As we hit 20 years since the untimely passing of the legendary rapper, producer and actor Tupac Shakur, undoubtedly hip-hop buffs and fans of the poet take a moment of pause to remember what he means to each of us. As his legacy lives on relentlessly through his music, it will never cease to have an affect on his listeners.
tells the touching story of receiving the news of Tupac’s death and immediately hopping on a flight to California in order to be present for any memorial or funeral service. Monie instead found herself in a slightly different kind of memorial service, which gave birth to inspiration for the name she gave her daughter eight months later. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive video
from the “Ed Lover Show.”
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Celebrating The Life Of Tupac Shakur
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1. @2pac and Lemika Early (niece of bodyguard Frank Alexander) on the set of “Gridlock’d.” In 1995, Lemika was in a terrible car accident that left her confined to a wheelchair and paralyzed from the waist down. When Tupac found out about Lemika’s story, he invited her out to California to meet him. Over the course of 2 days, Lemika and her family hung out with Tupac on the set of “Gridlock’d” and in the studio during a recording session.
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2. Mouse Man and Tupac, aka Slick D and MC New York. Mouse Man was Tupac’s friend during his teenage years in Baltimore.
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3. Janet Jackson #HappyBirthday, @JanetJackson.
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4. "Ya always was a black queen, mama." #HappyMothersDay
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5. Roland Park Middle School
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6. Queen Latifah
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7. '96 @chicagobulls vs @lakers game
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8. The 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards, right before introducing the four original members of @KISSonline #Grammys
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9. "That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life."
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10. Black and white.
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11. Happy Birthday @angiemartinez!
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12. @Flavorflav4Real x 2Pac #HipHopLegends
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13. "Remember 'Raw,' with Daddy Kane?!" #OldSchool #HipHopLegends
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14. "Now I clown around when I hang with the Underground."
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15. "I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world."
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16. "I'm seein' nuttin' but my dreams comin' true, while I'm starin' at the world through my rearview."
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17. Happy Birthday @stephenbaldwin7.
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18. “Our friendship grew because we had so much in common. We were two people just trying to make it. We understood each other’s background. I could gripe with him about things that he understood and the same with him.” -Yoyo In 1993. Tupac was a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground; he met a young pioneering female rapper named Yo-Yo (@yoyofearless) who was just starting out with Ice Cube. Based on their love for rapping, the two became inseparable during the tour.
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19. Happy Birthday @Mchammer! #HappyBirthdayMcHammer
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20. 'On the "Yo piano man...rock, rock on." Candid moment of @2Pac on the set of Raw Fusion's "Rockn' to the P.M." You can catch him rocknpiano in the video.
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