Interesting Tupac Facts

  • His real name was Lesane Parish Crooks at birth.
  • His new name, Tupac Amaru Shakur, was inspired by the Inca chief who fought the Spaniards. Tupac Amaru means shining serpent.
  • Shakur, his surname, came from his half-sister Sekyiwa.
  • His parents were both active members of the Black Panther party in New York.
  • Tupac studied ballet and dance at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He also rapped using the stage name MC New York, to pay homage to his birthplace.
  • He started acting when he was 12 years old. He played the role of Travis in the play “A Raisin in the Sun” with the Harlems 127th Street Ensemble.
  • Tupac was able to write his hit song Dear Mama while he was in jail.
  • In his first music video appearance for Digital Underground’s Same Song, he wore West African war clothes.
  • He was engaged to Kidada Jones, daughter of jazz icon Quincy Jones.
  • Tupac said he wanted the name Star for his first child.
  • Young Tupac wrote his first rap about gun control after his friend got killed while playing with a gun.
  • Tupac was a fan of actor Jim Carrey.
  • Tupac has a big cross tattoo on his back that reads “Exodus 18:11”. The verse says, “Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”
  • He was very close to Jada Pinkett-Smith. He wrote poems like “Jada” and “The Tears in Cupid’s Eyes” for her in the book The Rose that grew from Concrete.
  • During his childhood years, he was called the Black Prince.
  • Tupac has released more songs after his death than while he was alive.
  • After his death, Tupac was seen in three more films: Bullet, Gridlock’d, and Gang Related.
  • Tupac was the first artist to have a number one album on the Billboard 200 while serving prison time.