Tupac Shakur

R.I.P. Tupac Shakur: Heaven Has a Ghetto


Today (September 13), Hip-Hop fans across the globe bow their heads in remembrance of one of Hip-Hop’s most prolific icons. Gone but surely not forgotten, fans are likely playing Tupac’s music across the globe from Africa to Europe, from South Central L.A. to the Bay, from Brooklyn to Baltimore. From his humble beginnings as the son of a Black Panther engaged in the arts, to his final days at Death Row amidst a swirl of negative media attention and governmental pressure, Tupac aspired to be impactful and influential to our urban communities.

To this day, the Thug Life brand is etched in Hip-Hop history like words etched in stone, as rappers, fans and loved ones will never forget the passion, enthusiasm, and care that ‘Pac put into his rhymes and his music for ghettos across the globe. Tupac’s fans were of all races, faces, and places, but he was especially a voice for young, Black males.

Tupac Speech about Thug Life

With all of the information that we at AllHipHop.com have uncovered as pieces of the Biggie and Tupac murders come to the surface, it’s important to remember that no matter how much we loved ‘Pac, and no matter how much we learn about his life post-humously, we still can’t bring him back to this life.  As the holograms proved earlier this year at Coachella, Tupac can never be duplicated, as close as some may come to recreating his persona. Perhaps ‘Pac and Biggie were Hip-Hop’s lesson to be better to the ones that are here to entertain us as musicians. Today, remember ‘Pac, but also remember Biggie, remember Whitney, remember Michael Jackson, remember Dilla, remember MCA, and all of the artists that gave their lives to this artform we call music.

And, as we remember Tupac Shakur on September 13, 16 years after he was gunned down, assassinated in the streets of Vegas, let’s stop and think about how ‘Pac would have wanted us to live our lives, and in turn, he will live through our actions forever. Tupac’s spirit will never die, no matter how many times he was shot in his final moments here on earth, because the legacy of his iconic aura lives on through generations of fans impacted by his songs. Icons don’t die, they live on even beyond their time on earth, and if that is true, we can safely say…

…heaven does have a ghetto.

“I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto”

With that, we leave you will a few quotes from the seventh and final member of Tupac’s protege group the Outlawz, Young Noble. Being as close as he was to Tupac himself, let his words bring you a little closer to the man that taught us that “roses grow from concrete.”

What are your thoughts on the government’s role in ‘Pac’s murder?

Young Noble: “You gotta think, you know even prior to that [media scrutiny/harassment], with his family history, his mother being a Black Panther, and his uncle was Geronimo Pratt, Mutulu Shakur who really shook the country, like they are in the history books for this sh*t, people who you can Google and see what they were about back in the Panther day. The government knew that, and thought that he was a threat, he was awakening the people that they didn’t want awoke, and he was awakening the conscious mind.

“To be honest, it’s a lot of stuff that the world doesn’t know that’s not meant to be talked about in interviews, but at the end of the day, as far as the government finding out who killed ‘Pac, I never expected that. He threw up the middle finger at every chance that he had to at the establishment, but Tupac didn’t have a chance to have no peace in his life.”

In your eyes, what is the legacy of Tupac, not only on the West Coast, but in Hip-Hop?

Young Noble: “‘Pac belongs to the world; he was bigger than the Outlawz, his family, and the music. ‘Pac belongs to the world. We have to sit back and really embrace that. There’s so much about ‘Pac out there, that if you look at everything that’s out there as far as evidence, it will drive you crazy, and none of that is going to bring ‘Pac back. So we just have to live our lives how ‘Pac would want us to live and make him proud. He would want us to raise our kids, stay out of jail, and stay alive by any means necessary. Raise our kids right, and do what we gotta do.”

Tupac’s Interview from Jail

  • That prison interview, he is telling you what rappers today are doing. He as ahead of his time.

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  • thuglifefukdapolice

    I MISS HIM

  • Oknas

    illest

  • Tupac meant something positive to a lot of people in different countries even in Zimbabwe…..RIP brother ‘Pac

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  • Ingram Peters

    Thug In Peace, Shakur. See you at Thugz Mansion…

  • Always my #1 rapper……..

  • bisolabliss

    Where is Montezuma? You’d half expect him/her to be flooding the boards with 2Pac hate messages right about this time… oh well, rest well ‘Pac!!!

  • WOLF

    its about that THUG LIFE!!!

  • Terrance Goodman

    The greatest , PAC you missed!! Too much
    Cb4 now

  • Sosa_Limone

    Like Biggie said in the Notorious movie… if you asked 10 people who Tupac was, you would get ten different answers… sometimes he was a thug, sometimes he was an activitst. I never really liked his music as a whole and i thought some of his actions were questionable in regards to the Biggie beef (maybe iam biased bc iam from NY) but i liked specific songs of his…he made some great songs (dear mama, brenda had a baby,thugz mansion, Changes, life goes one) and i always thought he was a great actor… juice was one of my favorite movies back in the day..The Rose that Grew from the Concrete is probably the dopest poem I have ever read. def one of the most talented individuals of our generation. If any of you have never read or heard about his God-Mother, Assata Shakur, you should read her autobiography, “ASSATA”… its an incredible story and shows how messed up our government really is. Its no suprise tupac was so intent on raising political awareness and activism while being surrounded with people like her and other black panthers. RIP Tupac. “…Long Live the Rose that Grew from Concrete When Nobody Else Cared”

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      1st of all assata shakur is his aunt assatta shakur is muulu shakur sister who was married and had a kid with afeeni shakur which is tupac sister and pac has a brother mophreme shakur now as far as the biggie beef like pac said if biggie was in cali and i knew i wouldnt of let that happen just like when niccas from the 60s wanted to get treach from naughty by nature i went and talked to them personally or when wu tang got they chain snathed i got it back for them or like tim dog said pac saved his life in la. as far as biggie puffy had biggie for a few b4 big actually blew puff was broke at first

      • Sosa_Limone

        u know it is possible for Assata to be his aunt AND his godmother at the same time right?? bc she was also his godmother…iam assuming u from cali, NY aint like that… u think Biggie or any one person knew everything that happend at any given moment in NYC?? its a big city dawg… yea it was cool for pac to look out for the ny rappers like that, but that doesnt mean biggie was responsible for what happend to pac.. what motivation would he have to set pac up? like u said they that was his dude.. i dont get why pple think big set him up or had knowledge of the set up in quad studio… they were homeys though… iam not sure why u gotta be on this blog and be defensive, nobody said anythign offensive

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      pac heard party and bullshit and met biggie a week later pac helped out bigggie alot he used to let him open up 4 him b4 ppl in ny was doing it pac looked out 4 biggie like lil cease said that was the big homie now pac felt biggie should of warned him like a real g like pac said biggie my litttle brother i’m just spanking him if you go to youtube and watch the whole vib interview pac explained everything

  • $18592567

    my favorite all of all time. and it’s been too many great ones to name. rip big bro

  • @Therealjstyles

    this is real shit right here!! s/o @jakecrates from the TheRealJstyles