Tupac Shakur would have been 50 years old today if he survived the fatal shooting in the year 1996.
There is no denying the worldwide impact of the hip hop artist that many consider to be the greatest of all-time in his field. Whether one believes there are better lyrically oriented artists or better flows, no one will ever say he never touched the souls of listeners in comparison to any other rapper in history.
His “Dear Mama” single has become a “Mother’s Day” annual ritual and is revered in American history in 2009 when it was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress. During its release, it was the hey day of the “gangsta rap” genre and he broke ground with a single that was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.” In a press release, the organization called the song “a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”
Shakur’s critical acclaim also came with commercial success as he was one of the very elite to reach multi-platinum status during an age where it was rare to see rap stars hit that elusive accolade with the double album “All Eyez On Me”.
Jada Pinkett-Smith who would become an iconic figure in entertainment, attended the same high school with Tupac Shakur at The Baltimore School for the Arts. The two would later work together on television via the Bill Cosby produced college life 90’s sitcom, A Different World, where Shakur played Jada Pinkett-Smith’s character Gina, hood boyfriend “Picolo”.
The rap icon would later get starring roles in films with accomplished Hollywood veterans such as Tim Roth in Gridlock’d and musical icons the caliber of Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice.
Fans and celebrities remember what would have been his 50th birthday in 2021. Check out some of the tributes below which include Jada Pinkett-Smith reciting a never before published poem from the artist who promised to spark the brain of the person who would change the world.
— 💙🦂Scorpiogirl2🦂💙 (@NellyBelle3379) June 16, 2021
Happy birthday to greatest to ever touch the mic! Still as relevant today as he ever was! 🙏🏼👑👑👑
— Daniel henderson (@Danielh15215783) June 16, 2021
This is a painting I made of Tupac, reimagining him as a renaissance pop culture icon. Please retweet if you see this. 😊🎨
— Crixtover Edwin (@Crixtover) June 16, 2021
> not even close
— Nic’NoJoeO’G💪🏾 (@BailadorNegrito) June 16, 2021
2PAC died 20+ years, but still relevant than alot of these rappers that's alive today cause he's more than a rapper, he's more like a Black Activist. Happy birthday to the GOAT 🐐 pic.twitter.com/jp9meMpNc5
— Real Nigga Quezzy💯✊🏿 (@QuezzyQuez707) June 16, 2021
Happy 50th Birthday Tupac.
When all I saw was sadness
and I needed answers no one
heard me except…. GOD
So when I am asked who I
give my unconditional love 2
look for no other name
except….. GOD! ~Tupac pic.twitter.com/gBrgMBDHwr
— Michele Martinez (@Michele714) June 16, 2021
Favorite Tupac song of all time. https://t.co/FDU0GI1kqi
— 👽 (@javonfrom216) June 16, 2021
HAPPY 50TH BORN DAY, TUPAC! YOU ARE WELL MISSED! pic.twitter.com/4OEUn9pPyc
— RAQIBAH F BASIR (@f_raqibahbasir) June 16, 2021