YouTuber Keylo Back visits 2Pac’s Former Baltimore Home and schools the Hip Hop icon attended in the mid 80s.
Founded as part of the Baltimore City Public System in 1979, Baltimore School For The Arts was where a teenage 2Pac with the help of Richard Pilcher, BSA’s principal acting teacher, was first exposed to Shakespeare.
After hearing about the BSA and auditioned in 1986. Donald Hicken, head of the school’s theater department who retired in 2016, saw 2Pac’s potential when he portrayed a character from A Raisin in the Sun. Unfortunately for Shakur, Afeni would move him and Sekyiwa to California in 1988. Hicken’s was heart broken to hear the news at the time and even offered to find a host family so Shakur could attend BSA as a senior. The offer was declined by 2Pac.
As noted by Keylo Black as he makes his way to the BSA in the YouTube video, this is where 2Pac would meet his dear friend Jada Pinkett Smith.
But before the BSA, in 1984, 13-year-old Shakur, his younger sister Sekyiwa, and mother Afeni moved to Balitmore from New York City. 2Pac would attend Roland Park Middle School for 8th grade and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in the 9th grade. Keylo makes a stop at Dubar HS, which is ironically named after an African-American poet.
Keylo’s last stop is 2Pac’s former home located on 3955 Greenmount Ave, where Shakur lived in the first-floor apartment of the brick row house in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Pen Lucy.