RIP, Tupac, 20 Years Later

Rapper was shot to death in 1996
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2016 10:58 AM CDT
RIP, Tupac, 20 Years Later
This 1993 file photo originally provided by Columbia Pictures shows Tupac Shakur in a scene from, "Poetic Justice."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, file)

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." The full list is here.
  • Read front-page coverage of his death in 1996 in the Washington Post here. The case remains officially unsolved, though lots of theories exist.

  • Two decades later, conspiracy theories that he faked his death endure. The San Francisco Chronicle recounts the craziest ones here.
  • A columnist at the Root looks back on the 25-year-old's "problematic genius" here.
  • International Business Times has 15 of his notable lyrics and quotes here.
  • Pitchfork has the trailer for the upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, here.
  • A hip-hop historian makes the case that Shakur was evolving into a genuine national leader. Read the interview at Billboard.
  • A blogger at Medium thinks it's a shame that so little of Tupac's enormous catalog of music is known today, given that it "features some of the most raw, most honest, most compelling songwriting in the history of all recorded music." Read the column here.
(Read more Tupac Shakur stories.)

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