Captivating audiences with his poetic lyricism and brazen personality, 2Pac’s Thug Life image has become synonymous with gangsta rap. After being sentenced to 1 ½  to 4 ½ years in prison for sexually abusing a fan in 1995, he was acquitted of weapons and sodomy charges and served nine months at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility. Later that year, he was bailed out by Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight in exchange for an infamous three-album record deal. 

Also a rising actor with a strong on-screen presence, Pac developed a huge admiration for Jim Carrey’s comedic roles. According to Ben Westhoff’s book Original Gangstas, Carrey sent the rapper letters to lift his spirits during his prison stay.  

“He loved Jim Carrey, he used to imitate that mothafucka all the time – by far, he was Pac’s favorite,” 2Pac’s bodyguard Frank Alexander stated in his 2011 book Got Your Back: Protecting Tupac in the World of Gangsta Rap. Another excerpt revealed that the West Coast legend’s mother, Afeni Shakur, cooked up a steak dinner which, “[We] ate watching Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Pac couldn’t get enough of Jim Carrey, and his impersonations were dead on,” Alexander recalled.

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