3.Shakur was named after the South American revolutionary Túpac Amaru.
4.Afeni Shakur was an active member of the Black Panther party. Tupac Shakur was born one month and three days after Afeni had been acquitted of charges of "Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks."
5.When he was 13, he played Travis Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, which was performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem to raise funds for Jessie Jackson's presidential campaign.
6.He attended Baltimore School for the Arts, where he took ballet classes. He also played the role of The Mouse King in the Nutcracker.
7.Shakur first started rapping in Baltimore, going by the name MC New York.
8.Jada Pinkett had a very deep platonic relationship with Tupac.
9.While attending school in Baltimore, he joined the Young Communist League USA.
10.In 1990, Shakur started his entertainment career as a backup dancer for The Digital Underground.
11.Shakur, under his new stage name Makaveli, completedThe Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory in seven days, using three days to write and record the songs and four days to mix the album.
12.Ex-wife Keisha Morris alleges Shakur auditioned for the role of Bubba in Forrest Gump, but didn't get the part.
13.Shakur was supposed to play a lead role in Menace II Society, but after an altercation with co-director Allen Hughes, he was replaced with Larenz Tate.
14.According to Shakur, while filming Poetic Justice, he was asked to take an HIV test before he could film a love scene with Janet Jackson.