Tupac(2Pac) Shakur was a master of rap. Born in Harlem on June 16, 1971, Tupac moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and rose to fame as a central figure in West Coast gangsta rap. His lyrics spoke to social issues including poverty, racism, and gang violence. His debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, was released in 1991. He was also a poet, penning the book The Rose That Grew From Concrete. One of his untitled poems gives voice to a generation looking for hope:“4 I would rather be stricken blind than 2 live without expression of mind.”
He would eventually sign with the infamous Death Row Records and released his fourth studio album All Eyez On Me to make history, topping the Billboard charts in 1996. Hits from the album include“How Do U Want It,”“Got My Mind Made Up,” and“California Love.” Later that year, Tupac was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. His work has withstood the test of time and is still considered a symbol of resistance to inequality.
Text:“4 I would rather be stricken blind than 2 live without expression of mind”