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“The Rose That Grew From Concrete…”

Posted by Oak Jones on June 16, 2010

June 16, 1971, marked the date that Afeni Shakur gave birth behind bars, as a political prisoner during the turbulent times of the 60s and 70s in the United States. That day would prove to be the day that a modern-day prophet entered the world. Today would mark the 39th birthday of arguably the greatest rapper of all-time, and the undeniable voice of an entire generation. A man whose name will forever be etched in not only music history, but in American history. The things that Tupac Amaru Shakur accomplished in an extremely short period were feats that would take a many men several lifetimes. June 16 should not just be a celebration of the artist, but a celebration of the man himself… the revolutionary, the son, and the friend.

I’ve always believed that what specifies an artist, song, or album as classic is something that can stand the test of time, no matter the social or the ethnic climate. My mother once told me that 2Pac reminded her of Marvin Gaye; gifted, misunderstood, troubled, and taken from us long before their time. His social commentary remains just as important then as it was now, and regardless of his faults he was a role model for young black males not just in the U.S., but across the globe. He was very conflicted, as most of us are, and was not afraid to show everyone his emotions; both positive and negative. Albums such as 2Pacalypse Now, Me Against The World and All Eyez On Me captured the nature of the time as it was, and as it remains today.

What is perhaps the worst part of 2Pac being murdered is that the world never got a chance to witness his full potential. He did everything that he did at 25 years of age; no more… no less. So if you never understood then man, take time out today to listen to his music, read his poetry, or even watch his films. Hundreds of books and documentaries have been written throughout the years, but my recommendations would be that of the publication Holler If You Hear Me, by Michael Eric Dyson and the MTV produced film “Tupac: Resurrection”. Before Tupac passed away, he harmonized in chorus, asking his audience: “how long will they mourn me?”; Forever and a day ‘Pac… forever and a day.

God Bless,

– Oak

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2 Responses to ““The Rose That Grew From Concrete…””

  1. MsOfficer said

    Nice site! 2Pac is definitely classic. Check my dedication:

    http://msofficer.com/2010/06/16/where-the-hell-did-time-go-wednesdays-2pac/

    http://twitter.com/msofficer

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