On this day, 16th June 1971, the late great rapper, Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in East Harlem, New York City, USA. He was only in this world for 25 years but leaves a legacy behind that will live forever. Me Against The World 1995 Interscope Records, was the first rap album I listened to from start to finish, the imagery in his lyrics and the command in his flow turned me into a fan. This post is no “stats and facts”, I just want to remember the Greatest Rapper Of All Time with a SMILE and call all Tupac fans to SMILE in honour of his birthday.
“There’s gon’ be some stuff you gon’ see
that’s gon’ make it hard to smile in the future.
But through whatever you see,
through all the rain and the pain,
you gotta keep your sense of humor.
You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit.
Keep ya head up. Yeah.”
SMILE – Scarface featuring Tupac and Johnny P ‘The Untouchable’ 1997 Rap-A-Lot Records
The first time I seen Tupac was in JUICE 1992 Paramount Pictures, and me and my girl friends instantly developed a crush. His character, Bishop was so bad but Tupac played the part so well and with such conviction that ladies just couldn’t resist falling for the thug. Tupac looked good in jeans and he looked good in a suit. He also made tattoos on a brother look cool too. His music videos could educate, innovate, melt a heart and raise eyebrows too (How Do You Want It? All Eyez On Me 1996 Death Row Records).
According to various reports, including the official coroners report on his death, Tupac’s original birth name was listed as Lesane Parish Crooks.
Can you imagine the power and influence Tupac would have over social media if he was alive today?
Would he have found respect for Nas, Jay Z and other (then) up and coming rappers whom he slated throughout The Don Killuminati – The 7 Day Theory 1996 Death Row Records.
Tupac, if Heavens Got A Ghetto and you’re looking down on us, we miss you still and we’ll never forget you and there never will be another that can compare to you. Happy Birthday!!!
“Here’s a message to the newborns, waitin’ to breathe
If you believe then you can achieve
Just look at me
Against all odds, though life is hard we carry on
Livin’ in the projects, broke with no lights on
To all the seeds that follow me
protect your essence
Born with less, but you still precious
Just smile for me now” -Smile
- Fans Buzzing Over Tupac ‘Resurrection’ At Coachella (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- Suge Knight Threatens To Beat The “S**t” Out Of Rick Ross, Implicates Diddy In Tupac’s Murder (hiphopwired.com)