Tupac Quotes

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You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened... or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.
Tupac Shakur
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.
Tupac Shakur
There's gon' be some stuff you gon' see that's gon' make it hard to smile in the future. But through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain, you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit. Remember that.
Tupac Shakur
I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up.... and handle it.
Tupac Shakur
I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.
Tupac Shakur
You're right.I am crazy. But you know what else? I don't give a fuck.
Tupac Shakur
They Have Money For War But Can't Feed The Poor.
Tupac Shakur
I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear.
Tupac Shakur
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for the real.
Tupac Shakur
If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day.
Tupac Shakur
A coward dies a thousand times, a soldier dies but once.
Tupac Shakur
Hate to sound sleazy, but tease me, I don't want it if it's that easy
Tupac Shakur
My mama always used to tell me: 'If you can't find somethin' to live for, you best find somethin' to die for.
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
Why am I fighting to live, If I am just living to fight Why am I trying to see. When there aint nothing in sight Why am I trying to give, When no one gives me a try Why am I dying to live, If I am just living to die?
Tupac Shakur
Only God Can Judge Me That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don't see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life
Tupac Shakur
No matter what these people say about me, my music doesn't glorify any image. My music is spiritual when you listen to it. It's all about emotion, I tell my innermost, darkest secrets.
Tupac Shakur
During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams
Tupac Shakur
Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.
Tupac Shakur
In life there are going to be some things that make it hard to smile. Through all the rain and pain you got to keep your sense of humor and smile for me now. Remember that.
Tupac Shakur
Never surrender, it's all about the faith you got: don't ever stop, just push it 'till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fall
Tupac Shakur
Fear is stronger than love
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
we wouldn't ask why a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals, in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, dont ask me why, thank god, and ask me how
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.
Tupac Shakur
I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.
Tupac Shakur
Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bullshit.
Tupac Shakur
There's no way I could pay you back but my plan is to show you that I understand, you are appreciated
Tupac Shakur
I didn't choose the thug life, the thug life chose me.
Tupac Shakur
It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.
Tupac Shakur
Since we all came from a women, got our name from a women, and our game from a women. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, cus if we dont we'll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can't make one he has no right to tell a women when and where to create one
Tupac Shakur
Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love, all that love I gave didn't mean nothing when it came to fear.
Tupac Shakur
There’s no way that Michael Jackson or whoever Jackson should have a million thousand droople billion dollars and then there’s people starving. There’s no way! There’s no way that these people should own planes and there people don’t have houses. Apartments. Shacks. Drawers. Pants! I know you’re rich. I know you got 40 billion dollars, but can you just keep it to one house? You only need ONE house. And if you only got two kids, can you just keep it to two rooms? I mean why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room?! It just don’t make sense to me. It don’t.
Tupac Shakur
We've got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don't fight racism with racism. We're gonna fight racism with solidarity.
Fred Hampton
I know what good morals are, but you're supposed to disregard good morals when you're living in a crazy, bad world. If you're in hell, how can you live like an angel? You're surrounded by devils,trying to be an angel? That's like suicide.
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.
Tupac Shakur
Only God can judge me.
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I'm doing is right. So I feel like I'm going to heaven
Tupac Shakur
Is it a crime to fight for what is mine?
Tupac Shakur
I'd rather die like a man, than live like a coward
Tupac Shakur
I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.
Tupac Shakur
For every dark night, there's a brighter day.
Tupac Shakur
Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots
Tupac Shakur
Now ain nobody tell us it would be fair no love for my father cause the coward wasn't their" {Tu Pac Shukur}
Tupac Shakur
Everybody against me. Why? Why me? I have not brought violence to you. I have not brought Thug Life to America. I didn't create Thug Life. I diagnosed it.
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
My biggest fear of death is to come back reincarnated
Tupac Shakur
It takes skill to be real. Time to heal each other
Tupac Shakur
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete proving nature's laws wrong it learned 2 walk without having feet
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
It don't stop 'til the casket drop.
Tupac Shakur
And did you ever stop to think that im old enough to go to war but i aint old enough to drink.
Tupac Shakur
You never know how strong you can be until being strong is the only choice you have left." Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
There should be a class on sex education, a real sex-education class. There should be a class on police brutality. There should be a class on apartheid. There should be a class on why people are hungry. But there are not. There are classes on gym. Physical education. Let's learn volleyball.
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.
Tupac Shakur
Even the genius ask questions.
Tupac Shakur
As wars come and go, my soldier stays eternal
Tupac Shakur
You gotta make a change. Its time for us as a people to start making some changes, lets change the way we eat, lets change the way we live, and lets change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn't working so its on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.
Tupac Shakur
It's like if you plant something in the concrete and if it grow and the rose petal got all kinda scratches and marks, you ain't gonna say "damn, look at all the scratches and marks on the rose that grew from the concrete.." you gonna be like "DAMN! a ROSE grew from the CONCRETE?
Tupac Shakur
You know it's funny, when it rains it pours they got money for wars, but can't feed the poor.
Tupac Shakur
Don't believe everything you hear: Real eyes, Realize, Real lies
Tupac Shakur
The seed must grow regardless Of the fact that it’s planted in stone
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
Today is filled with anger, fueled with hidden hate. Scared of being outkast, afraid of common fate. Today is build on tragedies which no one want's to face. Nightmares to humanity and morally disgraced. Tonight is filled with Rage, violence in the air. Children bred with ruthlessness cause no one at home cares. Tonight I lay my head down but the pressure never stops, knowing that my sanity content when I'm droped. But tomorrow I see change, a chance to build a new, build on spirit intent of heart and ideas based on truth. Tomorrow I wake with second wind and strong because of pride. I know I fought with all my heart to keep the dream alive.
Tupac Shakur
Sometimes when I'm alone I Cry, Cause I am on my own. The tears I cry are bitter and warm. They flow with life but take no form I Cry because my heart is torn. I find it difficult to carry on. If I had an ear to confide in, I would cry among my treasured friend, but who do you know that stops that long, to help another carry on. The world moves fast and it would rather pass by. Then to stop and see what makes one cry, so painful and sad. And sometimes... I Cry and no one cares about why.
Tupac Shakur
The american dream wasn't meant for me, cause lady liberty's a hypocrite she lied to me, promised me freedom,education, and equality never gave me nothing but slavery but now look at how dangerous you made me callin me a mad man because im strong and bold.
Tupac Shakur
I don't understand how people can stand next to you one year,and next year, they cannot. They're going crazy, screaming. They can't take it that you're there. But last year I was in the same club,walking around,lonely like a motherfucker. Couldn't get a date or a dance. I was too skinny, too something, and now, "He's just adorable. He's just, oh!
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
Niggers was the ones on the rope, hanging off the thing. Niggas is the ones with gold ropes,hanging out at clubs.
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
Watch for phonies, keep your enemies close nigga watch your homies
Tupac Shakur
Sorry. My friends didn't mention certain....details about you and you just wouldn't believe how nutty some people are. Just last week, I had a woman convinced her trailer was haunted by Tupac, as if he'd want to spend eternity in a double wide that smelled like cat piss.
Jeaniene Frost (One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6))
woke up screaming fuck the world
Tupac Shakur
THIS HATE U GIVE LITTLE INFANTS FUCK EVERBODY
Tupac Shakur
I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn 4 affection
Tupac Shakur
We probaly in hell already, our dumb asses not knowin, everybody kissin ass to go to heaven aint goin.
Tupac Shakur
Instead of war on poverty, they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me.
Tupac Shakur
You hear mothers say all the time that they would die for their children, but my mom never said shit like that. She didn't have to. When it came to my brother, it was written across her face in 112-point Tupac Gothic.
Junot Díaz (This Is How You Lose Her)
if they take half the buildings that they use to praise god and give it to the motherfuckers who need god we'd be 'aight
Tupac Shakur
Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up. And when he tells you you ain’t nothing, don’t believe him. And if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him.
Tupac Shakur
The tragedy of Tupac is that his untimely passing is representative of too many young black men in this country....If we had lost Oprah Winfrey at 25, we would have lost a relatively unknown, local market TV anchorwoman. If we had lost Malcolm X at 25, we would have lost a hustler named Detroit Red. And if I had left the world at 25, we would have lost a big-band trumpet player and aspiring composer--just a sliver of my eventual life potential.
Quincy Jones
The same crime element that white people are scared of black people are scared of. While they waiting for legislation to pass, we next door to the killer. All them killers they let out,they're in that building. Just because we black, we get along with the killers? What is that?
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
Only god can judge me
Tupac Shakur
For quiet times disappear listen to the ocean
Tupac Shakur
Don't live to fight, fight to live.
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
The Harm U Gave Little Infants Fucks Everyone
Tupac Shakur
Can’t sleep ‘cause all the dirt make my heart hurt
Tupac Shakur
I'm not perfect. But I'll always be real
Tupac Shakur
i will live by the gun and die by the gun
Tupac Shakur
Where There is a will there is a will to search and discover a better day Where a positive heart is all you need to rise beyond and succeed Where young minds grow and respect each other based on their deeds and not their color when times are dim say as I say "Where there's a will there's a way!
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
Реалността е фалшива. Мечтите са истински.
Tupac Shakur
If they take half the buildings that they use to praise god and give it the motherfuckers who need god we'd be aight
Tupac Shakur
You're a part of me...You're in my heart. Forever and always, all right? —D
Jacqueline Woodson (After Tupac and D Foster)
The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.
Tupac Shakur
If you could walk a mile in my shoes you'd be crazy too.
Tupac Shakur
I am society’s child. This is how they made me and now I’m sayin’ what’s on my mind and they don’t want that. This is what you made me, America.
Tupac Shakur
I dont know what all this hate is about? Tupac started book of rap, Eminem finished it, Macklemore bought it for 99 cents Lil' Wayne can't read it.
Nick gaikis
How could Reagan live in a White House, which has a lot of rooms,and there be homelessness? And he's talking about helping. I don't believe that there is anyone that is going hungry in America simply by reason of denial or lack of ability to feed them. It is by people not knowing where or how to get this help. Why can't he take people off the street and put them in his White House? Then he'll have people from the streets to help him with his ideas. Not helpless! Homeless! Not helpless They haven't been homeless forever.They've done things in society.The White House would be tainted because he doesn't want to get dirty.
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened...or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f**k on.
Tupac Shakur
the evil the u are the brighter u will get
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
I did not wanted to become the victim, so became the bully.
Tupac Shakur
If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions.
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
Moving on
Tupac Shakur
You know it's funny when it rains it pours. They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor.
Tupac Shakur
It’s a lot of real G’s doing time/ Cause a groupie bit the truth and told a lie.” —TUPAC
L. Divine (Drama High: Keep It Movin')
I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that’s bad, I’m going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I’m doing is right. So I feel like I’m going to heaven.
Tupac Shakur
She, the first-born daughter of water, faced darkness and smiled. Took mystery as her lover and raised light as her child. Man that shit was wild. You should have seen how they ran. She woke up in an alley with a gun in her hand. Tupac in lotus form, Ennis’ blood on his hands.
Saul Williams (The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop)
For every dark night there is a brighter day
Tupac Shakur
Don't believe everything you hear.Real eyes,realize,real lies.
Tupac Shakur
Dr Dre All Day
Tupac Shakur (Resurrection, 1971-1996)
Lately, I'd been feeling like I was standing outside watching everything and everybody. Wishing I could take the part of me that was over there and the part of me that was over here and push them together—make myself into one whole person like everybody else.
Jacqueline Woodson (After Tupac and D Foster)
Out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin
Tupac Shakur
where my culture I'm told holds no significance I'll wither and die in ignorance But my inner eye can c a race who reigned as kings in another place
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
They ordered the extermination of all minds they couldn't control
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
This so called 'Home of the Brave' why isn't anybody Backing us up! When they c these crooked ass Redneck cops constantly Jacking us up
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
If I was white I would have been like John Wayne... I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play
Tupac Shakur
my life was lived through falling rain so call on me if there be pain
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
I'm not saying I'm gonna rule the world or I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world. And that's our job, It's to spark somebody else watching us. We might not be the one's, but let's not be selfish and because we not gonna change the world let's not talk about how we should change it. I don't know how to change it, but I know if I keep talking about how dirty it is out here, somebody's gonna clean it up.
Tupac Shakur
War comes and goes but a soldier stays eternal
Tupac Shakur
When your hero falls from grace, all fairy tales are uncovered Myth exposed and pain magnified, the grace pays uncovered He told me to be strong, but I confused to see it so weak You say never to give up, and it hurts to see what comes to be When your hero falls soley the stars, and so does the reception of tomorrow Without my hero, theres only me alone, to deal with my sorrow Your heart ceases to work, and your soul is not happy at all What are you expected to do, when your only hero falls
Tupac Shakur
I see the ground is the symbol for the poor people; the poor people is gonna open up this whole world and swallow up the rich people, ’cause the rich people gonna be so fat, they gonna be so appetizing, you know what I’m saying, wealthy, appetizing. The poor gonna be so poor and hungry, you know what I’m saying? It’s gonna be like — there might be some cannibalism out this mother. They might eat the rich.
Tupac Shakur
My mama always told me, that if you can't find something to live for, you best find something to die for.
tupac
I was born Ezeogo Igariwey to live my life a legacy for the world,like a wound that healed with a scar that remains."My legacy will leave a mark on the world and I shall never be forgetten for my good,bad,and ugly deeds.
Tupac Shakur
Man, get outta here! Tupac was the truth." "Yeah, twenty years ago." "Nah, even now. Like, check this." He points at me, which means he's about to go into one of his Khalil philosophical moments. "'Pac said Thug Life stood for 'The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody." I raise my eyebrows. "What?" "Listen! The Hate U - the letter U - Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society give us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out. Get it?" "Damn. Yeah.
Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give, #1))
Lord knows.
Tupac Shakur
Can one come 2 conclusions, Before the question is conceived?
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
Please wake me when I'm free I cannot bear captivity 4 I would rather be stricken blind Than 2 live without expression of mind
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
Who knows what tomorrow brings In a world where everyone lies..." Tupac
Raquel Taylor
If I had an ear 2 confide in I would cry among my treasured friends But who do u know that stops that long to help another carry on The world moves fast and it would rather pass u by than 2 stop and c what makes u cry
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
I told them Tupac was the best…period. I sited the fact that he was more versatile than Biggie. Biggie was tight with the lyrics no doubt, but Tupac did it all. He made you dance and think at
Shareef Jaudon (TYCE 6)
That's a story that a lot of people don't know. I was about to do something really stupid, and Tupac stopped me. Actually, God stopped me and he used Tupac to do it. Life is deep, man. Wowwww....
Flavor Flav (Flavor Flav: the icon, the memoir)
People tend 2 choke that which they do not understand
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
As long as some suffer The River Flows Forever As long as there is pain The River Flows Forever As strong as a smile can be The River will Flow Forever
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
To me, I feel that my game is strong. I feel as though I’m a shining prince, just like Malcolm, and I feel that all of us are shining princes, and if we live like princes, then whatever we want can be ours. Anything.” Tupac Shakur
Supreme Understanding (How to Hustle and Win: A Survival Guide for the Ghetto, Part One)
My inspiration for writing music is like Don McLean did when he did "American Pie" or "Vincent". Lorraine Hansberry with "A Raisin in the Sun". Like Shakespeare when he does his thing, like deep stories, raw human needs. I'm trying to think of a good analogy. It's like, you've got the Vietnam War, and because you had reporters showing us pictures of the war at home, that's what made the war end, or that shit would have lasted longer. If no one knew what was going on we would have thought they were just dying valiantly in some beautiful way. But because we saw the horror, that's what made us stop the war. So I thought, that's what I'm going to do as an artist, as a rapper. I'm gonna show the most graphic details of what I see in my community and hopefully they'll stop it quick. I've seen all of that-- the crack babies, what we had to go through, losing everything, being poor, and getting beat down. All of that. Being the person I am, I said no no no no. I'm changing this.
Tupac Shakur (Tupac: Resurrection 1971-1996)
To be sure, I had, and have, spent the better part of my post-college life growing up in the public eye, with my shameful warts, big and ugly, looming there for the world to see; and it has been a mighty battle trying to be a man, a Black man, a human being, a responsible and consistent human being, as I have interfaced with my past and with my personal demons, with friends and lovers, with enemies and haters. As Tupac Shakur once famously said to me, “There is no placed called careful.” On the one hand, Tupac was right: There is not much room for error in America if you are a Black male in a society ostensibly bent on profiling your every move, eager to capitalize on your falling into this or that trap, particularly keen to swoop down on your self-inflicted mishaps. But by the same token, Tupac was wrong: There can be a place called careful, once one becomes aware of the world one lives in, its potential, its limitations, and if one is willing to struggle to create a new model, some new and alternative space outside and away from the larger universe, where one can be free enough to comprehend that even if the world seems aligned against you, you do not have to give the world the rope to hang you with.
Kevin Powell (Who's Gonna Take the Weight: Manhood, Race, and Power in America)
Real eyes, Realize, Real lies
Tupac Shakur
No one knows my struggle, they only see the trouble. Not knowing how hard it is to carry on when no one loves you.
Tupac Shakur
It's the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave.
Tupac Shakur
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Tupac Shakur
You ain't gotta be in jail to be doin' time.
Tupac Shakur
My Favorite rapper Tupac Shakur.. Philosophical... The emotional depth of his lyricism. Rest in peace. So sad when I listen your music. I understand the struggle, I know exactly how you feel... Been there a million times. Wanting to change the world and Everytime you speak up, only your echo answers you back
Crystal Evans
If we really are saying rap is an art form, then we got to be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you saying, it don’t matter that you didn’t make them die, it just matters that you didn’t save them.
Tupac Shakur
reference when we talked about Machiavelli, didn't you? I could’ve sworn you did." "Just because I don't enjoy it doesn't mean I know nothing about it. Tupac was around back in my wind-up phonograph days, you know." I cast her a sardonic look, which makes her laugh and shrug, as if to say 'hey, not my fault you're an old ass man.' "I'm surprised you know anything about him, actually. He died around the time you were born." "Yeah, well, music never really goes out of style, especially Tupac," she says with a smile.
J.M. Darhower (Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes, #2))
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real
Tupac Shakur
Tupac was around back in my wind-up phonograph days, you know.
J.M. Darhower (Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes, #2))
In the world that came after this one, I was sure she had a grin on her face while she hung out with Tupac and Nemo’s mom.
Brittainy C. Cherry (Loving Mr. Daniels)
A coward dies a thousand deaths . . . a soldier dies but once.” —Tupac Shakur
Bathroom Readers' Institute (Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces (Uncle John's Bathroom Readers))
If you let a person talk enough, you’ll hear their true intentions. Listen twice, speak once.” – Tupac
Nika Michelle (Forbidden Fruit 6)
I hate this place. You can’t get a cup of coffee unless it has a backstory and a pedigree so the café can charge you as much for the cup as a normal human pays for dinner. Women drive by in cute little sports cars with more power under the hood than a Saturn V, but the speedometer will never top twenty because then they might not be seen and admired. Men window-shop in silk jackets made by indentured servants in countries they’ve never heard of while their sons all imagine they’re Tupac because they bought their thousand-dollar designer jeans a couple of sizes too big.
Richard Kadrey (Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7))
My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.” Kay, “What was that?” “Luca Brasi held a gun to his head and my father assured him that either his brains, or his signature, would be on the contract.”—Michael Corleone   The
Richard "RJ" Bond (Tupac:187: The Red Knight)
A Love Unspoken What of a love unspoken? Is it weaker without a name? Does this love deserve 2 exist without a title because I dare not share its name Does that make me cruel and cold 2 deny the world of my salvation because I chose 2 let it grow people tend 2 choke that which they do not understand Why shouldn't I be weary and withold this love from MAN What of a love unspoken no one ever knows But this is a love that lasts and in secrecy it grows
Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew from Concrete)
the same time. You can’t be named the best rapper of all time if you didn’t use your gift to address social issues in the hood. Rapping about money and bitches is cool, but to leave an impression that lasts a lifetime you have to touch people’s heart. Tupac did that better than anybody.
Shareef Jaudon (TYCE 6)
Hackie said, Reggie Wright Jr. told him (during a conversation at the Death Row studios in Tarzana) that the case against Snoop was destroyed when important evidence disappeared from the West Los Angeles Police Station. Wright seemed to imply that one of his friends on the LAPD had taken care of this for him, Hackie recalled.
Randall Sullivan (LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implications of Death)
The only time I have problems is when I sleep.
Tupac Shakur
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.
Tupac Shakur (Tupac: Resurrection 1971-1996)
Real eyes, realise real lies.
tupac
Just because you lost me as a friend doesn't mean you gained me as an enemy. I'm bigger than that , I still wanna see you eat , just not at my table.
Tupac Shakur
The bodyguard’s description of the shooting added a detail Poole had never heard before: That white Cadillac didn’t just pull up “alongside” the car Tupac and Suge were riding in, Alexander said, but was actually a little bit ahead of the BMW when the killer opened fire, allowing him to shoot at an angle that made it possible to avoid hitting Suge with a stray bullet.
Randall Sullivan (LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implications of Death)
There's an incredible Tupac song that does not mince words in its hook: "Motherfucker, watch ya mouth." Granted, Tupac is issuing threats to associates of a mid-1990s hip-hop label, but these are still powerful words to take with you wherever you go. Just because there is an idea bouncing around in your head does not mean it needs to be sent out into the universe. And if you follow these steps, you'll greatly reduce your chances of having to explore your toes with your tongue (metaphorically speaking).
Kelly Williams Brown (Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps)
In 1874, a British chemist turned the opium derivative, morphine, into heroin. By 1898, the Bayer Company of Germany introduced heroin as a commercial product. Bayer introduced its milder pain reliever, aspirin, one year later. Both drugs were mass-marketed on a similar scale, with heroin being touted as a “non-addictive” cure for adult ailments and infant respiratory diseases. Other companies followed suit and mass marketed heroin throughout Europe and America, with the American Medical Association’s approval of heroin as a non-addictive morphine substitute.20
John L. Potash (Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists)
were listening to Tupac right before . . . you know.” “A’ight, so what do you think it means?” “You don’t know?” I ask. “I know. I wanna hear what you think.” Here he goes. Picking my brain. “Khalil said it’s about what society feeds us as youth and how it comes back and bites them later,” I say. “I think it’s about more than youth though. I think it’s about us, period.” “Us who?” he asks. “Black people, minorities, poor people. Everybody at the bottom in society.” “The oppressed,” says Daddy. “Yeah. We’re the ones who get the short end of the stick, but we’re the ones they fear the most. That’s why the government targeted the Black Panthers, right? Because they were scared of the Panthers?” “Uh-huh,” Daddy says. “The Panthers educated and empowered the people. That tactic of empowering the oppressed goes even further back than the Panthers though. Name one.” Is he serious? He always makes me think. This one takes me a second. “The slave rebellion of 1831,” I say. “Nat Turner empowered and educated other slaves, and it led to one of the biggest slave revolts in history.” “A’ight, a’ight. You on it.” He gives me dap. “So, what’s the hate they’re giving the ‘little infants’ in today’s society?” “Racism?” “You gotta get a li’l more detailed than that. Think ’bout Khalil and his whole situation. Before he died.” “He was a drug dealer.” It hurts to say that. “And possibly a gang member.” “Why was he a drug dealer? Why are so many people in our neighborhood drug dealers?” I remember what Khalil said—he got tired of choosing between lights and food. “They need money,” I say. “And they don’t have a lot of other ways to get it.” “Right. Lack of opportunities,” Daddy says. “Corporate America don’t bring jobs to our communities, and they damn sure ain’t quick to hire us. Then, shit, even if you do have a high school diploma, so many of the schools in our neighborhoods don’t prepare us well enough. That’s why when your momma talked about sending you and your brothers to Williamson, I agreed. Our schools don’t get the resources to equip you like Williamson does. It’s easier to find some crack than it is to find a good school around here.
Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)
I am that rose that grew from concrete, I am the ENTIRE mother to son Langston Hughes poem. And I'm still climbing...
jaha Knight
My mama always used to tell me if you can't find something to live for, you best find something to die for.
tupac
I'm just me. Samuel Clearwater. I was born in this shit hole town. My favourite word is any variation of FUCK. I like my whiskey with a side of blow and maybe a little weed. I have a running theme song in my head for pretty much every occasion and I like to sing it at the top of my lungs, regardless of who is around or where I am. One of my most favorite things to do in this life is to give my friend Bear shit 'cause the look on his face is fucking priceless. I love all kinds of movies and I cried like a little bitch during the entire two hours of PS I Love You. I dig all kinds music. Countrey. Folk. Pop. Blues. Rap. Everything from Tupac to Taylor Swift. I have an unnatural obsession with making perfect pancakes.
T.M. Frazier (Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three (King, #7))
MARY MAGDALENE: I also knew Judas Iscariot very well. SAINT MONICA: Gangsta! MARY MAGDALENE: Out of the Twelve, he was the most moody and the most impetuous, and yet, he was my favorite. SAINT MONICA: Tupac!
Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: A Play)
He would tell me stories about how the best rappers ever were Biggie and Tupac, but I always wondered if that was just because they were dead.
Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down)
Nut was in the 70s and 80s. Heroin baby. But I’m sure there are OGs from the 60’s still in there. That is a lot of thugs. That’s the real thug mansion. Like Tupac said.
Jeff Carroll (It Happened on Negro Mountain)
When he showed them to the rebel leader, Tupac Amaru responded “these books are worthless other than to make empanadas or pastries; I’ll just impose strong laws.” He explained that once in power they would place one official in every town, who would collect the head tax and send it to the city of Cuzco. This program would begin in Cuzco but expand to Arequipa, Lima and Upper Peru. Escarcena also noted that Tupac Amaru told many people that he would get rid of lawyers and jails and simplify punishment. Major criminals would be hanged on the spot while smaller transgressions would be punished by hanging the perpetrator by one foot from the gallows, placed in every town. This streamlined system would not only reduce crime but also “get rid of lawsuits and notaries.
Charles F. Walker (The Tupac Amaru Rebellion)
Det sorgligaste med att knulla med dig på det där motellrummet var inte att du gick och sket innan vi knullade och inte att jag fick sätta på Tupac för att ljudet inte skulle höras och inte att lukten läckte in i rummet och inte att jag slickade dig bakom kulorna efter att du skitit, fast du inte hade duschat (i ärlighetens namn bryr jag mig inte, bakterier har hållit mig frisk och kry hela livet, det var först när jag drog storyn för en vän som påpekade saken, som jag insåg att det faktum att jag inte brydde mig om min egen hälsa skulle kunna tyda på ett djupt självhat), utan när jag gick in på toa en timme efter att du skitit och insåg att det fortfarande var bajsränder i toalettstolen och jag tänkte att om det varit jag så hade jag garanterat gett mig på toastolen med bara händerna och en bit toapapper och hur kanske detta speciella självmedvetande beträffande bajsspår är en utveckling som motsvarar de fundamentala skillnaderna i de förväntningar som ställs på män respektive kvinnor i samhället, men det är säkert alltför reducerande: en kärlekshistoria.
Melissa Broder (So Sad Today: Personal Essays)
Interviewer: What helps to sustain you while you're climbing? Is there a particular Bible verse, or, song or song verse? Poem maybe? Mekael: That's a good question. Thoughts of my three sons, are my constant companions. Thoughts of them, help to keep me focused. As for other sources of inspiration....I'm a music lover. I think all Mountaineers and Poets are music lovers, so, when I'm climbing, I'm either in a Tupac zone, or I may be in a Linkin Park or Creed zone. Interviewer: Any song or verse in particular? Mekael: When during a climb, everything has aligned, Creed's 'Higher' pops into my head. I dig the part in the chorus when they sing..... 'Up high I feel like I'm, alive for the, very first time Set up high, I'm strong enough To take these dreams And make them mine
Mekael Shane
Makaveli in this, Killuminati All through your body That blows like a 12-gauge shotty, feel me! Come with me! Hail Mary
2Pac
It's silent in the Impala except for Tupac asking 'who do you believe in?'. I don't know.
Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give, #1))
I think he just changed the spelling, Robert. Like for artistic reasons.” He wrinkled his nose up and thought about it, squeezing the ball a second before he went back to firing up layups. “No. I think they’re different. Tupac Shakur and two-pack.” “Maybe you’re right,” I said. I didn’t even want to get into the whole Makaveli thing.
L.T. Vargus (Casting Shadows Everywhere)
You know how many more rich Negroes there'd be if we wasn't all the time trying to pay off some lawyer or bailing a brother out. That's one thing I'm truly guilty of--giving hard-earned money to the man.
Jacqueline Woodson (After Tupac and D Foster)
Tupac's death was a senseless tragedy, but it was also a great career move.
Stephen Witt (How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy)
I stuck to clips of him defending himself against the rape allegations and talking in general about wanting to inspire people. And yes, I took the best of what he had said about there not being an East Coast–West Coast beef and his clarification that it was about one person dealing with another person. My decision was to use the brief on-air cuts to put some good in the world—to leave his message in but take out the super-inflammatory stuff, even if it was about eighty-five percent of the interview. In the end I played the pieces that really captured the best part of Tupac.
Angie Martinez (My Voice: A Memoir)
That means all you do is see me as a girl going to hang out with a bunch of dudes. That’s not how I see myself. I’m not some chick that’s going to go running up there in, like, a tube top and short shorts, trying to fuck Tupac. That’s not what this is. If that’s what you think, you don’t respect me, you don’t respect what I’m trying to do, and you don’t understand my intention, my goal. The fact that you would even jump to that is offensive to me.
Angie Martinez (My Voice: A Memoir)
Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind. – Rudyard Kipling
John L. Potash (Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists)
In the European countries, the newly rich industrialists stood in opposition to the old money of the royal families. Columbia University sociologists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven described how these European industrialists and royal families competed for the workers’ allegiance. This gave the workers more leverage to gain concessions, such as better workplace conditions and national health care. Piven and Cloward noted the marked difference between European and American labor history. When the industrialists rose up in the U.S. after the 1860s Civil War, there was no aristocracy standing in opposition to them. As workers in the factories tried to organize for better wages and conditions, the industrialists initially used violence against them, but soon employed more sophisticated strategies.21 The opium-trafficking families ramped up their importation of drugs by the end of the 1800s. Companies marketed much of the imported opium and its first derivative, morphine, in medicines. But at least a quarter of imported opium was intended for smoking. By 1900 over 1% of the U.S. population was addicted to opium. Addiction to opium, particularly heroin, rose “at alarming rates” in 1903, in parallel with a rise of worker activism.
John L. Potash (Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists)
In 1865, Scotsman Thomas Sutherland started the Hongkong Shanghai Banking Company (later HSBC). A senior Chinese government official had issued a warrant for future HSBC board member Thomas Dent in 1839, to close his opium warehouses. This helped spark the first Opium War. France’s Le Monde Diplomatique said that “HSBC’s first wealth came from opium from India, and later Yunan in China.” Yunan is in the Golden Triangle area. The first Opium War forced China to cede Shanghai to Western powers, transforming it from a fishing village to China’s largest, most modern city with a network of opium smoking dens. Prof. Alfred McCoy would eventually call Hong Kong “Asia’s heroin laboratory,” and HSBC would become the world’s second largest bank.
John L. Potash (Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists)
By 1750, the British East India Company had taken control of several opium-growing regions of India, and by the 1790s had developed a monopoly on the opium trade. China’s new emperor, Kia King, then banned opium completely. This failed to stop the British East India Company from increasing their smuggling and sale of opium in China, which grew from 15 tons a year in the earlier 1700s to 3,200 tons a year by 1850.6 American University Professor Clarence Lusane argued that once Britain had developed its empire, it used opium as an important new political tool for conquest. The British, he wrote, used opium to help addict and control the Chinese people en masse, increasing British profits in China and
John L. Potash (Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists)
allowing them easier access to China’s resources.7
John L. Potash (Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists)
Prof. Alfred McCoy would eventually call Hong Kong “Asia’s heroin laboratory,” and HSBC would become the world’s second largest bank.
John L. Potash (Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists)
I married fucking Tupac.
Ashley Antoinette (The Invitation)
I guess change is good for any of us.
Tupac Shakur
And you chose Machiavelli?” He chuckles, considering me from beneath the long curl of his lashes. “Remind me not to get on your bad side.” “You know much about him?” He pulls his T-shirt up from the hem, and my heart pops an artery or something because it shouldn’t be working this hard while at rest. I swallow hard at the layer of muscle wrapped around his ribs. One pectoral muscle peeks from under the shirt, tipped with the dark disc of his nipple. My mouth literally waters, and I can’t think beyond pulling it between my lips and suckling him. Hard. “Do you see it?” he asks. “Huh?” I reluctantly drag my eyes from the ladder of velvet- covered muscle and sinew to the expectant look on his face. “See what?” “The tattoo.” He runs a finger over the ink scrawled across his ribs. Makavelli. “I hate to break it to you,” I say with a smirk. “But someone stuck you with a permanent typo.” He laughs, dropping the shirt, which is really a shame because I was just learning to breathe with all that masculine beauty on display. “Bristol, stop playing. You know it’s on purpose, right?” “Oh, sure, it is, Grip.” I roll my eyes. “Nice try.” “Are you serious?” He looks at me like I’m from outer space. “You know that’s how Tupac referred to himself on his posthumous album, right? That he misspelled it on purpose?” I clear my throat and scratch at an imaginary itch on the back of my neck. “Um … yes?” His warm laughter at my expense washes over me, and it’s worth being the butt of the joke, because I get to see his face animated. He’s even more handsome when he laughs. “You’re funny.” He laughs again, more softly this time. “I didn’t expect that.
Kennedy Ryan (Grip Trilogy Box Set (Grip, #0.5-2))