Tupac Shakur's lyrics on his reflective
ode to mortality, "How Long Will They Mourn Me," were steeped in prophetic poetry, but even he couldn't have predicted that he'd still be such an iconic force in pop culture in the year 2013.
Friday (September 13) marks the 17th anniversary of the day the Thug Life MC was fatally shot at the age of 25 after attending a Mike Tyson heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. And although that tragic event robbed hip-hop of one of its most promising and revered stars, Pac's indelible influence can still be felt in rap culture today. In fact, 2013 was a pretty big year for him.