Showed so promising, he was destined to become the leader of the ghetto youth, but fate prevented him from becoming one. After a failed attempt on him in November of 1994-an incident which sparked the West East feud-2Pac breathed his last on September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas at the age of only 25 after being shot in the middle of the street on September 7, 1996.
This post is-and there will be others to follow-dedicated to 2Pac as a recognition to his contribution to hip hop and his struggle for social justice.
In the 90s, when hip hop meant something, songs which spoke the truth were among the popular of the kind. Songs that did not present women as sexual objects and did not glamorize the wealthy lifestyle (well not all of them).
There have been doubts as to whether 2Pac was a social preacher, but rather a “gangsta” who glamorized gang violence, drugs, and diminished women. But 2Pac was simply reflecting reality, the reality he experienced in his life through poverty and discrimination. There is a tattoo among many in his lower torso which says “THUG LIFE” which many misinterpret as being related to the gangster lifestyle. However, Pac said that the acronym stood for: T.he H.ate U. G.ave L.ittle I.nfants F.ucks E.verybody and explained that a thug is not some bad, immoral man but someone who was raised through struggles and has faced difficulties in his life.
2Pac had a lot of concerns and black women and the way they were treated by their partners was one of them. “Keep Ya Head Up” is a hit single which is dedicated to women and explains the hardships they faced and prompts women to not give up. His affiliations with women were considered to be good, since he was raised by a single mother which he viewed as a role model.
Lyrics like “And, I know they like to beat you down a lot When you come around the block,brothers clown a lot But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up Forgive but don’t forget, girl, keep your head up” and “I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?I think it’s time to kill for our women Time to heal our women, be real to our women And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies That will hate the ladies that make the babies” are the epitome of 2Pac’s not sympathy but rather empathy towards women as he seems to feel for them and not just understand their situation.