Sunday, November 19, 2006

Tupac (2Pac) Poetry & His Politics

Pictures taken from the Tupac Peace Garden at the "Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts" located just outside Atlanta, Georgia.

Tupac was very politically conscious at a very young age, which was evident in his lyrics. Did you know he was born in East Harlem, NY & lived in the North East for 17 years before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. There he initially lived with a non-black woman Leila Steinberg (1/4 Turkish, 1/4 Mexican, 2/4 German-Polish) who instigated Tupac's mind by having him read deep books, such as feminist writings, by age 20. According to a Harvard study, Tupac was more well-read, and intellectually well-rounded at that age than the average student in the first year class of most Ivy League institutions. I can attest to this after watching underground home video of a young Tupac (see documentary "Thug Angel").
Leila Steinberg: "From the very first day, he defiantly wanted to use his art for social change. He wanted to be a voice, not a star. So we stayed up probably until three in the morning that very first day that we met, talking about what we found in terms of our visions, for the planet, for people, for healing prejudice, for understanding black struggle, native American struggle, Latin struggle, women struggle, and just our commitment to fight for oppressed people."
Just read the lyrics for a song "Words of Wisdom" released in 1991 on his very first album: "No Malcolm X in my history text. Why is that? Cause he tried to educate and liberate all blacks. Why is Martin Luther King in my book each week? He told blacks, if they get smacked, turn the other cheek."


71 comments:

Anonymous said...

i love tupac

Anonymous said...

what a world it could be if more people had his conviction in bettering our society.

Anonymous said...

i've always loved you lesane, always, my son zahir, i hope he's hangin out with you in heaven, i always talked about you to him, he knows who you are, i love you.

.:e-dubb:. said...

if everyone thought like tupac the world would be more peacefull

Anonymous said...

if people dint go rwnd shootin people for fun none of this wunt ov hapeend tupac shakur wud ov bin still alive by now ! i hope that 1 day whoo shot 2pac 2pac will get them bk for wot they done to him rewind his lifee!!!!! its redicliese n i bet the police still ant got whoo killed 2pac they want to get lookin !!! R.I.P 2pac miss u loadsss u got great songzzzzz hope u luk afta every1 whoo needs help n if u know who shot u in the car get them bak!!!!!

Jasi said...

Tupac is the best!! I love this man and its music!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said that he or she hopes that one day we get the person who got Pac back. I understand how you feel Anonymous, I had family who got killed and I love Tupac too. Although, the way you think is exactly What Tupac was fighting back when he was alive. He believed in God more than everything, he'd want us to get over it, even to forgive the killer, because he didn't know the gravity of his act(like Jesus said). Even though we can't forgive, we have to overcome this event and keep doing what Tupac Amaru Shakur beginned. It's not about wondering what the world would be like if Pac was still here with us, it's about finishing what he beginned. I hope you agree with me...Have a nice day

Anonymous said...

Everyone has a litlle 2Pac in them

Anonymous said...

Dear mama
To day i went out to find my self and found a man,mea man who could change the world of men that the world has changed for all man kind now i sit and remembed the time when i had it all now i got nothing but that nothing gives me something that is hope that even when i gone my voice will live on in time.

September 13 2007 R.I.P. Tupac
11 years and still no gun man in jill for killing Tupac.

by Trevor Donald Thackeray

2pac 4 l!fe said...

Tupac Shakur's music has changed my life in so many ways. We will all miss you Tupac! R.I.P

Chipindi tk2 aka blackson said...

Tupac Shakur was on anothe rlevel all together and we that follow are lost and try hard to learn from you ways RIP tupac the realest nigger to live

Ling Ling said...

Let 2Pac rest in peace.
This writer was a present of god and he changed our world just like jesus.God bless him.Everybody loves him and respect him because he made us understand a better way of life!I would like to tank him for having invented the world of poetry!love you!

Anonymous said...

in a world change history must be forgotten and rearanged, in a angry rage listen to my words as im on stage. no one told me and my pll be shot in dead,by my own pll including the fed, wats thr to do but retaliation against peeps in my on nation , put your minds togeather using peace as forever and the wish of freedom shall be seen thru this controled weather, government from hume i wasen't sent and this message i lend is to straighten crookend ends, im comin up slowly from were im at, makin wrong choices but thinkin back this shit is wack,yes i do drugs one steady the others are coffin ready, crack is something i have tried theres no sence to lie stop poverty and notice no cry

Shake said...

I wanna go to 2pac amaru shakur peace garden but is so far.. 2pac rest in peace brother, never forget 13/9/96..

marta said...

2pac is the best! love ya man<3
rest in peace

Anonymous said...

tupac is my hero wether its rap or poetry he is my insperation to keep living on at look at our world

Anonymous said...

miss u 2 pac u are the best so far will miss u niggaz miss uu u give me Courage to belief i ll definatelly be a person in this life,RIP Big Bross i miss u alot i wish u r alife by now i was in usa right now from africa r=to make sure i met u in person But God knw the best No time for the mutherfucka to stay with us Rip Shakur miss uuuu remeber ur word i wonder if Heaven got a getto

Anonymous said...

ya tupac its ya old homie am still chillin wiv dre u feel me hope ur all cool in heaven u were ma best homie holla ma getto boi

Anonymous said...

tupac r.i.p big homie! hope u lookin down on all us. u still alive in our hearts & threw ur music! no one will ever forget u!

love one

Anonymous said...

hey my names ashley
i just wanted to say i miss this dude so much i used to listen to his music all the time and i have posters of him all over my wall..yo i wish he was still her ..man u is missed alot !!!!

Anonymous said...

REST IN PEACE YOUNG NIGGER, THERE IS A HEAVEN FOR A G. LOVE YOU 2Pac. See you in Heaven BROW.

N0NA said...

I ADORE YOU
UR EVERYTHING
YOUR AN EXAMPLE FOR EVERYONE
AND ESPECIALLY FOR ME
GOT LOVE 4 U NIGGA
RIP

Anonymous said...

belive it or not 2pac amaru shakur is alive

look for the video i wonder if heaven got a ghetto and wen it starts it say september 14 1996 1 day after his death and it says rukahs new mexico spell rukahs back words and it spells shakur

Anonymous said...

theres this album tu pac relesed after he waz dead its called the 7 day theory he got shot sept 7 1996 and he lived 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th and died on the 13th thats 7 days he died at the age of 25 2+5=7 the official time he died waz 4.03pm 4+3=7 and on 1 of his songs called thug love him and bone thug dizzy bone rap togather but wen u hear it carfully on the back ground dizzy bone says 7 times very sfotly hes alive hes alive 7 times

Anonymous said...

i know its crazy but i know that tupac iz out there some where and i hope some day hell show his face again and i know that hes alive cuz there waz no funeral they canceled it for no reason and its illigal to buri a body with out an autopsy and they never did 1 on him in the morge

Anonymous said...

i appreciate yalls support i have finally decided to come out so yall will know the truth. I AM ALIVE.

Anonymous said...

OK, why are people making Tupac into some great thinker or someone who was actually a GOOD person? HE WAS NOT A GOOD PERSON. Look at his life and the crimes he committed. He was a street thug who had some writing talent. Let's not make him out to be an inspirational legend. If people want a hero- there are many, MANY better people to choose from

Anonymous said...

Tupac wanted to die young, legends always die young. He knew the only way for his voice to live forever was to become a legend. If he was still alive today, we would not be here

M camara said...

Tupac was / his and will always a genius and the best rapper ever.

Anonymous said...

i am alive

Anonymous said...

man 2pac ur 1 of those dudes that can actullay change everyone, doesny matter who. man freakin everyday i go round skool, home, man even church tellin people to give u a chance. some people say yea i will and they do, and it comes out gud at the end. then people say no hes bad news, no man fuck dat shit ur not bad news. ur fukkin great ass news. man jus find the person who can make a change in the world and watch over them. jus let them, help them finish what u started. look ove us. remember keep ya head and only god can judge us.

Anonymous said...

r.i.p tupac. very inspirational world and truly reflect the rose that grow from concrete. Many people turn a blind eye at those the talents or those with a background like tupac and rather judge them by the part of them which they regard to be wrong. but who are they to say that there is a right or wrong in this world and that those who are involved in violence or crime or have a tough background having experience are bad and do not deserve the right to show the positive side to empower others like tupac has. like he said we are human and besides no one is perfect for those who are still alive and are regards just as inspiartional as tupac are also not perfect.. they may be on a local or street level in the sense that under all that goodness we dont get to see the true nature of their circumstances or dont spend enough time listening to what they say to even spot the moment when they reveal those imperfections..

and foe those who say tupac was bad news fail to recognise that every perspective is valid including tupac and made enough impact on their way of thinking for them to even make a comment on a site dedicated to him.

in tupacs own words:

im,not saying im going to change the world but i gurantee that i will spark the brain that will change the world.

everybody is at war with different things..im at war with my own heart..

"truly inspirational, forever maintained in our hearts and mind"

dedicated to tupac amaru shakur

flip said...

i think that pac was,is and its going to be the man who really change the world.R.I.P.P.

Nortos82 said...

A thug with a little writing talent........... yeah right aint even goin there aint no1 better do anything to bring him back R.I.P

Anonymous said...

My name is Sebastian and i've got some things to write in honor of Tupac Shakur.
Tupac was/is/always wiil be a legend. Those who agree with me know that Tupac has inspired many people to do good and to help out by choosing the better options of horrible senarios. He has inspired some to write and do film by his acting career and writing abilities.
Tupac will always live on in people's hearts and souls but now I will talk about his songs. Tupac has writin songs that has to do with life/love/honor/glory/suffering/more. Most songs are about situations in his life but some are just reaching out to young brothers & sisters in crisis. Some songs like "Dear Mama" are about his youth and times growing up. But i've looked past that to compare my life to it. The song talks about how his mom was to blame for drama and the same with my mom...the song also talks about hugging his mom from a jail cell, he may be talking about himself in that cell but i hugged my mama while she was in the cell. He also talks about his mom being poor and a crack feind and thats the same with my mama...she did drugs and was really poor and he also wanted to show his mom was appreciated which i'm trying to show my mom...He also talks about hanging with thugs and the same with me i got expelled from school went to a continuation school and since i went there the thugs been hella chill with me any way moving on. Also he says he started selling drugs and the same here i get my shit from this dude then sell it for double and i get more customers than he does so i get more to buy stuff for my ma since she poor just like in tha song. Anyway moving on He was a lyrical genious from the bronx and i respect him with all my heart he has changed the way i look at life and since my mama started listening to him since i was 2 i have gotten out of situatins with interracial peace...Tupac Shakur you are the greatest and i know how your life was and i hope you are out there cuz we all miss ya...don't forget to look down on us every now and then...R.I.P.

nas said...

Da life i live 2day is 99% straight in from Pac's life. I learnt to live my life no-matter what anybobdy says. Everyone has a little Pac in them. Remember his words in the song "Thug Mansion". He told us there's a paradise in Heaven thats better than this world full of malice and hatred. Whoever shot Pac 'll oneday come out however long we keep waiting. Let every kid in the Hood know about Pac's life so that they learn to be better people, not hustlers. Pac u changed da world though u went at the time we needed u most.All eyez on u in every hood; kids, young and old alike. No MC 'll ever live to be like u. U were a peace-maker, brother, entertainer, friend and most of all a teacher to all of us.
We know wherever ya at, u r hanging in peace Pac,we gonna see ya one day.....
U 'll always live in us.Rest in peace.

dave said...

oww my God, i never blvd tht de hero hs indid went sumwhr fr away 4rm his ppl, i nw blv tht de hero is rily chilin wth michl jcksn sumwhr fr, RST IN PIS BRO, 2nd round

Anonymous said...

what can I say about Pac?! HE WAS The true street soldier, the prophet, the poet, the best of the best, the lover, the child, the son, the best friend, the ladys man and much more..his music changed many hearts, many lifes.. he will be so missed!! rip Pac...
I imagine him in heaven making songs with Elvis and MJ, flirting with Marlyn Monroe, drinking tea with Lady Diana...YOU WILL BE THE ONE AND ONLY KING OF RAP !!!
BY MARIAN FROM ROMANIA

Anonymous said...

hey tupac i miss u i cry all tha time becuz they play one of ur favorite songz on tha radio and i just miss u not singing anymore and i cry i wish u could make some more good music pix keep tha family in pray i miss u a hold lot cuz i have night mare of u singing right where i am and where i sleepin i just love ur music and wish u could but here this is my number is tha family wana call me my number is 252-678-2728 tis niesha ok pix tex me and call me...

Fashionable Earth said...

Love Tupac and his stand against injustice : http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2010/02/22/tupac/

Anonymous said...

I think you are still out there pac and I hope one day I get to meet you.

marissa said...

I love you. YOu change my life a lot. Because of listing to you, there are things I don't do no more. Love you.

marissa said...

I love you. YOu change my life a lot. Because of listing to you, there are things I don't do no more. Love you.

Anonymous said...

tupac... you are a man i can only wish to become. i have dreams and goals that i need to achieve, your music that was your goal that you did achieve, is what keeps pushing me to work and not slip up no matter what happens in my life. i resently had a death of a person very close to me, it took a lot not to take my life, or another, but your music helped heal my relationship with god and learn to live a life of love. R.I.P. tupac... and nanny...

Anonymous said...

Tupac is an intelligent men who just want to live his life and have fun. But the public deceive him, and his enemies out there are still hating on him because of his talent. I am tupac fan, that truly got love for him. And believe that God will have him in heaven living peacefully.

Anonymous said...

tupac was a very smart person he knew what he was doing and he knows what e said and what it meant hes miii idol i listen to his songs everyday he has true meaning to what he says unlike lil wayne

Anonymous said...

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තෑන්ක්ස් නිග්ගා පැක් ෆො ලයිෆ් බ්‍රදර්
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Anonymous said...

All i can say is Tupac was the greatest. He rapped and wrote poetry about something that still happens now but means a lot to us because we can relate to most things he was saying.
We finally have a Black president which i hope he'd of been proud of.


RIP TUPAC. You made history and we'll never forget you or your music.

Anonymous said...

love u pac.

Anonymous said...

love u pac.

Anonymous said...

Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.. o/~ miss you pac.

Anonymous said...

Tupac is alive according to all the research I've done

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