Pavlak 1 Jacob Pavlak Christine J Olding Writing 1 10/27/2017 Essay #2 “Dear Mama” Throughout the hip-hop movement Tupac Shakur played a major role in bringing light upon social issues in his music. In Tupac’s songs he used Black Panther Party ideals in his lyrics. In doing so it made his music more powerful and meaningful against violence and racism. Tupac was like a supernova, he burned out before he was able to fade away. His rise to fame was quick, and even faster to end. Tupac’s death gave him greater fame than he would ever have known in his lifetime. But while he was alive, he changed rap for the good. Tupac has never gotten the chance to reach the peak of his career, but the music he laid out for the public was revolutionary. Tupac will always be seen as an iconic character, he inspired and guided many generations, and many more to come. One of Tupac’s most beautiful songs, was a homage to his mother. The song “Dear Mama” by Tupac depicts a reminiscent tone of his relationship with his mother. This is shown through the lyrics, music video, vocals and instrumentation. Tupac Shakur did not begin his life as Tupac Shakur. “Tupac began life as Lesane Parish Crooks in Harlem, New York, on June 16, 1971” (Biography.com Editors, 2017). Tupac was the son of Alice Faye Williams, who later changed her name to Afeni Shakur. Tupac’s mother and father were both involved in the Black Panther Party, but his father was not a predominant figure
Pavlak 2 in his life. His family struggled with money, due to his single mother raising two kids. Tupac’s mother succumbed to crack addiction, a drug Tupac would start selling to provide money for his family. Tupac’s love for hip-hop would steer him away from a life of crime for a while at least. He became obsessed with writing poetry. Tupac eventually got a gig as a roadie and a dancer for the group Digital Underground. Tupac would soon find where his voice led him, the mic. He made his recording debut in 1991 on Same Song. Tupac would soon land a deal with Interscope Records, and debut his first album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991. Fast forward four years to the year 1995, Tupac released his third studio album Me Against the World. On this album Tupac released the track “Dear Mama” which was a homage to his mother, about his mother’s struggling addiction to crack cocaine, his family’s childhood poverty, but argues that the bad memories of his mother do not over power the love and respect he has for her.