September 13, 2016, marked the 20th ANNIVERSARY Of The SHOOTING DEATH Of Rapper/Poet/Actor/Activist TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR (JUNE 16, 1971: EAST HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 13, 1996; LAS VEGAS, NV), and 20 years laters later; the artist internationally known as 2PAC, or; simply 'PAC, remains one of the most incredibly global icons of HIP HOP!!!
In remembrance, the really good folks at VIBE Magazine have unveiled excerpts from a previously unreleased interview between 2PAC and Activist/Journalist/Author/Cultural Critic/RealiTV Star/VIBE Journalist KEVIN POWELL.
To introduce the interview, KEVIN POWELL reflects on his initial Spring 1993 meeting with 2PAC in ATLANTA at the JACK The RAPPER FAMILY AFFAIR MUSIC CONFERENCE. He introspectively comments on how that meeting would lead to spending the next three years of his life documenting 2Pac; a man whose backstory was very similar to his own. every move. Those three years of his life would ironically become the last three years of 2Pac's life.
KEVIN POWELL on 2PAC:
"When I met him in the Spring of 1993, at the “Jack The Rapper” music conference in Atlanta, Georgia, little did I know, then, that I would spend the next three years of my life, and the last three of his, documenting Tupac’s every move, as a musical artist, as an actor, as a rebel, as a man-child — as a man.
But at his core, Tupac Shakur was fearless, free, vulnerable, contradictory, and someone forever trying to find himself in a world that did not quite know what to do with a Black male like him. Born of a Black Panther Party mother named Afeni Shakur, his life was one of constant change and fast movements.
Pac’s life was one I knew so well myself as the son of a single Black mother with little to no help from anyone. This is what brought me to ‘Pac, to his life and art, because in him I saw myself, and many of us boys and girls from America’s ‘hoods trying to make a way out of no way.
I cannot even begin to describe what a rollercoaster it was during the three years I knew Tupac, and documented his life. We were more then devastated when he died this month, 20 years ago. I was in Las Vegas when it was announced."Here are some interview interludes from a February 1996 interview of TUPAC SHAKUR by KEVIN POWELL; which was the last time that they had the opportunity to speak with each other:
I fell in love with that word. I feel like that's me. I'm gonna die, I just wanna die without pain. I don’t wanna die, but if I gotta go I wanna go without pain.
Listen to the audio clip of the February 1995 interview between 2PAC and KP, and visit VIBE Magazine to get the full 4-1-1 on TUPAC SHAKUR: 20 YEARS LATER - TUPAC Is STILL HIP HOP'S PROPHET Of RAGE And REVOLUTION.