Fact about 2Pac 

1) In 2004, Pac was given the title of the highest selling rap/hip-hop artists of all time in the Guinness Book of Records – at that point he had sold 67 million records.

2) Tupac's official cause of death was respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest.

3) Tupac's birth name is Lesane Parish Crooks according to birth records. His mother had his name changed much later due to problems with Pac’s father.

4) Tupac auditioned for the role of Bubba in "Forrest Gump."

5) Tupac wrote Shock G's verse on his 1992 single "I Get Around."

6) Pac originally rhymed under the name MC New York when he was a teen in Baltimore.

7) Tupac's 1995 album Me Against the World became a #1 album when it was released, making Pac the first artist in history to have a LP debut at the top of The Billboard 200 while in prison.

8 ) Tupac once made an appearance on the sitcom "A Different World."

9) Tupac was originally set to star in "Menace To Society" in the role of O-Dog, who was portrayed by Larenz Tate.

10) Tupac was housed in the Clinton Correctional Facility, the same prison that rapper Shyne also served time in.

11) Tupac was named after Tupac Amaru II who was an Emperor of the Inca Empire in Peru and led an uprising against Spanish soldiers in his country in 1780.

12) The track "Something Wicked" from 2Pac’s debut 2pacalypse Now album was a direct quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth (i.e. "Something Wicked This Way Comes")

13) Tupac was engaged to Quincy Jones’ daughter Kidada at the time of his passing.

14) Tupac had to take an HIV test before kissing Janet Jackson in "Poetic Justice," where he played opposite of the singer in the role of post office worker Lucky.

15) Tupac’s last video before his death was “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” and featured actor Bokeem Woodbine. The video also shouted out Mutulu Shakur and Geronimo Pratt, his stepfather and godfather respectively.

16) The acronym of his 2nd album title Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z. stood for "Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished."

17) In High School, 2Pac and Jada Pinkett performed her future husband Will Smith’s (then known as Fresh Prince) song "Girls of the World Ain't Nothing But Trouble" at the Baltimore School of the Arts talent show where they both attended.

18 ) In Africa, Tupac is considered an iconic figure and is thought to be the greatest rapper that ever lived by many on the continent.

19) Tupac recorded The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory album over the course of seven days in August 1996. It was released posthumously.

20) While in jail, 2Pac became pen pals with popular Who’s the Boss sitcom actor Tony Danza.

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