Today, September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur passed away from gunshot wounds in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dying a true icon of conscious hip-hop, Tupac further paved the way for artists like J. Cole, Logic, and Kendrick Lamar to be so well-received in today’s music.
Tupac spoke truth, and demanded respect through real-life lyrics and bomb beats. His entire rap sounded better than sprite tastes on a hot summer day. And his death at age 25 is still a tragedy to hip-hop, like Aaliyah’s death was to R&B.
Just before Pac passed in September, his ‘How Do You Want It/California Love’ single peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song comes from Pac’s last album to be released during his lifetime, “All Eyez on Me.” Both ‘How Do You Want It/California Love’ and “All Eyez on Me” have earned multi-platinum certifications from The Recording Industry Association of America: the former 2x, and the latter 10x.
Stream ‘California Love’ on YouTube today