Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, and Pac, was an American rapper, record producer, actor, and poet. As of 2007, Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.

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America wants its respect.

I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood - but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That's bad.

Is it a crime to fight for what is mine?

Somebody help me tell me where to go from here cause even Thugs cry but do the Lord care?

Thug Life to me is dead.

The only time I have problems is when I sleep.

I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.

All I'm trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty nasty unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.

Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.

Let the Lord judge the criminals.

The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.

Dre was one of my heros in the music industry. If he's not down for his homeboys I don't wanna be a part of him or around him.

I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.

I don't see myself being special, I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them to have answers.

My mama always used to tell me: 'If you can't find somethin' to live for you best find somethin' to die for.'

If I win and get the money then the Oakland Police department is going to buy a boys' home me a house my family a house and a Stop Police Brutality Center.

It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.

I don't have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.

In my mind I'm a blind man doin' time.

We all gonna die we bleed from similar veins.

When you do rap albums you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.

There's nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.

I just don't know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life.

Don't change on me. Don't extort me unless you intend to do it forever.

I'm a reflection of the community.

I don't have to talk about whether or not I got raped in jail.

I never killed anybody I never raped anybody I never committed no crimes that weren't honorable.

I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail got shot five times and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn't commit.

I'll probably be punished for hard living.

It's a struggle for every young Black man. You know how it is only God can judge us.

What I learned in jail is that I can't change. I can't live a different lifestyle-this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.

With all my fans I got a family again.

I'm 23 years old. I might just be my mother's child, but in all reality I'm everybody's child. Nobody raised me, I was raised in this society.

If you believe in God believe in Death Row East.

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.