Outlawz member E.D.I Mean explains how one of Tupac Shakur’s last wish was inspired by Native Americans.
After Tupac’s passing, his life was celebrated by his close friends and family. The event took place on a beach in Malibu, California. All of Pac’s favorites were dumbed in the water in honor of him. From orange soda to chicken wings.
Later that evening, after the memorial service, the Outlawz decided to grant one of Tupac’s last wishes. Smoke his ashes. Well, perhaps they did, as E.D.I makes it very clear. “What we were told was his ashes,” E.D.I said.
As explained by E.D.I Mean, member of the Outlawz and childhood friend of Shakur, this was a conversation Tupac had with the Outlawz. Aside from the conversation, Tupac also uttered those exact words on a song titled ‘Black Jesus’, which featured the Outlawz.
On the song which appeared on Tupac’s posthumous 1999 release ‘Still I Rise‘, Shakur raps, “We die clutchin’ glasses, filled with liquor bombastic/ Cremated, last wishes n***as smoke my ashes.”
“Those were conversations we had prior to making that song. The conversation was a real conversation and he was giving us some history on where it came from, what he learned about it,” E.D.I explained during an interview with VLAD TV.
Tupac’s inspirstion behind the idea of his ashes smoked after his death came from his connection to Native Americans. During his high school days, Shakur had a close friend who was Native American.
“It’s something the Native Americans did,” E.D.I explained. “That’s where it came from. Because he had Native American friends that he went to school with that told him about that. I don’t know whether it was in the Bay or Baltimore but, yeah, you know, there was an actual lesson behind that.”