Celebrating The Musical Legacy Of Tupac

Although his recording career lasted just five years, Tupac Amaru Shakur is considered as one of the greatest rappers of all time. This Thursday Mi-Soul Radio celebrates his musical legacy as we play his classic records across the airwaves.

Before using his first name as his rap name, Shakur went by the alias MC New York when starting his career in Baltimore. Although Shakur began recording in 1987, his professional entertainment career did not take off until the early 1990s. Tupac’s first album as a solo artist was 2Pacalypse Now. The album sold 500,000 copies and established Tupac as an uncompromising social writer on songs such as ‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’ and ‘Blasting’. When his third album dropped, ‘Me Against The World’ he was considered one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time. 

TUPAC 1971 - 1996

5 Studio Albums,  10 Compilation Albums, 50 Music Videos, 1 EP, 44 Singles, 1 Mixtape, 7 Posthumous Albums…



  • Before Tupac was a famous rapper, he was in ‘Digital Underground’.
  • Tupac broke into the mainstream with the release of his second album in ’93.
  • In 1994 Tupac formed a Hip Hop group, Thuglife.
  • More music has been released since Tupac’s death than when he was alive.
  • Tupac Shakur was named after the South American revolutionary Túpac Amaru. 
  • When Tupac initially started rapping her went by the name of MC New York.
  • He was a lover of Shakespeare.
  • As a teen, he enjoyed English and Irish bands.
  • ‘Me Against The World’ was a huge success and it won Best Rap Album at the 1996 Soul Train Awards.
  • All Eyez On Me (1995) was Tupac’s fourth album, the album contains a remix of his hit single, “California Love.” The album was a hit—by April 1996 it had gone five times platinum (and would reach nine times platinum by 1998).
  • In 2010, “Dear Mama” was the third rap song in history to enter the National Recording Registry.
  • Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, with the bulk of that coming after his death.
  • BET named Tupac ‘The Most Influential Rappers of All Time’.
  • Prince was an inspiration to Tupac and sampled his music on the “All Eyez On Me” album.
  • During the last year of his life, he recorded over 100 songs.
  • One of his first songs was about gun control, a song he dedicated to his friend who accidentally shot himself when playing with a gun.
  • He is the first rap/hip-hop artist in history to have a wax model of himself in Madame Tussaud’s.
  • All ten albums released after his death in 1996 went platinum.
  • “All Eyez On Me” was completed in two weeks and was rap’s first double album.
  • As of June 2014, he was the second best-selling rap or hip-hop artist of the Nielsen Soundscan era.
  • The RIAA has certified Shakur’s album tally at 42.5 million copies.

'Dear Mama', released on February 21, 1995, as the lead single from his third studio album, 'Me Against the World (1995)'.