Tupac: So Many Years, So Many Tears

62 minutes

Tupac Shakur was undoubtedly one of the greatest rappers ever. His hardcore lyrics and the way in which he spoke the harsh truth made him larger than life. When he died tragically, he became a legend and a martyr to his fans.

Tupac was much more than a gangster rapper; he was also an activist and a revolutionary, as were most of the members of his extended family. That fact brought about constant chronic harassment from the police. Growing up in this environment definitely influenced Tupac’s later creativity. As an artist he relentlessly explored death-related themes and lived with chronic paranoia.

His mother was a high school drop out who hung out with gangs in North Carolina. She later relocated to Brooklyn, New York where she met and dated a member of Malcolm X´s security detail. Years later she joined the Black Panthers and became the wife of a prominent Party organizer.

Tired of Martin Luther King’s peaceful protests the Black Panthers decided to end racism and oppression by any means necessary. This meant that they accepted and even solicited violence when needed. That attitude planted fear within the community and the Panthers took a lot of heat from law enforcement.

During her pregnancy, Tupac’s mother was detained briefly because of her alleged involvement in a bomb plot incident. While in prison she declared to the media that she was carrying a prince who would save the black nation. She was freed just before her son was born on June 16, 1971.

Tupac grew up to become a superior listener, a trait that he showed even at a young age. People loved to talk to him because he was always so attentive. This helped him develop the ability to analyze information and draw his own conclusions.

Because they were poor, his mother tried to instill in him habits that would ensure his future success. However his social skills were hindered by not having a permanent home, too much exposure to violence, and the rejection of his biological father. Add to that the fact that most of the people who took care of him at some point in his life had been in jail, killed, or arrested at some point and his life becomes a time bomb waiting to explode.

This amazingly talented young man’s life began and ended tragically. Watch this film now.

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