Tupac Shakur was a famous American singer and actor. He was one of the best-selling music artists of all time selling over 75 million records all over the world as per figures recorded in 2010. Shakur was named as the “86th Greatest Artist of all Time” by the Rolling Stone Magazine. His songs were mostly inspired by the social problems, racism, violence and hardships prevalent in the inner cities and conflicts with other musicians during the East-West coast hip-hop fight. The artist started his career as a back-up dancer and MC for another dance group called “Digital Underground”. The controversial artist was shot six times by a criminal gang in September 1996 and severely injured. He succumbed to his injuries six days later.
Tupac was one of the wealthiest musicians in his lifetime due to the mind boggling success he enjoyed in his pop career. The bulk of his career earnings came from the sales proceeds of his 75 million album sales. Millions more were raked in via his performances in live shows. Movie appearances also raked in a substantial amount of money for the star. He also appeared in ad campaigns for the clothing brand Roccett Makaveli. His net worth was about 40 million USD at the time of his death.
The singer’s phenomenal success enabled him to lead a very luxurious lifestyle. He owned mansions in Atlanta and New York City valued at millions of dollars. The singer used to drive around in luxury cars like a 1995 model green colored Convertible Jaguar XLS. Tupac mostly used hired private jets for his air travels. Shakur actively participated in charitable works and has performed in several live music shows to raise money for various philanthropic organizations in addition to donating money. His music style was deeply influenced by his strong beliefs in the values of liberty and equality. He was a staunch advocate for African-American people’s rights and was deeply influenced by black nationalist organizations like the Black Panther Party.
The rapper was born in the poor East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. His parents were actively involved with the controversial Black Panther’s party. His parents divorced at a very early age. His family moved to California when the singer was in his teens. Tupac married his sweetheart Keisha Morris in 1995 but unfortunately the couple divorced a year later. He was imprisoned for a few years on the charge of sexually assaulting a woman in 1993. The rapper was once involved in a firefight with police officers in Atlanta where he shot and injured two policemen.
Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation
Founded back in 1997 originally as the Shakur Family Foundation by Afeni Shakur, mother of multi-talented hip-hop legend, with explicit and controversial lyrics, Tupac Shakur who was embroiled in a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF), which is home to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. On June 11, 2005 the TASF opened the Center, which is named in honor of the late American rap artist Tupac Shakur, and was also founded by his mother Afeni Shakur.
Ever since inception, TASF has offered performing arts camps, essay competitions, youth book clubs, visual arts workshops, community development projects, and scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate degrees. The organization also runs a Performing Arts Day Camp for youth ages twelve to eighteen.
Speaking about the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, it’s dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts. It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self-esteem and confidence.
For nearly 15 years, the Foundation’s programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year.