Wednesday, January 18, 2017

KEVIN POWELL: TUPAC SHAKUR - 20 YERAS LATER On VIBE MAG!!!

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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:

What about Death Row and Bad Boy doing something together?
That's as together as we can get. For money.
What about getting together as black men?
We are together as black men, they over there, we over here. If we really gonna live in peace, we all can't be in the same room, man. Because Yellow M&Ms don't move with green M&M's. I mean, you don't put M&M peanuts with M&Ms plain. You hear me?
But we all black, brother...
We all black and everything...but I'm not talking about division. I'm talking about realism. You don't hang with us. You live different than we live. We all brothers, but we don't all live the same. Even in a real family. I don't live with my mother, I don't live with my brother. We all come together for Thanksgiving we all get together for Christmas. If any of them call I don't wish nothing bad to the n*gg*. 
We in the Hip-Hop generation represent leadership. In the absence of us taking some stands, if anybody like you who's very visible, or Puffy or Suge saying, “There is no beef," then regular people who don’t understand that are gonna continue to think that there is a beef.
I believe in fate.
In Faith?
Fate. Fate. I know n*gg*s didn't want to sit down and have no conversation until Puffy started fearing for his life. I was in jail n*gg*. Living in jail when everybody was having this beef. One West Coast nigga in New York, maximum security prison. Nobody want to have no sit downs then. Had to deal with my struggle every day. Some sh*t like that.
What did you learn from your experience? It was 11 and half months or something like that...
I learned that fear is stronger than love. And no matter how much love I got for my peoples, man, if somebody else making them scared, my people gonna do me in. And I learned that a lot of people support me for just being me. And I have to give back. And a lot of people look up to me to give back. So I have to be able to give back. But I can't give back if I'm broke. So I have to be about my business and my money now. Before I wanted to talk and explain what I'm doing. I'm not doing that no more. Nobody's gonna understand me. I just came up with that. After reading what people was writing in VIBE. Ain't no need for me to make people try to understand me. I'm gonna be out here and do my music, do some movies. Try to give back to the hood any way I can. I'ma give out food every Christmas, I'ma give out turkeys every Thanksgiving. I'ma have a Mother’s Day program.
You said it’s gonna get deep. What did you mean by that?
It's gonna get deep, man, because... Um, what the East is doing, they think is... I understand it. I'm from there. It’s really like unifying the East coast. Because it was really like, in a slump. But they're doing it wrong. Cause they're using the West coast as a rallying cry. And they making it look like WE are the perpetrators of this big East coast -- West coast thing. They never had no problems. They could come out here and perform and they clap. We go out there and n*gg*s is booing. That Source Awards, that's what start it. Not start it, but that Source Awards is what put it to a new level. They was booing and sh*t. Me personally being from both coasts, but I represent the West coast, I think that's disrespectful.
What about Suge making a comment about Puffy at this year's Source Awards. Wasn't that kinda disrespectful?
No, that's not disrespectful. That's his opinion and that's real. All he was doing was saying if they tired of having a manager shake his a$$ in their video. We don't do like that on the Row. That's real.
ell me about your album, It's called All Eyez on Me.
All Eyez on Me. The first single is “California Love”, with me and Dre and Roger Troutman. And then I got a single coming out two weeks after that with me and Snoop called “Two of America's Most Wanted”. “California Love” is just giving it up for California. You got “Crooklyn”, you got “Crooklyn” [Part] 1 and [Part] 2. You know, this is our “Crooklyn”. “Two of America's Most Wanted”, that's about me and Suge and our cases and our problems. We two of America's most wanted.
You mean me and Snoop?
Me and Snoop.
Can you explain the title of the album?
Everybody lookin’ at me right now. The police lookin’ at me, the females, my enemies, reporters, people that want me to fall, people that want me to make it. My mama. In jail, the guards. Everybody lookin’ at me. All eyes on me.
What about on the West coast?
They not feeding in, they about their money and sh*t. I'm talking about the East coast. Cause I love a lot of n*gg*s out there. I love a lot of people out there. I got a lot of support from NY when I was in jail. That's really important to me that NY don't think I'm trippin on you. This is just something that's been in me for a long time. They just dissing us. I can't take it no more. But I love all my fans, all the people that supported me, down for me. People like Freddie Foxxx who stayed down for me. People like Latifah and Treach and I heard that Smif-N-Wessun gave me some love on my album. I got nothing but love for them.
Why did you title your record label EUTHANASIA RECORDS?
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.

-CCG






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