How long will we mourn Pac?

One of the things that music writers do to impress each other is to boast about who they’ve interviewed. I’ve never bothered entering these bragging rights showdowns. I’ll never get the interview that I most want. I’ll never get to interview Tupac.

It’s a small sorrow in the grand scheme of things. But it’s there nonetheless. And I always think about it on September 13.

There’s no rapper under the sun that’s been mythologized as much as Tupac. As the print version of XXL noted recently, Tupac has had a thriving, productive career since his murder. His ghost has sold over 73 million albums, and inspired countless books, college courses and documentary films. (Not even going to talk about all the t-shirts.) Tupac has immeasurable influence on the rap game, and on pop culture as a whole.

In part, I think it’s due to how compelling his story is. The Pac narrative weaves together so many fragments of America life and history: the Black Power movement, inner-city poverty, Reaganomics, the crack era, gang life, Hollywood, the music industry, the prisons, the cult of celebrity, the rise of rap as mainstream music, and hip-hop’s morbid fascination with death. It’s a story with a tragic ending; a story that brings into focus the pain and futility and wasted potential that violence (and poverty and racism) causes. It’s a story of spectacular loss.

But it’s not just about mythology—it’s also about a man’s life. Vibe editor Danyel Smith was quoted today on the topic of why Pac is so beloved:

Nothing that I can answer is really going to get at it, or it’s going to sound emotional and corny, but the fact of the matter is he was just a very special human being. He was the kind of heroic figure—very flawed, very passionate, very handsome, very outspoken, very talented—who comes along once in a lifetime.

Pac isn’t the greatest rapper of all time when it comes to skills. But he had the great (and rare) gift of making you feel something with his music. At the end of the day, despite his thug armor, he was unafraid to show emotion. He was unafraid to reveal his humanity—who he was as a man—with all his strengths and weaknesses.

And because of that, his music has an intimate quality to it. In spite of his superstardom. His tracks remind you of your best friend or your brother—or any of the handful of guys close enough to really let their guard down. The guys you see in every conceivable situation: pumped at the club, telling animated stories over burgers, bloody from a fight, head hung in court, crying on your couch, fixing your car, getting fed by their doting Moms, working crappy jobs, helping their friends move, clowning around. Pac is like those guys next door—you see them at their best and at their worst, and wind up loving them all the more for it.

  • Millions Knives

    First you dilapidated whores

  • r.i.p. tupac

    R.I.P. Tupac Shakur

  • The Dza

    first bitches!!!!!!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    First. Very well said. ‘Pac definitely made music for the mind, heart, and soul as well as for entertainment. Rest In Peace, Tupac Amaru Shakur.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol.. Irony, thy name is xxlmag.

  • http://xxlmag.com exo

    “One of the things that music writers do to impress each other is to boast about who they’ve interviewed.”

    I’ve never heard of this happening. Seriously.

  • Meka Soul

    rip mr. shakur. there will never be another like him.

    * unusual breaking of character *

    and fuck ja rule’s verne troyer lookin’ faggit ass for thinking he could ever hang out with ‘pac. nobody gives a fuck what ja rule has to think during 9/11!

    * ahem *

    i’d tip you greatly, ms. henley, upon the chance of us meeting at said workplace.

  • TARA

    Exo: Must be a Canadian thing.

    Meka: Unless you golf, chances are slim. Nevertheless, you still need a blog. Bfred, holler.

  • http://rodneydugue.blogspot.com RD

    Tara, it seems like great minds think alike. Read my beyonce post, it echoes some of your insights. Except mine was first, ha lol.

    RD

  • http://rodneydugue.blogspot.com RD

    Tara, it seems like great minds think alike. Read my beyonce post, it echoes some of your insights. Except mine was first, ha lol.

    RD

  • Belize

    Props Tara

    RIP Pac:
    The HipHop version of Bob Marley

  • H-man

    WOW, I couldnt have said it any better….took my breath away…that waz deep

  • thoreauly77

    excellent post miss henley. its too bad hardly any girls actually read blogs though, because i am positive that they would be feeling this. this post was extremely well-written —- though i am not a fan of rhetoric, your use of it in this piece was a good look. kudos. oh and don’t worry about having to tend some bar every once in a while, shit, i have to wait tables in the morning!

  • e

    Well written post and I am gonna take up playing golf just for you Tara.

  • LBDII

    Rest In Peace Tupac Amaru Shakur there will never be one like you.

  • LOSTKING01

    FUCK PAC HE WAS ASS ACTOR WHO ONLY BECAME A THUG WHEN HE WAS HANGIN OUT W/ SUGE!!!!!!!

  • thoreauly77

    better than just being an internet thug in all caps…. that can’t seem to write a clear sentence.

  • Young A. Simmons

    Congrats ‘Lostking’ you are officially the biggest post op transexual on this website.

    Rip Tupac, the real G.O.A.T

  • pat

    isn’t funny how so many pac haters like to talk about how fake he was and how he adopted the thug life shit after where as his fans feel him because he so “real” for lack of a better word. I for one am in the latter category.

  • e

    I bet your real though though “lostking01″ seeing as you talk shit on the internet

  • concerned hater

    people love pac the way they love scarface.. and wtf is that… they dont love pac’s poetry, or inner beauty .. most of these dorks with the oversize tupac t’s and whatever else they wasted their money on clothes (i waste my money on pot) most of these pacs love the thug life outer shell of pac.. not you, not most of the ppl reading xxl blogs prolly, but most of the cod piece puffers in the T’s do…

    so i say the less we hear about this guy the better.. sayonara tupac, we’ll do you right in 2 generations when we can get some perspective, and a reasonable tailor

  • Belize

    LOSTKING01 Says:

    September 13th, 2006 at 10:24 pm
    FUCK PAC HE WAS ASS ACTOR WHO ONLY BECAME A THUG WHEN HE WAS HANGIN OUT W/ SUGE!!!!!!!

    ^I guess this nigga is too “hard” to write the word WITH

  • Belize

    XXLMAG.COM STEP UR GAME UP (it was 9/13)

    http://www.allhiphop.com/features/?ID=1529

  • Belize

    Of course no disrespect to you Tara, but its funny how this wesbite only used Pac’s name to sell there paper mag, yet only you remember 9/13 …. hmmmmmm

  • Belize

    Wesbite=website, sorry still crunchin for this exam

  • FABO VILLAKNOCKOFF

    “Pac isn’t the greatest rapper of all time when it comes to skills.”

    Come on, yes he is. If your gonna say hes not then you are gonna have to give a better definition of “skills”.

    Pac had “Skills” enough to touch millions, inspire a generation, and still hold the rap game down 10 years after his own death.

    Not to mention that he served the king of NYC, and basicly the rest of the east coast on one song.

    Dudes kill me with that “pac wasnt lyrical” shit.

    what is you really sayin?

  • Playa=50=

    pac is my brother
    love ya

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    I don’t really mourn dude… He talked more shit than 5 50Cents and hung out with the most dangerous man in rap, Suge Knight. I can respect anyone who puts out as much work as Pac did, but he wasn’t the best rapper ever–besides, he made it where an East-Coast dude like myself couldn’t even listen to his shit because he was hating on all my favorite rappers. To this day, he nor his foundation have ever received a dime from me–I downloaded Makaveli once, listened to it for a week, then lost the CD. I’m still sour because they killed Biggie… To me, Pac had it coming…

  • Raymond

    It is funny to read comments on this topic by people who are obviously unable to think about a person like Pac in a broader perspective (props to those who are able). Especially in connection with rap. I personally think that he was (is) the one who personifies rap. I mean he wasn’t only a rapper. He was a real brother from the streets (fuck this commonplace but that’s the truth)with a God-given talent to show not only his skills but thru his skills he presented a whole generation, age, a people: Black People. What is more important we should not look at Pac as rapper in the first place. What people forget to realize (and that is the most convincing proof of what rap has been missing for almost a decade now) that he lived what he was rappin’ about. He was a REAL N.I.G.G.A + he had the talent. People tend to criticize his skills as an MC, as a rapper, but fuck, what is (was)rap music all about? Everyday life and experience in a social environment called the GHETTO. What the fuck is so philosophical, so skill-oriented about that? Besides the fact that those pieces of shit who are on this opinion(challenging his lyrical skills) talk crap.Have they ever listened to a Pac verse carefullly enough to realize how he managed to combine lyricism (yes, you read it right) with the essence of rap music (see above)?HE WAS MUTHERFUCKING RAP MUSIC. Rap is not about Canibus-like, completely non-sense, confused bullshit, wrapped in miles-long lines of “lyricism”. Neither is it about “look at my fronts, if somebody punches me in the face – after he gets thru my army of bodyguards – i have to sell mom’s house to get it fixed” type of bitchass money-rhyming (rob those fools!!). Fuck all the hatin’, take a step back and try to be objective on Pac. Rap music, the message, the essence was manifested in this brother.
    A few years ago I watched a kind documentary on CNN (fuck’em). In this documenary a brother talked about his views on rap (hip-hop). He said, rap should be the ghetto’s CNN. Who could challenge that? Except for those “rap-artists” today who are fed by millions of young, rich, stupid white kids not knowing what this whole shit is about. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t envy their money (better bitch-rappin, than selling shit). I’m only thinking about those rappers who did not give a fuck about commercialism when it got to its heights. And there are a few. They tried to keep it real, whether consciously or unconsciously. And that is what’s completely missing today (except for a few examples). That is why I agree with Nas when he says rap is dead. The rap I was grown up with is dead for a long time now. And by not giving Pac the respect he earned, not realizing his tru meaning and real place in RAP, not only do we dishonor his memory, we spit on rap’s grave too.

  • TARA

    RD: Just read your blog post. Nice!

    “The bright starlet, who embodies the whims, insecurities, and commonality of women every where, has grown with her audience.”

    ^^^^
    That’s so true.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i love ‘pac but i can barely listen 2 him anymore cuz of his corny weirdo stans and da ghoul squad

    are tara and meka gon’ be xxlmag.com’s first couple?

  • Enlightened

    “Pac isn’t the greatest rapper of all time when it comes to skills.”

    Oh really? He’s not?

    What is skills?

    Is it stringing together a bunch of punchlines in a clever way but not meaning shit? If so Biggie, Jay-Z, or Pac are not Top 10. There are a number of MCs, mostly in the underground, that specialize in that type of shit. Redman would top them too.

    Is it weaving complex tapestries of rhymes that use all kind of poetic elements, similes, and make you rewind it twice to fully grasp what was said? If so once again, Biggie, Jay-Z or Pac are not top 10. Ras Kass and Common have them beat on that.

    Or is it, making the BEST RAP SONGS? That people want to listen to over and over again for years? Is it making songs that actually bring people to emotional extremes like ACTUAL TEARS? Is it moving people to want to take actual action?

    That’s what it is. MCs make rap songs. Simple as that. The nigga that hands down made the BEST RAP SONGS that stand the test of time over a variety of topics is 2Pac.

    That’s what skills are.

    That’s why he’s the GREATEST OF ALL TIME (With the most skills). Hands down.

    Is it

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Co-sign Enlightened.

    Very well put, I couldn’t agree more.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    ^^^ dis homo fanboy faggit is a perfect example of why i find it difficult 2 listen 2 ‘pac these days

  • http://www.jimiizrael.com the iz

    Yeah, Tara. Never heard of the “who have you interveiwed” contest, especially since, in the age of the publicist, anybody with a blog can basically talk to anyone they want. I think the colleges offer beer-drinking as a major, if I’m not mistaken.

    You wacky Canucks.

  • http://www.jimiizrael.com the iz

    Oh.

    And Tupac = (James Dean +Eldridge Cleaver)x Rakim/(Mandingo Fetishist+Commercialism)

    Think about it.

    A great talent essentially undone by his great talent. This is the perfect storm for all modern mythology: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain et al. Artist undone by the artform make for great t-shirts. Don’t how many times XXl can put him on the cover, though. I guess until his face stops moving magazines. Which means, we can look for another ‘Pac cover next year. The very best look for XXl was when they put Afeni Shakur on the cover. They will never top that. a Huge, Balls-out gamble.

    Anyway. Are you in the ‘States now, eh? Drop me a line.

  • duhtroof

    Pac was the mid-90′s equivalent to Andre Benjamin.

  • IMLudaChris

    Tara,
    If Shakespeare was still alive and he wrote the story of 2Pac wouldn’t it be the greatest tradgey??

    This is a Great quote!!
    “The Pac narrative weaves together so many fragments of America life and history: the Black Power movement, inner-city poverty, Reaganomics, the crack era, gang life, Hollywood, the music industry, the prisons, the cult of celebrity, the rise of rap as mainstream music, and hip-hop’s morbid fascination with death.”

  • nocal

    Tupac went to a performing arts school. He was a dancer for Digital Underground. That’s not very thug. He was a poseur, playing up white stereotypes of a dangerous, rapacious black man (remember? He did rape a woman) in order to sell records. His rapping was sub par compared to…well, most rappers. The production was nothing spectacular.

    Could it be that you’ve been sold on his image? His marketing? Is this why people think rappers are still “real” and “hard” after they do the inevitable radio-friendly jam about love, and they wrap themselves in a mink for a GQ shoot, and they drive a pink car?

    Tupac has to be the most overrated and over-marketed rapper ever. There’s a couple of superlatives for you.

  • http://skibeatz.com DJ Main Event

    only reason I DONT bump him is because there are too many groupies and people who dont know what he’s about yet rock his shirts and goods to be seen as cool.
    I wasnt buying into the hype basically.

    R.I.P. tho.

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Yeah, it seems that too many people have bought into the image that 2Pac portrayed on film and in his music. Nearly everyone who knew about him on the East Coast says he was a ho. He was an actor and he desperately wanted to live the life of real gangstas. Some people say he shot himself at the studio trying to pull his gun. He was half the man his reputation made him out to be and everyone can keep talking about him like he was a prophet, but he was never a gangsta, never a hustla, never as hardcore as his lyrics. If he were still alive, he’d probably be loving him some 50Cent b/c 50′s story was verified or at least closer to actual life–2Pac lived the last years of his life trying to solidify an image of a man he never was. Deal with it…

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz thebestout!!

    As a hip-hop whole we will have to mourn tupac the prophet forever and heres the top 5 reasons why>>>>>

    1.what he depicted in so many songs still is an issue in our every day lives (some things neva’ change)

    2.Not only do we as a culturre say we yearn for a black leader but us as a people say it too and what do we do when we get one? (we get’em killed)

    3.Yes we get’em killed, this is one of the main reasons we mourn tupac so much is because of instead turning away from the media fueled east coast vs.west coast bullshit we played right into thier hands and let them slay one of our ghetto heroes!

    4. Theres a lil’ pac in all of us.He planted the seed of pride and ambition inside our souls and basically became one with each of us on a universal level.Pac will never die because he resides in the revolutionary down to the dope boy and back again.

    5.Because d4l, them franchize boys,the pack ,yo gotti, lil’john,lil’wayne, lil’scrappy, dipset,raycash, yola the great,lil’flip,and a ton of other useless ass niggas got deals for I don’t know how many millions and still ain’t said shit worth listening too!!!

  • Enlightened

    See it’s some little kid shit to debate about how hard or gangsta somebody is but
    NOCAL & DJ LUCKY LUKE:
    Check this out:

    Do you remember the incident where 2Pac pulled his car over to confront 2 WHITE MEN (who later turned out to be police officers) because they were ASSAULTING A BLACK MAN in GEORGIA? (THE FUCKIN DEEP SOUTH)
    When they tried to up their pistols and shoot him, he shot both of them and walked away unharmed. Then went to jail. Then went to court and beat the case because the officers were drunk and were in the wrong?
    DO Y’ALL REMEMBER THAT?
    What other RAPPERS – NO FUCK THAT – WHAT OTHER BLACK MAN – NO FUCK THAT – WHAT OTHER MAN PERIOD CAN YOU SAY DID ANYTHING CLOSE TO THAT? AND FOR A RIGHT AND JUST REASON?
    He didn’t shoot some nigga in the hood that won’t even make the paper.
    HE SHOT 2 WHITE MEN IN THE SOUTH FOR FUCKING WITH A BLACK MAN.

    Was that a GANGSTA?
    I don’t know and I don’t give a fuck – that’s for little kids to decide.
    But I do know that was a REVOLUTIONARY.

    Do you know who MUTULU SHAKUR IS? ASSATA SHAKUR IS? GERONIMO PRATT IS?
    Do you know the type of people that actually raised this man and shaped his mind at an early age?

    DON’T QUESTION THAT MAN’S CHARACTER AS IF HE WAS A HO. Are you serious?

    Are y’all from the hood? I am. If you are from the hood, you know that a lot of the niggas THAT TURN INTO KILLERS, were actually ho ass niggas that used to get treated like bitches everyday. Niggas that never won head up fights. It ain’t hard to carry a gun, nigga. It ain’t hard to pull a trigger, nigga.

    Y’all little images of what a gangster or better yet A MAN should be is some childish shit y’all learned from movies.

    Y’all need to GROW THE FUCK UP.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sirjantzversatile Sir Jantz

    Pac is one of the greatest “EMCEES” of all time. See, people get rapper and emcee mixed up. I rapper glorifies an alternative lifestyle other than that of an emcee. An emcee is a person that lives by the way of hip-hop(HIs Israeli People, His Oppressed People). Pac was an emcee because the life he told was real. It wasn’t made up like Aesop Fables. It was genuine and it makes you think about the hardships not only black but monorities go through just to survive. I believe Pac in some shape or form was an angel. His music is still relevant till this day and it seemed he had a formula for life. He already knew we was gonna die. Tell me, if you knew you was gonna die, how would you respond? “Death Around the Corner” is classic pac song. To me the song in itself is parnoid. Everything about him holding the ak at the window, remind me of a clip of Malcom X. Remember when he was holding the gun looking out of the window. In that scene, Denzel showed us just how paranoid X was. Tupac lived a diffifult life and for him to have survived as long as he did was a blessing. I mean, we propbably will morn pack until eternaty like people morn Elvis. See i believ pac was that rose that grew from the concrete. He did have damaged petals, and maybe he was missing some, but the fact is……..he grew from concrete. That’s impossible like a Kanye Track!! NOt everybody that grows from concrete makes it to the other side. Pac was one that made it, and survived just enough so we could marvel at his struggle. There’s Pac in all of us. JUst like their is A God in all of us!!! Rest in Peace

  • Enlightened

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Well said

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Sir Jantz, I’m feeling it.
    Enlightened, I’m not feeling it.

    So Tupac was revolutionary…

    and…

    he shot two men in the ass and legs and got off b/c the two were corrupt undercover cops. I know about that shit, but the point I was trying to make is that dude spent the latter parts of his life trying to live up to the hype laid out on 2Pacalypse Now. He might have been a visionary, but he wasn’t at all street-smart and he did get called out on it.

    Your spiel on being from the hood was not well put. What are you saying?

  • Enlightened

    LUCKY LUKE
    What I’m saying is if you’re really from the hood and understand real niggas, then you know that who is a “gangsta”, a “hustla” and all these other titles are not defined by these cartoon character-ass characteristics that people would want to discuss. What about him made him not that? How would you know?

    I’m saying from my city, I can count many niggas who are locked up for murder and probably will never get out. I’ve never murdered anybody. Many of these niggas are somebody on the street that I could have slapped when they were out and they wouldn’t have done shit. I was stronger than them – some of these same niggas were like weak, little kid type niggas to me. And I ain’t saying I was the toughest nigga in my hood or nothin.
    So when that type of nigga pulled the trigger and killed somebody, did he all of a sudden become stronger than me?
    If a nigga sold crack cocaine did that make him a hustler? Crack sells itself.
    My point was if you from the hood, you should know that many niggas that sold dope, that carried a pistol, that caught cases and went to prison were some of the weakest niggas around and were just trying to fit in.
    Some niggas who did those things were “real niggas”, and “gangstas” and “hustlas”
    BUT
    doing some bullshit is not what made them that way.

    So what I’m saying is because of HIP-HOP, and the INTERNET, and BLOGS, people’s definition of real niggas is all twisted. You and the other dude are trying to say Pac wasn’t “gangsta” or a “hustla” because of some expectations you have of what that kind of person is supposed to do – that’s not based on the real world. It’s based on what you’ve heard in hip-hop and saw on movies.

    How can you not be street-smart when you spend your whole life in the streets?
    He wasn’t trying to live up to no hype. He was becoming a man. Don’t forget, this man died at 25. He joined digital underground at 17. He dropped 2Pacalypse Now (that you said he was trying to live up to) when he was 20.
    So was he trying to live up to it or was he growing from a boy into a man and behaving as the man he had grew into?

  • Enlightened

    My point is – who is a “gangsta” or “hustla” is not defined by some cartoon-character ass image that hip-hop puts out there.
    Everybody in the hood knows niggas that sold dope, but was far from a hustla. Or killed somebody, but was far from a gangsta.
    What defines whether or not someone was a gangsta is in their heart and brain which is revealed through their actions. Not some cosmetic idea of what you or some hip-hop head decides.

    Pac joined Digital Underground when he was 17. He dropped 2Pacalypse Now, which you said he was trying to live up to, when he was 20. 20 is not old enough to legally enter a club. That’s still a boy.

    So, was he trying to live up to it in some fake, fantasy, “The Game”, kind of way, or was he just growing into a man and behaving like the man he had become?

  • Enlightened

    Damn, sorry for the duplicate. My shit wasn’t showing up and all of a sudden it did!

  • abn fanz

    fuck pac!!!!

  • SUPERMAN

    ENLIGHTENED YOU CRY WHEN YOU LISTEN TO PAC? NIGGA ARE YOU JENNIFER ANISTON? PAC IS OVERRATED. THE ONLY CATS THAT LIKE HIM ARE SOUTHERN AND WEST COAST CATS. THE WEST BECAUSE THATS WHERE THEY’RE FROM AND CUZ THE SOUTH DONT KNOW WHAT LYRICS ARE ANYWAY. YOU’LL ONLY FIND TWO DIMWITS FROM THR EAST WHO LISTEN TO HIM. PAC AINT HAVE SKILLS. HE JUST SAID SHIT IN ANY NORMAL WAY YOU AND ME WOULD SAY IT. THATS NOT RAP. JESUS AND GHANDI WERE WAY BETTER RAPPERS THAN HIM, WHERES THEIR XXL COVERS? LYRICALLY, PAC WAS AVERAGE. OKAY SO HE TALKED ABOUT LIFE AND ALL THAT. I COULD WATCH CNN IF I WANT TO LISTEN TO LIFE. BIG, JAY-Z, NAS, THEM NIGGAS MAKE YOU THINK. WHEN YOU HEAR THEY SHIT YOU GO “HOLD UP, WHAT DID HE SAY? REWIND THAT!” WITH PAC IT WAS MORE “OKAY, YEAH THATS TRUE, NOW WHAT?” CUZ HONESLTY ANYBODY COULD OF SAID THE SHIT HE SAYS. LOOK AT KANYE, COMMON AND NAS. OR EVEN YOU YOURSELF. TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE ABOUT LIFE TO A BEAT. NOW WAS THAT REALLY HARD? WAY TO SIMPLE IF YOU ASK ME! NO HATE-JUST THE TRUTH!

  • tdotrepresenta

    hey tara…you going to see Clark Kent spin tomorrow at State Theatre?

  • SUPERMAN

    DAMN ABN FANZ YOU JUST STRAIGHT OUT WIT IT! LOL!

  • Vindi

    Well written.

    http://www.soundclick.com/returnofthearchitect (right click MUSIC on right hand side of the page)

  • chris

    I always been a fan of tupac and i always taught he was a better rapper than biggie. He was the greatest. I would say rip tupac but i cant because hes really alive. b4 you think im crazy listen to these facts.After leaving the Tyson fight on Saturday September 7, 1996 Tupac was alledgedly shot 5 times. He lived through the shooting and was taken to a nearby hospital.
    He was pronounced dead on Friday September 13, 1996.Friday the 13th is a very suspicious day.

    There were never any pictures released of Tupac in the hospital.

    In the song “Life Goes On”, Tupac raps about his own funeral.

    The driver of the car in which Tupac was riding, Suge Knight (the executive producer of Death Row Records), didn’t show up for questioning about the shooting.

    The video “I ain’t Mad at Cha” was released only a few days after his death. “I ain’t Mad at Cha” is track 13 on the album All Eyes On Me. The video shows Tupac as an angel in heaven. In the video, Tupac was shot after leaving a theater with a friend, which is very similar to how he was shot in real life. Interestingly, Tupac dies in his last video released under the name “Tupac”. His new video “Toss It Up” from the new album was released under the name “Makaveli”.

    The second video to be released by the name Makaveli is “To Live and Die in L.A.” But how could they shoot the second video when he is “dead”. Do you really think the video was shot 4 months ago, back in August of ’96? Think about it.

    In the video “Hail Mary” released under the name Makaveli, there is a gravestone that says Makaveli. But the gravestone is cracked and there is a hole right in front of it, inferring that Makaveli rose from the dead.

    A shooting involving Snoop Doggy Dogg occured close to the release of his album Doggystyle. The shooting made Snoop appear more “real” and showed his fans that he really was a gangsta. The shooting gave him respect because everyone that bought his album believed what he was talking about. Within one week of its release, Doggystyle went platnium. Snoop is signed to the same label as Tupac which is Death Row Records. In December ’96, Tupac’s new album went platinum.

    In interviews prior to the shooting, Tupac talked about how he wanted to stop rapping and being a gangsta and get out of the limelight. What is the only way Tupac could completly escape the media spotlight ??? (Answer: if the public thought he was dead.)

    There are no suspects for the shooting.

    Press wasn’t going to be allowed at the funeral, but then the funeral was cancelled for unknown reasons.

    Tupac always wore a bulletproof vest, no matter where he went. Why didn’t he wear it to a very public event like a Tyson fight? (Because he wanted to make it seem like he could be shot.)

    In most of his songs he talks about being buried, so why was he allegedly cremated the day after he “died”? And since when do they cremate someone the day after death without an autopsy? Furthermore, it is illegal to bury someone who has been murdered without an autopsy.

    The new Tupac album released on Nov. 5, and was originally supposed to be an EP of 6 songs, but was then extended to a full length album of 12 songs.

    Tupac’s alias is Makaveli. Though the spelling is different, Machiavelli was a 16th century italian philosopher who advocated the staging of one’s death in order to evade one’s enemies and gain power.

    In Machiavelli’s book Discourses Upon the First Ten Books of Titus Livy, in Book 2 Chapter XIII he says “a prince who wishes to achieve great things must learn to deceive”. This is Machiavelli’s main idea and is the connection between Tupac and the writings of Machiavelli.

    The title of the new album by Makaveli (Tupac) is The 7 Day Theory. He was shot on September 7th; and survived on the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and”died” the 13th. Hence the title The 7 Day Theory.

    Tupac’s album All Eyes on Me was released on Feb.13, 1996. Tupac “died” on Sept.13, 1996. It is quite a coincidence that the two dates are exactly 7 months apart.Tupac officially died at 4:03 PM. 4+3 = 7 Also he “died” at an age of 25 years. 2+5 = 7 It seems as if seven is Tupac’s number.

    There is nothing in the new album that says TUPAC RIP 1971-1996. Wouldn’t it make sense to include something like that in the first album after his “death”? The only thing mentioned is “EXIT TUPAC ENTER MAKAVELI”.

    The executive producer of The 7 Day Theory , as listed in the CD booklet of the album, is Simon (who is a previously unknown producer in the rap music industry). In the bible, Simon was an apostle of Jesus. Simon was one of the first witnesses of the Resurrection listed by Saint Paul (I Cor. 15: 5). Could Simon be a reference to Suge Knight(the executive producer of Death Row records)? Simon was renamed “Peter, the rock” (John 1:42).

    In Richie Rich’s album Seasoned Veteran, which was released on the same day as The 7 Day Theory, on the song “N*ggas Done Changed” which is a duet with Tupac, Tupac says the following lyrics: “I’ve been shot and murdered, can’t tell you how it happened word for word / but best believe that n*ggas’ gonna get what they deserve.” This phrase implies that Tupac knows he will be dead when Richie Rich’s album is released.

    In Makaveli’s (Tupac’s) song “White Man’s World” on album The 7 Day Theory, he says “We ain’t never gonna walk off this planet unless ya’ll choose to.” Did he choose to walk off the planet by faking his death?

    In Tupac’s song “Ambitionz az a Ridah” on the album All Eyes On Me, he says “Blast me but they didn’t finish, didn’t diminish my powers so now I’m back to be a muthaf*ckin’ menace, they cowards thats why they tried to set me up, had b*tch *ss n*ggas on my team so indeed they wet me up, BUT I’M BACK REINCARNATED.” This implies that Tupac is reincarnated as Makaveli.

    In Tupac’s song “Life of an Outlaw” on the album The 7 Day Theory, he says “All for the street fame on how to be managed, to plan sh*t, 6 months in advance to what we plotted, approved to go on swole and now I got it”-Life Of An Outlaw. This implies that Tupac planned his “death” in advance and now he is enjoying the success of his plan.

    In Tupac’s song “Made Niggaz” from the Supercop Soundtrack, he says “F*ck ‘em all who don’t understand my plot to get richer… Outlaw to the grave, a muthaf*ckin’ made nigga I got a plan to get richer. Take my picture.” Once again he mentions his “plan” to get rich.Scarface’s song “Smile”, which is a duet with Tupac, was supposedly recorded in September of ’96, before Tupac was “shot”. But the video for the song was released in May of ’97 and the video depicts Tupac rapping while he appears to be crucified. At the end of the video, Tupac falls off the cross and stands up…which is another image of resurection. Towards the end of the video, it becomes slightly apparent that Tupac is actually portrayed by a look-alike. I still wonder, if he is really dead, then why do they keep making everyone so suspicious??? Scarface’s song “Smile”, which is a duet with Tupac, was supposedly recorded in September of ’96, before Tupac was “shot”. But the video for the song was released in May of ’97 and the video depicts Tupac rapping while he appears to be crucified. At the end of the video, Tupac falls off the cross and stands up…which is another image of resurection. Towards the end of the video, it becomes slightly apparent that Tupac is actually portrayed by a look-alike. I still wonder, if he is really dead, then why do they keep making everyone so suspicious??? Scarface’s song “Smile”, which is a duet with Tupac, was supposedly recorded in September of ’96, before Tupac was “shot”. But the video for the song was released in May of ’97 and the video depicts Tupac rapping while he appears to be crucified. At the end of the video, Tupac falls off the cross and stands up…which is another image of resurection. Towards the end of the video, it becomes slightly apparent that Tupac is actually portrayed by a look-alike. I still wonder, if he is really dead, then why do they keep making everyone so suspicious???

  • http://xxlmag kane corleone

    Who the fuck is a djfunkypuke,c she was writin some real shit and here comes another PAC/blogger mad cuz The DON smashed all yo fav mc’s.And yes Cuz i am from the hood,from struggle,from pain from that shit u wrote i’ll assume u r not