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Mopreme Shakur
Mopreme Shakur

Birth name

Maurice Harding

Also known as

Komani, Wycked, Mocedes

Born

1967 (age 51-52)
New York City, New York, United States

Genre

Hip hop

Occupation(s)

Rapper

Years active

1990-present

Associated acts

2Pac, Big Syke, Bishop Lamont, DJ King Assassin, Outlawz, Rappin' 4-Tay, Thug Life

Maurice Harding (born 1967), better known by his stage name Mopreme Shakur or simply Mopreme, is an American rapper. He is the older step brother of Tupac Shakur, and was a member of Tupac's hip hop groups Thug Life and Outlawz. Thug Life was disassembled when Shakur ran into legal problems, and Mopreme left Outlawz due to a financial disagreement with Death Row Records.

Early career Edit

Mopreme's first recorded appearance, under the alias Mocedes, was on Tony Toni Toné's hit single "Feels Good" in the year 1990. His first collaboration with his brother was on the single and video "Papaz Song", from the 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. under the name 'Wycked'. In 1993 Mopreme and his brother Tupac formed the group Thug Life with friends Big Syke, Macadoshis and Rated R. On September 26, 1994, the group released the only Album Thug Life: Volume 1 which went Gold. Mopreme has been credited as a writer for many significant tracks on this album. He was an original member of both his Thug Life group, as well as a premier member of Outlawz. Mopreme, as well as Big Sykedropped out of the group, but contrary to rumors, was never signed to Death Row Records.

2002-present Edit

In 2002, he was interviewed in the documentary Biggie & Tupac. In early 2007, Mopreme released the mixtape "Assassin & Mopreme Shakur Presents: Black & Brown Pride". Mopreme was featured on the soundtrack for the feature film Intoxicating, starring Kirk Harris, John Savage, and Eric Roberts.

In June 2008, Mopreme revealed that he had signed on as a consulting producer for the BET series, American Gangster, titled "Mutulu Shakur and The Republic of New Afrika." The show will feature his incarcerated father, Mutulu Shakur, a proponent of the Republic of New Afrika in the 1960s and '70s and member of the neo-Marxist/black nationalist group Black Liberation Army. Mopreme provided insight, direction, subject matter for interviews, and acted as a liaison between the show and his father.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • 2008: Heart of a Soulja (unreleased)
  • 2009: Alpha Thug

Collaboration albumsEdit

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