On the anniversary of his death, I came across a YouTube video interview of the late and great poet/hip-hop icon, Tupac Shakur a.k.a. 2Pac, during his time in prison. Growing up with all brothers, I was a fan of hip-hop at an early age. Tupac happened to be my favorite rapper around the time of his death, because at the time, I felt a strong connection to many of his songs, especially growing up in a single parent home. Though there were several things that were published about his life and his intentions with the lyrics in his music, this interview revealed his vulnerability and evolving nature as a human being.
I found this interview to be quite intriguing as he spoke about his strong and long-held thoughts of being incarcerated and murdered, much of which he shared with the world through his music and poetry. Tupac was extremely talented, intelligent and conscious minded, and mostly painted pictures of hope through his platform. But even he would not live long enough to shake the dominant negative thoughts that would ultimately become his destiny.
I will die Before my Time
Because I feel the shadow’s Depth
So much I wanted 2 accomplish
Before I reached my Death
-Tupac Shakur in The Rose That Grew From Concrete
I was moved by this interview because I believe that his story is the story of many a people… People who have yet to become aware of their God-given ability to change their lives, by merely changing their minds. Tupac was beginning his transition while in prison, but unfortunately he wouldn’t live past the age of 26 (he was murdered two years after this interview) to tell his story of how things have changed as a result of his shift in consciousness, because as far as death, he believed that it was the only thing that would stop him… and it had become the ‘thing’ that he was mostly anticipated and feared.
What I learned from Tupac, among many things, is that life ultimately becomes what you believe. Guard your minds and choose your thoughts wisely, for it is the only true thing that we can control in life.
Check out the interview below: