Remembering Tupac Shakur on His 40th Birthday [Photos]

Tupac Shakur and KISS

Tupac Shakur’s legacy lives on. On what would have been his 40th birthday, the late rap icon is remembered around the world as one of the greatest who ever did it. Born on June 16, 1971 in Harlem, Tupac Amaru Shakur would go on to become one of hip-hop’s preeminent figures with a storied career that began in 1991 with his debut 2Pacalypse Now, and classic albums that followed including Me Against the World, the groundbreaking All Eyez on Me, and his first posthumous release The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.

We look back at some of the West Coast hero’s moments in the spotlight—from attending the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards with actress Rosie Perez to his close friendship with high school classmate Jada Pinkett Smith and rarely seen photos of him with KISS, MC Hammer, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, and Mickey Rourke, culminating with his final public appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards before he was fatally shot.

Pour out a little liquor and celebrate the life of the legendary rapper, poet, and actor in 18 photos.



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33 Comments

  1. noelle ge`

    HAPPI BIRTHDAY GOD OF ART!
    I’ve learned so much from your music and story! I respect your state of mind. The eyes are the window to the soul.

    REST IN PEACE!

    Noelle Ge` “Gahdis”
    @NoelleGe

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    Yaser Lad Reply:

    @noelle ge`, I Like it; “God Of Art”. R.I.P Shakur!

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    PAC-N-ANOTHA-LYFE Reply:

    @noelle ge`,
    GOD OF ART indeed.
    R.I.P.
    G.O.A.T.

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  2. ed

    imma need tupac to come back to life. love him.

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  3. Shanice Hernandez

    one legend who wil truely live forever

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  4. JV

    Happy Birthday Pac. Poor out a lil Liquor for my guardian angel who looks out for all his fans.

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  5. Berry Karan

    We love you, 2pac! Happy Bday!

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  6. latonya

    RIP

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  7. Timi

    Rip <3

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  8. Yaser Lad

    Ye reminds me of Pac; His Swagg is different from the rest in the industry and Flow is incredible [who speaks the truth]!
    #R.I.PTUPAC

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    Tev Reply:

    @Yaser Lad, they both speak their mind thats what i love about the both of them

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  9. donald boyd

    G.O.A.T CANT DENY THAT SHIT………….OUTLAWZ 4 LIFE…..BLACK JESUS

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  10. az-Dd!n Weé'zy

    HàPp’y B!rthDa’y PAC U W!ll be Thé Be$’t 4Ever Man
    God Bless yOu :D Dear 2paC

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  11. twyne

    HBD pac G.O.A.T

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  12. E.Money

    R.I.P.2 the G.O.A.T.Happy 40th Bday 2 2pac Amaru Shakur.Man I miss my dude so much.My son middle name is Amaru.Miss Afeni I wish your son was still alive and here with us.Coming from the south side of the Chi.I felt his Pain,R.I.P.2 TheDon.

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  13. tasha

    Best rapper eva rap would neva b the same wish u were still here god bless

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  14. MoeMoe

    Long Live 2Pac. Happy Birthday. Miss u

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  15. MusicKING12

    I wish I was old enough to remember him, now all I can do is read about him and play his music, smh. Pac was indeed the greatest of all time!

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  16. bobbi

    happy birthday tupac greatest rapper ever and poet of a generation i will always love thank you for your art

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  17. Tanisha

    So many people’s careers come an’ go but Pac was for real. And he had to go from this world but will always be remembered.
    R.I.P. and Happy Birthday. God bless Afeni and all the rest of Pac’s family

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  18. tpm

    king of rap …2pac forever

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  19. Pinoy

    Damn time flies by 40 yrs old.

    THUG IN PEACE.

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  21. Hugh

    Legend. Amazing he would only be 40. Eminem is 38!
    Accomplished so much for his age.

    Cool he knew Jada

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  22. Stin Martins

    THE WORLD LOST A GREAT ART I DID’NT SAY ARTIST HENCE PAC WAS, IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE GREATEST OF ALL. I MISS YOU DUDE BUT WHENEVER I LISTEN TO UR SONGS IT STILL SEEM THAT YOU ARE AROUND. I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU BROTHER…. R.I.P GOD OF HIP HOP

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  23. rap-up fan

    i fink dat light skin lady n pac made a kid @onAEthang…sme swag,sme music,same smile..dnt jus watch one pic..

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  24. atanda

    ADIEU SHAKUR

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  25. cassie

    he accomplished SO much in his short life, imagine what he would have done if he was still living..RIP 2Pac

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  26. rashid

    pac u are my angle in the dark night 2pac i love you more than my life God bless u bro

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