Following the same path as DMX. I thought I followup with Tupac’s greatest and most memorable quotes. Whenever you love or hate him, Tupac Shakur never sugar-coated how he truly felt and always spoke from the heart. Many people reading these will see that Tupac was not only a intelligent man who cares about his people and someone with enough power to spark change. These quotes and interviews also reveal a man whose a paranoid lost soul whom is trying to find a peace of mind and do right in a crazy world that he was brought in. Contradictory, intelligent, reckless, bold, brash and outspoken are what describes all of these quotes from Tupac and thats what brings so much interest into his story.
“I had no record all my life, no police record until I made a record. As my video was debuting on MTV, I was behind bars getting beat up by the police department.” — Conversations with Ed Gordon, 1994
“Poverty helped me to relate to everybody’s struggle.” —Resurrection, 2004
“I love women. I’m not gonna lie, I love women with a passion. I do, I do, sometimes, now, I just wanna call Prince and just be like, ‘can we hang ’cause I love women like you love women.’” —MTV, 1995
The same crime element that White people are scared of, Black people are scared of. While they waiting for legislation to pass and everything we next door to the killer. All them killers they lettin’ out, they right there in that building. Just ’cause we Black we get along with the killer or something? What is that? We need protection to.” Conversations with Ed Gordon, 1994
“If you’re raised by a woman, you’re gonna have feminine characteristics, you’re gonna think like a woman. But I’m not a woman, I’m just a normal man. To me, I’m the hardest man around. I’m the hardest nigga out there ’cause I’m real. But, I’m also really soft—I’m very sensitive—that’s why I’m so harsh, ’cause I’m so sensitive. That’s why niggas made me so successful and famous.” —Resurrection, 2004
I said, I’m gonna write a song about the women like my mom, women like my sister, who I think represent the strong black women, and I did that. Now I’mma write about the women I see everyday and that was ‘[I] Get Around.’ If I just write songs like ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ it would make me seem more than what I am, but I’m just a normal man.” —MTV, 1994
It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.
“I’m not looking for approval from the Black community, even though we are a part of the Black community. I’m a thug and I rap about the oppressed fighting back.” —MTV, 1994
“The real tragedy is that there are some ignorant brothers out here. That’s why I’m not on this all white or all black shit. I’m on all real or all fake shit with people, whatever color you are. The same niggaz that did Malcolm X, the same niggaz that did Jesus Christ, every brother ain’t a brother. They will do you. So just because it’s black, don’t mean it’s cool. And just because it’s white, don’t mean it’s evil.”
There should be a class on drugs. There should be a class on sex education, a real sex education class. Not just pictures and diaphragms and unlogical terms and things like that. There should be a drug class, there should be sex education, there should be a class on scams, there should be a class on religious cult, there should be a class on police brutality, there should be a class on aparthy, there should be on racism in america, there should be a class on why people are hungry, but there not, there’s class on gym, you know, physical education, let’s learn volleyball. because one day…you know…there’s classes like algebra where I’ve yet to go to a store and gone xy+2 and give me my change back thank you. I think you can let me out, I’ve lived alone by myself. And the things that helped me were the things I learned from my mother, from the streets.
They’re not, to get us ready for today’s world. They’re not, that’s not helping. It’s just what they took, so that’s what we’re gonna take. So that’s why the streets have taught me. And um. 2pac on education
But school is really important. Reading, writing, arithmetic. But I think after you learn reading, writing, arithmetic, that’s it. But what they tend to is teach you reading, writing, and arithmetic then teach you reading, writing, and arithmetic again then again then again, just make it harder and harder, just to keep you busy. And that’s where I think they messed up.
Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.
I don’t understand how people can stand next to you one year, and next year, they cannot. They’re going crazy, screaming. They can’t take it that you’re there. But last year I was in the same club, walking around, lonely like a motherfucker. Couldn’t get a date or a dance. I was too skinny, too something, and now, “He’s just adorable. He’s just, oh!”
I go to jail for a crime everybody know I did not commit, get shot 5 times, and I’m getting’ rapped in jail. Whoompty, wompty, they just sayin’ anything to assassinate my character. What that showed me? Remember, remember this lack of a conscience, when I come out. Remember this lack of MERCY, when I come out!. Remember this lack of COMPASSION WHEN I COME OUT!
All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.
Hit Em Up Outburst:
Now you tell me who won
I see them, they run (ha ha)
They don’t wanna see us
Whole Junior Mafia clique
Dressing up trying to be us
How the fuck they gonna be the Mob?
When we always on out job
Killing ain’t fair
But somebody got to do it
Oh yah Mobb Deep (uh)
You wanna fuck with us
You Little young ass motherfuckers
Don’t one of you niggas got sickle-cell or something
You’re fucking with me, nigga?
You fuck around and catch a seizure or a heart-attack
You better back the fuck up
Before you get smacked the fuck up
This is how we do it on our side
Any of you niggas from New York that want to bring it,
But we ain’t singing,
We bringing drama
fuck you and your mother fucking mama.
We’re gonna kill all you mother fuckers.
Now when I came out, I told you it was just about biggie.
Then everybody had to open their mouth with a mother fucking opinion
Well this is how we gonna’ do this:
fuck Mobb Deep,
fuck Bad Boy as a staff, record label, and as a mother fucking crew.
And if you want to be down with Bad Boy,
Then fuck you too.
Chino XL, fuck you too.
All you mother fuckers,
fuck you too.
(take money, take money)
All of y’all mother fuckers,
fuck you, die slow motherfucker.
My four four (.44 magnum) make sure all your kids don’t grow.
You motherfuckers can’t be us or see us.
We mother fuckin’ Thug Life riders.
West Side till’ we die.
Out here in California, nigga
We warned ya’
We’ll bomb on you mother fuckers.
We do our job.
You think you the mob, nigga, we the motherfuckin’ mob
Ain’t nothing but killers
And the real niggas, all you motherfuckers feel us.
Our shit goes triple and four quadruple
You niggas laugh ’cause our staff got guns under they motherfuckin’ belts
You know how it is and we drop records they felt
You niggas can’t feel it
We the realist
We Bad Boy killers.
I am society’s child. This is how they made me and now I’m sayin’ what’s on my mind and they don’t want that. This is what you made me, America.
That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.
If you walked by a street and you was walking a concrete and you saw a rose growing from concrete, even if it had messed up petals and it was a little to the side you would marvel at just seeing a rose grow through concrete. So way is it that when you see some ghetto kid grow out of the dirtiest circumstance and he can talk and he can sit across the room and make you cry, make you laugh, all you can talk about is my dirty rose, my dirty stems and how am leaning crooked to the side, u can’t even see that I’ve come up from out of that.
Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All that love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.
You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.
“I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna rule the world, or that I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.
If we really are saying that rap is an art form, then we got to be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you are saying, it don’t matter that you didn’t make them die. It just matters that you didn’t save them.
Imperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end, no matter how hard we fight.
I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up, and handle it.
We might fight amongst each other, but I promise you this; we’ll burn this bitch down get us pissed!
My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.
Only God Can Judge Me That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life ”
Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel.”