The Evolution Of 2PAC: From Art School To Thug Life

There’s no doubt 2Pac left an indelible mark on Hip Hop with 11 studio albums. Four of them were released while he was alive and the other 7 posthumously. Throughout Tupac’s career and posthumously he has sold over 75 million records.

But his music success came with many legal issues and run ins with the law. Starting in 1991 when the Oakland Police Department stopped 2Pac for jaywalking, which resulted in 2Pac being beat up by police officers.

To shooting 2 off duty police officers in Atlanta in 1993, him being shot 5 times at Quad Studios in 1994 to misdemeanor assault convictions, concealed weapon case and even a wrongful death suit.

2Pac had been noted as a fearless individual, walking around the streets of LA with no security at the height of the East Coast versus West Coast War.

Not to mention one of his most infamous run ins with the Rolling 60’s street gang where he and his friend and rapper Treach got caught up in a brawl with the gang members.

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2PAC ACCUSED OF PORTRAYING BISHOP IN HIS LIFE

With that said, there is a recurring theme when it comes to Tupac that arises often. That he wasn’t a gangster as he portrayed himself to be and that he was acting. As a matter of fact, he is often accused of portraying and living out the character that he played in his breakout movie role, Bishop, in the movie Juice.

2Pac has been accused often of embodying that very same character that he played in the movie Juice released in 1992 until his demise in 1996.

2PAC’S BLACK PANTHER TIES AND NAMING

2Pac’s mother was an active Black Panther Party member in New York in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. In 1971, a month before 2Pac was born, his mother was tried in New York City as part of the Panther 21 criminal trial. She was acquitted of over 150 charges.

On June 16th, 1971, 2Pac was born in East Harlem, New York City. He was originally named Lesane Parish Crooks. But at the age of 1 he was renamed 2Pac Amaru Shakur by his mother. The name derives from Túpac Amaru II, who was executed in Peru in 1781 after his revolt against Spanish rule.

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FROM MC NEW YORK TO 2PAC

Though born on the East Coast in Harlem, New York City, 2Pac would become a bicoastal person. At the age of 13 he moved to Baltimore and in 1988 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1989 2Pac began recording raps under the stage name MC New York. By 1990 Tupac had hooked up with the rap group Digital Underground as a roadie and backup dancer.

In the year 1991, on the Digital Underground single “Same Song” is when the rapper debuted with his name as his stage name. He went from being MC New York to 2Pac.

2PAC’S DEBUT ALBUM TO JUICE

In 1991 he would also go on to release his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now.

In the same year 2Pac made his first film appearance. In the 1991 film Nothing But Trouble. 2Pac is in a cameo by the Digital Underground.

The following year, In 1992, 2Pac started in his first leading role in the movie Juice. In the movie he plays the fictional character Roland Bishop, described  by some as a militant and haunting individual.

Other known figures who auditioned for the role of Bishop include Daryl Mitchell, Money B, Donald Faison and Treach. However, none of them got the part as they were not considered right for the role. But Treach and Faison did get Cameo roles in the movie. Treach made a cameo as a rival gang member and Faison as a high school student.

RECORDING 2PACALYPSE NOW AND FILMING JUICE

Though Juice was released on January 17th 1992, it was filmed between March and April of the previous year, 1991.

2Pac may have already had some songs cut for his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, which was recorded between 1990 and 1991 and released on November 12th 1991, about 2 months before the release of Juice.

It’s important to note that on the 2Pacalypse Now album, with records recorded before the movie Juice was filmed and released, 2Pac has songs that may be categorized as gangster, hardcore and/or revolutionary. On 2Pacalypse Now you can find title tracks like “Soulja’s Story” and “If My Homies Call” where 2Pac portrays a fearless and reckless image at times, much like Bishop from Juice.

2PACALYPSE NOW

One of the title tracks on 2Pacalypse now is “I Don’t Give A F**k” and coincidentally one of the most iconic scenes in Juice is the “I Don’t Give A F**k” scene.

It’s the scene where Omar Epp’s character, Q, tells 2Pac’s character Bishop that he is crazy and Bishop responds that he is and that he doesn’t give a f**k.

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CONCLUSION

And as always we like to close with a saying, quote or adage and today’s is from 2Pac: DEATH IS NOT THE GREATEST LOSS IN LIFE. THE GREATEST LOSS IS WHAT DIES INSIDE WHILE STILL ALIVE.

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