Tupac Amaru Shakur is born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, NY.
Tupac joins rap group Digital Underground as a dancer, backup MC, and roadie.
Tupac makes his first rapping appearance on the single “Same Song” from Digital Underground’s album, Sons Of the P.
Tupac releases his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, on Interscope Records. The album features breakout singles “Brenda’s Got a Baby” and “Trapped.”
Tupac makes his Hollywood acting debut in director Ernest Dickerson’s Juice.
Tupac’s sophomore album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..., is released and features the hit singles “Keep Ya Head Up” and “I Get Around.”
Tupac stars alongside Janet Jackson in director John Singleton’s film Poetic Justice.
Tupac forms the group Thug Life with his friends Big Syke, Macadoshis, Rated R, and his stepbrother Mopreme Shakur.
Tupac stars in director Jeff Pollack’s film Above the Rim. His songs “Pour Out a Little Liquor” and “Pain” are featured in the film, but “Pain” is left off the officially released soundtrack.
Tupac’s group Thug Life releases their first and only album, Thug Life, Volume 1.
Tupac is robbed and shot multiple times in the lobby of Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan.
Tupac begins serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room back in 1993. He serves only 9 months of his sentence before Suge Knight bails him out for $1.4 million in exchange for a 3-record deal with Death Row Records.
The multi-platinum album Me Against the World is released shortly after Tupac begins his prison sentence.
Following his release from prison, Tupac begins a new group called Outlaw Immortalz (aka Outlawz).
In an interview with Vibe magazine, Tupac accuses Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G. of setting up the ambush and robbery on him at Quad Recording Studios the previous year.
Tupac releases his multi-platinum selling, fourth album, All Eyez on Me. The double-album features the Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles “How Do U Want It” and “California Love.”
Tupac and the Outlawz release the diss track “Hit ‘Em Up”. The track is aimed at Notorious B.I.G. and the Bad Boy Records crew, further fueling the East Coast-West Coast rivalry.
On September 7, Tupac is shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting following a boxing match in Las Vegas.
Tupac dies on September 13 of complications from the gunshot wounds he sustained in the drive-by shooting on September 7.
Tupac stars alongside Mickey Rourke in director Julien Temple’s film Bullet. The film is released one month after Tupac’s death.
Tupac’s fifth solo album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, is released two months after his death.
Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, founds the Shakur Family Foundation, which is later renamed the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF).
Tupac’s second posthumous album, R U Still Down? (Remember Me), is released.
Tupac stars alongside Tim Roth in director Vondie Curtis-Hall’s film Gridlock’d.
Tupac stars alongside James Belushi in director Jim Kouf’s film Gang Related.
Tupac’s third posthumous album (with the Outlawz), Still I Rise is released.
MTV Books releases The Rose That Grew From Concrete, a collection of original poetry from Tupac.
Tupac’s fourth posthumous album, Until the End of Time, is released.
Tupac’s fifth posthumous album, Better Dayz, is released.
Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive and Research Institute hosts an academic symposium entitled “All Eyez on Me: Tupac Shakur and the Search for the Modern Folk Hero".
The documentary Tupac: Resurrection is released under the supervision of Afeni Shakur. The documentary is narrated entirely in Tupac’s voice. It is also nominated for “Best Documentary” at the 77th Academy Awards.
Tupac’s sixth posthumous album, Loyal to the Game, is released.
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts opens in Stone Mountain, Georgia on June 11.
Tupac’s seventh posthumous album, Pac’s Life, is released.
Michael Eric Dyson’s book Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur is released.
Tupac’s song “Dear Mama” is selected for preservation in the Library of Congress as a part of the National Recording Registry.
A hologram of Tupac performs the songs “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” alongside Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California.
Holler If Ya Hear Me, a musical based on the lyrics of Tupac, makes its debut on Broadway. The musical is directed by Tony award winner Kenny Leon and stars Saul Williams.
In February, The Grammy Museum debuts an exhibit entitled All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur. In collaboration with the Estate of Tupac Shakur, the exhibit is on display until January 2016.