Tupac is an artist who sold millions of records and become one of the top selling artists of all time (“Tupac Shakur Biography” 1). “2Pacalypse Now” album sold “923,455” copies in the U.S. (Statistic Brain). “Me Against the World” album sold “3,524,567” copies in the U.S. (1). and other albums sold “500,000” up to “4,000,000” in the U.S.(1). Tupac sold “29,325,000” albums in the U.S. and sold “75,000,000” albums worldwide (1). Tupac collaborated with Artists such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The Notorious B.I.G. and Scarface. Featuring on records like “Smile” or “Gotta Get Mine” Tupac made a name for himself. He appeared in movies such as “Juice” or “Poetic Justice”. Tupac showed his acting ability while still promoting his music which helped his record sales grow. Tupac wasn’t known for music only but from his ability to do a wide variety of things. He was a gangster, a man, and a dreamer. Tupac became a huge selling artist because of his fans around the world. They enjoyed him as a being and an artist.
Tupac Shakur’s life had many battles. But his battle with music was the biggest one of all. Having conflicts with Biggie Smalls and other Hip-Hop artists, Tupac had troubles in the music industry. He wasn’t afraid of saying what he felt, so he recorded a record where he is calling shots at The Notorious B.I.G. and others (1). Before the record was made, Biggie Small’s wife had told them about Tupac’s record, which made Biggie record the song “Get Money” with Puff Daddy (1). They hurried and brought this record out to the streets (1). Tupac later heard it and told Suge Knight about why did they jump the gun and take his idea (1). Tupac went on and changed everything about the song and named it “Hit Em Up” out of rage (1). The record was known to make a grown man cry according to Suge Knight: “You claim to be a player but I f****d your wife/We bust on Bad Boys, n****s f****d for life/Plus Puffy tryna see me, weak hearts I rip/Biggie Smalls and Junior M.A.F.I.A. some mark-a** b*****s (1). He described the song as a “knife sticking into somebody’s wound and twisting it” (Danielle Harling). Suge Knight explained that the record will always be around because it was that serious (1). Tupac wasn’t afraid to say what he felt (1). He wasn’t afraid to die fighting for what he believed in (1). Sadly, all great legends must come to an end (1). On September 7th, 1996, Tupac was shot (1). He died six days later; or so they say (1). It is believed that Tupac may have faked his own death (1).
Tupac Shakur was a huge fanatic of “Niccolo Machiavelli”. Machiavelli encouraged “the end justifies the means” behavior among politicians (2). Niccolo was Italian Renaissance political philosopher and statesman, secretary of the Florentine republic, whose most famous work, The Prince (Il Principe), brought him a reputation as an atheist and an immoral cynic (2). Niccolo once said, “To fool ones’ enemies, fake’s ones’ death” (2). Many people believe that Tupac might’ve acquired the advice from Machiavelli into his own life, which made him call himself “Makavelli” (2). Makavelli is an anagram of “AM ALIVE K” (2).
Tupac made an album titled “The Don Killuminati”, expressing his 7-day theory (Apple). The Don Killuminati album artwork is consisted of Tupac Shakur on the cross, behind him is a red and black atmosphere (1). The artwork for his album The Don Killuminati reads ‘Exit 2Pac, Enter Makaveli’ (1). With songs like “Hail Mary”, “Shot It Up”, “To Live & Die In L.A” It portrays as Tupac knew what he was doing (1). The Don Killuminati has an emotional urgency and directness that makes it one of Tupac’s most arresting works (1). Explosions of anger segue into pleas for peace, and celebrations of the street lifestyle (1). Amidst all the paranoia and aggression, Pac has premonitions of his own death (1). “I'm a ghost in these killin’ fields,” he says on “Hail Mary (1).” No one can be certain that Tupac intended this to be his last will and testament, but there is that aura about this album (1). The final two songs epitomize the conflict that burned in Pac’s soul (1). “I hope for better days,” he says in “Hold Ya Head (1).” Then, in “Against All Odds,” he turns around to blast all of his peers, like a kamikaze pilot on a final suicide mission (1). The album’s final words linger like an uncanny echo: “Now I want war (1).” A theory came arise from the album and people were expressing valid points like “Killuminati to the body with the impact of a twelve gauge shotty” (War John). The Killuminati is the seven-day theory (1). So 3 and 4 equal 7 as in the seven-day theory (1). And 3 and 9 equal 12 as in twelve gauge shotty?” (1). The number 616 gives you 3 numbers that equal to the singular 4 in mathematical terms. (1) On the other hand 666 gives you three numbers that equal to the singular 9 (1). God’s rescue code is 616 and God’s code for retaliation is 666 (1). That gives you March 4 and March 9. Biggies death was on March 9th, it was a sign before the time that the retaliation of God and Goddess against the foes in perdition will be on a March 9th (1). The “7 Day Theory” is the sexual time God spends with Goddess after his rescue from perdition, but the twelve gauge shotty is the metaphor for retaliation by God and Goddess (1). March 4th is the day the sex between God and Goddess starts back up in paradise (1). March 9th is the day the retaliation happens in perdition (1).
A second theory that came about was that in the evening of September 7th, 1996, Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight, the then-CEO of Death Row Records, attended a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Joyce Chen). In the casino lobby, Shakur had a run-in with alleged Crip gang member Orlando Anderson (1). There was a brief fight – Shakur and Knight's entourage got involved – but it was eventually broken up, and the men went their separate ways (1). Shakur and Knight headed out towards Club 662, a nightclub owned by Knight (1). While Shakur and Knight were on their way to the club, around 11 p.m., a white Cadillac pulled up next to them on the passenger side while they were at a stoplight (1). An unidentified gunman then fired 14 shots into their car (1). Shakur was hit four times – twice in the chest, once in the arm and once in the thigh – with one bullet puncturing his right lung (1). Knight was hit by a bullet fragment that hit him in the head, but otherwise walked away unscathed (1). The rapper was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors kept him alive for six days before his mother finally made the decision to stop treatment on September 13th, 1996, at 4:03 p.m (1). His official cause of death was cardiac arrest (1). Following Tupac's death, investigators looked into a number of suspects, including Anderson. Anderson's affiliation with the Crips would have made the shooting a gang-related retaliation hit (1). Members of a 10-car entourage following Knight and Shakur told officers that it was Anderson who fired the shots (1). But Anderson was later killed in an unrelated gang shooting, and the cops lost their lead (1). The media was quick to jump on a different narrative that placed the blame on Shakur's former friend and east coast rival, The Notorious B.I.G (1). The pair had come up together in the early 1990s, with Shakur even acting as Biggie's mentor of sorts (1). Things eventually went south in the middle of the decade when the two rappers got embroiled in an epic East Coast-West-Coast rap rivalry (1). The feud was believed to have been sparked by Biggie's 1994 song "Who Shot Ya?" The possible diss track is said to be about Shakur getting shot and robbed in New York City (1). Two years later, in 1996, Shakur released "Hit 'Em Up," in which he alludes to having an affair with Biggie's wife, Faith Evans (1). Evans later told MTV News that Biggie was afraid that people would believe he was responsible for Shakur's death, and feared retaliation (1). Biggie denied claims. Six months later, on March 9, 1997, Biggie was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting while leaving a party in Los Angeles after the Soul Train Awards (1). His death also remains unsolved (1).
A third theory put the blame on Suge Knight (1). Fans have pointed to a possibly frosty relationship between the Death Row Records CEO and his rising star (1). Theorists believe Shakur was ready to leave the label to start his own, and so Knight orchestrated his murder that night in Las Vegas, a claim that he has strongly denied (1).
In fact, in 2017, Knight stood behind a new documentary about Shakur's death that pointed to yet another possibility (1). The documentary claims that Knight's ex-wife, Sharitha Golden, and Reggie Willis Jr., the former head of security for Death Row Records, had actually plotted a hit on him in order to gain control of the label (1). Golden has publicly denied the accusation (1).
But perhaps the most popular theory out there, is that Shakur didn't die at all that fall (1). That just maybe he's still alive and living in Cuba after having faking his own death (1). Supposed evidence includes his seven posthumous records, a supposedly "fake" autopsy photo, and his mother's choice of words when she told the world that her son Tupac "chose to leave quietly (1).”
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