Remembering Tupac

17 Jun

Ray: Tupac Shakur was one of my favorite hip hop artists of all time. In fact, I regard him as the greatest poet rap music has ever had. He was much more intelligent than the media would have you believe and he spoke with so much passion. And if he were alive today, he’d be 37.

As a young man, he battled greatly with the pressures of success, money, fame, and the street life that defined his culture. Growing up, I could hear in his lyrics and see on his face the struggles between good and evil that went on with his soul. Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16, 1971 and died on September 13, 1996. He was only 25 when he died but he seemed to have lived a much longer life.

Here is a clip that I wanted to share with everyone that shows a bit of that struggle within himself despite the high level of wisdom and maturity that he possessed at an early age:

Ray Note: Seth and I had the honor of meeting and having dinner with Afeni Shakur during our days at Temple University. She is a very kind and generous person who boldly shares her mother wit with the younger generation. After speaking with her in great depth, there is no wonder how Tupac became the man that he was.

Afeni now heads the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit the site for more information or to support the foundation.

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One Response to “Remembering Tupac”

  1. Suresh July 23, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    I was only 13 when pac got shot and at that time in my life i could not relate to his songs and the message that he was trying to give young people.

    Now im 23 and everything in his music suddenly makes so much sense. The first pac song i fell in love with was ” Dear Mama”.

    Beyond the grave and through pacs lyrics he gives me strength to looke for a better future and his struggle gives me the motivation that you can be some one no matter how difficult life is.

    Listening to Pac for me was like having an elder brother giving advise on life.

    I wish that he was still alive.

    R.I.P Tupac i miss you!

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