‘Pac’s Been Gone For Ten Years Long.

My, how time flies.

I know I’m a day late, but yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of rap icon Tupac Shakur’s death. His music had a tremendous impact on many of us, and was often a part of the soundtrack of key times in my life.

I still remember where I was and exactly what I was doing when I heard he was gunned down.

Do you? Did it matter to you? Did Tupac in any way make an impact on your life? I’d love to hear your feedback about this incredibly talented young man whose life, though often lived on a dangerous edge, was snuffed out way too soon.

BBC News: All Eyez on Tupac after 10 years
Amazon.com: Tupac Shakur Legacy

10 thoughts on “‘Pac’s Been Gone For Ten Years Long.

  1. >like yesterday….when i first heard about 2pac being shot, i was at a laundromat in opa-locka, fl (miami) crowding around the t.v. with a group of people. at first, i just heard he was shot and i thought, he'll be okay….just like when he was shot once before in nyc.but this time, there was no coming back.my favorite 2pac song, "dear mama"


  2. >Aint nothin but a Gangsta Paaarrty…that was my summer jam…blasting in my static box of the 1980 Nova while I was fresh outta college. I remember hearing about his untimely death from a friend of mine. I too believe that he was going to be alright. Remember he was shot 5 times before and rapped "Real Niggas don't die." She was driving in her hooptie (The Ultimate G-Ride, she called it) and I was in mine (Natalie the Nova), She yelled out, "'Pac is dead." I didnt want to believe her so I signaled her to pull over on the side of the road. She told me again "Tupac died, it was on MTV." We were already near the mall so both of us went to the Circut City and bought out all the past CD's that we didn't have.


  3. >Wow, Sheletha! Now that was a reaction. Buying up all his cd's right away. So was yours, Lance. I know Opa-Locka quite well. ("Opa-Lockaaaa!! Hialeeeeeeeah!! Opa-Locka/Hialeah is for you and me!!")My favorite 'Pac song: Do For Love.


  4. >For some reason I've never been emotionally or personally hurt when an entertainment figure passes. I love James Taylor's music and always have and will but I don't think I would have to take a day off work to get over his death. I thought people were out of their gords when they lost their minds over Princess Di's death. Tupac's death actually reminds me of Steve Irwin's death, as strange as that sounds. I didn't feel too much remorse because they both fuc*ed around on the edge, putting themselves in harms way constantly. It almost seemed inevitable.


  5. >YOU GOTTA KEEP YOUR HEAD UP baby cause I GET AROUND. I know you've SHED SO MANY TEARS but I feel like IT'S ME AGAINST THE WORLD. I can't allow myself to be tied down, it's just the way it is. It doesn't matter if BRENDA'S GOT A BABY, you will always be my CALIFORNIA LOVE, but I tell you what, next time I'm in town I will be sure to ask HOW DO YOU WANT IT. If you later decide you don't want to see me anymore, you can trust that I AIN'T MAD AT CHA. Your leaving may cause me some PAIN, but I'll just POUR OUT A LITTLE LIQUOR and keep on RUNNIN'.I know that was a little cheesy, but I liked a lot of his stuff, to include Dear Momma that didn't make the above list. Good or bad, love him or hate him, dude was very talented. It's a shame he couldn't see a future brighter than "demons killing him in his sleep". I guess his lyrics were more prophetic than anyone wanted to believe. I don't remember where I was, but I remember watching the news and feeling like he wasn't going to make it this time. I also remember listening to the R&B station here in St. Louis and so many people were calling in crying when they heard about it. He touched a lot of lives


  6. >Me Against the World and Keep Ya Head up got me through a time when I was ready to call it quits on this life. I was missing my bestfriend (grandfather) who had passed, I didn't have any friends, my grandmother was in Club Fed, and I was selling drugs and sexing like crazy (TMI…I know). I felt like it was me against the world. Every album that was presented with his name on it…I own. Every book…I own. I think he was a very intelligent, confused man. He had a heart of gold, but no one every talked about that. Like he once said. "I never had a criminal record, until I made a record." Tupac will always be with me in so many ways. He is my favorite MC. I remember where I was when he was shot. Visiting NC and when I heard the news I was glued to the TV and the radio…I cried like I lost my dawg. And when the pronounced him dead I was in the car going to do a 10k walk/run. I ran so hard that day…I cried the entire run.


  7. >Wow, Dawnya. What a powerful story you just shared with us. Thank you for daring to be open like that. It's further proof that art and those who create it can often have the power to get us through so much, even sometimes putting into words the things we don't know how to articulate ourselves. Music often helps get me through so much. When I can't find the words, I just find the right song that says it for me, I crank up the music, and I howl it into the wind. Sometimes that's all the cartharsis I need to get me over.


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