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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13 Rare Photos Celebrating The Life Of Tupac Shakur
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1. 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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2. Janet Jackson #HappyBirthday, @JanetJackson.
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3. "Ya always was a black queen, mama." #HappyMothersDay
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4. Queen Latifah
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5. '96 @chicagobulls vs @lakers game
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6. "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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7. Black and white.
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8. Happy Birthday @angiemartinez!
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9. "Now I clown around when I hang with the Underground."
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10. "I'm seein' nuttin' but my dreams comin' true, while I'm starin' at the world through my rearview."
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11. “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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12. Happy Birthday @Mchammer! #HappyBirthdayMcHammer
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13. '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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