2Pac 2 Me

Michael - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Entered on November 16, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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2Pac To Me

I’ve heard that there is always at least one person in your life that will always be there for you. That person for me died a long time ago. I actually watched that person’s death on TV before I knew what was happening and who the news story was about. I was only 4 years old when I first heard of Tupac Amaru Shakur at the time of his death. Though, for the next 9 years after those 15 seconds in front of that news story, I wouldn’t pay much attention to Tupac.

It was when I was 13 that I realized that I really enjoyed listening to rap. It was around this time that I remember being really into this song was actually by 2Pac and his rival The Notorious B.I.G. (the song created posthumously of course). But still, I didn’t notice Tupac for who he was. It was until I decided I would stray from my boundaries set by my parents and set out to find music that had interested me in my earlier years, yet was forbidden to listen to. It was at this point when I realized the power Tupac had/has. I realized how his constant lyrical focus taught and kept me focused as well. It was Tupac who taught me how to truly look at situations from polar spectrums. It was Tupac who taught me how you can feel absolutely hateful and angry, but still show peace and love.

The one next important aspect about Tupac after his display of passion was his belief that everybody is equal and that everybody deserves to be treated that way. This is something that I have always believed and was always angry at society for. I didn’t think anybody would have been able to describe how I felt about social inequalities until I heard Tupac. I have always hated how people so stupidly hate others and discriminate based on ethnicities, skin color, race, orientation, etc. and here was a person who I was banned from listening to, somebody who was jailed unjustly, was present in a time of extreme tension, and just a heavily burdened. The only person who could keep me motivated and to keep me from falling down under the stresses of life, Tupac Shakur.

Tupac may be dead, but 12 years later, he still remains my number one role model. The voice of advice that is always there when I need him. I’ve learned that no matter how hard things got for Tupac, he always pulled through and made the best out of his situation. So knowing that he could do it, I know I will too. That is the real message in his voice and songs, deep behind the crude language and controversy. But he had to be in order for me to understand how he truly understood. So unquestionably, Tupac Shakur is “the rose that grew from the concrete”.