On the anniversary of Tupac's death, looking back at his time in Baltimore

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In honor of the anniversary of Tupac's death, looking back at the rapper's formative time in Baltimore

Rapper Tupac Shakur died 21 years ago today, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas strip.

In honor of the anniversary, let’s take a look back at Shakur’s Baltimore beginnings. He spent a portion of his teenage years here and attended Baltimore School for the Arts — an experience that his friends and teachers said was formative for his eventually legendary career.

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At the height of his celebrity, Tupac Shakur chose to give author Kevin Powell some of his most revealing interviews ever — from a subdued, introspective conversation while the rapper was incarcerated to resentful provocations against rivals that fueled the escalating East Coast-West Coast rap...

At the height of his celebrity, Tupac Shakur chose to give author Kevin Powell some of his most revealing interviews ever — from a subdued, introspective conversation while the rapper was incarcerated to resentful provocations against rivals that fueled the escalating East Coast-West Coast rap...

(Wesley Case)

Ahead of the rapper’s induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, Baltimore Sun reporter Wesley Case explored in depth Shakur’s time at the BSA — complete with anecdotes from teachers and classmates. (Did you know that Shakur and classmate Jada Pinkett Smith modeled for a Mondawmin Mall ad in the ‘90s?) You can read that piece here.

And if you can't get enough Tupac, read this article from The Sun archives, published one week after the rapper’s death.

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Tupac Shakur (upper left) in the Baltimore School for the Arts yearbook with friends, including Jada Pinkett Smith (right) and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (bottom).

Tupac Shakur (upper left) in the Baltimore School for the Arts yearbook with friends, including Jada Pinkett Smith (right) and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (bottom).

(Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun) on-the-anniversary-of-tupac-and-apos;s-death-looking-back-at-his-time-in-baltimore photo 3 Wesley Case

Mention the name Tupac Shakur to the people who knew him, and you’re bound to get some good stories. That was the case, time after time, during interviews for Sunday’s A&E story on the rapper and future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's time in Baltimore. We couldn’t fit them all, so here are more...

Mention the name Tupac Shakur to the people who knew him, and you’re bound to get some good stories. That was the case, time after time, during interviews for Sunday’s A&E story on the rapper and future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's time in Baltimore. We couldn’t fit them all, so here are more...

(Wesley Case)

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