18 years after the death of Tupac Shakur the world is still abuzz with stories about his infamous murder in Las Vegas and prior shooting incident in NY. Die-hard fans will tell you that Pac is sending the world messages and that he did not die. They are right, Tupac did not die are you shocked? His voice and his message did not die, so yes you can stop looking for him at the club but you can still hear his message. A few days ago a 22-minute audio recording of the rapper was released by ex-gang member Kody Scott, back then he was known as Monster aka Sanyika Shakur. By chance, Kody’s wife pressed record on their answering machine without the knowledge the conversation that was being recorded would become part of Tupac’s legacy, his voice.
In the audio Tupac expresses his love and determination to take back communities by getting rappers together and going into the hood to ask for the streets back. He talks about the importance of voting and the importance of giving men the power to secure their communities to gain their respect back. I know everybody is widely interested in solving the New York robbery by jumping to minute 12 of the audio but the truth about Tupac is in every minute of audio every recorded on him and by him.
“I wanna get this organization started with you. Only we can do it. It’s like where we start this youth league. Like football league, basketball, softball, for girls and boys. I want all the rappers to adopt a team. Coolio have his team. Treach have his team. I have my team. We play and the rappers the one that put the money up. We get the field. We play.The churches come out and sell food. We have the fathers, the uncles, all the men in the community, they do security to get the respect back for the kids. Then we have the FOI come out, we have the deacons from the church, they do security. You know, get that community spirit going again. Then on the weekends we have block parties…”-Tupac
So “Overstand” this … Tupac’s message lives but who is actually listening? You tuned into all the hip-hop blogs that said “Who shot Pac, New Audio” but did you listen to the full message? We just covered Common’s new album content in which he sheds light on the violence in his Chicago community, so is this the start of something? Rappers getting more involved, being a part of the solution?
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Definition: Overstand – To get up over; to get a vantage point when you looking down. (listen to the message for Kody’s full definition, which Tupac LOVED)