In a never before seen interview with MTV, Tupac has dropped some truth from 1992 which reflects America’s political and economic climate from then, and which is unfortunately still true in 2016.
Tupac starts by calling out current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “If you want to be successful, you want to be like Trump, it’s gimmie gimmie gimmie, push, push, push, push, step, step, step, crush, crush, crush,” Pac said. “That’s how it all is.”
We all knew Tupac was wise beyond his years on Earth, such as when he commented on the 2008 presidential elections in his song, Changes: “And although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready to see a Black president.”
He also predicted 9/11 in Good Die Young: “It was more than a tragedy/ Emotions be grabbin’ me/ Plane fell from the sky/ We tryin’ to figure what happened/ Burnin’ churches, fearin’ God who can be so cruel?” And don’t forget that he also predicted his own and Biggie Smalls’ death.
Of course, it’s all a matter of interpretation and is probably a reflection of the fact that America is still in need of change.
Pac continues, “It’s too much money here. I mean, nobody should be hitting the lotto for $36 million and we’ve got people starving in the streets … There’s no way Michael Jackson should have, or whoever Jackson should have, a million, thousand drupel billion dollars and there’s people starving. There’s no way!” Pac says in the interview. “There’s no way that people should own planes and there are people who don’t have houses.”
Pac was a scholar; his music has touched me and inspired me throughout my life. I could listen to the man speak or rap all day (and often have). It’s always a shame to think that the world lost such an activist just as his voice was starting to be heard.
“Even if you earned it, you still owe,” he says. “Look at me, I don’t have that mega money, but I feel guilty walking by somebody…If I have three-thousand dollars in my pocket, I feel like it’s wrong to give that person a quarter or a dollar.”
“Can you imagine someone has $32 million and this person has nothing?” he asks as he grows further outraged. “And you can sleep?” This is another point that can today be directed at Trump, who states he is worth $10 billion and has reportedly given no personal money to charity over the past five years.
If Pac were alive today, I believe he would have remained vocal and continued to call out those in charge for their injustices for not helping those less fortunate.
Check out the rest of Pac’s speech below.