Tupac - Tupac Shakur was one of the most revolutionary...

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his life was one that plagued by poverty, abuse, and tragedy. Throughout Tupac’s life he lived dual roles, as a poet and a gangster, a cultural leader and a menace to society. Tupac overcame many challenges in life to become a successful artist and revolutionary, but due to limits that he could not overcome and a premature death, Tupac’s music was not able to achieve the full impact that it could have. From a young age Tupac displayed great potential for music as well as the idea of revolution as a tool to overcome his own conditions. As chapter one explains, Tupac attended church in Brooklyn and held a traditional African American grounding (1-3). Chapter one also explains that Tupac accepted the idea of revolution as a goal worth achieving (3). This idea was reinforced by being raised by many members of the Black Panthers, a group constantly trying to achieve a revolution to improve conditions for all African Americans. Tupac’s potential grew as shown in chapter 2 when his love of rap music first appears. This love of the music allows Tupac to constructively express his convictions and emotions while adding to his own ability and skillful use of language (15). After moving to Marin City, Tupac’s energy and abilities gain him the attention of Digital Underground (37). For the first time Tupac sees that his ability can gain him success in the world, and that there is more to life than selling drugs and living off day to day means. As Tupac began to gain more popularity on MTV and the radio, his record label became more a part of his own family and connections to the world (64). The family values that Tupac learned of as a child, became more tangible with his growing connections to members of the industry. The friends that Tupac gained in the industry began to act as brothers and fathers to him, and in return Tupac’s began to defend those
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2010 for the course ANTH 210 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '10 term at Oregon State.

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Tupac - Tupac Shakur was one of the most revolutionary...

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