Although he lived a relatively short life, there is no shortage of stories about the late, great Tupac Shakur. During Pac's explosive career, he sold 75 million albums and appeared in groundbreaking movies Poetic Justice and Juice, and he has even been re-created as a hologram.
His death at age 25 via a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas still generates crazy theories about his murder, and his legacy lives on through his music, films, and the countless posthumous projects people have made about his life. Even with his gigantic legacy, there are still fascinating facts you probably didn't know about Tupac Shakur.
He Started A Rap Duo With Ray Luv Before Going Solo
After leaving Digital Underground, Pac moved to Marin City, CA, where he and Ray Luv formed a group together. The two went on to make several songs as a duo and continued to work together as solo artists. Santa Rosa, CA, native Ray Luv was credited as a writer on Pac's first single, "Trapped."
According to Luv, he initially wrote the song but threw it in a trash can, where Pac later found it and asked if he could use it. Luv recalled:
He read it and was like, "Man, this sh*t is dope." So I gave it to him. It was purely on love. I wasn't looking for no bread. Later he called me up and told me he had just recorded it as a single. He said "We want it to be the first f*ckn' single." And then he told me he was gonna shoot me a couple G's, which he did, and we was even.
A Documentary On His Life Earned An Oscar Nomination
There have been roughly 15 documentaries featuring Pac, as well as numerous television shows and even a feature film based on his life, but only one has been nominated for an Academy Award. Tupac: Resurrection was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2005 awards show. The documentary lost out to Born Into Brothels, a film about the children of prostitutes in India's largest red-light district.
Tupac And Notorious B.I.G. Started Out As FriendsVideo: YouTube
Before they became mortal enemies, Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. were good friends. Although already a megastar, Pac was highly instrumental in Big's development as an artist prior to their falling-out, hanging out with Big in Brooklyn and inviting him on stage, including the now notorious "Where Brooklyn At" freestyle. The two later appeared together on tracks "Let's Get It On" and "Runnin'."
The two stars allegedly had a falling-out after Pac was robbed and shot outside a New York City recording studio in 1994. Pac claimed Big knew the suspects.
Naughty by Nature's Treach told MTV News:
[Pac] really thought when he got shot the first time, that... not Big set it up or anything, just Big didn't tell him who did it. In his heart, he was like, "The homie know who did it."
He Planned To Build A Rap Supergroup To Unite The Coasts
Pac planned to unite both coasts with a project called One Nation that included several rappers from California, the South, and the East Coast. He outlined plans for the project in a letter he wrote while serving eight months in prison for sexual abuse.
Pac planned for One Nation to include E-40, Outkast, Scarface, Outlawz, Buckshot, Greg Nice, and more. Some of the unfinished songs were on the Makaveli bootlegs that leaked after Pac's death.