Tupac Shakur slammed GOP front-runner Donald Trump 24 years ago, according to 9 News. Did the music icon know about Trump’s future plans to become the U.S. president and was warning Americans against voting for the real estate mogul?
MTV News has recently posted an unaired interview of Tupac Shakur recorded back in 1992, in which the rapper criticized Trump, who has the biggest chance among his Republic rivals of becoming GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
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Apart from Trump, America’s culture of greed also came under fire during Tupac Shakur’s comments in his 1992 interview. The interview was recorded a year after the rapper released his debut album 2pacalypse Now, which brought him worldwide recognition.
In the interview, Tupac Shakur, 21-years-old at the time, said if he had $3,000 in his pocket, it would be wrong to give someone just a quarter.
“You’re taught in school, in big business, if you want to be successful, if you want to be like Trump… gimme gimme gimme.”
The Wrap commented on Tupac Shakur’s unaired exclusive interview, saying it would “make Bernie Sanders proud.” Four years later after the interview, Tupac Shakur was shot dead in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
Tupac Shakur’s mother died at the age of 69 last Wednesday, according to The West Australian. Afeni Shakur, who was born under the name Alice Faye Williams, died in her apartment from a heart attack.
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The former participant of the Black Panther movement and Tupac Shakur’s mother had always supported the work of her son and helped shape his rather unique world view, which has always been respected by rap fans around the world.
Tupac Shakur’s mother was taken to a hospital after a 911 call from Shakur’s estate in Sausalito last Monday night, but after attempts to revive her for nearly an hour, doctors concluded she had died of “some kind of cardiac event,” according to Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman’s statement released on Tuesday.
Tupac Shakur’s family and their estate, Amaru Entertainment, later released a statement, in which they mourned the death of Afeni Shakur. She changed her name after her political success with the Black Panther movement in the ’60s.
Afeni Shakur was pregnant with Tupac Shakur while she was behind bars in 1971. The former Black Panther was accused of plotting to detonate bombs around landmarks in New York City. But Afeni herself later explained that such accusations came after the Black Panthers took over a local school during teacher’s strike in 1968.
But all the charges had been dropped, and Tupac Shakur was born after Afeni was released from jail. She named the future music legend Tupac Amaru, after the last Incan emperor.
R.I.P????????♥️ Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur.
January 10, 1947 – May 3, 2016 pic.twitter.com/5ClWyW8zm8
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After Afeni Shakur moved to California, she got hooked on drugs and was struggling to raise Tupac Shakur as a single mother. However, 2pac still got accepted into arts school as well as many other educational programs, in which he sharpened his musical and acting skills.
The West Australian reported that in her interview with The Associated Press in 2005, Tupac Shakur’s mother said arts can save children, no matter what’s going on in their families and homes.
“I wasn’t available to do the right things for my son. If not for the arts, my child would’ve been lost.”
But Afeni left only a positive impression on Tupac Shakur and influenced his world view, which has always been respected by fellow rappers and rap fans around the world. His songs often touched upon such subjects as racism, violence, poverty, and social issues of other kinds.
Tupac Shakur even dedicated a song to his beloved mother with his 1995 “Dear Mama.” The lyrics from the song have been mentioned in tweets of his fans after the death of Afeni last Monday.
Tupac knew “Dear Mama” was a hit when he rapped it to his mom over the phone and it brought her to tears pic.twitter.com/EHxAPI0xAC
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