Today in 1996, rapper/actor/poet Tupac Shakur died 6 days after he was gunned down in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tupac was only 25 years old.
Years later, Tupac is still one of the most influential rappers in the game. He rapped with heart and a message that he wanted everyone to hear. He was poetic, yet still a thug with roots in the streets, and today is a rap and hip-hop legend whose legacy continues as an inspiration to the next generation of rappers.
In honor of his passing 16 years ago today, we highly recommend you watch the dramatic documentary ‘Tupac & Biggie’ by celebrated director Nick Broomfield.
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Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac) and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop’s infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield’s film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight.
Watch the trailer here…