Tupac Shakur may have died 13 years ago, but he’s as potent a force in the hip-hop world as ever. Shakur’s record label has released six posthumous albums so far — more than the rapper produced during his lifetime — and half of those hit No. 1 on U.S. charts. Two months after Shakur died in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996, Death Row Records released The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory under the name Makaveli, a reference to Italian politician Niccolo Machiavelli. The pseudonym choice led conspiracy theorists to surmise that the rapper, like the real Machiavelli, had faked his death. In the years since, Tupac has sold more than 18 million units in the U.S., boosting his record for most hip-hop albums sold in history. He’ll augment that total when his latest effort drops in 2010.
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