Tupac Shakur

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First-Timers on Rock Hall of Fame Ballot: Pearl Jam, Tupac

Journey, Joan Baez, Depeche Mode also get the nod

(Newser) - The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine of the 19 acts that were nominated Tuesday are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and... More »

RIP, Tupac, 20 Years Later

Rapper was shot to death in 1996

(Newser) - Tuesday is the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur's killing, and there's no shortage of articles about his life and death:
  • Rolling Stone counts down eight ways he changed the world, including his performance in Juice, "the first great dramatic performance by a rapper in a movie."
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Fan Drops Serious Cash for Tupac's Old Hummer

The fully customized vehicle also included a cassette of Thriller

(Newser) - An anonymous 2Pac fan in the Midwest just paid more than $337,000 for the late-rapper's customized Hummer H1 at auction, CNN reports. Tupac Shakur bought the vehicle three months before he was killed in 1996 at the age of 25. An executive vice president at RR Auction calls... More »

Tupac's Mom Dead at 69

Afeni Shakur suffered apparent cardiac arrest at home

(Newser) - Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac, died Monday at a Northern California hospital after apparently suffering cardiac arrest at her Sausalito home. The Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed her death on Twitter after deputies responded Monday night; she was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later. She was... More »

New Documentary: Diddy Ordered Tupac's Murder

Retired LAPD detective says department covered up the truth

(Newser) - Two decades later, the mystery still hasn't been officially solved: Who killed Tupac Shakur? In a new documentary, a retired LAPD detective says the department actually did solve the case but covered up the truth: Sean "Diddy" Combs was behind the murder, alleges Greg Kading. His film Murder ... More »

Tupac's Letter Explaining 'Thug Life Is Dead': $225K

Rambling, emotional letter is up for sale

(Newser) - After Tupac Shakur declared from jail in 1995 that "Thug Life ... is dead," he explained himself in an emotional letter to Nina Bhadreshwar, a staffer at his record label, Death Row Records. That five-page letter is now for sale for $225,000 from Moments In Time , the New ... More »

Lyrics Tupac Wrote in Jail Going Up for Auction

One set could fetch nearly $80K

(Newser) - While Tupac Shakur was in jail in 1995, a year before his shooting death, he hand-wrote lyrics that are now going up for auction, ITV News reports. The original penned lyrics for "Ambitionz Az a Ridah" and "Tradin' War Stories" are expected to fetch high prices (as much... More »

Madonna: Reporting Rape 'Not Worth It' for Me

She also reveals she dated Tupac Shakur

(Newser) - During the first year a young Madonna lived in New York, she was raped , and she opened up about it during an interview with Howard Stern yesterday, E! reports. She needed money for a payphone, and a man she asked for change convinced her to make her call from his... More »

7 Musicians-Turned-Actors

You may have forgotten about some

(Newser) - Who says a celebrity can only do one thing? HLN rounds up 14 musicians who tried their hands at acting. A sampling:
  • Prince, Purple Rain
  • Mick Jagger, The Man From Elysian Fields
  • David Bowie, The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Michael Jackson, The Wiz
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Tupac's Last Words Were Kind of Obscene

Said F-you to a cop, the retired officer reveals

(Newser) - Eighteen years after a Las Vegas cop pulled a dying Tupac Shakur from the passenger seat of the car the rapper had been shot in, now-retired Chris Carroll is telling his story. In an extensive interview with VegasSeven.com , Carroll says he heard the rapper's last words: He asked... More »

Amy Winehouse May Go on Tour as Hologram

Show would use same technology that put Tupac Shakur at Coachella

(Newser) - Tupac paved the way , and now Amy Winehouse may follow. British tabloid the Sun reports that the late Winehouse may go on a world tour as a 3D hologram. "The idea is in its early stages, but it’s hoped that Amy’s dad Mitch will maybe join... More »

Coming to Broadway: Tupac Musical

'Holler If Ya Hear Me' opens June 19

(Newser) - Tupac Shakur is headed to Broadway—kind of. A new musical will reportedly be made up entirely of the late rapper's lyrics, but reports claim Holler If Ya Hear Me isn't actually about the rapper at all. The plot is about two friends living in the inner city... More »

20 Movies That Debuted After a Star's Death

Paul Walker died less than two weeks before 'Hours' release

(Newser) - Paul Walker died less than two weeks before the Dec. 13 release of Hours, a movie about Hurricane Katrina he starred in. The San Francisco Chronicle rounds up many more examples of movies released after one of their stars died. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out... More »

10 Eerie Hollywood Deaths

Mysterious circumstances surround these celebrities

(Newser) - Brittany Murphy's sudden death has always been mysterious, especially when it was followed by the death of her husband, months later, apparently from the same cause. Now her dad wants the investigation into Murphy's death re-opened, because he thinks she was poisoned. The Huffington Post rounds up 30... More »

Elvis Lives Again —As a Hologram

Will be created by firm who remade Tupac

(Newser) - Another dead music legend is set to reappear: Like Tupac Shakur at Coachella, Elvis Presley will soon be back in hologram form. Digital Domain Media Group, which created Tupac's festival hologram, is reconstructing the rock 'n' roll icon, the AP reports. Elvis' hologram will appear live and in... More »

Tupac Ready for Tour

'This is just the beginning, says creator

(Newser) - The wildly popular virtual Tupac that debuted at Coachella is ready to hit the road. Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are discussing plans for a concert tour involving the rappers and Tupac, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . A tour might only include the trio, or could involve... More »

Tupac Performs at Coachella

Shakur appears with Snoop Dogg ... in hologram form

(Newser) - All of Snoop Dogg's guests during his set last night at Coachella were impressive—Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent—but none could quite match an appearance by the late Tupac Shakur. Death didn't stop the legendary rapper, who appeared as a hologram, from dueting with Snoop on songs... More »

Sean Combs Ordered Tupac Murder: LA Cop

And Suge Knight had Biggie Smalls killed in revenge, says book by former LAPD detective

(Newser) - Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were murdered by the order of rival record company bosses, according to an LAPD detective who investigated Tupac's slaying in 1996. Gang informant Keffe Davis claims Sean Combs—then known as Puff Daddy—offered him $1 million to kill Tupac and Death Row records... More »

NYPD Probing Felon's Claim He Shot Tupac

Dexter Isaac says he still has a chain he stole from rapper

(Newser) - New York City police have begun an investigation into an online posting supposedly from a convicted felon who claims to have shot and robbed (but not killed) slain rapper Tupac Shakur. If police determine the post is legitimate they will seek to interview the prisoner, a police spokesman said yesterday.... More »

Felon Admits He Shot Tupac in 1994 Assault

It happened two years before rapper's murder

(Newser) - Tupac Shakur would have turned 40 tomorrow, and his 1996 murder remains unsolved. But a felon serving a life sentence is claiming to clear up the 1994 assault of the rapper: Dexter Isaac tells AllHipHop that he robbed and shot Shakur in Manhattan after being hired to do so by... More »

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