Also known as 2Pac, he was one of the more notable figures in the 1990's East Coast - West Coast hip hop rivalry. He released four albums between 1991 and 1996, eventually selling over 75 million albums worldwide. He was killed in a drive-by shooting after watching a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He also performed under the stage name Makaveli. His song "Dear Mama" was added to the Library of Congress in 2010. He was originally named Lesane Parish Crooks, but he was renamed a year after his birth.