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20 years after Tupac Shakur's death, remembering his Baltimore beginnings

20 years after Tupac Shakur's death, remembering his Baltimore beginnings

Legendary rapper Tupac Shakur died 20 years ago today, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas strip. Although his career was centered around the West Coast, Tupac spent a portion of his youth in Baltimore, where he attended Dunbar High School and Baltimore School for the Arts.

The following article by reporter M. Dion Thompson ran in The Baltimore Sun on Sept. 21, 1996, a week after the rapper's death, reflecting on his time in Baltimore.

Before gangsta raps there were raps about libraries and teen-age pregnancy; before Dannemora State Prison and the killing bullets, there were pillow fights and the exuberance of youth.

Tupac Amaru Shakur did not...

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