Nothing can replace Mr. Shakur. I remember being in the 5th grade rushing home to view the new movie “Juice co-starring 2pac. I felt the need to sit and watch and observe. The way he captivated my full attention was amazing in every way possible. I reminisce back to those days and I thought to myself man hip-hop is all of that and than some. I instantly bought 2Pac’s” single “Me Against The World” it spoke about one’s pain to strive on it’s own and to prove that one soul could make it in this cruel world alone. I can recall the lyrics playing in the background and me humming to the course.
“Me Against The World”
It’s just me against the world Oooohhh, oooohhh Nothing to lose.. It’s just me against the world baby I got nothing to lose It’s just me against the world
At the age of 14 yrs old I was coming home from school and some of my classmates walked to the bus line and said our goodbyes and we departed. I usually went to the store and then made my way home. But this day was different. I was headed home and at the time Oakland, California was were I resided. I lived on Bancroft in Oakland CA. I remember going into the house and just kicking back waiting for my brothers to turn off their stupid game and as the minutes turned into hours and I complained to my mother for her to tell my brother to let me watch tv. As they were unplugging the game console, I grabbed the remote control I stopped in my tracks as I viewed the story of the night. 2pac was dead and gone. It seemed surreal. I couldn’t figure out what happened. The last news that I heard was 2Pac was in Las Vegas at some boxing match. As I listened in horror and in disbelief I paused for a while and ran inside my room with tears steaming from my eyes. My soul was black for a while and in honor of 2Pac I wore black for 4 months. I was listening to only god can judge me and cried like and infant for weeks.
Hip-Hop is still missing you 2Pac, and we are still silently mourning you. We celebrate you as a figure of Hip-Hop and we dedicated much of the energy that you have embodied to so many of the youth that you have mentored. A life that has been taken, a life that had some much promise a life that hasn’t fully bloomed. Hip-Hop was shattered in the year of 1996. We lost one of the true kings of the Hip-Hop nation. We all were fortunate to be graced with 2Pac presence.
Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996)