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Tupac’s Wisdom and Realism

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Was Tupac Shakur a child of the Black Panther movement? A visionary poet, far ahead of the dimension in which he lived? A hip-hop genius who remained true to what the genre was meant to be, despite his detractors? A self-described “thug”? A man whose limited time on this Earth was marked with the hills and valleys that defined his life?

Maybe he was all those things, but he never lost sight of what he was to start with: a Black Man. Now, two decades after his still-unsolved murder, we’re still trying to understand ‘Pac and what his message truly was. Click “play” above to remember some of his gems.

Related: Tupac Shakur, How a Hip-Hop Legacy Endures 20 Years Later

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