Remembering the 15th Anniversary of Tupac's Death

September 13, 2011 By:

Today marks the 15-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur's death. It was 15 years ago today that the then 25-year-old rapper died in a fatal drive by shooting in Las Vegas.

Imagine if Tupac was alive today. The rapper would be 40 years old today, would it have been Jay Z and Tupac that released "Watch The Throne"? Would he have his own MTV reality show by now? Could we expect a Lady Gaga/Tupac collaboration?!

Sadly, all we have are the memories of the hip-hop star who transcended rap music when he died too soon.

In 1995 2Pac formed the American hip-hop group "The Outlawz." To commemorate the anniversary of his death, remaining members of "The Outlawz" released a new album called "Perfect Timing."

"Our album is going to take you through the gamut of emotions that we go through even in a day, like the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the goods and beds. This album reflects all of that. You're going to be able to reminisce about the people you've lost or any emotion that you might of through," E.D.I Mean of "The Outlawz" told Vibe Magazine.

There is so much controversy surrounding Tupac's passing because he was just on the verge of "making it big."

At the time of his death his 1996 album "All Eyez on Me" was a huge hit that went platinum nine times. His acting career was just about to take off when he appeared in the films, "Juice" and "Poetic Justice" and had three films already wrapped when he died that were released after his death.

The details surrounding his death are as follows: On September 7, 1996 after attending a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, he was driving down the strip and was caught in a drive by shooting that struck his chest, pelvis, hand and thigh.

Tupac initially fought through the injuries and was placed on life support after the surgeries. He was so adamant to get out of the hospital and was convinced he would survive that they had to put him in an induced coma so that he could recover from the shots.

Then on September 13, 1996 Tupac ultimately passed away due to complications stemming from internal bleeding.

Tupac made so many headlines that any modern day artist can only hope to achieve. He released his third solo album, "Me Against the World" while in prison and it still made it to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

While he lived, he wrote so prolifically so that after his death he had enough material to release eight posthumous albums.

Today his music still lives on, so drive slow, dust off those old CD cases and blast "California Love" in honor of the late rap legend.