Tupac Shakur: Was born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 in East Harlem. Although he portrayed himself as hard-core, he was really an artistic young man born into a hard-core environment. Raised by an activist single mother that was incarcerated while pregnant with him, he lived in a hostile and impoverished climate as a child, which gave birth to his powerful lyrical messages. He was extremely mature for his age because of his family circumstances, yet very educated in the arts. He was an accomplished actor, appearing in seven major films. Tupac Shakur recorded five studio albums before his death and was nominated for two American Music Awards, winning one, six Grammy Award nomination, and three MTV Music Award nominations. The highest certification an album can earn, as far as record sales, is Diamond. There are seven Diamond certified albums in the history of hip-hop, two belonging to Tupac Shakur. (via Global Grind)This past Friday The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ensconced Tupac Shakur into music history by inducting him. The ceremony started with an amazing video of the rappers historic career. Then a tear jerking speech was given by Tupac’s mentee as well as inductor, rapper Snoop Dogg, followed by a legendary musical tribute to Tupac Shakur lead by Alicia Keys, rapper T.I., plus other entertainers. A phenomenal induction for an exemplary musical genius.
Check out the complete cermony in the video below: