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by Aneta Tadeusiak
Exactly 28 years ago today, one of the most ambitious men of music was born. Born to die prematurely, as a result of murder on December 13th 1996... That fact, without a doubt, makes him a legend. Somewhat a living legend, as his music is still alive, and the best proof for that - his new single, "Dear Mama", is out next week.
His music reflects his life perfectly, which is not a common thing nowadays; a kid born in a far from perfect family, as his mother, once addicted to crack, took care of him by herself, because the father was not there... and a stepfather wanted by the FBI. But 2Pac managed to attend The Baltimore School For Performing Arts and in 1991 released his debut album, "2Pacalypse Now", which included "Brenda's Got A Baby", one of the first songs touching social issues.
The video for his last single, "Changes", was based on double images of the rapper. It was supposed to represent 2Pac's double nature... It seems logical, as his biography includes a few crimes, but on the other hand, some of his lyrics are a true cry for justice.
Some say that Tupac Shakur is still alive, that he had faked his death, although the cruel evidence, such as autopsy photographs, says otherwise. Some wonder if the fact that the rapper predicted his death indicates that Tupac indeed had a plan of dying for the public. Or are those speculations just a sign of the great grief that feel the fans all over the world?
I don't know, but for me, Tupac Shakur was, is, and always be an artist who was not afraid to express his own opinion, who did not let others manipulate him in any way and that's why I have more respect for him than for any other artist of the '90s. Dead or alive.