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Snoop Dogg cultivated an image as a tough gangster on his records, but he fainted when he saw his pal Tupac Shakur on his deathbed.

Snoop said Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, helped him gather the strength to say goodbye to his friend and labelmate.

Tupac was shot multiple times by a rival gang banger in Las Vegas. He died from his injuries on September 13, 1996.

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During a recent interview, Snoop said he received a series of text messages from former Death Row Records founder Suge Knight telling him he and Tupac had been shot.

Suge was grazed in the head during the shooting.

Snoop said he and rapper Warren G headed to Las Vegas and stopped by Suge's home. Snoop said Suge downplayed Tupac's injuries while exaggerating his own graze wound.

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"When we drive to Vegas to see Pac, we got to Suge house first, so we haven't even seen Pac," Snoop said. "We just talking to Suge, and he got the head wrapped up and he telling us what happened and, you know, 'Pac gonna be alright, he going to pull through, he got shot nine times before, he going to be alright, [they] hit me in the head.'"

When Snoop and Warren G got to the hospital, Snoop was shocked to see Tupac on his deathbed in the ICU.

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"He got tubes in him and it's like, when I walked in, I could just feel like he wasn't even there, and I fainted," he said. "Then, his [mother Afeni Shakur] got me up and walked me in the bathroom and had a conversation with me about being strong. She was like, 'My baby ain't never seen you weak. I don't want you to be weak in front of him. You go in the bathroom and fix yourself up and you go back in there and you talk to him and you tell him how you feel.'"

Snoop added, "She knew how much we loved each other. So, she gave us a moment for me to say some things to him, as far as how much I love him, but I knew that that was gonna be my last time speaking with him."
 




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Monday, September 7, marked 24 years since American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, was shot multiple times by a gang member in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Tupac, stylized 2Pac, died on September 13, 1996 in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 25 years old.

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Fans remembered Tupac on the anniversary of his death on social media Monday. Many posted photos and lyrics in tribute of the fallen warrior. He is pictured above with his younger step sister Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur and god brother, rapper Yaki Kadafi, born Yafeu Akiyele Fula, who was accidentally shot in the head in 1996 at age 19.

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Tupac launched his rap career after moving from New York City to San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. He had achieved modest success by the time he released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991.

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Tupac was one of the pioneers of so-called gangsta rap that glorifies gang culture, sexual promiscuity, misogynistic lyrics, drug culture, sexism, and anti-homosexuality.

Gangsta rap would go on to have a negative impact on young Black boys who quoted Tupac's lyrics that promoted gang violence and degraded women.

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Understanding his impact on young Black youth, Tupac took his music in a different direction with the release of Me Against the World in 1995.

It was his third studio album and was considered his most introspective and thought-provoking work.

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The album included the hits "So Many Tears", "Temptations" and "Dear Mama," in tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur, who died of a heart attack in 2016 at age 69.

Tupac prophesied his own death in the 2nd track off the album, titled "If I Die 2Nite."

    Going insane, never die, I live eternal, who shall I fear?
    Don't shed a tear for me, ni**a, I ain't happy here
    I hope they bury me and send me to my rest
    Headlines reading 'Murdered to death', my last breath.