“We’ve forgotten our roles. Men have forgotten their roles as men. Therefore, the women have forgotten their roles…”
15 years ago, Tupac Amaru Shakur lost his life in a hail of gunfire, becoming an immortal icon in music. A lot of the trademark passion that we hear in his art can be attributed to his upbringing around strong women. As Tupac stated, being raised by his mother and aunts made him think like a woman. While it made him the subject of ridicule from peers in his teenage years for being soft and having feminine ways, in his 20s it helped him to create some of Hip-Hop’s best odes to the power and struggles on women (“Brenda’s Got a Baby,” “Dear Mama”). But he was still a man in a patriarchal society, struggling and at times succumbing to misogyny. It’s interesting to hear that after accomplishing so much professionally, ‘Pac at 25 was already contemplating settling down.