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Parish Lesane Crooks, 16 June 1971, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 13 September 1996, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The controversy-laced gangsta rapper 2Pac was the son of two Black Panther members, and his mother Alice Faye Williams was actually pregnant with her son while being held in a New York prison. After his mother married Mutulu Shakur, who became the baby’s stepfather, she changed her name to Afeni Shakur and her son’s title to Tupac Amaru Shakur. As a teenager Shakur studied at the Baltimore School Of Arts, before he moved to Marin City, California with his family and began hustling on the streets. His first appearance on the hip-hop scene came with a brief spell as part of Digital Underground, but it was with his 1991 debut 2Pacalypse Now that he announced himself as one of rap’s newest talents, while gaining censure from various quarters for the album’s explicit lyrical content. He gained his first crossover success in July...

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