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Happy 25th Anniversary, “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…”

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25 years ago, on February 16, 1993, rap artist 2Pac released his second studio album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. on Interscope Records. Debuting at number 4 on the R&B chart and number 24 on the Pop chart,  the album contains many tracks emphasizing 2Pac’s political and social views. Divided in to a Black Side and Dark Side, Strickly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. features guest appearances from the group Live Squad, 2Pac’s stepbrother, The Wycked (later known as “Mopreme), Ice-T, Ice Cube, Treach, Apache, Poppi, Deadly Threat, R&B singer Dave Hollister and Digital Underground.

“Holler If Ya’ Hear Me” (an anthem of resistance) and “Papa’z Song” were the notable street anthems. However, “I Get Around” (a classic party jam) and “Keep Ya Head Up” (an anthem for black women) were the singles that made Strickly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. 2Pac’s “breakout” album, having earned him his first platinum-selling LP.

The 1992 L.A. Riots and gang culture in Los Angeles influenced the recording of Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. This was a pivotal moment in 2Pac’s rap career because he changed his image and became more street. He began sporting a bald head and bandannas. The Bloods and Crips culture in LA led to 2Pac creating his movement and rap group called Thug Life. The acronym of the words are The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone. He even had it tattooed across his abdomen.

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February 7, 1995: Rap Artist Tupac Shakur is sentenced to a 1½ to 4½ year prison term.

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Tupac Shakur, the first solo rap artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Tupac Shakur would become the first hip-hop artist inducted in the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is his first year of eligibility. Recognized as one of the greatest and influential rappers of all-time, 2Pac was the blueprint of a 1990s gangsta rapper with his swag, bravado and emotion-filled lyrics. His charisma and style earned him millions of fans worldwide. Both an artist and movie star, Tupac Shakur is a cultural icon that continues to inspire people not only in the inner city, but all walks of life.

Tupac Shakur recorded over 713 songs and starred in 7 films from 1991-1996. He sold over 80 million records, had 9 Platinum albums, and 7 albums worth of music ready for mass consumption when he died. He achieved all this by the age of 25. For that, Tupac Shakur is widely considered the greatest rapper of all-time by his peers.

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