Archive | March, 2015

2Pac Shakur

23 Mar

Darn it Tupac why did you have to go too soon? I taught 2Pac when I used to teach High School English. He was real and everyone related to him. I bought 2Pac’s CDs and read tons of his poetry so that I could make it relate to my students.

More recently he was played at my cousin’s funeral as 2Pac was one of my cousin’s favorite rappers along with Snoop Dog.  “Thug Mansion” is seen here:

After visiting the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA and seeing the 2Pac exhibit, I was stunned at the amount of notebooks full of 2pac’s writing were posted for everyone to see. It was HIS writing in pen an pencil. Family pictures of a young Pac. Rarely seen videos of Pac freestyling with Biggie Smalls. Rare interviews that showed how honest and realistic he was. It was the area of the museum with the most traffic even though the Taylor Swift exhibit was on another floor.

It’s amazing to me how so many years later, Pac’s lyrics are so impacting. “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” is so brief and inspiring that I bought a t-shirt with the poem on it. If there is any poem that is inspiring about rising from the dirt, about winning despite being an underdog, about succeeding when the world does not help you, about living when your environment is dead… it has got to be “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.”

And the touching “Changes” that always makes me teary eyed when I hear it. Let’s face it. After living so many years in the ‘hood and teaching in area’s of high need, this is the song that always gets to me. Oh 2Pac! You had to get feisty too soon and get on people’s bad side. After all he was only a young immature 25 year old guy being a young 25 year old guy.

“Give the crack to the kids/who cares/one less hungry mouth on the welfare”

“Give em guns watch them kill each other”

“I’d love to go back when we were kids when we played”

“Misplaced hate makes disgrace to faces”

“And only time we chill is when we kill each other”

“Let’s change the way we eat, lets change the way we live and lets change the way we treat each other”

“Its war on the streets and war in the Middle East”

The early 90’s had some significant deaths that include Pac, Biggie Smalls, Kurt Cobain and Selena. Miss you 2Pac! And I’m ready for an impacting rapper that is remembered for his/her lyrics in Mainstream America and not for antics.