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“Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart
sometimes”. – Tupac Shakur – 2pac
“I’d rather die like a man than live like a coward”. -Tupac Shakur – 2pac
“Don’t believe everything you hear. Real eyes realize real lies”. – Tupac Shakur – 2pac
“I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle. I make mistakes but learn from everyone. And when it’s said and done, I bet this brother be a better one. If I upset you don’t stress; never forget, that God isn’t finished with me yet.” – 2pac
“I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that’s bad, I’m going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I’m doing is right. So I feel like I’m going to heaven.” – 2pac
2pac quotes about life
“Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All that love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.” – 2pac
“It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.” – 2pac
“I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.” – 2pac
“I’m 23 years old. I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.” – 2pac
“Never surrender, it’s all about the faith you got; don’t ever stop, just push it ‘till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fail.” – 2pac
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Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known by the stage name 2pac, was an American rapper, record producer, actor, and poet as well as a social.
Tupac Amaru Shakur was an American rapper, poet, actor, and activist.
He was born in Harlem in 1971, and from an early age, showed an interest in the arts and honed his skills at the schools he attended.
Tupac acted in plays and rapped during high school. After his family moved to California in 1988, his music career began to take off when he was hired by the group Digital Underground and began rapping in some of their songs.
In 1992, Tupac released his debut album which was met with controversy; he also began acting in films such as Poetic Justiceand Above the Rim. During his career, Tupac released four more albums which exhibited his political and social messages.
During a trip to Las Vegas in 1996, Tupac was shot and died 6 days later. He was only 25 years old. After his death, five more studio albums featuring his music were released.
Throughout Tupac’s life and after his death, his music, poetry, and messages left an indelible imprint on society. Many hail him as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”
“A coward dies a thousand deaths. A soldier dies but once.”
“There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see thats gonna make it hard to smile in the future, but through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit…remember that.”
“I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.”
“It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.”
“I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s authority that I respect.”
“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, theres a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up and handle it.”
“It’s a struggle for every young Black man. You know how it is, only God can judge us.”
“I just don’t know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life.”
“All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.”
“When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.”
“Somebody help me, tell me where to go from here cause even thugs cry, but do the Lord care?”
“We wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals; in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun. Well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why, thank God, and ask me how.”
“I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood-but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That’s bad.”
“Let the Lord judge the criminals.”
“The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.”
“What I learned in jail is that I can’t change. I can’t live a different lifestyle – this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.”
“I’m a reflection of the community.”
“We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins.”
“I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings.”
“My mama always used to tell me: ‘if you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.’”
“If God wanted me to be quiet he would’ve never showed me what he does.”
“I’ll probably be punished for hard living.”
“I am society’s child. This is how they made me and now I’m sayin’ what’s on my mind and they don’t want that. This is what you made me, America.”
“I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.”
“I’m 23 years old. I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.”
“There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.”
“In my mind I’m a blind man doin’ time.”
“With all my fans I got a family again.”
“I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that’s bad, I’m going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I’m doing is right. So I feel like I’m going to heaven.”
“Of course I’m going to say “I’m a thug,” that’s because I came from the gutter and I’m still here!”
“I’ve been shot five times but I’m still breathing, living proof there a God if you need a reason.”
“I don’t want to be a role model. I just want to be someone who says, this is who I am, this is what I do, I say what’s on my mind.”
“If we really are saying that rap is an art form, then we got to be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you are saying, it don’t matter that you didn’t make them die. It just matters that you didn’t save them.”
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”
“That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.”
“Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up. And when he tells you you ain’t nothing, don’t believe him. And if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him.”
“Can’t close my eyes cause all I see is terror. I hate the man in the mirror cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.”
“Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All that love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.”
“One day I’m gonna bust, blow up on this society. Why did you lie to me? I couldn’t find a trace of equality.”
“Every day, I’m standing outside trying to sing my way in: We are hungry, please let us in We are hungry, please let us in. After about a week that song is gonna change to: We hungry, we needsome food. After two, three weeks, it’s like: Give me the food Or I’m breaking down the door. After a year you’re just like: I’m picking the lock. Coming through the door blasting.”
“I have not brought violence to you. I have not brought ‘thug life’ to America. I didn’t create ‘thug life;’ I diagnosed it.”
“If I was white, I would be like John Wayne. I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play. Somebody who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, from poverty.”
“I said, I’m gonna write a song about the women like my mom, women like my sister, who I think represent the strong black women, and I did that. Now I’mma write about the women I see everyday and that was ‘[I] Get Around.’ If I just write songs like ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ it would make me seem more than what I am, but I’m just a normal man.”
“What makes me saying ‘I don’t give a f***,’ different from Patrick Henry saying ‘Give me liberty or give me death?’ What makes my freedom any different than Bosnians or who ever [America] wants to fight for this year? They should give money to the ghetto.”
“Hip Hop when it started it was supposed to be this new thing that had no boundaries and was so different to everyday music. Now it seems like I was starting to get caught up in the mode of what made hip hop come about. As long as the music has the true to the heart soul it can be hip hop. As long it has soul to it, hip hop can live on.”
“Why can’t [the President] take some of those people off the street and put them in his White House? Then he’ll have people from the street to help him with his ideas. They haven’t been homeless forever; they’ve done things for society.”
“Until it happened, I really did believe that no Black person would ever shoot me. I believed that I didn’t have to fear my own community, You know, I was like I represent them. I’m their ambassador to the world, they will never do me wrong.”
“Every time I speak I want the truth to come out. Every time I speak I want a shiver. I don’t want them to be like they know what I’m gonna say because it’s polite. I’m not saying I’m gonna rule the world or I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”
“I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle. I make mistakes but learn from every one. And when it’s said and done, I bet this brother be a better one. If I upset you don’t stress; never forget, that God isn’t finished with me yet.”
“We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.”
“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f*** on.”
“Never surrender, it’s all about the faith you got; don’t ever stop, just push it ‘till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fail.”
“The same crime element that white people are scared of black people are scared of. While they waiting for legislation to pass, we next door to the killer. All them killers they let out, they’re in that building. Just because we black, we get along with the killers? What is that?”
“I shall not fear man but God, though I walk through the valley of death.”
“Even warriors put their spears down on Sundays.”
“There’s no way I could pay you back but my plan is to show you that I understand, you are appreciated.”
“You just can’t be calling us fakers and pretenders and non-creative and say we can’t freestyle.”
“No matter who committed the crime, they all yell at me. And the media is greedier than most. You could sell ‘em your soul and they’ll be on ya till a nigga’s a ghost.”
“I feel like Black Jesus got his hands on me and guides me through life to put me where I’m supposed to be.”
“You can never “just be friends” with someone you fall in love with.”
“It takes skill to be real. Time to heal each other.”
“Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.”
“America wants its respect.”
“I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.”
“The only time I have problems is when I sleep.”
“I didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose me.”
“No matter what these people say about me, my music doesn’t glorify any image. My music is spiritual when you listen to it. It’s all about emotion, I tell my innermost, darkest secrets.”
“Don’t change on me. Don’t extort me unless you intend to do it forever.”
“They got money for the war but can’t feed the poor.”
“What people do for the struggle of power is madness.”
“Imperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end, no matter how hard we fight.”
“I know death follows me, but I murder him first.”
“Ain’t a woman alive that can take my momma’s place.”
“This fast life soon shatters, cause after all the lights and screams, nothing but my dreams matter.”
“Unconditional love. Talking bout the stuff that don’t wear off, it don’t fade. It’ll last for all these crazy days, these crazy nights. Whether you wrong or you right, I’ma still love you, still feel you, still there for you. No matter what, you will always be in my heart with unconditional love.”
“I know what good morals are, but you’re supposed to disregard good morals when you’re living in a crazy, bad world. If you’re in hell, how can you live like an angel? You’re surrounded by devils,trying to be an angel? That’s like suicide.”
“It don’t stop ’til the casket drop.”
“I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.”
“I did not wanted to become the victim, so became the bully.”
“Don’t believe everything you hear. Real eyes, realize, real lies.”
“We was young and we was dumb, but we had heart.”
“Many dreams are what we had and plenty wishes.”
“If you had any consciousness of the reality we live in, you could feel his energy. You knew he was a special individual. He was very prolific in expressing himself. He had a lot of hostility. I think it was just misguided and misdirected. It was obvious he was a genius, he was a prodigy. He was just amazing as far as his energy was concerned. He was explosive — like a black panther ready to pounce.” -Mike Tyson
“He was so polite and nice. He was counter to his persona.” -Will Ferrell
“I’ve had never in my life met a person like Pac. He had so much charisma. And he was poor. When I met Pac, he owned two pairs of pants and two sweaters. He used to tell me all the time. He was like, ‘Jada, you’re a superstar.’ He didn’t say it about himself.” -Jada Pinkett Smith
“Tupac was a revolutionary, and being a revolutionary takes more than shooting pistols and getting tattoos.” -B.o.B.
“Every time I think about Tupac or hear a song, I think about how much work he put in. He could never have put in that much if he didn’t have passion for it. The things that he talked about, he actually believed.” -Billy Danze
“Tupac taught me that in truth there is freedom. He spoke his mind and said what was in his heart.” -Common
Tupac has remained a popular rapper almost 20 years after his untimely death. These famous Tupac quotes illustrate his ability to entwine political and social messages in his music and poetry as a way to inspire others to persevere.
“During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.” -Tupac Shakur
“For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.” -Tupac Shakur
“Life’s a wheel of fortune and it’s my chance to spin it.” -Tupac Shakur
“Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.” -Tupac Shakur
“I’d rather die like a man, than live like a coward.” -Tupac Shakur
“Though things change, the future’s still inside of me.” -Tupac Shakur
“It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.” -Tupac Shakur
“I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna rule the world, or that I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” -Tupac Shakur
“The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it’s planted in stone.” -Tupac Shakur
“Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can see and feel.” -Tupac Shakur
“Don’t live to fight, fight to live.” -Tupac Shakur
“I want to grow. I want to be better. You grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.” -Tupac Shakur
“If you let a person talk long enough you’ll hear their true intentions! Listen twice, speak once.” -Tupac Shakur
“Even the genius asks questions.” -Tupac Shakur
“I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection.” -Tupac Shakur
“Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” -Tupac Shakur
“If you could walk a mile in my shoes you’d be crazy too.” -Tupac Shakur
“I’m not perfect. But I’ll always be real.” -Tupac Shakur
“I don’t want it if it’s that easy.” -Tupac Shakur
“Is it a crime to fight for what is mine?” -Tupac Shakur
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— Hannah Hutyra
Tupac or Tupac Shakur is considered as a legend in hip-hop. Born on June 16, 1971, the American rapper has sold about 75 million albums. This easily made him one of the top selling artists to date.
Tupac started his music career with a focus on articulating injustices and travails commonly endured by a lot of African-Americans. His skill in that area made him an effective spokesperson for anyone dealing with equality issues.
On September 13, 1996, Tupac died of the gunshot wounds he received 6 days before. His murder, unfortunately, was never resolved. This caused a lot of speculations from fans who believe that Tupac faked his death to live somewhere in secrecy.
Whether that’s true or not, one thing remains: Tupac contributed a lot in the music industry. And as a way to look back, here are some of the most famous Tupac quotes. Enjoy!
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.
My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.
For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.
I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.
Hate to sound sleazy, but tease me, I don’t want it if it’s that easy
I’d rather die like a man, than live like a coward.
It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.
Let the Lord judge the criminals.
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
A coward dies a thousand deaths. A soldier dies but once.
During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.
You know it’s funny when it rains it pours They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor.
All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.
Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.
Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can see and feel.
Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.
I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.
Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All that love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.
I want to grow. I want to be better. You grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.
Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?
People die but legends live forever.
Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it.
If you can make it through the night, there’s a brighter day.
I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, theres a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up and handle it.
No one knows my struggle, they only see the trouble. Not knowing how hard it is to carry on when no one loves you.
We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins.
Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.
You can never “just be friends” with someone you fall in love with.
I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection.
Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bullshit.
Don’t leave this world without giving it your all.
Don’t change on me. Don’t extort me unless you intend to do it forever.
It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.
Don’t live to fight, fight to live.
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Tupac Shakur — 'Since we all came from a women, got our name from a women, and our game from a women. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape.
Tupac Shakur, photographed in New York on Nov. 29, 1994. New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images hide caption
Tupac Shakur, photographed in New York on Nov. 29, 1994.New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images
Keep ya head up, Jerry Foxhoven.
The public servant who led Iowa's Department of Human Services was forced to resignin June, just one business day after he sent an email to more than 4,000 agency employees that included an inspirational quote from the rapper Tupac Shakur.
He used his love of rap from time to time to "reach out to our staff, tell them that I'm human, have a little levity," he tells NPR.
Foxhoven regularly held "Tupac Fridays" in his office, where the rapper's music was played — the lawyer said he liked breaking stereotypes about who listens to rap.
Jerry Foxhoven, the former head of Iowa's Department of Human Services, who was abruptly removed from that position in June. Courtesy of Jerry Foxhoven hide caption
"I'm a 66-year-old white guy from the Midwest who likes rap music, who likes Tupac!" he says.
In fact, Foxhoven is a Tupac superfan. The civil servant is utterly dedicated to the slain rapper, celebrating his birthday with Tupac-themed baked goods; marking Tupac milestones ("I might seem a little down because today is the 22nd anniversary of 2Pac's death," he wrote once to a staff member); and assigning Tupac as mandatory reading for his ethics class at Drake University.
But Foxhoven's tenure at the Department of Human Services ended without warning — and without a chance for an orderly transition. After his email citing the rapper, Foxhoven was asked to resign. He says that he was not even granted a meeting with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Instead, the governor's chief of staff confiscated his cell phone and ID card on the spot and ordered him not to go back to his office. They did not cite a reason, and Foxhoven was not made aware of why he was let go after two years on the job.
Foxhoven was aware that at least one individual was not a fan of his Tupac quotations. In an email, one of his staff members alluded to the existence of a disgruntled employee, who then reported his Tupac references to state legislators. These emails indicate that action may have been taken due to his Tupac-related messages.
"I am going to hang in there on him — despite all the naysayers," he wrote in one email, after a staff member said that there were "haters" who didn't appreciate his Tupac quotes.
Although he knew one employee had complained about his frequent references to Tupac, Foxhoven says he hopes they were not the reason he was forced to resign.
He does wonder, however.
Foxhoven points out that Barry Manilow's birthday is one day after Tupac's, and wonders whether he have been dismissed if he had cited Manilow instead.
Email sent by Jerry Foxhoven to Iowa Department of Human Services staff. NPR hide caption
Email sent by Jerry Foxhoven to Iowa Department of Human Services staff.NPR
"I always try to assume the best of everybody, and I can't imagine that [the governor] would base her decision on the Tupac incident," he says. "If this is the reason, I'm really disappointed."
The governor's office did not respond to a request for comment from NPR. But according to the Associated Press, the governor's office would not confirm or deny that Foxhoven's rap references were part of the reason for Foxhoven's dismissal.
"She wanted to go in a new direction," the governor's spokesman previously said in a statement, according to Iowa Public Radio. The spokesman provided no specifics.
NPR made a public records request in order to obtain emails involving Foxhoven and his references to Tupac. Foxhoven's Tupac emails were first reported by the AP.
The email which preceded his ouster was a positive one, in which he recognized Father's Day, Tupac's Birthday and his own work anniversary. "Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back," he wrote, citing Tupac. "It simply means that you are 2 steps ahead."
In that same email, he praised his staff, writing that it was "absolute honor to lead such a dedicated and committed group of people." In response, more than a dozen employees at the agency wrote back to praise him for the positive message.
"You are such a breath of fresh air, Jerry!" wrote one staff member in response, according to emails obtained by NPR.
The hundreds of pages of emails reviewed by NPR show that by all accounts Foxhoven was widely admired by his staff and regularly took time to mentor subordinates. In one email he dispensed career advice, noting that he was inspired at the agency by the well-known Tupac song "Changes."
Tupac-themed baked goods, brought to the office by staff to celebrate Mr. Foxhoven's birthday NPR hide caption
In fact, he regularly cited Tupac in staff and agency-wide emails — including a Valentine's Day email in which he marveled, "isn't it wonderful that we have a day to celebrate love?" This observation was followed by a quote from Tupac's "Dear Mama." The 66 year old's inbox even included a meme that referenced Tupac's famous collaboration with Dr. Dre, "California Love."
Ultimately, Foxhoven tells NPR he's glad that his emails about his favorite musical artist have now made national news, because it allows for a discussion about stereotypes and music. He said he was especially disturbed by a recent news story which reported that a 17-year-old boy in Arizona was fatally stabbed by a man who said the victim's rap music made him feel "unsafe."
"It's important for us to break down those stereotypes: if you listen to rap music, you're a criminal or dangerous. It's not true at all," he says, adding that he hoped his situation could lead to "having open discussions about race and what we have in common, instead of what separates us."
He first got into Tupac in the early '90s when the rapper was still alive — "we're going to have to get into this East Coast, West Coast thing," he says apologetically, as he explained his preference for the Californian musician. "Part of the reason I like Tupac [is that] it's good music — it's not just rap with a bass in the background. It's fun to listen to, and also I liked over his career, you could see him transform."
Foxhoven turns 67 next week, and is still figuring out what to do next. He wouldn't mind seeing the Tupac hologram in person, he says.
One thing is for sure: "I will be listening to some Tupac on my birthday. That's totally true."
Inspirational Tupac Quotes on Thug Life, Success and Dreams. 1.) Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real. – Tupac Shakur. 2.) I don't have no fear of death.