Tupac Shakur


Tupac Shakur: Rapper. Actor. Activist. Thug. Poet. Rebel. Visionary. Though his recording career lasted just five years, Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) is one of the most popular artists in history, with over 75 million records sold worldwide. More than half of his eleven studio albums sold over three million copies in the U.S., and both 1996’s All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits collection have been certified diamond, surpassing the ten-million mark and placing them among the top-selling albums of all time. At the height of his phenomenal success, Tupac’s life was cut short on September 13, 1996 when he was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas at the age of 25. Despite the tragedy, Tupac’s music catalog continued to grow thanks to a significant cache of unreleased songs. He recorded at a relentless pace, eventually amassing enough music for an additional seven studio albums, including the multi-platinum releases R U Still Down?, Until the End of Time, and the double-disc Better Dayz. Nearly a decade after his final album, appreciation has only deepened for the lasting impact of Tupac’s music. Source  


Excerpt from "Me Against the World"

With all this extra stressin'

The question I wonder is after death, after my last breath

When will I finally get to rest through this oppression?

They punish the people that's askin' questions

And those that possess steal from the ones without possessions

The message I stress: to make it stop, study your lessons

Don't settle for less, even the genius asks his questions

Be grateful for blessings

Don't ever change, keep your essence

The power is in the people and politics we address

Always do your best, don't let this pressure make you panic

And when you get stranded

And things don't go the way you planned it

Dreamin' of riches, in a position of makin' a difference

Politicians are hypocrites, they don't wanna listen

If I'm insane, it's the fame made a brother change

It wasn't nothin' like the game; it's just me against the world





Literary Movements:

Rap & Hip Hop

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Rap & Hip Hop

Literary Devices:


the absence of a conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so…) between phrases and within a sentence


a type of popular music of US black origin in which words are recited rapidly and rhythmically over a prerecorded, typically electronic instrumental backing

Rhetorical Question

a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry