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Rappers that were real life gangsters – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur is well known for his rapper fashion, and was born into a family of black radical activists. His stepfather, Mutulu, was a fugitive for much of Tupac’s childhood for helping Tupac’s aunt, Assata Shakur, escape justice. Assata Shakur is best known for her involvement in the killing of a New Jersey state trooper, among other crimes, then fleeing to Cuba. Mutulu himself was later convicted of murder and imprisoned for 60 years.

Despite being raised in such a violent environment, Shakur managed to mostly stay out of major legal trouble until he was well into his 20s. In 1992, he was implicated in the accidental shooting death of a six year old boy, for which he later paid a large out-of-court settlement.


The following year he narrowly avoided being hit with felonious assault charges after he beat down a rival rapper with a baseball bat. Later that year, he was involved in a shootout with off duty detectives in Atlanta where he again escaped being charged.


In 1994, he ended up in jail for badly beating the producer of Menace II Society. Later in the year, he was attacked while at a recording studio and shot five times in an apparent robbery attempt. In 1995, while still recovering from his gunshot wounds, he was sent to prison for an earlier rape charge.


On September 7, 1996, Shakur was involved in an altercation at a Las Vegas casino. Crip member Orlando Anderson was badly beaten by Shakur and Suge Knight. Later that night, Tupac Shakur was shot 4 times at a Las Vegas intersection. He died 6 days later of his wounds.  Unfortunately he joins a very long list of dead rappers.