On this day 20 years ago, 13th September 1996, Tupac Amaru Shakur, the legendary rap and hip hop artiste of all times, died in Las Vegas, Nevada, from gunshot wound in a drive by shooting after the Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon boxing match. 


It was the peak of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry culminating in the untimely death of arguably the best rappers from either bloc, Tupac and Christopher George Lator Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.).
Pac was a thug and a gangster, but loved by fans of rap music, while others merely loved to hate him. He may have been involved in things others consider unpalatable and in bad taste, but I’m not interested in those. This is a eulogy. 
Son of two Black Panther members raised by a distraught single but strong mother, Afeni Shakur, to whom he dedicated a great hit, 
“Dear Mama “. 
He was a brilliant student, a fine poet, lyricist, songwriter, rapper and actor.
was a product of broken home, single parenthood, deprivation, injustice and other social ills responsible for shaping his character. 
He became a social crusader of sorts through his philosophy, actions and lyrics and his popularity has been engraved on the rock of fame. His name still stands the test of time because, like Bob Marley, he remains evergreen and no rapper, before or after, comes close to achieving his fame as a rapper.   
Rest in Peace Tupac. 

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