Wednesday, April 22, 2009

School of TuPac

Here's a few tunes from the man. I cherish his music. He had a tattoo of Nefertiti (The Beautiful One is Among Us) on the right side of his heart, and under it is written to die for.

This is a poem he wrote as a teenager:

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.

Over his belly is a giant tattoo, THUG LIFE. The word thug comes from the Thuggees of India, an ancient fanatical sect devoted to Shiva, who believed that the God of Destruction (and Transformation) required daily human sacrifice. The Thugs attacked foreigners or travelers, then drugged them with Datura before killing them. Datura is also called Tuft of Shiva in India.

Biggee Smalls is sometimes blamed for TuPac's murder, and in one of his songs he sings, "Not be fucked with." I would agree. But then, Biggee Smalls was also shot down by thugs.

Those who wish to follow me- I welcome with my hands.


  1. Now TuPac is someone that I would have loved the chance to see him have the chance to have lived many more years...

  2. Thank you for this. I did not see this poem before.