Tupac’s legacy is bound up with the fate of this country.
As long as the ghetto poor continue to suffer, there will be a shelf in the record store devoted to Tupac.
In a great twist of irony, the only way that Tupac could lose his relevance would be if this country got its affairs in order.
If urban poverty were eliminated and young black males were given their rightful place in society, then Tupac’s music might quickly become a historical artifact from a dark national nightmare.
As things stand, Tupac’s riveting art, and the problems he rapped about, are all here to stay.
—Source: Michael Eric Dyson. 2006. Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, Second Edition. New York: Basic CIvitas Books.
Weekend official | Talib Kweli - “Get By”
"this morning I woke up feelin brand new, I jumped up, feelin my highs, and my lows…. I been thinking, I got my reasons, just to get by…"
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On the innovative and explosive beginnings of the #hiphop revolution:
"But in the midst of the volatile surge of social and economic change and exuberant youth culture started to take shape.
What began in basements, on street corners, in public parks, and throughout the still of the night would furnish young people fertile spaces for crafting new identities, explosive art forms, and later, whole industries.”
Source: Craig S. Watkins. 2005. Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement. Pg. 9.
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