Tupac’s guiding words and charisma are as much a treasure in 2018 as they were years ago before his 1996 death.
Just ask Diddy, who used Pac’s BlackWatch TV interview from over a decade ago to deliver a message about self-made success that’s been a mood of his from day one.
Pac’s independency as a rap artist during his era made him stand out among most, in addition to his rare and raw hip-hop talent. Even before aligning himself with Death Row Records, Pac had no cosigns to assist him through the industry. All he had was a hustle and a dream, which he expressed in the 1993 interview.
"I’m the type of motherf**ker that got to have my own,” he said. “I got to hustle for my own, and any man out there got to feel me. It ain’t about milking off the next man. That’s a motherf**king h*. I’m a motherf**king pimp. I’m finna come up on my own!”
As he frequently encouraged all of the Black community to do, Pac continued explaining that he refused to work beneath anyone for the rest of his life. Instead, he said, he wants to the plug to his own bread.
“Ain’t no one man gonna stay in one spot forever,” he enthused. “That’s a sucker. I’m a hustler. I’m gonna come up.”
And that he did. The West Coast rap icon dominated a No. 1 spot on MTV’s 2003 “22 Greatest MCs” countdown list. His legacy is scored with film roles, top-selling albums and singles, and posthumously, was placed into both the Hip-Hop and Rock and Roll Hall of Fames. His fourth studio album, All Eyez On Me, is also championed as one of the highest-selling rap albums of all times, certifying 10-times platinum in 2014.
Long live Lesane Parish Crooks.
See Diddy’s thumbs-up to one of the most resonating messages he left behind in the video below.
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