Happy birthday, ‘Pac.
In the 19 years since his murder (he would have turned 44 on June 16), Tupac Shakur has remained a vital cultural force, both within the hip-hop community and elsewhere. The beloved rapper had six full-length albums released posthumously, plus performances of his music everywhere from Broadway to Coachella.
In honor of this late icon’s birthday, we’re looking at some of the major moments that prove his eternal legacy.
1. The album Better Dayz
Released in 2002 with a No. 5 debut on the Billboard 200, it’s Shakur’s fourth posthumously released studio album – and a complete triumph. The 23 previously unreleased tracks feature such artists as Outlawz, Nas, Tyrese and Ronald Isley, with remixes from his “Makaveli” period (1994-1996).
2. His hologram performance at Coachella in 2012
Tupac materialized on stage as a hologram alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre during a legendary 2012 Coachella set that no one will ever, ever be able to stop talking about.
3. The 2014 musical Holler If Ya Hear Me
Set to the sound of his music and lyrics, the Broadway musical – however short-lived – was a loving, masterful tribute to arguably the most influential MC of all time, proving Shakur’s enduring relevance in American culture.
4. The album Loyal to the Game
Shakur continued earning millions from his music after his death, with Loyal to the Game, his fifth posthumous album, debuting on the Billboard charts at No. 1.
5. Infinite birthday love
Each year on June 16, fans take to social media to send ‘Pac their love, and this year is no different.