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Tupac Shakur 20th Anniversary

Tupac Shakur 20th Anniversary

Sept. 13 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Tupac Shakur, one of the most iconic yet complex rap stars to ever grace the earth. He sold over 75 million records throughout his career, was arrested six times and miraculously survived after he was shot five times. Tupac was a force to be reckoned with. The world-renowned rapper-actor-activist’s lyrics, poetry and cautionary tales have dominated the entertainment industry for the past two decades following his death in 1996. While 20 years later, fans still yearn for answers for the mysterious circumstances that lead to ‘Pac’s death six days after being gunned down in Las Vegas, his legacy forever lives on, growing each day.
 
Over the past two decades, XXL has been one of the premiere outlets to uncover the stories that linger around Tupac Shakur’s legacy. Tupac has covered many XXL issues throughout the brand’s existence. In October of 2003, Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s beloved mother, who passed away at 69 in May of 2016, gave us an exclusive tour of her North Carolina ranch, where ‘Pac’s ashes lay. In 2011, Bill Garland, ‘Pac’s biological father whom the rapper first met at 23, also sat down for an interview to rehash the trials and tribulations of the fallen icon.
 
Even though XXL wasn’t established yet when Tupac passed, our publication and web site has documented ‘Pac’s life with countless stories and interviews throughout the past 20 years. In honor of the 20th anniversary of his death, we’ve created a special hub to reflect on it all. With his name meaning “Warrior, Messenger,” it’s unlikely that Tupac Shakur’s spirit will ever die. — Miranda Johnson

Selected Discography:  2Pacalypse Now, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me
Related Artists: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E, Kurupt, Ice Cube, Digital Underground, Tha Dogg Pound
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Nas, The Game and More Rappers Pay Tribute to Tupac on 20th Anniversary of His Death

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Every 2Pac ‘Makaveli’ Bootleg Reviewed (XXL April 2000 Issue)

After Tupac's untimely passing, his music began showing up on unofficial albums and 'Makaveli' bootlegs popped up everywhere. Read the original article Record Reviews from XXL‘s April 2000 issue.

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Tupac’s Hollywood Takeover Proves Rappers Are the Best Actors (XXL October 2001 Issue)

All you rappin' wanna-be thespians take heed: Tupac Shakur was more than just an MC but a classically trained actor who deserved all the movie roles he got and more. Just ask the fine folks who worked with him. Read the original article King of Stage from XXL‘s October 2001 issue.

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The Great Debate: Is 2Pac the Greatest MC of All Time? (XXL October 2001 Issue)

Hip-hop heads love debating. You think 2Pac was the greatest MC of all time. You think he was an average rapper with limited skills. Well, you're both right. Wait, we can explain. Read the original article G.O.A.T. from XXL‘s October 2001 issue.

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Separating the Real From the Fake 2Pac Albums (XXL October 2001 Issue)

XXL is here to separate the real from the fake and salute the hardest working MC ever. Read the original article Hood Scriptures from XXL‘s October 2001 issue.

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The Making of 2Pac’s ‘All Eyez on Me’ Album (XXL October 2004 Issue)

When 2Pac was released from prison and into the arms of Death Row Records and Suge Knight, he couldn't wait to hit the studio and make music. The result was All Eyez on Me, hip-hop's first true double LP. Read the original article Against the Grain from XXL‘s October 2004 issue.

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Here’s an Inside Look at 2Pac’s ‘Makaveli’ Album (XXL October 2003 Issue)

Here's an inside look at 2Pac's 'Makaveli,' hip-hop's most controversial classic. Read the original article Straight Spittin' from XXL‘s October 2003 issue.

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Tupac’s Fight Against Police Brutality Becomes Part of a Bigger Battle (XXL October 2002 Issue)

Prepared and never scared, Tupac Shakur put his pistol where his mouth was when it came to showing po-po that police brutality is a no no. Read the original article Lick Shots from XXL‘s October 2002 issue.

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Shock-G Opens Up About the Triumphs and Tribulations of Tupac (XXL October 2002 Issue)

Although they had no kin or blood relation, there would have been no 2Pac without Shock-G. More well-known to the masses as his alter ego Humpty Hump, the leader of Digital Underground remembers his fiery protege. Read the original article My Brother from XXL‘s October 2002 issue.

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