I’ve been listening to a lot of 2pac lately. I’ve always been a huge fan, but my respect for him as an artist, activist and man has deepened over the last few years. When he first hit the scene with Digital Underground I had no clue that he would become one of the most revered artists of our time.
After 22 years, the void Pac left in the genre still hasn’t been completely filled. In the spirit of The Last Poets and Gil Scot Heron, Pac’s earlier offerings were revolutionary. With his family so entrenched in the Black Panther movement, his music was a call to action of sorts. He never squandered an opportunity to address social issues with his music.
He loved his people and was willing to sacrifice his position on the charts to educate, inspire and motivate. He was quoted as saying ” I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” I truly believe that was his mission. Looking back I realize Pac was way ahead of his time.
This video is one of his more lighthearted songs. By the mid 90’s it was rare to see Pac truly having fun. Perhaps fun was a luxury he no longer thought he could afford. Seeing him smile in this video makes me feel good. Boy do I miss him. Enjoy