Tupac Shukar: Ideas That Create Change
2Pacalypse Now, is powerful music album and speaks about the inequality people from the African-American communities face. You can say it also talks about the struggle many feel around the world.
For Tupac, it was time to bring the “Black” experiences to the forefront of the American understanding. It was time to make a change and get people to talk.
Since music is a powerful way to express the idea of change, Tupac used his lyrics to express what was happening in the poorest of the poor communities all around the United States.
Songs like “Young Black Male”, “Trapped”, “Violent”, “Brenda’s Got A Baby” and “Part-Time Mutha” spoke to the reality of living in under privileged communities in the United States.
Tupac’s music talks to the mentality, stereotypes and hardships people face when they are not given a fair opportunity to get out of the hardship they face.
I want to review 15 lyrics which I thought were powerful and convey a message to the youth of our society.
Life is not perfect but we do have to use the tools at our disposal to create the best for everyone.
Some of Tupac’s lyrics below can be hard to understand and they can also have multiple means.
The lyrics are from his heart and convey a deep-down pain which many people to this day continue to face.
15 Lessons From 2Pacalypse Now
“Even a smooth criminal one day must get caught”
If you believe a life of crime will give you everything in life, you may want to reconsider this.
When you consider the population of people in prison, it is full of people who thought they could be that smooth criminal and never be caught.
The truth is most criminals end up in jail or dead.
“There must be another route, way out, To money and fame, I changed my name, And played a different game”
Here I believe Tupac is saying you can use your surroundings as an excuse or see the opportunity to make something of yourself.
Don’t look to gangs to change your life. Sure, you may find people who also feel the struggles and hardships but that life will only lead you down a negative path.
You have to look at the positive that is in your life right not, grab a hold of that and work with the opportunities you have.
“Thoughts in my mind was da nine and a better life”
Sometimes it’s easier to want to pick up a gun and rob somebody or a store. When the under privileged youth pick up a gun and believe that is all they need to be successful, soon they find out, when you live by the guy you can die by the gun.
In the United States, gun laws allow people to purchase and carry. But guns don’t improve the quality of life for people.
Although in the right people’s hands guns can protect people but in the end, they also kill.
“Keep my sh*t cocked, cause the cops got a glock too”
Many people feel the cops are out to kill them so they must carry a gun to protect themselves. Even if you pull a gun on an office and shot them in self-defense it can be very hard to prove your case.
The mind-set is that if I carry a gun for protection, no one will mess with me. If you carry a gun you must realize someone else may also carry a gun and be thinking the same thoughts as you.
If you are trying to protect yourself, you must realize that the other person is also. When two guns are pulled out, you, the other person or innocent by standards may die.
Every day we hear on the news that a police officer shots an unarmed Black youth. No criminal charges are laid against the police officer. It is always self-defense or some excuse to show the police office was in the right.
The youth are hoodlums and the cops are seen ask killers. This is a mindset we need to change is society.
“You better keep your mind on the real sh*t”
Where do you focus your energy? Do you focus it on the things that will help you grow or do you focus it on the negatives in life?
Do not be distracted by what others are doing. Focus on what you need to do. Just because someone else robs, steals and has a gun does not mean you need to follow their example.
There are many people who look at the positive in their circumstances and find ways to change their life. Choose an experience that can change your life and your families. Do not be selfish and only think about you.
Whatever you do, will impact hundreds and thousands of other people.
“I wonder if he knows that my income is more than his pension, salary and then some”
Today there are so many young millionaires begin created in music, movies and the tech industry. They choose not to dress in suits and ties as their parents once did. They want to be recognized as individuals.
No matter the clothes you choose to wear, a segment of the population will always judge you based on the way you look. What they should do is judge you on the way you carry yourself.
Although money is not everything but judging someone on their appearance is something you should not do.
Just because someone dresses a certain way or talks a certain way does not make them less or more than you. It makes them a unique individual.
“They claim that I’m violent, just cause I refuse to be silent”
Tupac spoke to the injustice he was seeing, experiencing and hearing about. Just like people in the 1960’s and 70’s who stood up for their rights, Tupac felt that the government wanted to silence those who spoke against injustice and inequality.
If we are going to succeed as a society, we must stand up for what we believe in no matter the outcome. Study the life of Nelson Mandela and you will understand what true, unselfish sacrifice looks like.
“Unlock my brain, break the chains of your misery”
This is a powerful statement that teaches one to use the knowledge from people around you to change the world around you.
If you are going to listen to what people say then you must act on their words. You can take the opportunity available to you and change your life but you must change the way you think.
Too many people these days, go through life not paying attention to all the things happening around them.
You need to break free from what we consider “normal”. If we listen to what the great thinkers say, we can find ways to change our lives and improve situation for thousands of people.
“My words are weapons, and I’m steppin to the silent”
Tupac knew that picking up guns and being violent would not accomplish what we wanted. He understood what many of this century’s greatest world changers did to change the world around them.
You must use your words to make a difference and you must have a following who believes in what is being said.
Look at what Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X and Mahatma Gandhi accomplished with words.
We must speak up against inequality. When enough people speak up, our voices will be heard. We can stir the emotions of millions of people and have them on our side. We can change the world for millions of us around us.
“It means Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished, N***a”
When you hear the “N” word, what thoughts come to your mind?
For Tupac, he used the “N” word, as a powerful and uplifting tool. He believed when the world was being used, it was letting him know that he was on the right track to get his goals, dreams and vision accomplished.
Tupac believed we need to think differently about how we understand the “N” word. It’s an acronym, not an insult. If you see the word this way, you begin to see positive and create an abundant life.
If the word, which has this negative association with it, becomes a word that can empower and not keep millions of people oppressed, it can change how a whole generation will grow up.
“So get up, it’s time to start nation building, I’m fed up, we gotta start teaching children, That they can be all that they want to be, There’s much more to life than just poverty”
I think this rhythm speaks for itself. As a people, we must believe in our ability to end the cycle of poverty. There are people who do not want us to break this cycle. They get rich of our pain and suffering.
To change the way our children think, what they believe, how they act and how they interact in a successful society, it begin with the parents taking responsibility.
Parents should be the ones who teach their kids that life does not have to be what it is if you believe what you see if wrong.
We should teach our children to believe in themselves. When they do, we become a nation of successful people who will not be kept down. We become a nation of people who use our resources and talents.
“Times goes on, and everybody grows”
This is a simple statement to understand. As we live our lives we should learn, grow and change to become better for our children and the community we serve.
If we choose to not grow, over time we perpetuate the same cycles we live in today and create hardships for our children.
“But when you need a friend you can depend on me, call”
In communities where others are living the same life as you, it can be easy to think, “This person does not need to hear my problems, they have enough of their own.”
Perhaps your right. Buy many times we need a shoulder to lean on. We need to hear encouraging words from others.
Like the saying goes, a rising tide raises all ships. We can be that tide for other people and they can be that for us.
Everyone needs that one person they can count on in life. Someone who you can relate to, can talk with and get strength from when you are at your lowest point.
“Just cause your in the ghetto doesn’t mean ya can’t grow”
Just because you are going through hard times now, does not mean they will last. There are success stories of people who made it out of the ghetto, out of poverty, out of war and made something of themselves.
There are also stories from countless millions who fell victim to their circumstances because they did not understand how to get out.
The truth is, only you have the ability to choose where you’d like to be in life.
“But me, I’m comin from the soul, and if it don’t go gold, my story still getting told”
Anyone who heard Tupac’s music understands one thing, he spoke from the heart. He told his story and the story of millions of people using words he believed would have a major impact.
With his lyrics, he believed he could create an everlasting change.
Even if Tupac had not make millions of dollars spreading his message, I believe he would have still impact the world.
He is the voice of a generation of people, who do not have a voice or understand how to use theirs.
When you listen to Tupac’s music you feel his voice, heart, pain and soul. You can feel the passion in his tone and words
For many people who do not have a self-concept of who they are, Tupac creates the desire to get up and make positive changes.
Today, many people have heard Tupac’s music but not everyone has heard this album. Tupac is more famous in death then he was alive.
The message on the 2Pacalypse Now album, is not only relevant for what was happening in 1991. If you listen carefully you can see after all these years nothing has changed.
Tupac is one of those artists that will live on in the hearts and memories of millions of people. His words are meant to spark the mind and create change in society.
Will you be that person that creates the change society is waiting for?
Which lyric from the 2Pacalypse Now album did you feel spoke the most to you?
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