Happy Birthday Tupac!

The artist, thinker, and poet, Tupac Shakur would have been 40 years old today… Happy Birthday.

I remember growing up in the early 90’s… Pac’s music was always apart of my life.  My mom, who was a young dentist just getting used to having three little ones under the age of 5, was still a party animal.  I remember driving down 495 with “How Do You Want It” blasting with the windows rolled down.  I was five, and I did not understand what the lyrics meant… But the songs I heard as a child never left me.  I did not know how to work the radio, all I knew was there were buttons all over the place… So my parents’ favorite music turned out to be mine.  My mom loved her some Tupac Shakur.  **rolls neck and snaps finger**

As I got older and started to understand his music, I slowly but surely realized that Tupac is no ordinary rapper.  He was a poet and a revolutionary, someone whose thoughts inspired a people who were consumed with violence based on what coast you were from.  Although it was clear that his affiliation was with the West coast, his music was making heads nod and making people dance all over the nation. 

My mom loved the song, “Keep Ya Head Up”.  Even though she was not a single mother, I guess she related to the lyrics because she worked hard and always put her family first.  For a young career-driven woman, hearing a song like that come on the radio made her feel like all of her hard work would be worth it in the end.  I love that song, and despite the fact that there are many different sides to Tupac… this song showed my favorite side of him.  The compassionate, knowledgeable, caring Tupac. 

Even though, the “I Get Around” Tupac is so…damn… sexy. Ow!

I think that’s why a lot of young people relate to him.  We are all growing and trying to find who we are, yet trying to understand the various sides of our own personalities at the same time.  Many people thought Tupac was crazy, but I just think he embraced every facet of who he was, which is why his fan base was and still is so diverse. 

Speaking of his diverse fan base, my timeline is going crazy with tweets with Tupac fans celebrating his birthday.  If you don’t have a Twitter… I suggest you get one, it’s the best way to know what’s going on in the world.  Haha!  Anyway Tupac is a trending topic today, and here are some of my favorite tweets:

FuckThePublic 
“Tupac Shakur is a prime example of someone who was taken from us too early. He had a shit to say.”
 
Liane Kara
 “[Pac’s poems] represent the process of a young artist’s journey to understand and accept a world of unthinkable contradictions”
 “PSA: It’s OKAY to be a fan of both Tupac and Biggie.”
 
Tupac Amaru Shakur ✔

“You wonder why i use B.R.B for #Tupac instead of R.I.P, well legends dont die, #Tupac aint dead, anytime you press play, he comes alive”
  

weusi
@weusib333

 “#Tupac boldly personified the complexities of #blackmanhood … dual consciousness/intellect/love/fear/thuglife/community/hedonism/art,etc”

Gotta love Twitter!

According to Theybf:

Erykah Badu and others are hosting a concert in Tupac’s honor today at Symphony Hall-Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.  Proceeds from the Tupac 40th Birthday Concert, hosted by actor and comedian Mike Epps, will benefit the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation for the Arts, an organization that helps develop artistic creativity in young students.

Wow!  I wish I could go.  With all that being said, I just wanted to say Happy Birthday to Tupac.  I can only imagine how amazing he would be if he were still alive and if he had time to mature.  I could go on forever and ever talking about what his music means to me… But y’all wouldn’t read an essay! Haha, but may that man rest in peace and inspire people of all ages when they hear his music.  All I know is, whenever I do have kids, they will know his name and his music. 

What are your favorite memories of Tupac?  Why do you love his music?? Comment below or tweet/facebook me 🙂

Stay Beautiful,

Gia

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