Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I wonder if heaven got a ghetto?...10 years later

In the ten years since Tupac Shakur was murdered, what has changed? What lessons if any, did we learn from his tragic demise? Those of us claiming that we ride for the T.H.U.G. Life philosophy that he stood for and tried to inspire in us… What are we doing to keep that flame burning? Did we feel Pacs higher sense of self or, did we embrace only that which was the darkest side of his existence? Who has taken on the responsibility of being the next voice of the people? Again, what have we learned?!?!

Through his internal struggles, Tupac remained the spokesman for the inner-city kid/man's crisis. He was the personification of God given talent, intelligence, and charisma coupled with lack of opportunity, class oppression, and a feared zeal for change. Indeed he showed us some of the crazy even contrdictive sides of himself. But he also showed us the pride, hope, and eternal love he possessed for minorites and poor people in general. Like most of us raised in the gutters of this country, he was truth laced with contradiction. An exact example of AmeriKKKa's chickens coming home to roost.

Near the approach of his death, he released Makaveli, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, which was in my opinion, his most profound collection of thoughts. In a prophetic manner, he expressed the realization of his mistakes. His connection with God but, his confusion with organized religion. It was the first time I ever heard an emcee take responsibility for his contributions to the increasing downfall of our culture and art. So in touch with his spiritual connection, he knew he played both sides of the fence for too long and now asked for forgiveness…PROPHETIC!!!

So let's not debate whether he was the best emcee (although to me he was). Let'’s not try to break down his court cases. Let's not argue about whether he was guilty or not. Let's not hypothesize about who was responsible for his death or whether or not he'’s still alive. That'’s all he say, she say bullshit that won't bring Pac back!!!

Instead, maybe we should reflect on his dream and philosophy of a better community. Let the conversations be about the lessons weve learned from his life. Let'’s revisit his works and see what guidance he gave us that we can hold on to, and which to let go of. Show your kids, little brothers, sisters and cousins Tupac: Resurrection and let them get to know the man in a different light than we did.

Physically, he is gone but, with the plethora of beautiful, insightful, and entertaining work he left us in his poetry, music, and movies, his spirit will live forever.

RELAX IN PARADISE..... Still thuggin ten years later a West Coast Icon!

One Love

Tupac: Califonia Love

Tupac: Keep Ya Head Up

I managed to track down some more rare Pac shit form the homie over at Nah Right here are some cool ass Pac clips.

Tupac: A Decade Ahead Of His Time

Tupac: His 1994 Arsenio Hall Show apperance


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