This video comes courtesy of Sanyika Shakur AKA Kody “Monster” Scott, and it gives us a very honest look into the life of Tupac Shakur who was gunned down about 18 years ago. The recording is probably one of the most candid of conversations with Pac, so it’s a great listen

This was me and Tupac’s first conversation. This was October 18th 1995. i had just gotten out of Pelican a month before, and Pac had been out a couple of days. We did not know We were being recorded. My wife pressed record on the answering machine and unbeknown to either of us, caught some bomb ass history. Ya’ll enjoy this, and check out Pac and how positive he was. This is Classic shit. It’s a Shakur thang.” -Sanyika Shakur

I always like to hear Tupac when he’s coming from a political perspective. He definitely had his “issues”, but his desire to really want to help the community is haunting in comparison to the current state of Hip Hop.  I won’t bash the present rappers.  I’m sure their donations were appreciated, but Tupac’s concern for the community went beyond writing a check. He wanted to speak the truth.  He wanted to empower the people, and that comes from within. That comes from arming them with knowledge, and instilling love inside of them.  His words on bringing the community touched me because you don’t hear too many urban artists promoting unity. Do you all think that we’ll ever hear that type of rhetoric in mainstream music again, or has the industry been completely bought out?

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