainment 1997
Assassin - Born And Raised In The Bay
  • Real Bad Boyz (Southside 7 Treez Remix)

Various - Assassin Presents Born And Raised In The Bay

Liferdef Records 1997
Cell Block Compilation: Face/Off
  • I Can't Turn Back

Various - Cell Block Compilation: Face/Off

Cell Block Records 1998
Playas Association V.2: Full Time Hustlin'
  • Dayz Of a Criminal

Various - Playas Association V.2: Full Time Hustlin'

S2 Records, 40 Ounce Records 1998
Various - 3 Beam Circus
  • Real Bad Boys

Various - 3 Beam Circus

Swerve Records 1998
Spice 1 - Hits
  • Jealous Got Me Strapped

Spice 1 - Hits

Jive 1998
3 Beam Circus 2
  • They Tryin' To Murder Me

Various - 3 Beam Circus 2: Connect Game

S2 Records 1999
The N.W.A. Legacy Vol. 1 (1988 - 1998)
  • California Love

Various - The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998

Priority Records 1999
Various - Well Connected
  • Friends

Various - Well Connected

Swerve Records 1999
Khayree - The Khayree Sessions Vol. 1
  • Got To Survive

Various - The Khayree Sessions Vol. 1

Don't Give Up Productions, Young Black Brotha Records 1999
MC Breed - 2 For The Show
  • Gotta Get Mine

MC Breed - 2 For The Show

Power Records 1999
Mike Mosley - Platinum Plaques
  • Ghetto

Mike Mosley - Platinum Plaques

JLM Entertainment 1999
Bay 2 L.A.: Westside Badboys
  • Me & My Homies

Various - Bay 2 L.A.: Westside Badboys

Knockout Entertainment, Snake Pit Records 2000
Nuthin' But A Gangsta Party
  • 2 Of Americaz Most Wanted

Various - Nuthin' But A Gangsta Party

Priority Records 2000
Various - Suge Knight Presents Chronic 2000
  • Who Do You Believe In

Various - Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000

Death Row Records 2000
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection Volume Two
  • Thug Luv

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection: Volume Two

Ruthless Records 2000
Spice 1 - Hits II: Ganked & Gaffled
  • Dusted & Disgusted

Spice 1 - Hits II: Ganked & Gaffled

Mobb Status Entertainment 2001
Assassin - Unsolved Mysteries
  • The Realist Shit We Ever Wrote

Assassin - Unsolved Mysteries

Liferdef Records 2001
Various - Too Gangsta For Radio
  • Friends

Various - Too Gangsta For Radio

Death Row Records 2001
Ice-T - Westside
  • California Love (Remix)

Various - Ice-T Presents Westside

Obsessive 2002
Spice 1 - Hits 3
  • Can't Turn Back

Spice 1 - Hits 3

Mobb Status Entertainment 2002
Scarface - Greatest Hits
  • Smile

Scarface - Greatest Hits

Rap-A-Lot Records 2002
Death Row Greatest Hits Volume Two
  • Picture Me Rollin'

Various - Death Row Greatest Hits Volume Two

Death Row Records 2003
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits
  • Thug Luv

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits

Ruthless Records 2004
The Very Best Of Death Row
  • Against All Odds

Various - The Very Best Of Death Row

Death Row Records 2005
Lil Coner Presents Balled Out 3: Hard Hood Classics
  • Fuck Yo Side

Various - Lil Coner Presents Balled Out 3: Hard Hood Classics

Connected Inc. 2005
Various - French Braids Presents Past And Present Hitz 2000-2005
  • Me & My Hommies

Various - French Braids Presents Past And Present Hitz 2000-2005

French Braids Entertainment 2005
Big Speech & D.J. Asylum - The Passion
  • Gun Talk

Big Speech & D.J. Asylum - The Passion

At All Cost Recordings 2005
Assassin & Mopreme Shakur - Black And Brown Pride
  • Have Heart... Have Money

Various - Assassin & Mopreme Shakur Presents Black And Brown Pride

Liferdef Records 2007
JT The Bigga Figga - The Hidden Hand "Beware Of Those 2" The Story Continues...
  • Cali Love Intro

JT The Bigga Figga - The Hidden Hand "Beware Of Those 2" The Story Continues...

DJ Networks 2008
Boss' Life 3
  • One Nation

Various - Boss' Life 3

DJ Networks 2008
Crips Present The Left Side Vol. 1
  • You Know Where To Find Me

Various - Crips Present The Left Side Vol. 1

Siccness.net, Koch Entertainment 2008
Various - Rap-A-Lot Greatest Hits
  • Smile

Various - Rap-A-Lot Greatest Hits

Rap-A-Lot Records 2008
DJ Daryl - Retro Collection, Volume 1
  • Keep Ya Head Up

DJ Daryl - Retro Collection Vol. 1

Bomb Shelter Music 2009
Scarface - Greatest Features
  • Homies And Thuggs

Scarface - Greatest Features

Rap-A-Lot Records 2009
South Central Cartel - SC Cartel Camp Presents Hood Favorites
  • Gangsta Team

South Central Cartel - SC Cartel Camp Presents Hood Favorites

Not On Label 2010
Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2
  • When I Get Free

Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2

Mo Thugs Records 2011
AK47 - Rounds From The K Vol. 2
  • Dear Mama (AK 47 Remix)

AK47 - Rounds From The K Vol. 2

Not On Label 2012
Mac Dre All Stars Tribute
  • It's Nuthin'

Various - Mac Dre All Stars Tribute

Thizz Music, B4 And Afta Records 2013
Gonzoe - The Best Of Gonzoe, Vol. 1
  • Die

Gonzoe - The Best Of Gonzoe, Vol. 1

Blocwize Ent. 2013
Various - Big Caz Presents Family Scriptures, Vol. 2
  • Stop The Music

Various - Big Caz Presents Family Scriptures, Vol. 2

Mo Thugs Records 2013
Various - Big Caz Presents Pounding, Vol. 1
  • Killa

Various - Big Caz Presents Pounding, Vol. 1

Mo Thugs Records 2013
Various - Mo Thugs Records Presents West Coast Bangers, Vol. 2
  • Woman (Mothugs Remix)

Various - Mo Thugs Records Presents West Coast Bangers, Vol. 2

Mo Thugs Records 2013
Gonzoe - Digital Scales
  • Buck'n At Dem Bustaz

Gonzoe - Digital Scales

Blocwize Ent. 2013
Various - Mo Thugs Presents Street Chronicles, Vol. 1
  • Realest Killas

Various - Mo Thugs Presents Street Chronicles, Vol. 1

Mo Thugs Records 2013
Various - Highway Bangers 1
  • Realest Killas

Various - Highway Bangers 1

Mo Thugs Records 2013
Spice 1 - The Best Of Spice 1, Vol. 2
  • Jealous Got Me Strapped

Spice 1 - The Best Of Spice 1, Vol. 2

Real Talk Entertainment 2015
Various - Big Caz Presents: Originals Locked Up
  • Cant Fade Us

Various - Big Caz Presents: Originals Locked Up

MoThugs Records 2015
Various - Head Knocka
  • My Homeys

Various - Head Knocka

Mo Thugs Records 2016
Various - Reppin My Rag
  • Thug Luv (Remix)

Various - Reppin My Rag

Mo Thugs Records 2016
Celly Cel - The Lost Tapes
  • Dusted & Disgusted (Remix)

Celly Cel - The Lost Tapes

Realside Records 2016