Before Tupac Shakur was shot and gravely wounded, he was on his way to conquering the entertainment business.
(AllHipHop News) Today, September 7, marks the 23rd anniversary of the shooting of rap legend Tupac Shakur.
Pac was a multi-faceted artist who sold millions of copies of hit albums like Me Against The World, All Eyez On Me and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
Tupac Shakur was also becoming an accomplished actor before his untimely death, having landed feature roles in flicks like “Above The Rim,” “Juice” and “Poetic Justice” starring opposite of Janet Jackson.
The rapper explained how his desire to become an entertainer came about.
“I did a play at the Apollo theater for Jesse Jackson when he was running for president. It was his campaign,” Tupac Shakur explained during an interview on July 16, 1993.
“At the time. It just seemed like the fun thing to do because I was 13. But I caught the bug when I got up on stage and all those people was clapping, so that’s when I got it. But really I just enjoy expressing myself. Anytime I can express myself, I can let some of the pain go from a childhood like mine,” Tupac Shakur said.
years later, Tupac was shot on The Strip in Las Vegas after he attended the Mike Tyson Vs. Bruce Seldon fight.
“There were about five cars in the entourage and as they began getting out of the cars I knew these were not normal citizen,” said Officer Chris Carroll who arrived on the scene first.
“As they got out I had my gun drawn, so I told them all to get down and stay back. They all looked edgy, and I was concerned that may be a threat or could even just run away,” Officer Carroll explained.
That’s when Officer Carroll noticed Tupac had been seriously wounded by gunfire.
“Then in the BMW through the passenger window I saw a silhouette of a guy, who was not moving,” he revealed.
Later on at the hospital, Officer Carroll said he tried to get a statement from Tupac, whose last words were “f##k you.
“Tupac lost consciousness and eventually died on September 13.
Pac’s murder remains unsolved to this day and there are still many conspiracy theories surrounding his assassination.
A feud with Jimmy Henchman and Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace erupted after Tupac was beaten, robbed and shot in the lobby of Quad Studios on November 30, 1994.
Over the years, everyone from Bad Boy Records boss Sean “Diddy” Combs and Death Row founder Marion “Suge” Knight have been implicated in Tupac’s death, as well as the murder of Biggie, who was gunned down seven months later in Los Angeles in 1997.
Others have claimed Orlando Anderson and The Crips, and even the FBI were behind both rappers’ murders.
There are also plenty of people who believe Tupac is still alive, and in deep hiding for some reason.
Check out this throwback video of Tupac Shakur talking about the difference between rapping and acting, The Black Panthers and more: