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Tupac Shakur Died 18 Years Ago Today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Billboard   
Saturday, 13 September 2014 18:28

Tupac Shakur, who lived the life of a hip hop and rap luminary, was born June 16, 1971 in New York. Interestingly enough, the most outspoken and unpredictable rap artists of all time was named after a Peruvian leader, by the same name, who led a civil rights rebellion. “Tupac Amaru” also means “Shining Serpent,” and “Shakur” means “Thankful to God.” Tupac, aka 2Pac, was a natural born leader; not only did he impact the world of hip hop and rap music, he also frequently spoke on societal issues regarding class-ism, racism, and sexism. Despite his troubled upbringing, controversial life, and untimely demise, Tupac is remembered by his family, friends, and fans as an artistic genius and a prophetic speaker who ripped the truth wide open and left it exposed and raw for the whole world to see.

Tupac and his mother Afeni Shakur


No doubt, Shakur took after his mother, Afeni Shakur, who was notoriously a member of the civil rights activist group The Black Panthers. Tupac and his mother were close, and he stuck by Afeni despite her struggles with drug addiction and being a welfare mom. To hear him say it, she had a tough job raising a precocious young man who was as diverse in his emerging mindset as he was rigid about his ascent out of the poverty that surrounded his early upbringing. During this rare interview, Tupac describes how living life in the ghetto molded him as an artist and an individual.

“Everybody needs a little help when they are working on their way to being, you know, self reliant.”


Tupac was also known to dabble in the arts. Acting, dancing, and music were the things he loved to spend his time doing as a young man. Throughout his teenage years, he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. Staying true to what could be referred to as his “Yin/Yang” energy, Shakur thrived on a well-rounded education, and even received formal training in ballet while attending the Baltimore School for the Arts.


Tupac first began to come up when he developed an alliance with hip hop group Digital Underground. At first, Tupac showed up as a dancer and roadie for Digital Underground, but once Greg “Shock G” Jacobs (better known as “Humpty Hump”) heard the work Tupac put in on the mic, he insisted on making Pac part of the troupe. In 1990 and 1991, Tupac was included vocally on two of their albums, This is an EP and Sons of the P. While writing for Digital Underground, Tupac began drafting his own material.

In 1993, Tupac showed that he not only had musical chops, but was also a force to be reckoned with on the big screen. He was cast alongside Janet Jackson in the movie Poetic Justice. His role as smooth-talking, ambitious Lucky Lawrence garnered rave reviews, and even landed Tupac a nomination at the Image Awards in 1995 for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

Tupac and Janet Jackson on the set of ‘Poetic Justice’.


Many of Shakur’s songs were about the trials and tribulations of living life as an African-American in post racial times. He was fearless in his writing, and often would tenaciously tackle lyrics that exposed the lifestyle of his self-professed “thug life.” Tupac was passionate about several social causes and was not hesitant to speak out in the name of social justice. His hustle and charisma would make Tupac a role model and inspiration to the hip hop and rap genres of music and one of the most highly respected MCs of all time.




2Pac - Ghetto Gospel


2Pac - Dear Mama


2Pac - Hit 'Em Up (Dirty) (Official Video) HD


Life Goes On - Tupac


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Tupac was a walking dichotomy, however. He often showcased both his inner street thug persona as well as a side that was sentimental, almost sensitive. In “Ain’t Nuthin but a Gangsta Party,” Tupac not only exposes his lyrical prowess but also his thuggish machismo. “Dear Mama” was the first single off of Shakur’s third studio album, Me Against the World, which was released in 1995 and showed a more tender, compassionate side of his personality. To be able to express his emotions and personality through song so freely and without care of judgment was something Shakur would become well known and well respected for among his fans.


In 2013, Tupac’s mother Afeni went public with the news that she’d be releasing more Tupac material. In a statement via Billboard, Afeni addressed the intention and motives behind this release.


“I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans. My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.”


Shakur would be party to several legal troubles throughout his career, and spent time locked up for sexual assault charges, allegations for which he claimed innocence until his dying day. Despite his legal woes, Tupac would continue to blow up the rap scene throughout the 90s until his untimely death in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996, when he was gunned down after attending a boxing match at the MGM Grand with Death Row Records mogul Suge Knight.


Tupac Shakur was a hugely successful artist who many feel was just hitting his stride when he died. Though his meteoric rise to rap super-stardom was met with such a sudden and tragic end, Tupac Amaru Shakur’s life and legacy has left an indelible mark on the world as we know it. The message that he brought to the world through his own brand of rugged, heart-wrenching, in-your-face lyrics only grows stronger and more prophetic as time marches on.


[Photo credit: Billboard/All Hip Hop]

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 18:33
Stevie Wonder Takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on the Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gail Mitchell   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 22:58

Legend will perform iconic double-album on 11-city Live Nation tour, kicking off Nov. 6 in New York.


Stevie Wonder will hit the road this fall with the Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour.


Daft Punk Jams With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell at the Grammys


Announced during a press conference Wednesday (Sept. 10) at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, the Live Nation-produced and -promoted tour will kick off Nov. 6 at New York's Madison Square Garden and wrap Dec. 5 at Oakland, Calif.'s Oracle Arena. Additional stops on the 11-city tour include Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.


This isn't the first time Wonder has re-created his landmark Songs in the Key of Life onstage. The legendary singer/songwriter/musician performed the 1976 double-album in its entirety during his 18th annual House Full of Toys holiday benefit concert last year at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.


Pre-sale tickets will become available to Citi card members on Sept. 16 through Citi's Private Pass PROGRAM. General tickets for select cities will be sold via Live Nation beginning Sept. 22.



Nov. 6 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Nov. 9 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

Nov. 11 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Nov. 14 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

Nov. 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Nov. 20 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills

Nov. 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

Nov. 25 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Nov. 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM GRAND Garden Arena

Dec. 3 - Seattle, WA Key @ Arena



Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 23:37
Written by Alexandra Pollard   
Monday, 25 August 2014 18:15

After teasing yesterday that a "major announcement" was on its way, Prince has revealed details of not one, but two forthcoming albums.

The first, Plectrum Electrum, has been in the pipeline since the start of the year when the singer held a press conference at Lianna La Havas' house and performed a series of guerilla-style surprise gigs in London.

Prince has now revealed that not only will Plectrum Electrum be out in September, but it will be released alongside another full-length album, Art Official Age - this one without the help of his band 3RDEYEGIRL.

The album will feature 13 songs, one of which, 'Breakdown', has already been revealed, and is available to pre-order already.

Both Plectrum Electrum and Art Official Age are set for release on 29 September. The full tracklist for Art Official Age is below.

5. U KNOW Prince
9. affirmation I & II
12. TIME
13. affirmation III

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 18:45
Brown case should resonate with Latinos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Raul Reyes   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:25

Ferguson, Mo., shooting is not unlike similar incidents in Hispanic communities.

Peaceful protesters under siege by armed officers. A minority community roiled by issues of race and social justice. Allegations of law enforcement misconduct, conspiracies and cover-ups. These circumstances could all apply to the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Sadly, they go back as far as Aug. 29, 1970.

Forty-four years ago Friday, a huge crowd turned out for a march through East Los Angeles to protest the number of Mexican Americans dying in the Vietnam War. Although the gathering was largely peaceful, a few scattered reports of looting led the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to move in with tear gas, and the march degenerated into a melee. Scores of people were arrested, and three were killed.

Among them was Ruben Salazar , 42, the most prominent Latino journalist of his day. Salazar died after a sheriff’s deputy fired a tear gas projectile into a bar, striking him in the head and killing him. An inquest was later held, but the deputy who killed Salazar was never charged. Even today, there are lingering questions about his death .

Although they occurred more than a generation apart, the deaths of Ruben Salazar and Michael Brown are linked together by the common thread of alleged law enforcement brutality in minority communities.

That’s what makes the results of a new Pew Study troubling. Pew looked at the response to the Ferguson police shooting among whites, African Americans and Hispanics. African Americans were about twice as likely as whites to say that Brown’s shooting raised important issues of race that need to be discussed. A majority of Latinos agreed that Brown’s killing raised important racial issues. But only 18% of Latinos said that they were following the Ferguson news closely.

Yet Latinos should be following the Brown case closely. Like African Americans, Latinos are disproportionately policed and incarcerated . What’s more, Latino communities have too many of our own Michael Browns. Los Angeles police are investigating the death of Omar Abrego, 37, after he died in an altercation with two sergeants. Andy Lopez, 13, was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in Northern California because he apparently was carrying a pellet gun. Manuel Diaz, 25, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police in Anaheim, Calif. in 2012. In fact, the deaths of Hispanics at the hands of law enforcement officers literally stretch across the country – from California to Oklahoma to New York City .

To their credit, a coalition of 39 leading Hispanic advocacy organizations issued a statement condemning the excessive use of force by police in Ferguson. The League of United Latin American Citizens, National Council of La Raza and the Hispanic Federation were among the groups expressing their solidarity with the Brown family, and calling for a full investigation into their son’s death. As Marisa Franco of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network wrote at MSNBC.com , “When Latino and immigrant constituencies see the case of Michael Brown, we should recognize this problem well.”She’s right. Hispanics, along with African Americans, share the struggle for full equality under the law.

Decades ago, Ruben Salazar wrote , “Mexican Americans … are on the lowest rung scholastically, economically, socially and politically. Chicanos feel cheated. They want to effect change. Now.” Switch out the words “Mexican Americans” and Chicanos” for “African Americans” and “Blacks” and Salazar could have been writing about the tensions in Ferguson. So there is no better way to honor his legacy than to continue the struggle against the discrimination, police brutality, and profiling that still plagues minority communities today.

Hispanics ought not to ignore the Michael Brown case. Latinos have a stake in Ferguson because we have a stake in ensuring justice for all.

Raul Reyes is an attorney in New York and a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors.

In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors. To read more columns like this, go to the opinion front page or follow us on twitter @USATopinion or Facebook .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:27
Suge Knight get shot 6 times at a VMA party hosted by Chris Brown PDF Print E-mail
Written by TMZ   
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:37

Gunshots rang out at a pre-Video Music Awards party hosted by Chris Brown and singer Pia Mia in West Hollywood in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a shooting occurred at 1OAK nightclub in the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood where two men and a woman were wounded, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a statement provided to the Daily News.

The suspect remains unknown, but the victims include a 49-year-old male, widely reported as music producer Marion (Suge) Knight, as well as two unnamed victims, a 32-year-old male and a 19-year-old female. All the victims were transported to local hospitals and are expected to recover.

While the 25-year-old R&B singer is said to have been the intended target, it was Knight who took

the heat along with the two other victim,


"Literally can't believe what I just witnessed," one attendee, Katie Clendon.

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 18:57
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