On September 7, 1996, famed rapper Tupac Shakur was exiting a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas when he was shot multiple times by an assailant. The following week, on September 13, Tupac died at the age of 25.
It's been 15 years since but his murder still remains unsolved, landing the shooting of Tupac in Time magazine's Top 10 Unsolved Crimes, along with the still-unsolved murder of fellow rapper the Notorious B.I.G.
But thanks to his impact on the industry and the musical legacy he left behind - and, we suppose, the insistent meme that Tupac is alive, well and walking among us - Tupac's name is still often spotted in headlines.
One of his songs, "Changes," made its way to the Vatican's official MySpace playlist in 2009, the rights to a screenplay he penned while in jail were acquired in May, and a potential film about his life has been talked about for the past few years.
The superstar rapper may be gone, but he is clearly not forgotten.
I've been inspired. I Have a strong feeling like Tupac would come back and take over the industry again.
Buh No idea about where he would be coming from coz i can reckon his cremation.
Best rapper ever
Georgians like American rapper 2Pac, Eazye ,biggie!
Tupac is still alive .
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he died 2006 today its 2012 that 6 years (i dont know why they say 15yrs) you can leagally fake your death for seven years and come back under completely some other name etc. as long as you prove to the government that you life is in danger and after biggie was killed i dont blame him .... he super smart
pac died in 1996. get ur facts str8
Are you retarded? He died in '96. If this was a Tupac test, and "What year did Tupac die?" was on the test, you would have gotten a
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I see alot of ignorant comments. Fist off people need to realize he was only 25 when he died, so he had made some mistakes in his life but he wasn't a bad person and he was not a gangster, his death was NOT gang related. For people to say he deserved to get shot is disrespectful, he did not deserve to be murdered. Tupac was not only a rapper but an activist, he made people think he he spoke for people who came from similar backgrounds to him. He was exposing the flawed government and became a threat.
After he got his ball shot off, shouldn't he have changed his name to "One Pac".
Rip the king of hip hip.
It's crazy how everybody hates. I don't understand how some people on are here and are reading this article if they don't like the guy. Don't hate, just move on. If you don't understand the music or the lifestyle don't worry about it. Go play angry birds or go read about Justin Bieber or something. It's that simple.
Is he still dead?
SO MUCH TIME AND ENERGY SPENT OVER YET ANOTHER NIG-NOG TALK ARTIST WITH A HACKING GRUNT AND A BACKBEAT MESMERIZING OUR YOUTH SO THEY CAN HAVE ANOTHER SOLID-GOLD CIGARETTE LIGHTER IN THE BACK OF THAYS CADILLAC...
Wow, 15 years later and I STILL DON'T CARE!
Pull your pants up and turn the music down you spear chuckers.
Just another dead piece of crap.
People try to tell me he's alive, and I ask where the new music is then. I don't know much about rap but I know Tupac would not be silent this long . . .
Tupac might be gone, but he will live on forever. J.Cole is not the next Pac... Z-Ro is the next Pac.
R.I.P. Tupac Shakur
You left a legacy that echoes today. But you leave many a fan who still keeps you in mind.
I appreciated his music..very real stuff...important to listen to today.......
I have never heard of him.
who cares??? Rest in Hell!!!!!!!!!
I'm a 53 year old white male and still think Tupac was a GREAT artist! The mans music made you think and showed a window into what minorities have to deal with every day. It's a shame that ignorant people have posted on here about what a thug he was... I saw a dynamic and talented young man that got cut down in the prime of his youth... Miss ya' Tupac!
So what .. lame news
People mock because they can. Taking "freedom of speech" to record-breaking lows... but hey... that's the society we live in. Boundaries were meant to be broken... as has been evidenced over the years. Look at how things were perceived in the 50s... compare it to now... so yeah...
TROLLS!!!! Talking Reckless Over Lines Losers Suck. however Tupac was one of the best rappers in his time that paved the way for others. Just keep in mind his children is old enough to review these comments. WWJD
@rocker go ahead n take nickleback with ya n play in heavy traffic..
rest in peace pac, the bay area will always remember you..
I dont know him
No great loss. He should have taken another 5 million with him.
Pac& Biggie were poets who showed the world (mainly white, uninformed folk) how the ghetto is survivable, but never escapable! Neither will be forgotten & when you think of the death of 1 you automatically think of the other! They are tied in death as they were in life! Whoever killed them, were also tied together! Gang war, vendetta, whatever, they are gone yet will always speak of a common cause, if you listen to their lyrics!! Ps. Pac is obviously hangin' with Elvis, lol!!
Back when we had real rappers. Now the record industry shoves these artists down our throats that aren't even from the life.
PAC was one of greatest hip hop artists in rap history. His personal life and how he lived his life had nothing to do with his music...Those of you commenting on this post in a negative fashion will never understand..those true lovers of hip hop will.
RIP PAC your music is truely missed.
RIP Pac...True Poet
I miss Tupac, can't believe it sometimes that he is gone. He may not have lived a blemish free life but he taught us a thing or two about putting real life into music without it always being sleezy or dramatized. But one thing I have always said and will always stick to, I think Tupac and Biggie were killed by Puffy's crew!! He didn't like being in Biggie's shadow and made it look like it was beef between them and they caused eachothers death. Something to think about
Never missed him......
Good for you. I am not surprised and I don't blame you for not caring.
Having all those Garth Brooks CDs really narrows your horizons... maybe you should try exploring a bit.
After I got fru wif stuffing 2Pacs butthole I wut take a big ole smelly mall licka pee in his girly face. He lubbed it.
stop judging his life. only God has that priviledge. all you haters so caught with his life worry about your own. you are either racist or just jealous or have not life at all. your life is consumed of making comments about somebody who more known than u get a life. RIP MAKAVELI
Where FuudgePacker landed the only God is Satan and he basicaly doesnt care.
BURN 2PacR BURN!
calling all of u idiots would be an insult to all stupid ppl. folk clap when they see u but they clap their hands over their eyes
Maybe the trolls are trolling me here... but I do get quite upset knowing that today's trolls are really garbage... material is so bland that even stale bread would be better.
For some half-witted comments, trolls today are doing okay... but damn, standards are mad low... please work on your material, trolls.
I think it is silly that most of you are on here dogging each other. This article was meant to honor someones memory, be respectul of one another no matter what your personal opinion is! With that said, I think that Tupac was a very great talent, you can talk about his lifestyle all you want but that will never take away from his abilities as an artist and poet! Give the man some respect, especially in death! Always, remember to look in the mirror before you say something hurtful to someone else and imagine what others could say to you before you speak!
Good one, distant memory.
It's harder to hold your tongue when someone says something you don't agree with rather than lash out in response... a lot of human beings do that. It's not correct, but that's just how it is.
Trolls just prey on human emotion. As long as you're smug behind a computer, there really isn't anything you can do... just roll with the punches.
AHEM! I think you mean "just troll with the punches."
Artist and poet?
Live like a thug, die like a thug. Simple as that.
you've got the perfect weapon against muggers hun..ur face. use it well
Suge would put 2packer in a headlock between this buttCheeks then blast away with smelly onion, egg and horseraddish farts. 2packer love it and would afterwards kiss Suges bigBlackAss.
Excrement talk doesn't get you many points... try again. I'm still waiting for a funny joke.
Uhhh. *POOOOT* <-smell that one!
Lmao..look at u stupid ppl getting worked up over trolls. man what idiots
You need a more creative name that doesn't scream "dumb white boy."
If they only knew..lmao. old n ugly hag..not.
I meant it for both you and the reply to you, actually.
I don't think people with heart problems would be on here... too much trolling for a heart to handle. You need thick skin or a sense of humor or the sense to just not care... or the ability to ignore stupid comments.
Trolls win bc idiots like u get p!issed off at their comments..lol..everythong is done just 2 annoy u ..from spelling.to.grammer. who's the idiot now. gettin mad over a troll on a blog..lmao
You can't determine anger through typed comments. Just saying...
I think doing "everythong" wouldn't annoy me... that would be pretty awesome.
Im sitting on the toilet pushing out many little tupacs.
I pee on that midget tupac.
No matter how old you are or get, there is always a kid in all of us. Stop being so uptight. I bet you have heart problems.
I bet you're an old hag who isn't desired by men.
Or you could be a drag queen.
Lashing back at someone who is voicing his/her opinion? Really?
I miss the old days when a blog like this would have 300 replies, 1/2 of them at least humorously passable trolls. Man, y'all trolls fell off, can't thug like back in the day...
Tupac helped get me laid. Therefore, Tupac is the man.
You must be really ugly.
15years.. WOW! I remember when I heard about his death. I was saddened by it. Tupac was a "thug" and he lived that life, It is what he knew unfortunately and could never break free completely. That was his "comfort" zone. and at the end of the day, that is what got him Killed.
He was a tourtured soul with a god given talent and it's a shame that he is gone. We would have seen really big things from him. but He will live on through his music and I personaly appreciate what he left behind. I am not a Huge Rap fan but I do like alot of Tupac's music because of what he had to say in it. My favorite song to this day is still "Changes"
Fatal Shooting??!! Pac ain't dead.... Just picked up his latest CD. His best jams in 5 years!!
Suge Knight used 2packer as his own personal butt-plug.
Please check out Tupac at Mcdonalds.. just do a google search. He's still alive and kickin it. awesome.
That made me chuckle a little. 7/10. Don't get used to it.
Why didn't this unsolved murder make the list, Time?
Why didn't this man's death make Time's list?
u r all idiots. i think u r more so an idiot bc u ppl come on here saying trolls r mean a u ppl r just as bad. such pigs. u all must live in barns and take baths in animal waste
You do realize that when you call people idiots it puts your comment under a microscope, right? Any mistake you make will pretty much make you look a lot more pathetic than the people you try to bash.
Your rant would be more meaningful if you knew how to spell.
Come back when you can type in English.
Please use words.
So far I'm not impressed.
Pac was a hater and got the very life he so cherished.
Get used to these horrible comments... trolls these days are 13-15 year olds living with their mommy and daddy hiding behind a computer that's probably their dad's. Probably surfing the pr0n too because they can't get any. Bored out of their minds because schools and parents have spoiled their bratty little minds to the point where they are complacent and not responsive to any productive thought.
Actually your wrong, use trolls (me at least) are sometimes older professionals who get a little levity from the daily grind by coming on-line and busting chops with people, no harm-no fowl. (udder dan ur poor hurt feelins)
For an older professional, you sure have some poor spelling. Then again, I guess McDonalds has no problems hiring people of your caliber.
If you're an older professional and choose to come online to a forum to troll... it must mean that you never outgrew your childish ways and that your life must be a meaningless waste of oxygen... sad truth. There are other ways to get through the day... play angry birds, surf the net on your phone, etc... I'm not trying to be a guru, but honestly, trolling at "your age" is just plain sad.
And trolling a troll is so much more respectable...
U r right @Joe, I'm 15, but the $100 I paid your mom last night for her services, really made me feel a lot older!!!
Waiting on the racists/trolls to start spamming this thread. Make your jokes/comments funny or don't make them at all.
RIP Too-Shot Shakur. Your music was shi++y and you couldn't act either.
1st. Gosh, I feel old. I was in junior high when this happened. Such a shame he couldn't leave that Thug Life alone. That's what happens.
@ Riding: tupac was a loser. Just like you!
stupid THUGLIFE is an acronym he created. Has NOTHING to do with what you think it does. The Hate U Gave Little Infants F*** Everybody... do your research before you speak
And you are excrement that needs to be disposed of.
Thuglife = LOSERLIFE!!
AHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAA....HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA...LMAO!!
THE NEW PAC, J. COLE. COLEWORLD: The Sideline story 9/27/11 CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!
As its said, tried and true:
You live by the sword, you die by the sword.
You can do better than that.
He can't do better than that...he's a troll on an online chat forum.
making fun of dead people? Check
Tinges of racism? Check
I think you've got it all covered! Only a racist, not too bright insensitive idiot could not respect Tupac when you really get to know who he was. But, you're right...he was a black. You got him there. Moron.
That was utterly horrendous, penny. Please stick to your day job.
5 out of 10 for effort... and I'm in a good mood today.
Best comment on here. How can you people sit there and mock a mans death?? All because you didn't listen to his music or because he was black? I am a 36 year old well educated white woman from a country town in Iowa and I loved Tupacs music and what he stood for...my children know who Tupac is and what he stood for as an artist. Also, if this article didn't interest you, why even read it or comment....losers...for real.
there wasa noting about tupac deserving of anyone's respect. Live like a thug, die like a thug n datz de wae itiz brutha
Wow. Someone understands.
Because he was a thug. And thugs are part of a criminal culture.
Its not because he was black. Worse actually because gangsta rap replaced R&B, Soul and Funk. It was a self-destructive genre that effed up popular so bad that you STILL see the effects on its new minstrelsy on kids today. Its like self oppressive culture.
I don't often say, its sad... but whats more sad than a thug dying by the sword the thug lived by is that YOUR KIDS KNOW who tupac is and what he stood for.
PLEASE say you are joking because there are SO many much more important people in history that were much more meaningful and positive. If youre not joking, you are an utter fool to the definition. Look it up.
I didn't read the article, but an opposing view has got to be stated.
You glorify, support criminal culture, don't go crying when that culture affects your life by association. I live in the inner city, I've seen it all, and it always plays out like that.
Gangsta rappers up until this day, still are glorified, remembered, and NOT ONE person speaks about the ills that brought to a mass culture and how it was like sound-crack destroying much of the African American community. Regardless of what they say, it IS WHAT IT IS.
So, carry on. All of you who glorify and admire... the thug ... life.
That was in regard to Crystal's comment^
In a perfect world, you would be right. Unfortunately, we live in a world where even those "respectable" people in history have done their fair share of bad things. We live in a world where priests molest young boys and Presidents commit adultery. Those we are supposed to look up to because they are in "respectable" positions are sometimes the worst offenders. By your logic, we should stop glorifying the presidency of the United States because Presidents have done bad things throughout history.
We should stop glorifying the office of president, they have been nothing but criminal filthbags and human cancer as long as I've been alive.
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