WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Tupac Shakur would've been 46 years old on June 16th.
A biopic about his life titled "All Eyez on Me" was released on the same day to commemorate his impact on hip-hop music. The title of the film is synonymous with Shakur's very last album before being shot and killed in Las Vegas.
Which songs were Shakur's greatest hits? Here are his top five biggest songs according to Billboard.
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5. "I Get Around"
This song came out in 1993 and reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was the second single in Shakur's second album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. Members of the hip-hop group Digital Underground, the first musical act to feature Shakur in music, were also featured. The song refers to the artist's desire to live life at the moment without a girlfriend. It was eventually certified gold and sold 700,000 copies.
4. "Thugz Mansion"
Shakur was not alive when this song was released in 2002. The song features Nas and J. Phoenix and was dedicated to artists who have passed away such as Yaki Kadafi, Jam Master Jay, Freaky Tah, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Big L, Big Pun, Aaliyah, Notorious B.I.G. and Ann Jones. In the song, Shakur describes what it is like in heaven from a gangster's point of view. The music video was eventually nominated at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards for best rap video. It reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart in 2003.
3. "Keep Ya Head Up"
Latasha Harlins was killed by a convenience store owner in Los Angeles in 1991 after mistakingly being accused of stealing a bottle of orange juice. The killing happened shortly after the police beating of Rodney King. The convenience store owner was not convicted for his actions which would later cause the LA Riots. Shakur created and dedicated a song to Harlins and her memory. The hip-hop artist urges women to keep their heads up despite the difficulties they go through. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2. "Dear Mama"
"Me Against The World" was Shakur's third studio album and this song was the CD's lead single. Shakur dedicated this song to his mother and thanked her for all of the guidance she tried to give him as a young child. "Dear Mama" went platinum after selling 1 million copies and peaked at number 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. In 2010, the song was selected for inclusion in Library of Congress' national recording registry.
1. "California Love"
After Shakur was released from prison, the hip-hop sensation came out with this hit single which topped the Hot Rap Songs chart for eight weeks and was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman are also featured in the song which appears in the All Eyez on Me album. In Shakur's biggest hit single, the artist describes his affection for the state of California and specifically names well-known neighborhoods in Los Angeles such as Watts and Compton. San Diego and the Bay Area are also mentioned.