What I Learned From 2Pac: Beyond The Music



Today marks the 44th Birthday of one of the greatest artist of all time, 2Pac Shakur. As many of my closest friends and family know he's my favorite artist, one I hold dear to my heart. Some consider me a crazy 2Pac fan but no matter how hype I may get over him in conversation please know I'm sane. Out of all my conservations, I've ever had about Pac I don't think I ever had the chance to speak on WHY I appreciate his artistry. Most of the time I'm defending him when people disrespectfully compare him to Biggie.

Yes, I said disrespectfully because I believe there's no comparing the two! They both are kings who held down the genre in different Arenas and the two most influential artists of Hip-Hop, period. I don't care about the controversies because everyone has them. Furthermore, I think it's important to acknowledge it's "the media" who we still struggle to trust today that blew the East-coast, West-coast rivalries in a horrid direction.  Although the deaths of 2Pac and Biggie seem to conclude this rivalry, and while alive they served as faces for each coast DOESN'T MEAN I WANT TO CONTINUE THE FOOLISH DEBATES. Now back to the regular schedule,  I want to dedicate this post to the one and only Tupac Amaru Shakur and what I learned from his music and activism 19 years after his untimely death.

LESSON 1: It seems as though we "Pledge Allegiance to a flag that neglects us." -Words of Wisdom

I promise you 2Pacalyspe Now speaks to every socio-political issue Blacks face today in America. It seems we do pledge to a flag that neglects us. When I first heard this song I didn't understand the depth of this statement, now  I know. No wonder why politicians saw this album as a threat!!!! #AMERICASNIGHTMARE

LESSON 2: Where's the equality? "Trapped in my own community...I couldn't find a trace of equality"- Trapped

Yes, Pac, I'm still looking for the equality on your 44th birthday. We're still trapped. Have you seen the news lately?

LESSON 3: Our Black youth are dying but what's the reason?
"La'tasha Harlins, remember that name...Cause a bottle of juice ain't something to die for." - Something 2 Die 4

Hell, today being Black is the new death sentence. But you don't hear me though.

LESSON 4: "They say it ain't no hope for the youth, and the truth is it ain't no hope for the future."-Keep Ya Head Up

If Wale song "Hopeless" isn't a response to your call, Pac,  I don't know what is.

LESSON 5: Systematic oppressions are against us. "We ain't meant to survive cause it's a set-up"- Keep Ya Head Up

Pac, everyday I swear I'm talking about the SET-UP. The lyrics used to sound so good as a kid listening to the radio, now I know what it means.

LESSON 6: Honor Thy Mother. "And there's no way I can pay you back, but my plan is to show you that I understand. You are appreciated."- Dear Mama

Sampling one of my favorite songs Sadie by The Spinners, Pac you did this song justice.

LESSON 7: When times are hard we must never stop believing. "Keep yo' head up and try to keep the faith and pray for better days"- Better Dayz

LESSON 8: Don't be mad, show your enemies love. "Cause I ain't mad at 'cha"- I Ain't Mad Cha

Danny boy, please make come back!!!

LESSON 9: Protect ourselves and everything we stand for "To all the seeds that follow me protect your essence, born with less, but you still precious"- Feat. on Smile

LESSON 10: Sometimes we get tired of "the strain and the pain"- Pain

Hey, this doesn't mean we have to stop reach our goals!

I could go on but I just rather have you listen to his song "Words of Wisdom. Isn't it funny how these lyrics relate to our society today? 19 years later and you'd think society would've changed, but the movement continues!