Makaveli The 7 Day Theory :: Day Seven :: Smile For Me Now

06-16-2012 § 1 Comment

#happybirthdaytupac June 1, 1971 – September 13, 1996 Thug In Peace

What to do after six days of celebration, for #happybirthdaytupac?

1. Rap Phenomenon (Mixtape) [DJ Dirty Harry, DJ Vlad & DJ Green Lantern] This project is amazing, I can remember when it was announced and I ordered it on one of those mixtape sites where you pay $5 for a sticker, and it comes free w/ a mixtape of your choice (loopholes are great, right?). It’s one of my all-time favorite projets as it’s mostly composed of high quality mixes, blends and actual guest appearances rather than taking another artist’s vocals and mixing them in. Check it out, here for free.

Tupac: Rap Phenomenon

2. Got Your Back (Book) by Frank Alexander. Tupac’s bodyguard the last months of his life wrote this book a few years ago – and it’s quite amazing. You can obviously get it wherever, I just linked Amazon since it’s where I usually browse.

“Protecting Tupac In The World of Gangsta Rap”

3. Tupac: Resurrection (2003 Film). Has it really been that long since this came out? Incredibly well done, and emotional for a fan. I love biographies on artists, and imagine one told from an artists point of view, with his own words – posthumously! I know they modified some interviews to reflect things out of context, but this truly is an incredible film. You can check out the trailer & info here, and rent / buy / stream it pretty much anywhere.

Tupac: Resurrection

4. RareInk presents Tupac canvas (Biggie, too!) – I just actually found these the other day, and I’m planning on buying a set for a blank wall in my hookah lounge. It’s a form of protest against the marketing in the 1990s of artists, containing a target and a vinyl record look over the artist photo – and you’ll notice “Los Angeles” and “Brooklyn” in the background. Dope!

5. LA Times Investigation into Tupac Killing. I don’t know how much of this I truly believe – Notorious B.I.G. wasn’t losing any money over Tupac’s continual dis tracks, but maybe he was losing sleep? The top is lonely, they say – maybe there just wasn’t room for two larger than life personalities …

Taken moments before the fatal shooting

6. In The Depths of Solitude (Poetry) by Tupac Shakur.

7. Only God Can Judge Me (from the album “All Eyez On Me” & featuring Rappin 4’Tay) This is likely my answer if you asked me what my all-time favorite Tupac record was.

I hear the doctor standing over me, screamin I can make it
Got a body full of bullet holes layin here naked
Still I, can’t breathe, somethings evil in my IV
Cause everytime I breathe, I think they killin me
I’m having nightmares, homicidal fantansies
I wake up stranglin, danglin my bed sheets
I call the nurse cause it hurts, to reminisce
How did it come to this? I wish they didn’t miss
Somebody help me, tell me where to go from here
Cause even Thugs cry, but do the Lord care?
Try to remember, but it hurts
I’m walkin through the cemetary talkin to the, dirt
I’d rather die like a man, than live like a coward
There’s a ghetto up in Heaven and it’s ours, Black Power
is what we scream as we dream in a paranoid state
And our fate, is a lifetime of hate
Dear Mama, can you save me? And fuck peace
Cause the streets got our babies, we gotta eat
No more hesitation each and every black male’s trapped
And they wonder why we suicidal runnin round strapped
Mista, Po-lice, please try to see that it’s
a million motherfuckers stressin just like me
Only God can judge me

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