Tupac Shakur, African-American rapper, was born on 16 June 1971. After joining the Black Panther party, his mother changed his first name to Tupac Amaru, after an 18th-century Peruvian revolutionary who was killed by the Spanish. Tupac Amaru Shakur sold over 75 million records sold worldwide. 1996’s All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits collection have been certified diamond, surpassing the ten-million mark and placing them among the top-selling albums of all time. 2Pac Biography and Profile.