News about Tupac Shakur



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News about Tupac Shakur, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

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Tupac Shakur: Dead Man Talking

It has been seven years since the rapper Tupac Shakur was killed at age 25 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, and one can confidently say that he has never been more popular.

November 9, 2003 moviesNews

Touched by Death, Hip-Hop Turns to Dirges

Days after the rapper Tupac Shakur died from gunshot wounds last month, a music video was released showing what seemed like a premonition of his death: a vision of his own murder and ascension to a juke-jointlike heaven, replete with a pearly white piano and Miles Davis as Gabriel.

October 13, 1996 artsNews

A Death by Gunplay

In a national exhalation of mixed emotions, America last week said goodbye to Tupac Shakur, the 25-year-old rapper who died on Sept. 13 from gunshot wounds he received in a Las Vegas shooting six days earlier.

September 22, 1996 weekinreviewNews

Tupac Shakur, 25, Rap Performer Who Personified Violence, Dies

Tupac Shakur, a rapper and actor who built a career on controversy, died of wounds yesterday from a drive-by shooting last Saturday. He was 25 years old.

September 14, 1996 arts

For a Rapper, Life and Art Converge in Violence

Over the last three years, Tupac Shakur has ridden the crest of rap music, becoming one of its biggest stars with a handful of albums and movies that have often portrayed and even glorified the violence that is so much a part of life in urban America. But as his popularity grew, his life began to mirror the swaggering bravado and violence that is so much a part of his art, and it became more and more difficult to distinguish between the 23-year-old performer and the troubled characters that he rapped about and portrayed in films.

December 1, 1994 nytfrontpageBiography