Facts about Tupac  

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Facts about Tupac


Think you know everything about Tupac? Read these little known facts:
· Tupac was offered a record contract at the age of 13. Afeni however refused to let him sign anything at such a young age. She felt he had a lot to learn about the world before joining the music industry.
· Tupac intended for "R U Still Down?" to be released.
· Before becoming famous Tupac was part of the local Baltimore TV news Special. The program, called "Saturday Night Specials," was on a type of gun. Tupac spoke with great knowledge on the guns, speaking on how they were poorly and cheaply made.
· The video tape named "Tupac and Jada Home video" which appears on Tupac: Resurrection, was recorded at King's Dominion Amusement Park.
· Tupac enjoyed various types of music artists, including Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters. He is quoted as calling Tracy Chapman a "True Poet."
· As a child, Tupac's friends often gave him clothes for Christmas and birthdays, because they were aware of the poverty in which he lived.
· For a time Tupac lived with Linda Pratt, wife of Gernimo Pratt, in Marin City.
· Tupac's favorite piece of music was from the play Les Miserables. He went to see the play with his then girlfriend Keisha Morris.
· The first known Tupac song is titled "When Will You Learn", a song about gun violence dedicated to a friend of his who was killed on the block. The friends name was Darren Berret. It's been said that Tupac copied the "Not wearing any shirt" dress sense from him.
· Tupac had a hand written on the wall of the Enoch Pratt Free library in Baltimore. It sat next to poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. (It has since been added to the vaults.)
· Biggie used to call Tupac "Duke" while Tupac called him Christopher.
· It was reported by Mike Dyson that the song "Vincent" by Don Maclean was played on repeat during Tupac's last hours.
· According to Suge Knight, the song "Never Had A Friend Like Me" was about their relationship because Suge once told Tupac "Your Enemies my Enemies."
· Johnny J told HitEmUp.com that the song Never Had a Friend Like Me was never completed as it was released in it's unmastered form.
· The Tupac poem "Nothing can come between us," was written for his friend John Cole, whom Tupac nicknamed "White Boy John."
· Tupac & Big Saccs both went looting together during the LA Riots. According to Sacc's, he and Tupac went straight from the studio to the hood and started looting.
· Tupac turned up at a ball at the Baltimore School Of The Art's dressed as Shaka Zulu. His roommate and close friend John Cole dressed as his white slave. Tupac and John won the best costume award.
· Herbie Lovebug, manger of "Salt-N-Peppa," was once asked by Tupac's group Born Busy to hear one of their . Herbie told them "Naw, I aint got time for this shit I gotta be on a plane in ten hours!" Years later when Tupac was at the opening of "Juice," Herbie approached him and expressed a desire to work with him. Tupac's reply wasn't one Herbie was looking for.
· Tupac and Mouse (childhood friend) once battled 1980's group star DMX (from Just Ice not the Rough Ryders camp.)
Rare Facts Continued...
· Tupac read for the part of "Bubba" in "Forest Gump".
· Tupac's cousin Scott got him the role of Travis in "A Rasin in the Sun." Scott was also in the New York School for the arts.
· The song "When Will You Learn" and "U Don't Wanna Battle Me" (not the Ryan D track), along with a few others, were recorded on a disc which Tupac lost.
· Tupac and Sanyika Shakur (aka Monster Kody Scott) were good friends. Tupac wanted to play him in a movie about Sanyika's life.
· Before he had become famous, Tupac was once paid $335 to appear in an advertisement for a local news channel. He used that money to pay for the months rent
· When Tupac got out of jail Suge arranged a private plane back to L.A, a limo, and five police officers for protection.
· Suge Knight gave Tupac money to buy Afeni a house when he came to Death Row.
· Tupac met The Assassin and Dee Tha Mad Bitch back in late '93/early '94. He enjoyed the time he spent working with them so much that he booked a studio for the three for an entire week.
· Tupac was cremated by "Davis Mortuary" in Las Vegas.
· Tupac and Snoop were supposed to perform "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" on Saturday Night Live, an NBC TV-show. Snoop never appeared for the rehearsal, so Tupac and Ice-T performed "Only God Can Judge Me", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (Barbara Streisand cover) and a little skit. Even though he didn't look it, Pac was embarrassed by the Streisand cover and was really mad at Snoop for not showing up.
· After Pac had released 2Pacalypse Now he wanted to bring out a group called "Nothing Gold." He was going to do production for them while they wrote their own lyrics, but it never happened. He was also working with a female artist called "A Sister Named Mister," but she never came out either.
· Keisha Morris, once married to Tupac, came to visit him in his hotel room in Atlanta. The hotel-room caught fire and she tried to quickly escape. Tupac was disappointed in her and told her he couldn't trust her because she didn't stay with him to fight the fire.
· When Tupac and Keisha Morris got married, during the ceremony when the priest stated the line "...with all your worldly possessions...," Tupac said, "Well, Keisha can't have my pool table or my big screen TV."
· Pac was supposed to go on tour with Snoop and Tha Dogg Pound in October 1996. The name of the tour was "All Eyez On Us."
· Tupac met Fredro Starr at the premiere of "Sunset Park."
· Porn Star Spontaneous XXXStacy, who has been in magazines like Portfolio and Players, has a tattoo on her arm with Tupacs name and the title of the song "Keep Ya Head Up."
· THUGLIFE stands for "The Hate U Give Lil Infants F*ck Everybody"
· NIGGA stands for "Never ignorant getting goals accomplished"
· OUTLAW stands for "Operating under thug laws as warriors"
Rare Facts Continued...
· MOB stands for Member of bloods and/or money over B*tches
· While doing a show in Marin County Tupac got into an altercation which was handled poorly by the Marin County Sheriffs department. Gun shots were fired and a shot from someone's gun ricocheted and killed a small child.
· Tupac was banned from playing in many states because his concerts were wild. His song "Initiated" states "My lyrics so lethal turn coliseums to murder scenes." He was sued by a woman who was shot and paralyzed at a concert he held in 1993. She said he got the crowd too rowdy.
· Tupac was married to Keisha Morris but the marriage was nullified. In the unreleased song "Ghetto Star" with Bad Azz he says "an addict for a wife, livin the life, of a ghetto star". She has a Tupac tattoo on her arm.
· Tupac planned on being an actor before he ever thought about being a rapper.
· Tupac is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful rapper of all time.
· Tupac dissed Nas all the time for biting his style, "This little ni**a named Nas think he live like me, talking bout he left the hospital took 5 like me."
· Stretch was Tupac's friend and was present when Pac got shot the first time in New York. He was later killed exactly one year to the date of that shooting. In "Against All Odds" Pac mentions his death, stating "and to that n*gga that was down for me, rest his head, switched sides guess his new friends wanted him dead."
· The Bootcamp Click also had a beef with Badboy and liked the song HitEmUp. Tupac and the Bootcamp hooked up on a CD called One Nation which hasn't been released. The purpose of the album was to squash the Eastcoast/Westcoast beef and make it apparent that the beef was with Badboy, not the east.
· Death Row Records' CEO Suge Knight took Tupac to his first basketball game.
· "Flex" was supposed to be on Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... , but didn't make it.
· "Lost Souls" by Tupac featuring the Outlawz was recorded on July 8, 1996.
· There was a time before Tupac was famous when he found out that there was a group of people pissed off and looking for him. He went home, put on his vest, strapped himself with every gun he had, knocked on the door of the people that were looking for him and said "Are you looking for me!" Apparently someone in Tupac's family put out word to make sure nothing happened to him, but they thought he was a crazy motherf*cker and respected him for it.
· Wendy Williams said that Tupac got in jail. Tupac retaliated in the unreleased song "Why U Turn on Me" where he goes off... "I'm gonna put a $20,000 hit, through Jenny Craig, to come find your a** and put you in a fat farm, you fat b*tch" and so on.
· Tupac was supposed to star in Menace to Society but when given a part bigger than what he wanted he got into a fight with the Hughes brothers who were directing the movie. Tupac said "I hit one of them and he dropped, the other one ran like a b*tch"
· Tupac believed his case was part of a setup by Jacques Agnant aka Haitian Jack, who Tupac claimed was part of the situation. Tupac retaliated in "Against all Odds" on the Makaveli CD claiming that Jacques Agnant was a government informant, "Same Crime, different trials n*gga picture what he said." Agnant sued and the estate stating there had been numerous attempts on his life and he was unable to find work.
· Badboy was supposedly funded by the Black Mafia, a gang in which King Tut belonged to. Tupac was hanging around Tut the week he was shot. Tupac made a remark about one of their associates in an interview, which may have been the reason he was shot in 1994. Tupac speaks on Tut on "Against all Odds" stating "Gun shots to Tut, now you stuck."
· Tupac studied drama at Baltimore's School For The Arts, where he rapped under the name MC New York.
· While he was with Digital Underground, someone once shoved a 12 gauge shotgun in Tupac's face because of a dispute over a girl. This occurred after Pac appeared with Digital underground at a Martin Luther King Jr. festival.
Rare Facts Continued...
· "Me And My Girlfriend" is about his gun, not his girlfriend.
· One of Tupac's favorite actors was Jim Carrey whom he used to imitate.
· On September 16, 1996, Tupac's bodyguard, Frank Alexander, went to a tattoo parlor and got a tattoo on his shoulder which says, "In Memory of Tupac, Only God Can Judge You, Revelation 20:12."
· Rapper Treach has a tattoo of Tupac on his left arm.
· The "Against All Odds" outro is from The Godfather III .
· The "Hold Ya Head" intro is from a film about Malcolm X
· The original title of All Eyez On Me was Americaz Euphanasia
· The original title of Me Against the World was Crucify
· The original title of Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... was Troublesome 21
· The Outlawz were originally supposed to be on "Krazy," but they took too long to write their verses so Tupac let Bad Azz guest appear on it instead.
· Tupac had two rottweilers named Bonnie and Clyde who his uncle took care of.
· Tupac's ex-wife, Keisha Morris, has a tattoo on her arm of Tupac sitting on a chair and looking up.
· Tupac's favorite drink was Sunkist Orange Soda.
· Tupac's two favorite colors were black and gold.
· Tupac's two favorite meals were fried chicken wings with hot sauce and macaroni and cheese.
· Tupac used to work at Roundtable Pizza. He made pizzas and delivered them.
· Tupac wanted to have children, if he had a son he wanted to name him Michelangelo and if he had a daughter he wanted to name her Star.
· Tupac was set to star in Higher Learning, but was dropped from the film due to his legal troubles.
· Tupac's first movie appearance was in Nothing But Trouble.

Timeline:

eptember 1968: Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, joins the New York Black Panther party at age 22.
April 1969: Afeni's is arrested and charged with conspiracy to bomb several public areas in new York City. While out on bail, Afeni courts two men: Legs, a local hood, and Billy, a member of the party.
February 1971: Afeni, pregnant with Tupac, has her bail revoked; she's sent to the Women's House of Detention in Greenwich Village.
June 16, 1971: Shortly after his mom is acquitted on bombing charges, Tupac Amaru Shakur is born in New York. Tupac Amaru are Inca Words meaning "shining serpent." Shakur is Arabic for Thankful to God.
1975-1983: Tupac's family shuttles between the Bronx and Harlem, at times living in shelters.
1983: Legs comes to live with the Shakur family; Tupac "claims" him as his father. Legs introduces Afeni to Crack.
September 1983: Afeni enrolls 12-year-old Tupac in the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem theater group. In his first performance, Tupac plays Travis in a Raisin the Sun.
June 1986: Shakur's family moves to Baltimore;. As MC New York Tupac writes his first .
September 1986: Tupac enrolls at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studies ballet and acting.
June 1988: Tupac and his family move to Marine City, California "Leaving that school affected me so much," he said later. "I see that as the point where I got off track." Shortly after, Tupac moves in with a neighbor and begins selling drugs.
August: 1988: Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, is sentenced to sixty years in prison for his involvement in a 1981 armored-car robbery.
1990: Tupac joins Digital Underground as a rodie/dancer/rapper. While on tour, he learns that his mother is using crack.
January 3, 1991: Tupac makes his recording debut on DU's. This is an E.P. Release.
November 12, 1991: 2Pacaplypse Now is released. Shortly thereafter, Tupac files a $10 million lawsuit against the Oakland police for alleged brutality following an arrest for jaywalking.
January 17, 1992: Tupac makes his big-screen debut in Ernest Dickerson's Juice, earning praise for his portrayal of Bishop. He is perhaps best remembered for the line "I am crazy, and I don't give a f*ck!"
April 11, 1992: Ronald Ray Howard, 19, shoots a Texas trooper. Howard's attorney claims 2Pacalypse Now, which was in his client's tape deck, incited him to kill.
August 22, 1992: Tupac has an altercation with old acquaintances in Marine City. A 6 year old bystander is shot in the head. Tupac's half brother, Maurice Harding is arrested but released due to lack of evidence.
September 22, 1992: Tupac is denounced by Vice President Dan Quayle, who says 2Pacalypse Now "has no place in our society."
February 1, 1993: Strictly 4 My NIGGAZ is released and eventually goes platinum.
March 13, 1993: Tupac has a fight with a limo driver in Hollywood who accuses him of using drugs in the car. Tupac's arrested but the charges are dropped.
April 5, 1993: Tupac is arrested in Lansing Michigan, for taking a swing at a local rapper with a baseball bat during a concert. He's sentenced to 10 days in jail.
July 23, 1993: John Singleton's Poetic Justice, starring Tupac and Janet Jackson, is released. Before filming began, Jackson demanded Shakur take an HIV test before she would do any kissing scenes.
October 31, 1993: Tupac is arrested for allegedly shooting two off-duty Atlanta police officers who he says were harassing a black motorist. Charges are eventually dropped.
November 18, 1993: A 19 year old woman, whom Tupac picked up 4 days earlier in a New York nightclub, is allegedly sodomized and sexually abused by the rapper and 3 of his friends.
December 1993: John Singleton is forced by Columbia Pictures to drop the rapper from the cast of his upcoming film, Higher Learning.
March 10, 1994: Tupac is sentenced to fifteen days in a Los Angeles jail for punching out director Allen Hughes. (Hughes and his brother, Albert, had dropped Tupac from Menace II Society.)
March 23, 1994, Tupac stars as Birdie, a troubled drug dealer, in Above the Rim. The soundtrack album, featuring the song "Pour out a little Liquor," recorded by Tupac's group, Thug Life, sells 2 million copies. September 7, 1994: Two Milwaukee teens murder a police officer and cite Tupac's "Souljah's Story" as their inspiration.
November, 30 1994: While on trial for sex and weapons charges, Tupac is shot five times and robbed of $40,000 worth of jewelry in the lobby of a Times Square recording studio. Tupac checks himself out of the hospital less than three hours after surgery. The case remains unsolved.
December 1, 1994: Tupac is acquitted of sodomy and weapons charges but is found guilty of sexual abuse.
February 14, 1995: Tupac is sentenced to up to four and a half years in a maximum security prison, convicted of touching her bum. He immediately begins serving his time in New York's Rikers Island penitentiary.
April 1, 1995: While he's incarcerated, Tupac's third album, Me Against the World, debuts at no. 1 on Billboard's pop chart. Fueled by the single "Dear Mama," the album goes double platinum in 7 months.
April 1995: In a vibe interview from jail, Tupac renounces "Thug Life" persona and commits himself to positive works. He also implicates Biggie Smalls, Puffy Combs, Andre Harrell, and his close friend Stretch, and others in the recording studio ambush.
August 1995: Biggie, Puffy and Harrell tell Vibe, they had no connection to Tupac's shooting.
October 1995: Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight posts $1.4 million bond to release Tupac, who immediately flies to LA, signs with Death Row and begins recording All Eyez on Me.
November 30, 1995: Exactly on year after Tupac's shooting, Randy "Stretch" Walker is murdered execution-style in Queens.
February 1996: In Vibe Tupac suggests he's been sleeping with Biggie's wife, Faith Evans. She denies the stories.
February 13, 1996: Tupac's Death Row Debut, All Eyez on Me, 's first double CD, is released.
March 29, 1996: Words are exchanged and a gun is pulled when Death Row and Bad Boy employees face off after the Soul Train awards in Los Angeles.
April 25, 1996: All Eyez on Me goes quintuple platinum.
May 1996: Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg release "2 of Amerikaz most Wanted." In the video, caricatures of Biggie and Puffy and punished for setting up Tupac.
June 4, 1996: Death Row releases Tupac's "Hit 'Em Up," a brutal diatribe against Biggie, Bad Boy, Mobb Deep, and others.
September 4, 1996: Tupac returns to New York for the MTV music awards and gets into a scuffle.
September 7, 1996: After leaving the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas in Suge Knight's car, Shakur is shot four times in the chest by an assailant in a white Cadillac. Knight, who has connections with the Bloods, escapes with a minor injury. Shakur is rushed to University Medical Center, where he undergoes surgery, including the removal of his right lung.
September 11, 1996: A Compton man who police say is associated with the LA Crips is shot to death while sitting in his car, the first in a series of gang related murders. Police begin investigating possible connections to Tupac's shooting.
Friday, September 13 1996: After six days in critical condition, Tupac Shakur is pronounced dead at 4:03pm. His body is later cremated. He was only 25.

Lawsuits:

Since Tupac's death, there has been a struggle over his estate. Now, people, many of who were too coward to file a suit while he was alive, are seizing the opportunity to grab part of the estate. Here's a breakdown of some of the law suits that have taken place. Everything here is correct to the best of my knowledge, if you have any further information or feel that something here is incorrect, please let me know. If you have a Tupac site and want to use this, please let me know and give me credit where it is due.

BadAzz vs. Deathrow
Badazz is suing Deathrow for $500,000 over the song he did with Pac on the Makaveli 7 Day Theory CD, "Krazy". Apparently he wasn't paid any royalties for the song.
Afeni Shakur vs. Deathrow
Successful lawsuits were won by the estate to gain merchandising rights to Shakur's image, which means it would receive royalties from T-shirts, posters, hats etc., and they also won a suit against Deathrow to gain the rights to unreleased material.A $7.1 million suit by Death Row Records, demanding reimbursement for cash advances that Shakur allegedly used for cars, houses, jewelry and other expenses. The estate filed a 41- page counter suit, accusing Death Row of looting $50 million from Shakur to maintain the extravagant lifestyles of label head Marion "Suge" Knight and other executives.

C. Delores Tucker vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur

A $10 million lawsuit by C. Delores Tucker, a virulent opponent of gangsta . Tucker, who once labeled Shakur's music "pornographic smut," claimed lyrics on Tupac's 9 million-selling album "All Eyez on Me" were so demeaning that it affected her sex life. Two songs derisively mentioned Tucker by name. On one, "How Do U Want It," Shakur rapped: "Delores Tucker, you'se a motherf*cker/Instead of trying to help a ni**a, you destroy a brother", the other song is "Wonda why they call u B*tch." Read the Official Court Document
William Garland vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur

A lawsuit was also filed by Tupac's father, William Garland, seeking 50 percent of Tupac's Estate. Garland had little contact in Tupac's Life and until Tupac got shot in '94 Tupac believed his father was dead. He was only trying to make money off of his blood-only son. The case was previously thrown out of court, but ended in a settlement of $540,000 plus legal fees totaling just over $350,000.
Jacquelyn McNealey vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
Jacquelyn McNealey was shot and paralyzed by a stay bullet at a 1993 Tupac concert in Pine Bluff, Ark. Fischbein. She claims that Tupac got the crowed all fired up, resulting in her being shot. A November 1996 court award of $16.6 million was overturned when it was ruled that Tupac's estate wasn't allowed to present a defense at the trial. She later settled for $2 million.

Whitwells vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur

Two off duty policemen claimed they were crossing the road and were almost hit by a car back in 1993. They got into a dispute with the driver, and 2 other cars pulled up, they claim they ran but were shot in the buttocks. Witnesses later identified the shooter as Shakur, who was in town for a concert and staying at the same hotel as the Whitwells. "Criminal charges were dropped when it emerged that the policemen had been drinking and had initiated the incident, and when the prosecution's own witness testified that the gun one of the officers threatened Tupac with had been seized in a drug bust and then stolen from an evidence locker." Civil suit with one officer was settled out of court, the officer in this case was awarded the amount of $210,000.
Johnny Lee Jackson (Johnny J) vs Deathrow

Johnny J. says he co-wrote and helped produce 11 songs on All Eyez on Me and was never paid the $100,000 advance or the per song royalties of 3% he was supposed to receive. I'm assuming there are still hard feelings between him and Deathrow as the word Deathrow was edited out of songs he produced for the album "Until The End of Time."
Orlando Anderson vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur

Orlando Anderson, a crip considered a suspect in the shooting of Tupac, was beaten by Tupac and Suge in the lobby Sept, 7, 1996 of the MGM theater the night of the Tyson fight and Tupac shooting. Although Anderson was later killed in a driveby thought to be linked to the shooting of Tupac, a suit against Tupac's estate will continue. Suge was ruled to have been responsible in the beating and sentenced to a 9 year prison sentence for violation of parole.

R&S Antiques Inc vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
A Beverly Hills Jeweler is suing the estate claiming Tupac had an unpaid tab of $38,000 for a white gold and diamond bracelet and a $45,000 medallion designed by Gianni Versace. R&S Antiques Inc is seeking in access of $93,000 for the jewelry and interest on it.

Afeni Shakur vs. Orlando Anderson

Sept 16th, Afeni Shakur filed a wrongful death suit against Orlando Anderson. Afeni Shakur's lawyer, Richard Fishbein, says the suit was filed because, "The Las Vegas police have as much interest in solving this crime as the man on the moon... I believe I cannot do any worse than they have."

Jaques Agnant vs Estate of Tupac Shakur
In the song "Against All Odds" which appeared on the post humorous album, Makaveli, Tupac labelled Jaques Agnant a snitch. A former friend of Tupac Jaques Agnant had ties to the Black Mafia. He was friends with the woman who accused Tupac of in 1994. Although Jaques Agnant aka Hatian Jack, was involved in the incident they had separate trials and Agnant got off while Tupac was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Tupac referenced this in "Against All Odds" stating "Same crime different trials." After the death of Tupac Agnant filed a suite against Tupac's estate for over $200 million claiming that because of Tupac's song he couldn't find work and was afraid for his life after being labeled an informant.

Christabel168 45F

5/29/2006 1:57 pm

Wow.. very interesting.. Thanks


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