Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary and seminal American rapper, and actor Tupac Shakur who passed away on 13 September 1996 (aged 25) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Undoubtedly a hip-hop icon, Tupac made and left an indelible mark on the world, and continues to influence generations of artists, with his acerbic and profound lyrics on American ghetto life and cultures. Tupac touched many people through his politically charged music. An unapologetic voice of the dispossessed and disenfranchised, Tupac never shied away from criticising the political establishment and society at large, which earned him the controversial reputation.
Tupac received numerous accolades posthumously, a testament of his influence and enduring legacy.
On the 20th year anniversary of his death, we remember Tupac through his quotes, and excerpts from his music.
1. “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” “Tupac Shakur In His Own Words” MTV News 1997.
2. “You know it’s funny when it rains it pours They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor”. Keep Ya Head Up.
3. “The guns are turning away from Europe and Russia and Iran and Iraq and they’re turning to us.” 1995 interview conducted while Tupac was in prison.
4. “Every time I speak I want the truth to come out. Every time I speak I want a shiver. I don’t want them to be like they know what I’m gonna say because it’s polite”. “Tupac Shakur In His Own Words” MTV News 1997.
5. “Remember to keep yourself alive, there is nothing more important than that”. Ghetto Gospel.
6. “Measure a man by his actions fully, from the beginning to the end. Don’t take a piece out of my life or a song out of my music and say this is what I’m about, because you know better than that”.
7. “It’s a struggle for every young Black man. You know how it is, only God can judge us”.
8. “No matter what these people say about me, my music does not glorify any image, my music is spiritual if you listen to it. It’s all about emotion, it’s all about life”.
9. “My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for”.
10. “During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams”.
Source: Wiki, and Tupac lyrics