10 long years so far. Tupac Shakur died on September 13th, 1996 6 days after being shot leaving the Mike Tyson - Bruce Seldon boxing match in Las Vegas. His career was so much more than this fateful night though. From Digital Underground and a cameo in Nothing But Trouble to 2Pacalypse Now, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. and his role as Bishop in Juice. Honestly I could go on and on about his talent and so far I've only made it to 1993.
Pac has to be one of the most proficient entertainers of all time. In only 4 years he released 6 albums, appeared in 7 films, was shot, served time in prison, wrote hundreds of songs, sparked one of the biggest feuds in rap history, topped the Guinness Book of World Records and more. Although, Tupac is most associated with the West Coast, he actually lived on the East Coast until the age of 17. He was born in Harlem and moved to Baltimore at the age of 13 where he met Jada Pinkett (Smith).
Tupac Amaru Shakur is a larger than life figure that has influence hip hop in a such a way that it is almost immeasurable. The depth and breadth of his work, his raw talent, his energy will all be missed for years to come. Rest in peace.