Afeni Shakur – Alice Faye Williams;
Afeni, a member of the infamous Black Panther Party, was Tupac’s birth mother. Tupac was very close to his mom and was very thankful for the way in which she successfully beat the struggle to raise him right. This is portrayed in the classic joint that is ‘Dear Mama’, from the ‘Me Against The World’ album. Afeni was involved in the famous ‘Panther 21′ incident, in which she along with 20 others were convicted of plotting to blow up banks and department stores. She was pregnant with Tupac whilst in jail on these bombing charges. Tupac found out that Afeni was taking drugs whilst on tour with Digital Underground in 1990. Afeni now owns the rights for all of Tupac’s unreleased material and also the use of material such as his name and brand names etc.
This was Tupac’s biological father, he did very little to help raise young ‘pac, only seeing him a few times up until Tupac was around the age of 5. He didnt see Tupac again until Tupac was starring in the movie ‘Juice’ in 1992. He later visited Tupac in Bellevue Hospital when pac was shot in ’94. Tupac belived that his father was dead or just simply didnt want to see him, and he also portrayed this through many of his songs. The best example is again in ‘Dear Mama’; “Now ain’t nobody tell us it was fair, No love for my daddy cause the coward wasn’t there, He passed away and I didn’t cry, cause my anger, wouldn’t let me feel for a stranger, They say I’m wrong and I’m heartless, but all along I was lookin for a father he was gone.”
After Tupac’s death Billy Garland disrespected his son by taking Afeni to court wanting half of Tupac’s estate, but was denied. The case ended in a settlement of around $540,000 plus legal fees which totaled just over $350,000.
Lumumba Abdul Shakur was Afeni’s first husband. He was also the brother of Mutulu Shakur by adoption. He was a Black Panther member and the lead defendant in the ‘Panther 21′ case where he and 20 others, including Afeni, were convicted for allegedly plotting to blow up banks and department stores. He was found dead in Louisiana a few days before Mutulu was arrested. Mutulu suspected that his brother was murdered by someone like a police informant, who learned of Mutulu’s whereabouts, and then decided to kill two birds with one stone.
Leggs was not related to Tupac in any way but acted as a father to him, and Tupac saw him as his father figure. Tuapc said that the thug in himself came from Leggs. He is thought to have once been connected to the legendary New York based drug kingpin that is Nicky Barnes. Leggs was the man who introduced Afeni to crack, the drug troubled her for much of the 80’s. After moving her family to Baltimore, Afeni learned that Leggs had died from a crack induced heart attack.
Mutulu married Tupac’s mom Afeni and was Tupac’s step-father, he was Lumumba’s adopted step-brother. Mutulu was arressted as the suspected mastermind behind the Brinks robbery of 1981, in which an armored car was robbed, two New York policemen left killed along with a Brinks guard. Mutulu was then sentenced to 60 years in prison for allegedly conspiring against the US government in 1986. Mutulu however still maintains his innocence. He was an activist in the MOVE organisation and was a key figure in the historic gang truce between the Crips and Bloods in Lompoc Penitentiary. Tuapc and his step-father designed the code that is THUGLIFE which consisted of rules discouraging unprovoked violence among gangsta rappers. Mutulu is mentioned in many of Tupac’s songs, throughout his career. Mutulu wrote a letter to Tupac on the day of his demise, if you would like to read this letter click here. Mutulu also wrote to the family of The Notorious B.I.G. when he was murdered in 1997, to read that letter click here.
Again another member of the Black Panther Party and he was also Tupac’s Godfather. Tupac had a lot of respect for Pratt and referred to him in a few songs, even dedicating a song to him. Geronimo was recently released from prison after serving 27 yrs of a 25 to life sentence for allegedly murdering an LA teacher. Evidence surfaced that supported a destruction of some evidence in the case which provecd he was no where near the scene of the crime. He won a large sum of compensation as a result of his false imprisonment.
Sekyiwa Shakur – “Set”;
Born in 1975 Sekyiwa is Tupac’s half sister, two years his junior. Tupac and Sekyiwa lived with Afeni in the Bronx, Harlem, New York. Tupac referred to his sister in a few of his songs as “Set”. Not much was known about Set until more recently when she gave an interview with AllHipHop in which she expalined her low profile. “I kind of like my privacy. Because [as seen with] my brother, his real name was his stage name, he couldn’t escape into a private world. I didn’t want my identity out there.” Set also revelaed she had her first child in her late teens and since pac’s death she has kept hold of one of his jackets and a Rolex watch “Soon as I got to California and saw one of his jackets, I wrapped my arms around it. I still have that coat. I have one of his Rolex bracelets, and I had it promised to give to one of my children.” Set has also launched her own clothing line called Madamevelli.
Mopreme Shakur, (born Maruice Harding) is Tupac’s elder step-brother as his mother is Sharan Harding and his dad is Mutulu (Tupac’s Step-father). The two divorced shortly after Mopreme was born and Mutulu remarried with Afeni Shakur, who already had a son and a daughter,(Tupac and Sekyiwa). Mopreme’s first appearance on wax, under the alias Mocedes, was on Tony Toni Toné’s hit single “Feel’s Good” in the year 1990. His first collaboration with 2Pac was on the single “Papaz Song” under the name ‘Wycked’, from Tupac’s 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. Mopreme was part of Tupac’s group ‘Thug Life’, as well as a premier member of Outlawz. Mopreme, as well as Big Syke dropped out of the group but was never signed to Death Row Records.
Yafeu Fula- Yaki Kadafi;
Born on Oct 9th 1971 in New Jersey Yafeu Fula was Tupac’s godbrother. Yafeu’s parents were both members of the Black Panther Party along with Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur. Both families formed a strong bond and Tupac and Kadafi became inseparable friends growing up together living in the same households at times. When Tupac was incarcerated in 1995 Yafeu would visit Tupac daily, and it was there in one of those visits that they decided to form the rap group “Outlawz” in which Yafeu would use the alias of Yaki Kadafi. The alias Yaki come from the first letters of his first and last name, and Kadafi refers to American enemy Col. Gadafi. When Tupac was released from prison, Kadafi met with pac to sign with Death Row Records. On September 13, 1996 Tupac died after being shot in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. Kadafi was in the car directly behind ‘pac and claimed he could identify one of the shooters. Kadafi was stunned by his loss, and immediately returned to New Jersey before any detectives had the chance to interview him due to fearing for his own life. On 10th November 1996 he was shot once to the head area, he was found dead sometime later slumped against a wall on the third floor of an appartment block in New Jersey, at the young age of 19 with his bulletproof vest still on him. Outlawz member Napoleon had admitted to hip hop magazine The Source that his cousin Roddy had shot Yaki Kadafi whilst the two of them were intoxicated with alcohol and drugs.
Kastro is Tuapc’s cousin, born Katari Cox in Manhatten, New York on December 30, 1976. He was part of the rap groups ‘Dramacydal’ and Tha Outlawz’. He featured alongside Tuapc in many songs on his later albums. They met through their mothers who were close friends. After moving to New Jersey Kastro and E.D.I. became friends with Yafeu “Kadafi” Fula. In 1992, they formed a trio, Kastro went under the alias K-Dog and the trio went under name Young Thugs. By now Tupac had became a rap star and let the trio guest appear on “Flex” on his “Holler If Ya Hear Me” single which was released on February 4, 1993. In 1994, Mutah “Napoleon” Beale joined the group now known as Dramacydal. On April 5, 1995, Tupac’s LP, Me Against The World, was released. They guest appeared on the tracks “Me Against The World” and “Outlaw.” In 1995, Tupac, Bruce “Fatal” Washington, Kadafi, Kastro and Napoleon formed the group the Outlaw Immortalz, later changed to the Outlawz. Tupac gave each member of the group an alias from an enemy of America, he gave K-Dog the alias Kastro after Cuban president Fidel Castro.
Assata Shakur was Tupac’s step-aunt as she is the sister of his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur. She is arguably the most famous of the Shakur family behind Tupac. She is currently living in Cuba, due to her involvement in a highly controversial case in which she was convicted of murder in a shoot-out in New Jersey 1973. Tupac’s uncle, Zayed Shakur, along with an officer were both killed. The third person in the vehicle Sundiata Acoli, has so far served over 20 yrs of her sentence and has been denied parole for another 20. Assata was also shot in the back, taken to the hospital and tortured while questioned. This resulted in her having a broken clavicle and a paralyzed arm. Despite forensic evidence proving she could not of possibly fired a weapon she was sentenced to life plus 30 yrs in prison, howver she later escaped and fled to Cuba where she lives to date under granted asylum from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. There are many campaigns to free Sundiata and prevent the US’s attempts to extrodite Assata from Cuba. There are many books written about her and a lot of info on the web! The best info can be found on her official website, click here to visit Assata Shakur.org.
Zayd Shakur R.I.P.;
Again another member of the Black Panther Party. In 1973, Tupac’s uncle Zayd Shakur, and his aunt Assata Shakur, were traveling on a New Jersey turnpike and they were stopped by a trooper. He and trooper Werner Foerster were both killed in a shoot-out which followed.