Stars Celebrate Shakur’s Birthday

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June 17, 2011 | 7:40am EST

Stars including Rick Ross and Erykah Badu turned out to mark what would have been Tupac Shakur’s 40th birthday with a glitzy concert in Georgia.
The rap legend, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, would have reached the milestone on Thursday and a host of famous faces turned out to honor the occasion and raise money for the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation at a show in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Performers included jazz musician Roy Ayers, rappers Bun B and Warren G, as well Badu and Ross, who gave an emotional speech about the slain star during his time on stage.

He told the crowd, “For a lot of lil’ dudes in a single parent home (like me) with my mother, Tupac played father for a lot of dudes like me. Tupac was the first one that showed me how to be fully committed. I (wanted to emulate) his hard work, his ethic, his family… When we talk about his record sales, let’s not forget the role he played to all the little black boys around the world.”

While Badu said, “My first reaction to Tupac was he’s not a rapper, he’s not an actor, he’s a saviour of sorts. But he came at a time when people weren’t looking for a saviour, they were looking for someone who looked like them.”

The concert was hosted by funnyman Mike Epps and at the end of the night, a $10,000 cheque was presented to Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, for the charity, according to