What’s Your Favorite Tupac Song?
Today we mourn the loss of Tupac Shakur, taken way too soon at the age of 25 as a victim of street violence in 1996. While the story behind ‘Pac’s untimely death will forever be shrouded in controversy, today we reflect on the legacy of a young visionary who became a booming voice for his generation and tireless advocate for those in urban communities who never had representation before.
Being the diehard ‘Pac fan I am, it’s difficult for me to choose one favorite song. I could dedicate this entire article to breaking down each and every track. “Brenda’s Got A Baby” and “Dear Mama” are songs to throw on when I’m in an introspective, world-on-my-shoulders mood (which is often). And when “Thug Passion” comes on my iPod, I can’t resist the urge to move my body. But if I have to choose one, it would probably be 1993′s “Keep Ya Head Up.” From the classic sample (The Five Stairsteps‘ “Ooh Child”) and raw, heartfelt subject matter to ‘Pac’s emergence as a natural spokesperson for his people, it showcases the artist at his best.
Check out the rest of the team’s picks and please share yours with us in the comment section.
Carla Shackleford (Managing Editor): “Me and My Girlfriend”
Kiran “Kiki” Goraya (Content Coordinator/Stylist): “Hail Mary”
Jenny Wu (Videographer/Editor): “California Love”
Andrew Fennell (Multimedia Coordinator): “I Get Around”
Anthony Reynolds (Content/Marketing Associate): “Smile” (featuring Scarface)