“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world”
In recent months there have been a lot of negative comments and slurs made against Tupac Shakur. From people within the music industry, who maybe use his name to gain attention, as many class Tupac as the greatest of all time, to people who are not connected to music and didn’t know Tupac chipping in on the negativity. But how do these kind of people know about Tupac and what he stood for? He once said in his song Troublesome “Niggas talk a lot of shit but that’s after I’m gone, cause they fear me in the physical form”
When you mention Tupac to people a bunch of thoughts may come to mind, some of which might include rapper, thug, outlaw, violence and many more. But what about poet? He wrote a lot of poetry in his younger days, some of which has now been made into a book called ‘The Rose That Grew From Concrete’. A giving and caring person? Tupac was a very giving person, giving time, food and even money to people who were in need.
Revolutionary? He came from a family whom were heavily involved in the Black Panther Movement, you can hear in his lyrics that he has a political vision, some even say if he was still here he would be involved in politics, leading America on the issues that he spoke about. Prophet? Look at the news and what do you see? Police brutality, poverty, homelessness. Tupac was talking about all this in 1991.
In the coming weeks we are going to explore the side of Tupac Shakur that the media very rarely speak on, the not so well publicized side of Tupac. He did have his issues with the law and he did make mistakes, he admitted that in numerous interviews before he passed. But the media just want to give you the one side “Tupac the thug and gangsta”. Well lets give you the other side. I think everyone knows that Tupac was a hard street dude who could handle himself, so by highlighting the sensitive side of him, it does by no means take away any of that.
What I want to achieve with the ‘Heart Of An Outlaw’ series is to show the world, especially the people who were on board with the negativity of recent months, what Tupac was like away from the music side, and highlight the positive things that he did and what he stood for. I hope I can achieve that. For now I will leave you with a poem that Tupac wrote that will set us up nicely for part one of the series.
Sometimes I Cry – Tupac Shakur
Sometimes when I’m alone
I cry because I’m on my own
The tears I cry R bitter and warm
They flow with life but take no form
I cry because my heart is torn
and I find it difficult 2 carry on
If I had an ear 2 confide in
I would cry among my treasured friends
But who do u know that stops that long
To help another carry on
The world moves fast and it would rather pass u by
than 2 stop and c what makes u cry
It’s painful and sad and sometimes I cry
and no one cares about why.