The career of assassinated rapper and actor lasted only five years, but some of his music seems current to his fans in many ways.
Shakur released his first studio album, “2Pacalypse Now”, in November 1991. On September 13, 1996, he was dead. He was only 25 when he was killed on a Las Vegas street and succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
Well known for his brushes with the law and his sometimes violent words that often reflected his real life, Shakur’s songs were adopted as rebellious hymns and he as one of the greatest poets on the street.
In honor of his birthday, here are some of his songs that contain lyrics that seem to echo themes currently under discussion such as Black Lives Matter protest sweep the globe:
“White Manz World”
This single appeared posthumously on the 1996 album, “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory”, and offers Shakur’s thoughts on being a minority.
He also apologizes for the treatment of black women.
“Help me lift my black nation, repairs are due / It’s true, taken in this world, I took advantage of you,” rap Shakur. “So tell the children how I love them, precious boys and girls. Born black in the world of this white man. ”
“Holla If Ya Hear Me”
Considered one of the gangsta rap classics, the song’s street creed incites the listener to “pump his fists like that.”
Not only does he pay homage “To my friends in the Tha / Gettin block abandoned by the police”, he also declares: “It’s not just a rap song / A black song.
Only Shakur could take a sample of Bruce Hornsby and turn it into a street anthem about racism and reconciliation.
“Changes” finds it reflecting: “I don’t see any change, all I see are racist faces / The misplaced hatred puts shame in the races / We underneath, I wonder what it takes to make it a place / A better place, we cancel the waste “.
The song featured singer Talent and was the first single on Shakur’s “Greatest Hits” album in 1998.
‘Keep your head up’
“Some say that the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice / I say the darker the meat, the deeper the roots.”
Shakur’s celebration of darkness is also a song of hope that promises better days will come.
And couldn’t we all use it right now?