Remembering Tupac Amaru Shakur June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996

Tupac is without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest rapper of all time.

His middle name Amaru meant shining serpent, his last name Shakur meant thankful to god.

15 years ago today, Tupac Amaru Shakur died in a hospital in Las Vegas after being  shot 4 times; the bullets  hit him in the chest, pelvis, his right hand and thigh. It is said that Tupac’s body was cremated and some of his ashes were later mixed with marijuana and smoked by members of the Outlawz, a group that was founded by Tupac.

Amongst his most famous tracks are Changes, Until the End of Time, Dear Mama (one of 25 songs that was added to the National Recording Registry in 2010. The Library of Congress has called “Dear Mama” “a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.  This honor came seven days after his birthday, where he would have been 39) and Brenda’s Got a Baby.


Changes


Until the End of Time


Dear Mama


Brenda’s Got a Baby

The reason I share this is because Tupac played a huge role in my childhood. My brother was border-line obsessed with him, to the point that we would argue and quite often fight if I were to insult him in any way. I will probably end up butchering this eulogy, as my brother would have done a better job, alas, I see a writing opportunity and, here we go.

I remember riding my bicycle to Salmiya in my brothers stead to pick up a mix-tape (back when they were popular, I was  in highschool at the time around 1998~1999) from The White House in Salmiya, as he was adamant about going during a school night, whilst my parents were not home, and I did not wish for him to ride that distance himself (yes, I was afraid for his safety, as I could guarantee my own). I did get rewarded for my efforts with several scratches on my left arm as I brushed up near a thorn bush.

Back then the worst cuss word I had heard during a song was Michael Jackson’s “This time Around”. And then I heard Tupac’s “Hit ’em Up”…

Due to this, my brother that is, I know much more about Tupac than your average, avid listener.

For example, did you know the conspiracy theory around the Death of Tupac; that he faked his own death? Or that to this day, the case of his murder remains unsolved?

The number 7 plays a giant part in his life and death. He was shot on September 7th. He died at 4:03pm (4+3 = 7). He died at the age of 25, 2+5 = 7.

This track by BTNH (Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony) entitled Thug Luv, every 7 seconds, you can hear a gunshot, and in the chorus you can hear them say, “he’s alive, he’s alive”.  He has 8 posthumous albums, 7 of which reached platinum in the US. 14 documentaries categorize his life, his start in poverty, his rise to fame and his “assassination”.


Also, in a song entitled “Smile“, which garnered a lot of negative reviews due to his portrayal on the Cross, Tupac is seen falling off of the cross at the end, and rising. Referencing a resurrection of sorts.

So, did Tupac really die 15 years ago, or has he simply disappeared from the public eye? 15 years later, the answer is still unknown.

For more on the conspiracy, check here.

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