The late, great Tupac Shakur is a legendary West Coast lyricist whose name is synonymous with authenticity. The late rapper paired his real-life woes and innate gift for rhyme to craft sound messages — many of which transcended the boundaries of music.
Several of his songs have offered wisdom and inspiration to listeners across the globe.
Let's break down Pac's most inspirational quotes on life, love, and more, all of which continue to have a profound impact on how we view the world today.
Tupac on hope
"If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day."
This gem was pulled from Shakur's "Keep Ya Head Up," which was released on his 1993 album, Strictly 4 My N.-.-.-.-.Z. The above lyric conveys a much-needed message of hope when the going gets tough — a recurring theme in lyrical genius' archives.
Tupac on legacy
“Driven by my ambitions, desire higher positions / So I proceed to make Gs, eternally in my mission / Is to be more than just a rap musician / The elevation of today’s generation if I could make ’em listen.”
Tupac truly aspired to be an example for those following in his footsteps. This drop of knowledge also speaks to being strong, which is from one of Tupac's most famed songs, "Unconditional Love.”
Tupac on community
"I got love for my brother / But we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other / We gotta start makin' changes / Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers."
Although Tupac rapped about money, women, and death in some of his music, the majority of his catalog is inspirational. "Changes," from the rapper's Greatest Hits album, is one of the songs that defined his legacy as a visionary. This lyric offers a solution for gun violence — one of the biggest problems facing Black America today.
Tupac on resilience
"Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared."
The above quip sums up Tupac's views on resilience in the face of adversity. It's an excerpt from Shakur's poetry collection, The Rose That Grew from Concrete.
This collection was posthumously published in 1999 and features a selection of his poems, providing insight into his inner workings, beliefs, and artistry.
Tupac on beauty
"Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice / I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots."
Sure, true beauty is skin deep, but Tupac wanted the Black community to know that there's beauty in our skin, too. The aforementioned lyric comes from Tupac's top-charting motivational song, "Keep Your Head Up," too.
Tupac on unconditional love
"We must remember that tomorrow comes after the dark / So you will always be in my heart, with unconditional love."
Tupac said these words in "Unconditional Love," released posthumously on The Best of 2Pac - Part 2: Life in 2007. If anything, the above lyrics suggested Shakur was not a fighter, but was, indeed, a sucker for love.
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