Tupac, born Tupac Shakur, was an American artist and rapper who lived a tragically shortened, but successful, life as an actor as well as musician. Tupac reigns supreme as one of the most celebrated and highest selling rappers in history, and he gained recognition right from the start with his stunning debut album, 2Pacalypse Now. Tupac lived a life rife with violence, and the young star was shot in 1994 six times but survived with bullets that had landed in his head, arm, and thigh. Tupac was then sent to jail due to being accused of sexual assault, and while he did time, his album, Me Against the World, which must have seemed pretty literal to the incarcerated rapper, went to the top of the charts, marking the first occurrence of an album to be number one while the artist was in prison. He was released from jail, only to be shot and killed in 1996, by an unknown perpetrator. Though much investigation and speculation has been done about the crime that killed a young man in his artistic prime, the case has yet to be solved. There have even been documentaries released about the case of the shooting. Tupac considered himself a poet of sorts, and loved literature. He even released a book of poetry. He acted in some noteworthy films, including Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson, and Bullet. Tupac’s legacy carries on, and he is still a bestselling recording artist. He has won many awards, including being inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002.