Tupac Shakur: R.I.P. June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996
Today marks 11 years since hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur passed away.
Over at XXLMag.com, they have current top rappers reminiscing on their favorite ‘Pac memories.
Here’s a snippet:
“[My favorite 2Pac memory] was that whole era when he was in Harlem doing Above the Rim. Just to see the way he was thuggin’ in Harlem, that was the first time I really got to see him.
“I remember I was in high school walking up 125th [street] and he was hanging out of a burgundy MPV [minivan]. Shit just blew my mind to see a live nigga like that run through the streets of Harlem, ’cause Harlem is a live place. You just ain’t runnin’ through there without no pass.
“Plus, everything else that he came with gave us that adrenaline rush—spitting on cameras, getting shot up, leaving the next day with the middle finger up. He embodied what we do out here as far as struggling and coming up hustlin’ with nothing to live for. He’s one of the niggas that kept me alive. And even today, I still gotta reflect and listen to his music. So, rest in peace 2Pac. I guess I’ll see you when I get to thugs’ mansion.”
“[My favorite 2Pac memory was] when he was running through my city. He came to Cashville years ago and performed at Club Malibu. He was one of those rappers that when he came to my city, he was all through the hood [and] streets. He was hands on with the community. I was just blessed to have a chance to run into him and get that love, being able to see him and shake his hand.
“If you ever get a chance to visit his gravesite, make sure you leave a cold Sunkist there—that was his favorite drink. I happened to have my whole refrigerator filled up with Sunkist cold drinks and my man Edi and Noble [of The Outlawz] were flippin’ out, like, ‘Yo, this is a fuckin’ repeat. This is the same shit ’Pac used to do.’ So there’s a Sunkist can sitting on top of his [gravesite], ’cause that’s how much he loved it.”
“2Pac was and is [the] realest. He changed the game from fakin’ to sayin’ what’s real and what you go through everyday. He made it to where niggas was comfortable in their [own] skin.
“He also showed compassion for the game. He made it to where being gutter means something and you can talk about more things in life instead of dope, because the real dope boys don’t talk. My favorite [2Pac] song is ‘Ambitionz Az A Ridah’ and ‘How Do U Want It.’”