With all this extra stressin'
The question I wonder is after death, after my last breath
When will I finally get to rest? Through this suppression
They punish the people that's askin' questions
And those that possess, steal from the ones without possessions
The message I stress, to make it stop study your lessons
Don't settle for less, even the genius asks-es questions
Be grateful for blessings
Don't ever change, keep your essence
The power is in the people and politics we address
Always do your best, don't let the pressure make you panic
And when you get stranded
And things don't go the way you planned it
Dreamin' of riches, in a position of makin' a difference
Politicians and hypocrites, they don't wanna listen
If I'm insane, it's the fame made a brother change
It wasn't nothin' like the game
It's just me against the world
My favorite rap verse of all time. Goosebumps every time I hear it.
And the men who murdered him are still free and probably collecting their pensions.
Finally made it to his "thugz mansion" y'all should look that one up, amazing song
Got shot on the Vegas strip after a Tyson fight -- no witnesses.
Was in 11th grade art class. My buddy came in and asked if heard about 2pac being shot again. I jokingly said "he gets shot weekly, ain't no thang."
"How long will they mourn me"
His writing was one of the best. Changes is one of my favorite songs of all time. He wouldnt be out of touch now a days. It's truly sad that he didnt get to see Obama take office.
"I wrote this song a really long time ago, it was a real long time ago... back in '94."
Always thought Tupac was *way* more relevant and powerful than Biggie. The whole idea that Biggie is constantly played, while it's rare to hear Pac, bothers me immensely. Biggie was great, but spoke about the same. shit. we. still. hear constantly: selling drugs. Pac was conscience. Aware. He was an enigma, and knew it. He was so aware of the ghetto culture problem, while also being a part of it. We need more like him, not less. Yet Biggie "won" the culture icon war between the 2 somehow. Still bothers me. **PAC FOREVER!!!!**
A truly important influence to me. I'm almost glad I was too young to feel the impact of his death. RIP legend
Not a lot of people know this but Tupac actually made an underground video for 'Starin' Through My Rear View', that was literally shot on a VHS camera on a tripod. I was lucky enough to see it because a friend of a friend got a copy. It was amazing, and I wish I still had a copy. I think only a handful of dubs were made, but I really wish one of them survived.
The whole thing was done in someone's basement or something. And each rapper would take the tripod arm and move the camera around while the others just danced, moving and waiving their guns around. It was super low budget but it was never meant to be a music video. It was almost as if it was just a home video Tupac and the Outlawz made together.
Anyway, whenever I hear a Tupac track I'm always reminded that I was lucky enough to have seen that video.
Last year was a hard one, but life goes on.
Holding my head against the wall, learning right from wrong.
They say my ghettos instrumentals are detrimental to kids.
As if they can't see the misery in which they live.
Krazy - Makavelli Album. I listen to this song when I feel down. Not sure why but always makes me feel a bit stronger.
Keep ya head up, legs closed, eyes open
- signed that as a post script on a breakup letter
I still remember when his death was announced. I was watching a marathon of "Real World: Miami" when MTV broke in and announced the news.
One of my favorite all time bars of his is on a song called "unconditional love". he says:
my eternal mission is to be more than just a rap musician/the elevation of today's generation if i can make them listen
the verse just gets deeper and deeper from there. GOAT.