Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Brooks in Harlem, New York, was more than a rapper. Philosopher.poet. Torchbearer.

Shakur, who would have celebrated his 45th birthday today [June 16] has a legacy that still resonates today, and dare we say, is even more relevant than when his music first dropped. Politics, community, lifestyle were all Tupac’s muses, holding no punches, saying what he meant and meaning what he said. Shakur was a modern day revolutionary, a mouth piece for the bound and an advocate for the oppressed and messenger for the victimized.

Spewing raw emotion, whether lashing out against race relations or injustice, Shakur was a walking volcano. An icon transcending the walls of the Hip Hop genre, but a door-buster, a wild child who finessed articulation, logic and ferociousness with ease.

Aside from monstrous diss tracks, including “Hit ‘Em Up” and party anthems, Pac’s interviews and poetry book The Rose That Grew From Concrete (1999), filled with hand written poetry, were heavy-laden with verbal gems, inspiring the masses for a better life and world. Race, poverty and society became common place to the slain rapper, who was fatally shot on the Las Vegas strip on September 7, 1996.

Check out the top 13 Tupac quotes that will change your prospective, make you think things a bit differently than before and motivate you.

“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up… and handle it.”

“Is it a crime to fight for what’s mine?”

“Never surrender, it’s all about the faith you got: don’t ever stop, just push it ’till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fall.”

“I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated. I’m not trying to make people think I’m in here faking it, but my whole life is going to be about saving somebody. I got to represent life. If you saying you going to be real, that’s how you be real-be physically fit, be mentally fit. And I want n***** to be educated. You know, I was steering people away from school. You gotta be in school, because through school you can get a job. And if you got a job, then that’s how they can’t do us like this.” 

“If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day.” 

“We wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from concrete for having damaged petals, in turn, we would all celebrate it’s tenacity, we would all love it’s will to reach the son. Well, we are the roses. This is the concrete and these are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why, thank God, and ask me how.”

“The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it’s planted in stone.”

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”

“You got make a change. It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes, let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.”

“If you let a person talk long enough you’ll hear their true intentions. Listen twice, speak once.”

“If God wanted me to be quiet He would’ve never showed me what He does.”

“Never surrender, it’s all about the faith you got. Don’t ever stop, just push it till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fall.”

“Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.”         Giztzzz…    mAdE t.V!



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