In august of 1988 shakur started a rap group called

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In August of 1988, Shakur started a rap group called Strictly Dope with his friends after his stepfather, Mutulu, was sentenced to sixty years in prison for armed robbery. Their neighborhood performances brought enough attention to Tupac to land an audition with Shock G of Digital Underground. One year later, Shakur’s literary mentor organized a concert with Strictly Dope which lead to him being signed with Digital Underground. In this moment, Tupac’s professional entertainment career began.
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Juliana Rivera Tupac released his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now , and he claimed that the album was targeted at the problems young black males face but would later receive many backlash for its graphic language and images of violence by and against law enforcement. As a result, 2Pacalypse Now did not spawn any top ten hits. In his second album, Strictly 4 My Niggaz , peaked at number four on the R&B charts which launched the Top Ten R&B hit singles “Keep Ya head Up” and “I Get Around”. Tupac empathized with “my sisters on the welfare” encouraging to keep striving in their lives in face of their constant belittlement from others. Although Tupac was selling on-chart records and earning praise for his acting, he began having police altercations. Prior to becoming a recording artist, he did not have a police record. In 1933, Tupac formed the group Thug Life with a number of his friends, including his stepbrother Mopreme Shakur. Thug Life released their first and only album Thug Life Vol. 1 in which the concept of “Thug Life” developed into the acronym standing for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody”.
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