Our MCM is none other than Mr Keep Your Head Up, the legend, the leader and arguably one of the greatest most influential rappers of all time; Tupac Shakur.
Undoubtably the most socially conscious, poetic yet relatable rapper to ever have amassed such success, Pac to this day (though sadly having passed away on September 16th 1996) remains influential in the flow, consciousness and art of ‘Growing Daily’.
Within all his works music, film and written, Pac ensures to speak for the people and has had a massive affect on the ‘culture’, needless to say his very impactful life is one many are interested in. So it was no surprise that the recently released biopic directed by Benny Boom.. starring Demetrius Shipp Jr as Pac, All Eyez On Me which was long awaited, seems to have not been received very well at all; with many loved ones and fans stating that “you can not squeeze 25years into 2.5hours of film, and that the actors did the best with the script they were given but that there’s so much more to Pac.
A review of the documentary will be out soon on GrowDaily.co.uk
Here are 3 Top Tips to being as impactful and as authentically innovative as Pac.
Do not be ashamed of your quirks and creativity, that which excels is rarely found amongst mediocrity. Tupac was a huge fan of Shakespeare. Respected as one of modern music’s most eloquent voice, Pac was a ghetto poet whose tales of urban alienation captivated young people of all races and backgrounds; by being authentically amazing he helped elevate rap from a crude street fad to a complex art form, setting the stage for the current global hip-hop phenomenon of artistry most have adopted.
A true leader does not withheld information he teaches and advises, his legacy is in the leaders he creates and inspires rather than the amount of followers. To preserve Shakur’s legacy, his (now late) mother founded the Shakur Family Foundation (later renamed the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation or TASF) in 1997. The TASF’s stated mission is to “provide training and support for students who aspire to enhance their creative talents.” The TASF sponsors essay contests, charity events, a performing arts day camp for teenagers and undergraduate scholarships. The Foundation officially opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) in Stone Mountain, Georgia, on June 11, 2005.
You must not be afraid of the unknown, instead discuss the possibilities and options that are yet to be uncovered. In an English class, Shakur wrote a paper, “Conquering All Obstacles,” in which he said: “our raps, not the sorry story raps everyone is so tired of. They are about what happens in the real world. Our goal is to have people relate to our raps, making it easier to see what really is happening out there. Even more important, what we may do to better our world.” 💎That’s just the way it is, only if you accept that things will always be the same.
It was Pacs birthday on June 16th so here’s wishing the legend a very happy belated birthday, let’s hope he truly enjoyed somewhere even better than a thug mansion.
Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.
Written by Karen Sherise