Tupac’s music will live forever. As insane as it sounds, there are days when tatting parts of his third verse from the clean version of “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” cross my mind.
Twenty years ago, Tupac’s sexual assault charges were still fresh and his reputation as Hip-Hop’s bad boy (no pun intended) was increasing by the second it seemed like. Twenty years later, his presence continues to cast a never-duplicated shadow over the genre that spawned him into an international icon.
My younger cousins came up a day after Christmas this year. Being born in 2000 and 2007, it hit me neither of them were aware of who Tupac was, let alone the true impact and intricacy of his legacy. It’s not their fault, they just don’t. Yet, if my cousin Kim and her husband Terry would’ve allowed it, having them to listen to Pac’s interviews would have served as my 101-type course in introducing them to the artist who single-handedly changed my life.
Likely having somewhat the same thought process, CrackTracks took it a step further and dedicated an entire mixtape to Pac’s Q&A moments. From his 1992 Malcolm X grassroots speech, speaking Black economics with MTV, having confidence in a world that never wastes an opportunity to strip such, why he believed the police are a gang and countless other topics, Pac’s Gemini personality is on full display.
Sometimes it’s eloquent. Sometimes it’s vulgar. Sometimes it’s emotional. But that was Pac. And to be honest, even that’s only cracking the surface to who he really was.
Previously: Producer’s Corner: DeVante Swing’s “No More Pain” | This Animated Version Of Tupac > Hologram Tupac | Fredro Starr On The Time Tupac And Brandy Saved His Life From Suge Knight | How ‘Inside Edition,’ CNN And MTV News Reported Tupac’s 1994 Quad Studios Shooting | The Gift Of Gab: Five Legendary Tupac Interviews