Tupac Shakur’s legacy reaches far beyond the walls of the Hip-Hop culture we were introduced to him by. His in-your-face approach, known as realism, may cause you to love him, to fear him, or perhaps both; but his main goal, to get the world’s attention on subject matter he felt was valid, was always accomplished. His lyrics are a perfect example of this. Tupac made you feel as though he was right there in the struggle with you, fighting the fight. That is why so many fans could relate to, and understand his music, which for him, was not a cry for help, as much as it was a call to arms.
Can others who are quick to judge Tupac based merely on how the media portrayed him, learn to interpret his work and pass it on to a new generation of fans?