Tupac Shakur a.k.a. Lesane Parish Crooks (which was his real name 'till the panthers changed it) is born in NYC to Afeni Shakur, a member of the Black Panther Party who was pregnant with him while in jail on bombing charges. Tupac Amaru comes from the Incas meaning "shining serpent" and Shakur is Arabic meaning "thankful to God."
12 year old Tupac joins a Harlem theatre group and acts in "A Raisin in the sun".
Shakur's family moves to Baltimore where Tupac enrolled in the Baltimore School for the Arts. Here Tupac writes his
first rap under the name MC New York.
June: Tupac's family moves to Marin City, CA. Shortly after, Tupac moves in with a neighbor and starts selling drugs.
August: Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, is sentenced to 60 years in prison for his involvement in a 1981 armored-car robbery.
Tupac joins Digital Underground as a roadie/dancer/rapper. Soon after he records his first proffessional song with Digital Underground
Shakur achieves individual recognition with the album "2Pacalypse Now," which spawned the successful singles "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got A Baby." As a member of the Grammy-nominated group Digital Underground he appeared on the track "Same Song" from "This is an EP Release" and on the album "Sons Of The P."
November 12: 2Pacalypse Now is released
Shakur makes his movie debut in the Earnest Dickerson film "Juice."
September: Tupacs first album "2Pacalypse Now" is took from stores in the US.
Appeared in John Singleton's release "Poetic Justice" with Janet Jackson.
Febuary: "Strictly for my N.I.G.G.A.Z." is released and went platinum.
Release of "Thug Life." Appeared in "Above The Rim".
September 7, 1994: 2 Milwaukee tenns murdered a police officer and citeded Tupac’s ”Souljah’s Story” as their inspiration.
November: Shakur's New York sex assault trial opens. Tupac Shakur is shot 5 times during apparent robbery attempt outside a music studio in New York.
December: One day after being shot, Shakur is convicted of sexually abusing a woman he had invited to his hotel room. He is acquitted of sodomy and weapons charges.
Release of "Me Against The World," a multi-million-selling album.
February: Sentenced in New York to 4 1/2 years in prison for sex abuse.
May: Shakur married longtime girlfriend, Keisha Morris.
October: After nearly eight months in prison, Shakur is released on bail while he appeals.
Shakur's fourth solo album, "All Eyez on Me," debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, goes on to sell about 5 million copies. The song "How Do You Want It California Love" was a top 20 single on Billboard magazine's charts. Acted as a detective in Orion's urban crime thriller "Gang Related."
Sept. 7: Shakur shot in Las Vegas.
Sept. 13: Shakur pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m.
October 8, Gang Related hits the stores. The movie features James Belushi, Tupac Shakur (Tank), Lela Rochon and Dennis Quaid.
November 25, Tupac's first postmorthum album "R U Still Down" is released on Amaru Records. The album went 4x Platinum by December 15, 1997. The first single "Do 4 love" sells more than 1.000.000 copies.
Tupac's second mostmorthum album "Greatest Hist" is released on November 24, 1998. The Greatest Hits album has sold more then 4.5 million copies until 2001.
The Shakur Estate and Leila Steinberg publish the Poem book "The Rose That Grew From Concrete". The book contains of 71 poems written by Tupac from 1989 to 1991, before Tupac got into music, This Book is worth reading.
December 21, 1999: Amaru Records releases the 2Pac & Outlaws album "Still I Rise" which features 15 unreleased songs by Tupac & The Outlaws.
Amaru Records releases "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" volume 1, The poem album contains 25 tracks, featuring some of today's hottest artists, each interpreting 2Pac's poetry.
The Outlaws solo album is released and sells 155.000 copies
March 27: The fourth postmorthum album "Until The End Of Time" is released and on its way to be one of 2001's hottest rap albums.