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He really did have a positive and hopeful message if you can see past the controversy and racial issues he brought up (which were completely valid, I am "Caucasian" and from Vermont, born into what would be considered a Middle Class family, but can relate to the messages and philosophy he was all about).
originally posted by: FamCore
Today marks 20 years since Tupac Shakur passed away (Date of Death: September 13th, 1996). He died on Friday the 13th.
The last album he released, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was released November 5th, 1996 after his death.
Oddly enough, Pac spent 7 days in the hospital (he was gunned down in a drive-by on September 7th, and was hospitalized until he died on September 13th). Also, the fact that Tupac changed his musical artist name from "2pac" to "Makaveli" (this last album was the first time he used this new alias), raised more questions by conspiracy theorists because Niccolo Machiavelli, who was the person that inspired Pac to change his name, wrote a book called "The Prince" (a political treatise), which discusses faking your own death to fool your enemies.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding 2pac, ever since he shot to stardom in the early 90's. Along with being a successful rap artist, he also starred in several movies and was a celebrity mogul just a few years after starting his music career.
His mother was a Black Panther. She was also addicted to crack at some time, as he mentioned in the song "Dear Mama". Tupac also dealt with moving around all over the country. It's amazing what he did accomplish. By 2004, he was in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the highest selling rap artist, with 67 million albums sold worldwide. All across Africa 2pac is recognized as a figure of resilience and overcoming struggles.
He also was a poet (see "The Rose that Grew from Concrete").
He was wrongfully harassed by the police and authorities on many occasions. On one occasion, he confronted two off-duty police officers who were harassing a black male. He ended up shooting at least one of the cops in self-defense. It was found that the cops had a gun they took from "Evidence", and were intoxicated and unlawfully harassing people and Tupac was acquitted of all charges.
He was also beaten by NYPD for J-Walking, sued them for $10 million, and ultimately was awarded $10,000 by NYPD for their wrongdoing. He really made a LOT of waves in society.
His step-father, Mutulu Shakur was a political prisoner and was targeted by illegal FBI COINTELPRO projects that were meant to discredit organizations in the civil rights movement, including that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Another prominent Black Panther Party member, Assata Shakur was Tupac's Step-Aunt and Godmother (Mutulu's sister). She is on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Tupac's music was singled out by politicians such as Senator Bob Dole and Delores Tucker. They publicly smashed 2pac CD's and were outspoken against his music (even though many other rap artists rapped about the same things, and they did not speak out against those artists).
Tupac was outspoken against the government, even against Donald Trump.
He coined terms such as "THUG LIFE", (The Hate You Give Little Infants F***s Everyone), and N.I.G.G.A., an acronym which stood for "Never Ignorant, Getting Goals Accomplished") NO this is not a term being used in a racial way, please don't have a knee-jerk reaction and say this is the case, because in this thread, and in Tupac's philosophy, he used it as an acronym that had nothing to do with race.
2pac was shot 5 times (and robbed) in 1994 in an elevator, 1 bullet even hit him in the head. He recovered, and came back with more intense music and made enemies as a result. The shooting in 1996 was the one that ended him though.
Rumors state that 2pac has been alive and faked his death, that he ran away to South America or Cuba, and did this to escape the limelight and all of the controversy. I think we should let the man rest in peace, and appreciate some of the important issues 2pac spoke about.
Songs like "Brenda's Got a Baby" and "Me Against the World". The lyrics discuss social issues and injustices. He also had an idea of "50 _____", he wanted to unite people and have 1 person in each state who represented his cause for making social change. He died before he could actually implement plans for this social movement.
I hope this thread isn't negatively received, it is purely objective in nature and I wanted to discuss this famous figure on the 20th anniversary of his death.
Rest In Peace Tupac.
Tupac Amaru Shakur June 16th, 1971 - September 13th, 1996.
"I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world." -I take this one to heart.
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