Madonna: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

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It was beyond friendship for us.

The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime. She quickly invited him to live at her house, and she became his manager as he attended Tamalpais High School. He also joined the Ensemble Theater Company, eager to pursue his career in entertainment. He toured with the band on that album. She loved it, and Interscope instantly signed Shakur.

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Within just a few months, he recorded 2Pacalypse Now, which sold , copies, leading Time Warner to increases its stake in Interscope. Many hailed the album as a realistic and gritty view of life on the streets, free from the glorification found on many other rap albums. Without any options, or a family that cares, she first sells crack—and then her body—to feed herself and her child. With his recording career on solid ground, Shakur also took to the screen, making his first film appearance in the comedy Nothing But Trouble, which starred Dan Aykroyd, Demi Moore, Chevy Chase, and John Candy, as well as members of Digital Underground, who all held minor roles, as did Shakur.

His first starring role was in the drama Juice as Bishop, a trigger-happy teen who accidentally kills a friend before setting out on a small murder spree to cover his tracks. A year later, Shakur starred opposite Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice, a dramatic romance in which Jackson and Shakur had several romantic scenes.

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Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Despite an encroaching French presence, the English held fast. Still, from time to time, she en- countered hostility. Her room was spartan in appearance: a single chair, a packing case for a desk, and some extra wooden boxes for seats. For someone who had been accustomed to the order and peace of convent life, the reality must have been jarring. Omer, France.

Jackson required proof of a negative HIV test before agreeing to any of those scenes Weiner, This was when he and Wallace became close, with Wallace still a relatively unknown rapper. Shakur, handsome and well spoken with a few movies and a successful debut album, seemed the sort of person Wallace wanted to know. Although Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace had a bit in common, their friendship was also heavily based on what the other had, be it street credit or skills. For Wallace, Shakur had grown up living the life Wallace could only rap about; Shakur was raised amid abject poverty with a mother who not only was jailed when she was pregnant with Shakur, but also had a rotating cast of men as a possible father and a persistent drug addiction that often left the family in shambles, as she withered away to a crackhead.

But despite their close friendship, things quickly fell apart, resulting in a massive East—West rivalry, a war that many felt started at a New York studio in late That was the same year Shakur released Strictly 4 My N. The album featured the same social and political themes that first attracted fans to Shakur, and it debuted at no.

Both Wallace and Shakur understood, though they still often sought opportunities to work together. In late October , Shakur was arrested after shooting two offduty officers he felt were harassing a black motorist.

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The officers, two brothers, were later revealed to be drunk at the time, having stolen weapons from the Atlanta Police Department evidence room. Neither officer was on duty at the time Shakur shot them, though they were in their cruiser and pulled someone over as officers. The charges against Shakur were eventually dropped, though he was never reimbursed for the money he spent on lawyers. And his lawyer fees were quickly mounting. He was charged with assault in and, later in the year, with a sexual offense that led to his imprisonment.

In December , Shakur was charged with sodomy and sexual abuse of Ayanna Jackson, a year-old woman who had come to his New York hotel room a few days after having oral sex with the rapper on the dance floor of a popular club and later returning with him to his hotel room, where the two had consensual sex. For Shakur to speak up and stop the men would mean he claimed her as his, he later said. He left the room, leaving her to the two large men, a decision Shakur later said he would regret forever.

The exchange was caught on tape by filmmaker Dream Hampton, as were other moments of the happy night when the old friends let down their guards and let go of the world and simply relaxed. But that would be one of the last such nights for the old friends.

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But it is a crime for that girl to turn it into a rape charge. It was her who, at the dance floor, who [sic] had oral sex with me. She should be charged, not me. He went bankrupt fighting the charges, and the negative press led to fewer producers and directors wanting to work with the actor, who was convicted of assault after attacking Menace II Society director Allen Hughes after an argument over the role Hughes offered to Shakur in the movie, one the actor felt would depict him in a negative light.

He was later sentenced to 15 days in jail for the attack. But as things slowly unraveled for Shakur, things were finally coming together for Wallace as his hit Ready to Die continued to climb the charts. Despite being rather overweight with a lazy eye, Wallace was considered somewhat of a sex symbol with solid street credit. His rap style, charming while at the same time realistic to the struggles of a small-time hustler, found a wide audience among many rap fans, a path well paved by the earlier success of The Chronic.

In his neighborhoods, songs off his album roared from boom boxes and car stereo systems, and, like when he was a hustler, Wallace was a center of gravity in his neighborhood. In the beginning, Wallace met reporters at his apartment or on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, including ones from the formidable New York Times and The Source.

In one such interview, Wallace took Vibe reporter Cheo Hodari Coker with him as he walked through the neighborhood, stopping often to talk to friends and hustlers. But that is what brought Wallace to where he was that day. At that point, he stayed put because he felt it was the best thing for him to do.

To move to a nicer home in a nicer neighborhood would make him less real to his fans, and he somehow would lack as their spokesperson. But to remain in his violent, impoverished neighborhood made him a target, something Wallace knew intimately, having run those streets himself.

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He began to keep the house in a tight lockdown, stockpiling guns and keeping them under his mattress and beneath his pillow, ready to protect his small family if anything were to happen. And soon, after a Bad Boy promotional shoot, that family expanded. In late July , Wallace met through a mutual friend the singer Faith Evans, a light-skinned woman whose beauty and attitude instantly captivated the young rapper.

Half black and half Italian, Evans was raised without a father; he left the family when Evans was a young girl. From early childhood, Evans sang in her church choir and is rumored to have often brought tears to the eyes of those who heard her voice, a soprano that has been described as rain. She began dating Kiyamma Griffin, a producer who worked with Combs.

Soon she was pregnant, and she often accompanied Griffin to his studio sessions, including one with Usher. She took in hand the music, and after she had sung a few notes, Combs wanted to sign her to Uptown as a backup singer. Blige, and wrote several songs for both Blige and the popular Color Me Badd. When Combs left Uptown to form Bad Boy, Evans soon followed, largely because Combs promised she would soon have her own album, something she had dreamed of for years.

Once formally signed to the label, Evans was embraced by the Bad Boy family, and it was at a Bad Boy promotional shoot that she met Wallace, who was shy and quiet around the beautiful Evans. She was nervous, talking rapidly to fill the void in the air, though she later said he had a charm about him that instantly attracted her. Wallace asked for a ride home to Brooklyn, and she happily agreed.

But she was wrong. Wallace called Evans within just a few hours, having copied her number off promotional photos from the shoot, and asked her out to see a movie. The two became inseparable, and less than two weeks later, Wallace asked her to marry him. Though their connection was quick, it was deep, and the two had many things in common. Both had daughters, and both were raised by a single mother without a father actively in the picture.

Both worked hard and often, spending most free time in the studio. And both wanted to be with the other, regardless of how rushed their relationship was. So on August 4, , the two married before a justice of the peace in Rosslyn, New York, a small town upstate.

He wore jeans and a button-down shirt; she wore a summer dress and sandals. The two immediately returned to work after an hours-long honeymoon. After work, Wallace went home to the apartment he still shared with his mother. The next day, though, one of her friends called to tell her Wallace was saying hello to his wife on a popular radio show. Voletta Wallace immediately flipped on the nearest radio, and just like with his music career, it took a radio announcement for Voletta Wallace to believe her son.

After a brief conversation, both Voletta Wallace and Evans realized that Christopher had kept the two apart for no real reason past his anticipation that his mother would dislike Evans. Within weeks of moving into the their new home, Wallace left on a promotional tour with Craig Mack, and Evans returned to the studio, working on her debut album, a setup that set the tone for the marriage. Both were always busy with work, and Wallace, never a one-woman kind of guy, often took advantage of the perks of being a successful musician.

With constant promotion, such as the radio tour with Mack, as well as relentless radio interviews and live performances, Ready to Die enjoyed solid sales, and Wallace soon hit the road along with Junior M. Although some shows sold out, others had only moderate attendance, but one thing became standard: the women. In a few short months, Wallace went from selling crack on the corner of Fulton Street and St. Gone were the clothes of Christopher Wallace, and in their place was a new look that mimicked that of the old gangsters: hats that matched his tailored suits, expensive bottles of champagne and liquor, and a home in New Jersey, where Wallace soon relocated, feeling that his newfound wealth made him a target in Brooklyn.

But even as he separated himself even farther from the streets that first saw him come up, Wallace became heavily involved in a rivalry as cutthroat as that of any street gang, one that ultimately ended in two stillunsolved murders. Despite the geographical distance—Wallace in New York, Shakur in California—the two were still friends, seeking each other out whenever they were able.

follow site One of the times Wallace and Shakur hung out together as friends was at a party Combs threw for himself on September 11, He also said the fatigues were similar to the kind many were wearing in Brooklyn; camouflaged clothes had recently come back in style in the borough.

But because he was stoned, Shakur let it pass, ignoring the man before noticing a second fellow, also wearing fatigues, sitting at a nearby table. Just as the first man had, this man also regarded Shakur with only a brief glance before casting his eyes down, almost as if he were hiding them.

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In less than a minute, Shakur turned to find guns turned on him, twin 9 millimeters. The three men with Shakur instantly dropped to the floor, though the rapper himself stood scared, not moving. The men first checked for his gun and then asked for his jewelry and money before firing, hitting Shakur first in his testicles and then in the back of his head.

The men turned and left, and Shakur fell to the floor, unconscious. Cease and Junior M.