All Eyez on U (for 2Pac Shakur 1971-1996) Nikki Giovanni

Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) Rapper, actor. Born on June 16, 1971, in New York, New York. Shakur has become a legend in hip-hop and rap circles for his talent, his violent behavior, and his brutal death. The son of a Black Panther activist, Afeni Shakur, Tupac moved around a lot as a child. In his youth, he explored acting by becoming a member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem-based theater company. As a teenager, Shakur attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he took acting and dance classes, including ballet. While living in Baltimore, he discovered rap and began performing as MC New York. In the late 1980s, Shakur and his family moved to the West Coast. He joined the Oakland, California-based hip-hop group Digital Underground, which earlier had scored a hit with the song “The Humpty Dance.” In 1991, Shakur emerged as a solo artist—using the name 2Pac—with his debut album 2Pacalypse Now. The track “Brenda’s Got a Baby” reached as high as number three on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. 2Pac became quite a sensation, earning praise for his musical and acting talent as well as condemnation for his explicit, violent lyrics. Many of his songs told of fights, gangs, and sex. He appeared to be living up to his aggressive gangster rap persona with several arrests for violent offenses in the 1990s. In 1994, he spent several days in jail for assaulting director Allen Hughes and was later convicted of sexual assault in another case. Shakur himself fell victim to violence, getting shot five times in the lobby of a recording studio during a mugging.

The next year, after recovering from his injuries, Shakur was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in the sexual assault case. His third solo album, Me Against the World (1995), started out in the number one spot on the album charts. Many critics praised the work, noting that tracks like “Dear Mama” showed a more genuine, reflective side to the  something that many have seen as a chilling moment of foretelling. After serving eight months in prison, Shakur returned to music with the album All Eyez on Me (1996).  In his latest project, Shakur the defiant street thug was back in full force. The song “California Love” featured a guest appearance by famed rapper-producer Dr. Dre and made a strong showing on the pop charts. “How Do You Want It” also was another smash success for Shakur. It appeared to be a golden time for Shakur. Besides his hit album, he tackled several film roles.

During his career, Shakur had become embroiled in a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers. He was known to insult his enemies on his tracks. On a trip to Las Vegas to attend a boxing match, Shakur was shot while riding in a car driven by Knight on September 7, 1996. He died six days later on September 13 from his injuries. His killer has never been caught. Since his death, numerous albums of his work have been released, selling millions of copies.

 

Best Tupac Quotes On Love, Life And More


80

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”


79

“The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.”


78

“Don’t change on me. Don’t extort me unless you intend to do it forever.”


77

“My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.”


76

“I’d rather die like a man, than live like a coward.”


75

“I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.”


74

“Don’t believe everything you hear. Real eyes, Realize, Real lies.”


73

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”


72

“A coward dies a thousand deaths. A soldier dies but once.”


71

“I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle. I make mistakes but learn from every one. And when it’s said and done, I bet this brother be a better one. If I upset you don’t stress; never forget, that God isn’t finished with me yet.”


70

“During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.”

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69

“Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.”


68

“I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that’s bad, I’m going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I’m doing is right. So I feel like I’m going to heaven.”


67

“Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can see and feel.”


66

“I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.”


65

“Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All that love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.”


64

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


63

“People die but legends live forever.”


62

“It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.”


61

“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.”


60

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

 


59

“It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.”


58

“Just cause you live in the ghetto doesn’t mean you can’t grow.”


57

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


56

“Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it.”


55

“Don’t change on me. Don’t extort me unless you intend to do it forever.”


54

“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”


53

“Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?”


52

“Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up. And when he tells you you ain’t nothing, don’t believe him. And if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him.”


51

“All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.”


50

“No one knows my struggle, they only see the trouble. Not knowing how hard it is to carry on when no one loves you.”

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49

“Can’t close my eyes cause all I see is terror. I hate the man in the mirror cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.”


48

“Let the Lord judge the criminals.”


47

“There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.”


46

“With all my fans I got a family again.”


45

“I’m 23 years old. I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.”


44

“I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.”


43

“That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.”


42

“We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins.”


41

“I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s authority that I respect.”


40

“The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.”

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39

“I just don’t know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life.”


38

“What I learned in jail is that I can’t change. I can’t live a different lifestyle – this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.”


37

“Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.”


36

“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 fail.”


35

“We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.”


34

“When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.”


33

“You can never “just be friends” with someone you fall in love with.”


32

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


31

“I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection.”


30

“You’re right. I am crazy. But you know what else? I don’t give a fuck.”

 


29

“Even warriors put their spears down on Sundays.”


28

“Until it happened, I really did believe that no Black person would ever shoot me. I believed that I didn’t have to fear my own community, You know, I was like I represent them. I’m their ambassador to the world, they will never do me wrong.”


27

“I’m not saying girls are perfect cause we all know that’s not true. But why be unfaithful to her if she was true to you?”


26

“You know nothing can stop me but loss of breath and I’m still breathing so it’s still on.”


25

“There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see thats gonna make it hard to smile in the future, but through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit… remember that.”


24

“Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bullshit.”


23

“Somebody help me, tell me where to go from here cause even thugs cry, but do the Lord care?”


22

“I’m 23 years old. I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.”


21

“I’m done talking since you’re not listening, continue to hang out with them nothing ass bitches, then!”


20

“Don’t leave this world without giving it your all.”

 


19

“I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings.”


18

“Every day, I’m standing outside trying to sing my way in: We are hungry, please let us in We are hungry, please let us in. After about a week that song is gonna change to: We hungry, we need some food. After two, three weeks, it’s like: Give me the food Or I’m breaking down the door. After a year you’re just like: I’m picking the lock. Coming through the door blasting.”


17

“Even the genius ask questions.”


16

“A woman brought you into this world, so you have no right to disrespect one.”


15

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f*ck on.”


14

“There’s no way I could pay you back but my plan is to show you that I understand, you are appreciated.”


13

“It takes skill to be real. Time to heal each other.”


12

“Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.”


11

“My life was lived through falling rain, so call on me if there be pain.”


10

“Only God can judge me.”

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9

“No matter what these people say about me, my music doesn’t glorify any image. My music is spiritual when you listen to it. It’s all about emotion, I tell my innermost, darkest secrets.”


8

“They got money for the war but can’t feed the poor.”


7

“I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood-but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That’s bad.”


6

“What people do for the struggle of power is madness.”


5

“Ain’t a woman alive that can take my momma’s place.”


4

“Unconditional love. Talking bout the stuff that don’t wear off, it don’t fade. It’ll last for all these crazy days, these crazy nights. Whether you wrong or you right, I’ma still love you, still feel you, still there for you. No matter what, you will always be in my heart with unconditional love.”


3

“I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.”


2

“I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn’t commit.”


1

“Don’t live to fight, fight to live.”

 

 

 

                  All Eyez on U -Nikki Giovanni  

 

as I tossed and turned unable to achieve sleep unable to control
anxiety unable to comprehend why
2Pac is not with us
if those who lived by the sword died by the sword there would be no
white men on earth
if those who lived on hatred died on hatred there would be no KKK
if those who lived by lies died by lies there would be nobody on wall
street in executive suites in academic offices instructing the young
don’t tell me he got what he deserved   he deserved a chariot and
the accolades of a grateful people
he deserved his life
it is as clear as a mountain stream as defining as a lightning strike
as terrifying as sun to vampires
2Pac told the truth
there were those who called it dirty   gansta rap inciting there were
those who never wanted to be   angry at the conditions but angry
at the messenger who reported:  your kitchen has roaches your toilet
is overflowing your basement has so much water the rats are in the living room
your house is in disorder
and 2Pac told you about it
what a beautiful boy graceful carriage melodic voice sharp wit intellectual
breadth what a beautiful boy to lose
not me   never me   I do not believe east coast west coast   I saw
them murder Emmett Till I saw them murder Malcolm X   I saw
them murder Martin Luther King   I witnessed them shooting
Rap Brown I saw them beat LeRoi Jones   I saw them fill their jails
I see them burning churches   not me   never me   I do not believe
this is some sort of mouth action   this is some sort of political
action and they picked well   they picked the brightest freshest
fruit from the tallest tree   what a beautiful boy
but he will not go away   as Malcolm did not go away   as Emmett
Till did not go away   your shooting him will not take him from us
his spirit will fill our hearts   his courage will strengthen us for the
challenge   his truth will straighten our backbones
you know, Socrates had a mother   she too watched her son drink
hemlock   she too asked why   but Socrates stood firm and would
not lie to save himself   2Pac has a mother   the lovely Afeni had
to bury her son   it is not right
it is not right this young warrior is cut down   it is not right for
the old to bury the young   it is not right
this generation mourns 2Pac as my generation mourned Till as we
all mourn Malcolm   this wonderful young warrior
Sonia Sanchez said when she learned of his passing she walked all day
walking the beautiful warrior home to our ancestors I just cried as all
mothers cry for the beautiful boy who said he and Mike Tyson would
never be allowed to be free at the same time who told the truth about
them and who told the truth about us who is our beautiful warrior
there are those who wanted to make him the problem   who wanted
to believe if they silenced 2Pac all would be quiet on the ghetto
front there are those who testified that the problem wasn’t the conditions
but the people talking about them
they took away band   so the boys started scratching they took away
gym   so the boys started break dancing the boys started rapping
cause they gave them the guns and the drugs but not the schools and
libraries
what a beautiful boy to lose
and we mourn 2Pac Shakur and we reach out to his mother and we
hug ourselves in sadness and shame
and we are compelled to ask:
R U Happy, Mz Tucker?  2Pac is gone
R U Happy?