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WAS 2PAC A BAD INFLUENCE?
|WAS 2PAC A BAD INFLUENCE? by confipac: 8:32 pm On July 29, 2018
Tupac Shakur is a dynamic window into the modern African American experience that can not be veiled, corrupted. He crossed social barriers, color lines, national borders and coastal divides with his undeniable passion. Social awareness and decision to effect change.
“You gotta make a change. It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes, lets change the way we eat, lets change the way we live, and lets change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.” – Tupac Shakur. We all come to a point when we become conscious of our environment and take steps on how to relate with it, Tupac moved for positive change.
He became driven by the purpose to impact change at an early age because his birth to Afeni Shakur ushered him into a childhood surrounded by poverty, crime, d***s and violence. He watched his Mother battle with drug addiction and witnessed first-hand the effects of these vices on his neighborhood. Luckily, she also introduced him to early education which, unlike his peers, helped to sharpen his intelligence. Being an organic intellectual, he could analyze any situation and devise his own solutions.
He identified the problem in his society as T.H.U.G-L.I.F.E an acronym for “the hate u gave infant, f***s everyone”. “I didn’t create thug-life, I diagnosed it”. “What you feed us as seeds grows and blows up in your face”- Tupac Shakur. Upon this realization, he made it his mission to expose the contents of that seed even at the expense of his life. In order to effect change, one needs people, in order to reach people; one needs a platform. H*p Hop represents a voice against violence, police brutality, social injustice and urban alienation and these were mainly the themes of Tupac’s songs.
Tupac Shakur and H*p Hop: Significance of H*p Hop beyond the music.
The intention behind the creation of H*p Hop (according to the founding fathers Clive Campbell, Africa Bambaataa and all others and as evidenced in the principles: peace, love, unity and having fun) was to strengthen peace. For a people who had nothing, it became a culture, education and religion; Everything. For more, see: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the H*p-Hop Generation. If H*p Hop is a law, Tupac was an enforcer. If H*p Hop is a religion, Tupac was like Jesus. If H*p Hop is an education, Tupac was the ideal teacher. The two are inseparable and below is how they have influenced society so far.
Influence on Education.
“Just cos you live in the ghetto doesn’t mean you can’t grow.” – Tupac Shakur. Given his early exposure to formal education, Tupac acknowledged that to be heard and taken seriously, one had to be armed with formal education but he also identified a problem with the educational system. “We’re not being taught to deal with the world as it is. We’re being taught to deal with this fairy land that we’re not even living in anymore. And it’s sad. Because it’s me telling you. And it should not be me telling you” – Tupac Shakur. He believed in a practical type of education that is tailored to each individual’s realities and which prepares them for life.
His thoughtful lyrics and exemplary work ethics is a source of motivation for youths striving towards self-development and self-actualization even without any formal education. The results continue to manifest in the tremendous success witnessed in the H*p Hop entertainment industry. Following in his blueprints, the H*p Hop community has proven to the rest of the world that the education of self/life is the most important education and that success can be achieved even without formal schooling. A living proof is the Business Man and Rapper, Jay-Z. This lesson is now resonating with big corporations like Google who have removed academic qualifications as a barrier to giving employment. See -Ernst & Young Removes Degree Classification From Entry Criteria As There’s ‘No Evidence’ University Equals Success, Google & 14 More Companies That No Longer Require a Degree.
Influence on Religion:
Religion is a diverse and touchy subject but we can agree that there is a Supreme Being known as God who created and loves every human being. Out of his love, he reveals signs to us every once in a while to set us on track. Jesus was born in Jerusalem and Tupac was born in East Harlem. Considering his legacy and rhyming proficiency, isn’t it thought provoking that Tupac likened himself to Jesus and both birth places rhyme? So far, H*p Hop has turned out to be a true reflection of reality and this might be a pointer in the right direction.
Tupac made no inclination to a particular religion because his background lacked a strong religious foundation but some of his interviews and songs like “only God can judge me” suggests he believed and prayed to God. He had a strong intuitive spirit and was also prophetic; he seemed to fore see things beyond his young age. “If God wanted me to be quiet, he would never show me what he does” – Tupac Shakur .The mental picture that comes to mind while listening to some of his songs is a man desperately wishing the world could see through his eyes. His artistry and honesty earned him fans from different religious populations and this has indirectly helped to create a common ground for unity in religion, especially in the younger generation.
Influence on societal peace:
Ironically, he died to bring peace. “Now of course I want peace on the streets” — Tupac Shakur. The history of humanity is dotted with stories of war, peace and fights for freedom. Memories of war stimulate a sincere appreciation for peace when attained. People who unite and fight for freedom, develop cultures and values from the shared experience. By choosing the path he did, Tupac sacrificed his life in order to turn the guns away from his kind and to shock the authorities into solving the root cause of the violence. He was smart and skilled enough to have been able to maintain a peaceful life style but being a brave and self-less Soldier, he took a warrior-like approach to ensure a win in the fight against violence.
“In an English class, Shakur wrote a paper, “Conquering All Obstacles,” in which he said: “our raps, not the sorry story raps everyone is so tired of. They are about what happens in the real world. Our goal is to have people relate to our raps, making it easier to see what really is happening out there. Even more important, what we may do to better our world”. Tupac among’st other Rappers voiced their concerns in creative, clearly worded rhymes but since most of his fans were youngsters, they mistook those concerns for a way of life and lived out the contents in their respective neighborhoods. Now faced with the dangers experienced by the inner cities, the rest of society began to seek for lasting solutions for the problems.
Through his rap songs, violent life style and resultant assassination on September 13th 1996 at the age of 25, Tupac Shakur, the legend, vividly demonstrated the disadvantages of violence to everyone. That lesson is still a reference point for peaceful negotiations across the world.
He gave the inner city kids a voice he gave them a a hero,someone they all aspired to be.
he helped pushed rap popularity to the global scale,a pivotal moment in h*p hop’s history
He is perhaps the most influential rapper ever,he influenced a generation of rappers nearly every new rapper that came into rap in the ensuing decades after his death owes something to tupac and his ever looming persona.tupac was a cultural movement it was much more than the music it was a particular lifestyle he propagated that had a lot of inner city youths all leaning towards it,he was the eiptome of the “intelligent” street gangster.
He gave the inner city kids a voice he gave them a a hero,someone they all aspired to be
he helped pushed rap popularity to the global scale,a pivotal moment in h*p hop’s history
He is perhaps the most influential rapper ever,he influenced a generation of rappers nearly every new rapper that came into rap in the ensuing decades after his death owes something to tupac and his ever looming persona.tupac was a cultural movement it was much more than the music it was a particular lifestyle he propagated that had a lot of inner city youths all leaning towards it,he was the eiptome of the “intelligent” street gangster.Tags: ESSAY
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