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2PAC LYRICS - Dear Mama

Lyrics to "Dear Mama" song by 2PAC: You are appreciated [Verse One: 2Pac] When I was young me and my mama had beef Seventeen yea...
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This link contains the lyrics to the song "Dear Mama" by 2pac. This song expresses 2pacs love and gratitude for his mother. He also reminisces on 2pacs relationship with his mother when he was a child, and he acknowledges that he could have been nicer to his mother while he was still growing up.

 

I found this song to be another example of how Tupac doesn't fit the whole "gangster rap" stereotype that he is so often judged as. While there are certain songs that do fit such a stereotype, such as "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" featuring Snoop Dogg, Tupac is much more than that. This song is very sentimental and rather calm, and although it is still considered rap, it shows a different side of Tupac that most people today have never seen.

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Note: there may be a few explicit lyrics in the link
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2pac Poetic Justice Interview

2pac talks about poetic justice in 1993
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This video is an interview of Tupac that took place when the movie "Poetic Justice" starring Tupac came out in 1993. In the interview, many topics are discussed, ranging from the use of marijuana to his experience working with Janet Jackson to poverty.

 

There were several points Tupac made in this interview that caught my attention. One thing he said, when asked about some of his more vulgar references in his songs (such as when he talks about 9-milimeter guns), was that people shouldn't be mad at him for telling us all what's happening on the streets; rather, we should be blaming the people who are causing all of the chaos that he raps about. I thought this related to "The Rose That Grew from Concrete" because it shows how Tupac can be misunderstood, as he often is. While some of his lyrics are very vulgar and are inappropriate, they are only talking about what Tupac and his friends and family have both witnessed and experienced. He did not rap just because he was some hardcore West Coast thug; he was simply being a story teller, informing us of the struggles he went through and the struggles of people he has encountered.

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Resurrection, 1971-1996

Resurrection, 1971-1996 | Tupac Shakur | Scoop.it
A stunningly designed, richly illustrated companion to the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Tupac: Resurrection brings unprecede...
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This book is a biography of Tupac Shakur. It talks about his life, his family, and all of the struggles they have all endured up until his death in 1996. The story is in chronological order and is also a written counterpart to a documentary film that is also a biography of Tupac.

 

This book also serves as a nice counterpart to "The Rose That Grew from Concrete." It shows what kind of struggles Tupac and his family went through, along with other events in Tupac's life. Tupac uses these events to rap about and to write poetry about, which is why I believe this book serves as a helpful source of background information of all of the poems in the book "The Rose That Grew from Concrete."

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The Rose That Grew from Concrete

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This collection of more than 100 poems that honestly and artfully confront topics ranging from poverty and motherhood to Van Gogh and Man...
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This book is simply a collection of poetry written by Tupac Shakur. Some of these poems are about Tupac and his family, and others are simply views of the world expressed by Tupac himself. While some poems are more than a page long, some of them are as small as two lines long, such as "The Unanswerable Question." However, each and every one of these poems are lyrical genius and have very deep messages.

 

"The Rose That Grew from Concrete" was a very eye-opening book for me, and I believe it would be eye-opening for others as well. Many people only know of Tupac as a West Coast gangster-rapper who only made songs consisting of very vulgar lyrics or "diss tracks" towards other rappers like Biggie Smalls. If you fall into this category like I did, then I highly recommend this book. These poems show a completely different side of Tupac, a side that exposes his love for his family and his views about peace on earth, among other views. One poem that sticks out in my mind is "The Unanswerable Question," the two-line poem that says, "When will there be peace on earth? / When the earth falls to pieces!" I believe he is trying to say that he believes that world peace will only occur once all war ends, and there is no longer anything to fight about. Poems like this one are found throughout the book, and each one proves Tupac Shakur as a very insightful and intelligent man - something I never would have said about him before I read this book.

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