XXL Honors 15-Year Anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s Death in Sept. Issue

September 13, 2011 will mark the 15-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death. XXL pays homage to the beloved, fallen rap legend in the mag’s forthcoming September issue, celebrating all things ’Pac.

For the special tribute issue, XXL Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Satten sat down with Tupac’s biological father, Bill Garland. Among the interesting and revealing topics discussed, Mr. Garland offered a heartfelt description of his son’s giving nature. “[Tupac] cared for people,” he said. “That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”

In addition, XXL spoke with ’Pac’s ex-wife, Keisha Morris, who shared the intimate details of their relationship. “I knew Tupac,” she said. “No one can take that away. I really knew him, and he would never hurt me.”

XXL also talked to Tupac’s first manager and one-time roommate and mentor, Leila Steinberg, who gave insight into the special nature of her superstar client and their close relationship. There’s also an interview with Mutulu Shakur, ’Pac’s stepfather who helped raise the MC until the age of 11, who checks in from behind bars to celebrate ’Pac’s legacy.

XXL also spoke with ’Pac’s group, the Outlawz, dug into the tragic passing of one of the rapper’s favorite producers Johnny J. and investigated the real story behind his Quad studio shooting recently brought to light with the confession of ex-Jimmy Henchman associate, Dexter Issac, to the robbery and shooting of Tupac in 1994. And finally, 62 rappers remember ’Pac and speak on his impact and legacy. In addition XXL commissioned famed artist Tim O’Brien to paint an image of the  fallen hero, imagining him at 40-years-old.

Outside of the Tupac tribute, XXL reviews Game’s long-delayed, fourth solo LP, The R.E.D. Album, shares some of the jaw-dropping photos from Tech N9ne’s All 6s & 7s Tour and introduces Charlie Boy Gang and Chevy Woods in Show & Prove.

Be sure to pick up XXL’s September 2011 issue, hitting newststands nationwide on August 16. And don’t forget to check back with XXLMag.com, where XXL will be paying tribute to Tupac Shakur with exclusive content every day through September 13. —XXL Staff

  • Sunny G.

    A must buy. Respect.

  • jesterdxxl

    Can’t wait to cop this I haven’t been impressed by XXL this year I been snappin up the mag since 99

  • 305sBoyJR

    Mos’ Def worth copping!

  • fuckyall

    it seems like it be a good read . just never was in to pac .only time i bump him was in his d.u.g days . big was better .

    • debbie

      r u crazy big was nothing tupac was everything

  • funkyfunati

    so… r u finally goin’ to admit that he was + is the GOAT? or it’ll take u another 15 years 2 figure that out?

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  • Jack Tripper

    “investigated the real story behind ’Pac’s Quad studio shooting recently brought to light with the confession of ex-Jimmy Henchman associate, Dexter Issac, to the robbery and shooting of Tupac in 1994.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    XXL Yall need to let that dead dog lay in it’s grave. Jimmy Henchman didn’t have anything to do with that shooting. Pac knew that. Dexter Issac got yall looking real stupid. But the majority of the people think J Hench Had sopmething to do with it do yall get a pass.

    • http://haha188 true`1

      stfu you pussy azz fag if i personally new who you where id knock ya yellow azz teeth down ya fucking throat cant stand people like you who get on net and talk ya lame shit no life broke azz dude surprise ya broke lame azz even got net acess to comment lmao bum fuck

    • Atowne6

      IF YOU KNEW SHIT ABOUT SHIT U LIL IGNORANT BITCH U’D KNOW PAC HAD A COUPLE MUTHAFUCKIN ENEMIES! and jimmy henchans trick ass was one of them….”pac knew that” shut ur lil bitch ass up dnt speak for that man he spoke for himself in “against all odds” ….”and did i mention promise to payback jimmy henchman, in due TIIIIIME i know you BITCH niggas is listening the WORLD is mine set me up, wet me up, niggas stick me up heard ya guns bust, but you tricks never SHUT me up” so stfu bitch play ur part and support that whack music and let PAC’s real fans hold shit down

      R.I.P. Makaveli the don

      • http://facebook jacob

        pac i look up to you and i really do think theres a god in you rest in peace my nigga thug life !

  • Face Phoenix

    When sales are slagging go to the [enter classic album/dead rapper] tribute issue. It’s like beating a dead horse. Yes, Tupac will go down as a legend but please stop shoving his dead dick down readers throats. I never found him to be THIS interesting. Great Artist – yes but I don’t give a fuck about his every waking moment. Give it a rest. To all his fans his loss was felt but to still whore out his fanbase is just wrong. There are real 2pac fans, fake 2pac fans who just say they like because everybody else does and then there are 2pac fanatics aka psychos who just for some reason think that buying everything 2pac is a reasonable idea but rarely understood the man. I know his face alone sales issues but have some integrity as a periodical and bring attention to the relevant issues of today and stop looking back to yesteryear.

    • Stash

      Bitch, shut da fuck up…

    • Pac Fan

      I think you definitely have a point there, and I understand you are tired of seeing Tupac even after 15 years after his passing. Like you said, you were never THIS interested in him. No doubt, tastes differ. But I think we can both agree that it is important to commemorate and remember those who are not here anymore and had a big impact on the youth in a good way. The relevant issues today that you mention are so irrelevant that Tupac is more interesting, even 15 years after his death. What he had to say and what he wanted to do is unequaled by all the work the rappers nowadays do together. So speak your mind if you have something to say but don’t disrespect the real. Peace.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    R.I.P. To Pac one of the best to ever do it, but yeah you run a issue with his face every couple of months. Let the man rest. And NO BIG WASNT BETTER. I know everyone on the east coast believes that but thats because that was Bigs home, the east. Big was top ten Pac top 5

    • Nick

      Just a little FYI for yall. That stereotype that everyone from the east coast thought Big was better is bullsh*t. Im personally from the east coast and I personally believe Pac was the best to ever touch a mic. From his lyrics to the way he came up and used everything to fuel him and never quit, to his devotion to people who had less than he and his great quotes on life, I believe the Don was the best to ever touch the charts actually. And as far as the whole faking his own death goes, for the love of everything holy I hope this shit is true, do I believe it? Ive done a good bit of research and you can call me crazy but I do think Makaveli is the 21st century Machiavelli. Only time will tell though. still have 3 years and some odd change left. If he does happen to comeback, that will surely be some of the biggest news of the century that a man of his status managed to stay hidden for 18 years. If not, legends never die so he will surely live on forever in our cd players, ipods, computers, clubs and most importantly hearts. If he doesnt come back and it all is truly over, let God be with you wherever you are R.I.P. Tupac and hope they are bangin Thug Mansion in Heaven

  • sdakar

    ”PICTURE ME ROLLIN’ IN MY 500 BENZ….” SHIT,THIS FLOW KILLS ANYONE OUT NOW,PAC WAS A LEADER, LEGEND AND IS TOP 3,NO DOUBT.

  • deuce

    def a must buy,,i collect all the pac covers/

  • FREAKEY TONEY

    RIP 2PAC AND JOHHNY J. YOU ARE MISSED AND TO EVERYBODY HATING GO SLICE YOUR WRIST. THE ONE CLOSEST TO THE HEART.

  • Big Ramed

    “Shit Don’t Stop!” – R.I.P. Tupac!

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  • Khan

    I’ll be getting this issue.

  • EL

    respect 2 PAC…and yes BIG was better

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  • BK

    LOOKIN FORWARD TO SEE THE GAME – RED ALBUM REVIEW…

  • Curtis

    Please I WILL NEVER STOP TALKIN ABOUT PAC BECAUSE HE IS STILL THE BEST MC THERE IS AN REAL WHAT HE SAYS ON LIFE. ON COMMENTS AN EVEN IN HIS MOVIES ITS LIKE ITS REAL. NO ONE WILL TAKE PAC SPOT. HE IS NUMBER 1.

  • worldizmine

    Yeah he top five for sure!!!!!!!R.I.P!

  • R.MENDEZ

    YOU MOTHERFUCKERS, I TOLD YOU LAST ISSUE THAT IF I SAW MORE OF THE SAME SHIT IN NEXT MONTHS ISSUE I WAS DONE AND WHAT DO I GET???HOW DO YOU REPAY A LOYAL FAN WHO CONSTANTLY COMMENTS ON YOUR WEBSITE, BUYS YOUR MAGAZINES AT 5 BUCKS A POP? YOU FUCK ME, YOU FUCK ME REAL LONG AND GOOD TOO!!JUSTIN BEIBER!!!REALLY?!! WHERE IN YOUR STUPID SHIT FILLED HEADS DO YOU THINK THAT BECAUSE JUSTIN BEIBER IS POPULAR IN THE 10-17 DEMOGRAPHIC THAT HE HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIP-HOP? 35 FULL PAGE ADS IN THIS MONTHS ISSUE, IM NOT EVEN GONNA COUNT THE HALF PAGE ADS, OR THE SECTION WHERE YOU GET A RAPPER WITH A LITTLE BUZZ AND DRESS HIM UP TO TAKE UP 5 MORE PAGES. YOU BROKE MY HEART XXL. I RODE OFF WITH YOU FROM THE SOURCE BECAUSE BENZINO WAS SHITTIN ALL OVER IT BUT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHITTIN ALL OVER THIS MAGAZINE NOW WHILE THE SOURCE GOT RID OF THE PROBLEM. FIRE VANNESSA SUTTEN IMMEDIATELLY, ANYONE WHO THINKS THAT THERE MAGAZINE SHOULD BE FILLED WITH RIM ADS AND SHITTY OVERPRICED JEWELRY NEEDS TO BE BEATEN TO DEATH. AND HOW DARE YOU SULLY THE NAME OF ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SOULS IN HIP HOP BY NAMING YOUR ARTICLE TUPAC BACK. I COULDVE TAKEN A DUMP DIRECTLY ON THE PRINTING PRESS AND MADE A BETTER MAGAZINE MISS SUTTEN. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS. YOU LOST ANOTHER READER. WHICH MEANS YOU ARE NOT GOOD AT YOUR JOB, AND YOUR LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR SUCK TOO.GOOD DAY SIR!!

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  • Tara Bey

    I am a big 2Pac Fan , The cover is beautiful, I will purchase one , and hang it up on my way like all of 2Pac items I have. You are miss 2Pac, Much Love to you and your mother . Peace

  • Erik

    Only NY niggas belive Biggie is the best. The whole world knows 2pac is the best. End of discussion

  • AKINYEMI ADEAYENI

    2pac rip

  • The messiah

    Pac was a visionary he was as real as you get… he didn’t care about anything but the issues at hand and for yall to say that big was better makes me laugh… Biggie told storys where pac spoke the truth behind all the issues using poetry… So if you like big why don’t you go blow him

  • Pedro

    2PAC R.I.P.

  • Fern

    Greatest Rapper of All Time Hands Down Nobody will ever lead like him,no one will ever speak the truth like that man did and no one will ever top him as the greatest rapper of all time if you think he is not den listen to All Eyez On Me & Makaveli The 7 Day theory……. RIP 2pac

  • birgit tomlinson

    i hope that they have it here oversea…got to have this…..

  • oscar

    I HATE TO LOVE U SO MUCH BROTHER!!

  • Helen

    OMG !! I REALLY KNOW WHERE PAS LIVE NOW IN AFRICA.SOME GUYS PICK ME UP LEST NIGHT AROUND 11PM AND WHEN WE GET HOME IT WAS AROUND 12PM SO I ASK THEM WHY AM I HERE FOR SO ONE ASK ME; WE WANT YOU TO WORK FOR US SO I WAS LIKE WHY AND TO PAC COME OUT FROM THE LAST ROOM AND HE SAID AM NOT DIED OKAY SO BE COOL. SO HE TOLD ME HE REALLY WANT ME SEND MESSAGE TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

  • THE REALSIT

    the only dogs in this place is them haters bitch ass fakers be real nigga be real!!!!!

  • Didin

    2Pac Back in 2014 …………

  • Vorace

    Can wait to read this. Tupac is my favorite hip hop artist
    And always will be.

  • Tom D

    Damn Tupac I wish you were still alive! Definitely an unbelievable guy with an insane amount of talent!

  • Chris

    Best to ever do it in my opinion of his genre, RIP PAC

  • Ryan

    I never buy XXL MAG but I will for sure now for this issue. 2pac 4 ever the greatest ever

  • kam

    pac was bigger than music

  • GEECIZZLE

    MY MANE NIGGA WHO POOF ON NIGHTYPROOF HOCOUS POCOUS FLOW SLIZZER ON THA 1 & ONLY DRNK HENNESSY UP IN THA BOOF LIKE FUK A BAD BOY CALL TYHA COPS WHEN U C 2 PAC A MUTHA FUKKIN OUYTLAW…. STR8 UP LIKE DAT WERE & HEARTLESS MUTHAFUKKA…

  • tumi

    people are still delusional, thinking Pac is GOAT. Nas is the GOAT

  • akim

    pac was a great person.always believed in blacks and hes one true inspiration 2 us

  • chebuba

    Such comments on him give me free feelings , Cause I felt that he was not a bad Guy,but the society around him was an issue. Black young guys have to responsably keep they head up cause after a dark night there is brighter coming

    Don’t lost in the wirlwind, let’s pray for better days
    CHE

  • alembirhan

    every single word in his lyrics shows tells prophecy about the life of many millions of people, especially me. i am so much touched by his works that i cannot listen to any other music. i eat tupac, i sleep tupac, i breathe tupac. tupac forever. thug life forever.

  • Brandon

    I saw Tupac in Nassau last summer while I was on vacation. Rumors have it he resides over there. His death was a hoax and seeing him proved it.

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  • walter arnez

    k tal , necesito saber como puedi conseguir la revista xxl special tribute tupac ,15 años , si alguien sabe como o donde comprarla avisame em argentina ushuaia.

  • joanne hamilton

    im going to get it love him so much r.i.p 2pac xx

  • ThugAngel7777

    how can i get this if im in dubai? i havent got a paypal account or anything.. :’(

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  • Jamil

    2Pac is now and will always b da greatest of all time. And his pops Billy is cool as hell . Pac will 4ever live in our hearts n minds…..

  • http://www.facebook/amadu Amadu

    Tupac is my real inspiration!!!

  • rafael lopez

    PUERTO RICO…STILL LOVE ”2PAC” …

  • ruby deana johnson

    Rest in heavenly peace,,You made your mark,,and left fond memorirs

  • Stephanie

    Hi, I want to know where to buy this magazine in Spain.

  • Jordan

    where can i get this magazing in melbourne???

  • r.i.p tupac

    i remeber the first time i listened to tupac i was 7 i fell inlove with his music and still is the G.O.A.T of rap r.i.p pac ),:

  • bri

    Love u pac RIP

  • Martinez21

    Where’s his Makaveli tattoo?

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