Don’t take his kindness for granted – Napoleon on Tupac
Our intention when the ‘Heart of an Outlaw’ article series first started, in May of this year, was to put to bed many of the misconceptions and lies put about by the media and more recently people in the industry, trying to dirty Tupac’s character and legacy. The majority of his fans have probably heard some of the stories of his kindness and compassion before. Somebody with a preconceived thought of Tupac may think of him as being nothing but a ‘Thug’ or ‘Gangsta” ,hearing this side of him might change their thoughts on him. We hope the series has reached out to them and they have a new outlook of who Tupac actually was.
So as we draw close to the end of the ‘Heart of an Outlaw’ series, we find out from the people who knew Tupac personally, be it a family member of his, a friend or someone who he had worked with, on his kindness, compassion and love for the people.
First up we have Thomas Cox or ‘T.C.’ to his family and friends. He was Tupac’s uncle
“When we was poor, Pac saw that the people who had weren’t giving it to the people who didn’t have. He just never understood that. Tupac decided at a very young age that one of the things he was going to do was give back to the community. He wanted to open a youth center so that kids would have a place to go to get off the streets, a place where they would learn skills and have job training. He wanted to help anybody who needed it”
Jada Pinkett Smith, close friend to Tupac. They first met at the Baltimore School for the Arts and remained friends from then on.
“Tupac had a genuine love for people. He had genuine love and understanding of what the majority of people were going through and he had a talent for being able to communicate in such a passionate, wholehearted, all-feeling way”
Edi Mean, Tupac’s friend and member of The Outlawz, Speaking in 2012 on his blog on O4LOnline
“He was about the kids and not just the ones in his own family. Telling me on more than one occasion, be the father you never had, Can’t begin to tell you what he taught me, because the truth is, we learned together. I’m still learning from him to this very day”
Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez, member of R&B group TLC and friends with Tupac
“Shortly after he released the album with “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” Tupac started getting letters from women who were in that same situation. I will never forget how he expressed to me that he actually wanted to go out and make a personal visit to each of these women who had written a letter to him. I thought that was pretty special.”
Mutah Beale, better known as Napoleon, a member of The Outlawz
“In 1996, I flew out to New York with Pac and did the MTV awards. I remember after the party that night, Suge wanted to wait for the Limos. Pac said he ain’t got no time for limos and started walking. So we all started following him through the streets of New York, and all of a sudden I see him giving out $100 bills to homeless people. He gave out at least $2,000, just to anybody who looked like they needed it.”
Lori Earl, who was once Tupac’s publicist, explains the constant battle with the media.
“So much of what I did was to try to explain Pac to the media. He was always a target, election years in particular. People were always trying to make his lyrics negative by taking them out of context. I was constantly trying to get people to look at his songs in their entirety. No matter what I did, the media would ultimately state the opposite of what Tupac’s message actually was. It was always poetry. He’d be rapping but it was still poetry, no different than what Bob Dylan and Marvin Gaye did for their generations.”
We have explored the kindness, the love and compassion of Tupac Shakur, in the next installment we are going to be hearing from people who have been inspired by Tupac and how he has impacted in their lives.