22 years? It’s been a long time, but I guess it does feel like forever. Every year we mention where we were on September 11th which is a day I will NEVER forget. I won’t forget what I was doing that day and how I walked in on my mom watching what I thought was a movie. Sadly, it was not a movie. Likewise, I will NEVER forget what I was doing the moment it was announced that Tupac had been pronounced dead. I was 13 AND it was Friday the 13th. I was living in Orlando, Florida. I had just got in trouble by my dad and I remember I was laying down on my water bed (throwback right?) crying. 102 jams was playing on my radio. I remember the words so clearly. “If you have not heard by now, rapper Tupac Shakur has been pronounced dead…” I cried so much harder in that moment. Shortly after his death, they released the video for “I ain’t mad at cha.” on bet. I remember recording it on VHS. It’s still so eery to me how much the video mirrored his actual death.
What were you doing when you found out Pac died?
This was a man wise beyond his years. You could have disagreed with his violent lyrics and his explicit tongue, but no one can take away how intelligent this man was. Whether you could relate to the words in his songs or respect his artistry at all, he spoke HIS truth. He told his story and he was unapologetically blunt. We can question his delivery, but we can’t question his authenticity. He was misunderstood by many. Mainly because it’s hard to understand what you haven’t gone through. In the absence of relativity there is ample room for misunderstanding and judgement, but in the words of Pac, “Only God can judge me (him).” I personally couldn’t relate to many of the details of the life he lived, but I respected the man behind the lyrics. I admired his mind and I will forever be awed by his love for our people. He was fearless, bold, charismatic and might I add FINE! lol Awwww mannnnn! He died too soon, but he lived long enough to leave an imprint like no other that I am certain will remain forever. I wonder where he’s be if he were still living. What would he be doing? Would he still be rapping? Would his message have changed? More importantly, what would he think of today’s “hip-hop?”
I have a dentist appointment here shortly, so I don’t have time to make a playlist, but i found one that I will be listening to all day! Here you go!