The concept for a series focusing on the positive side of Tupac came after a whirlwind of negativity. Posts online from what many call clout chasers and haters of ‘Pac trying to diminish the legacy of Tupac.
Of course, we all know why they mention Tupac in this way and it’s sad. In their attempt to promote a product, mentioning one of the greatest musicians of all time certainly grabs attention. In the world that we live in today, the motto of “All publicity is great publicity” stands true. But not when it comes to trying to tarnish the life and legacy of an artist, poet and revolutionary. Tupac has a following up there with icons like Elvis, Bob Marley and John Lennon. Consequently, making comments attempting to tarnish his name will always backfire.
Heart Of An Outlaw Series Contribution To Legacy Of Tupac
When I started the Heart of an Outlaw article series, the intention was to shine a light on the huge amount of good that ‘Pac gave to the world. We are not saying he was perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But he deserves a true and fair representation for this and future generations who learn of him.
The history of the Shakur family, the struggle they’ve endured for rights and empowerment of people, all of this instilled in Tupac. Naturally, all of this came out in his lyrics, talking to young and old alike, giving them a voice. Many years before this article series, I myself extensively researched and studied ‘Pac’s life, history and work.
Considering myself a lifelong Tupac fan, to be a part of carrying on his legacy through the O4L family is truly an honor. Speaking with members of ‘Pac’s family, close friends and fans, Tupac Shakur’s legacy will remain forever solid. As Leila Steinberg once said, Tupac’s voice at times was more powerful than the school system and politicians. My hope is for present and future generations learning about Tupac to read this series and understand his importance.
With more to come in the Heart of an Outlaw series, I will leave you with one of my favorite poems by Tupac. Wrote in his late teens, And 2morrow talks about his experiences through struggle but keeps fighting for change. When reading And 2Morrow, think of its relevance in today’s society, thirty years after Tupac wrote it.
Today is filled with anger
Fueled with hidden hate
Scared of being outcast
Afraid of common fate
Today is built on tragedies
which no one wants 2 face
Nightmares 2 humanities
and morally disgraced
Tonight is filled with rage
Violence in the air
Children bred with ruthlessness
Because no one at home cares
Tonight I lay my head down
But the pressure never stops
gnawing at my sanity
content when I am dropped
But 2morrow I c change
A chance 2 build anew
Built on spirit, intent of heart
and ideals based on truth
And 2morrow I wake with second wind
And strong because of pride
2 know I fought with all my heart 2 keep my dream alive