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Mythology- Tupac Myth

The Myth of Tupac Shakur surviving following his Murder in September, 1996

Kyle Hoyt

on 16 June 2011

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Transcript of Mythology- Tupac Myth

The Myth of Tupac Shakur The story behind the Myth In the modern World there are few examples of Hero stories in which someone is immortalized. In September of 1996, a murder resulted in a long standing and highly discussed myth. Musician and Actor, Tupac Amaru Shakur passed away on September 13th, 1996 due to injuries sustained in a shooting in Las Vegas following a Mike Tyson boxing match. Although much controversy surrounds the still unsolved crime and the conditions that led to the murder, I am going to focus on the buildup of this myth of his survival following his death. Near the end of his life, Tupac changed his performing name to Makaveli, after Prince Machiavelli of Italy who faked his own death and returned to conquer years later. The album he created right before his death was titled Makaveli: The Don Killuminati- The 7 Day Theory and it was created in 7 days and was released after his death on November 5th, 1996. The cover of the album depicted an animated Tupac on a crucifix in the same position as Jesus Christ. The album was released as the #1 album on Hip Hop and R&B charts, his 4th straight album to do so. The album sparked the flame of the myth of Tupac surviving the Vegas shooting due to the
lyrical content of his final project and the constant
mention of his own death in his works. The music thats been released following his death also sparks contreversy due to his still unwavering relevance in society The Funeral of Tupac Much of the controversy is due to what Tupac represented. He was a strong willed black male in a time when drug and gang violence was at an all time high and he has already survived a separate shooting, in which he was shot 5 times and survived. Thousands of youtube videos have been made claiming to have proof of his survival, although his friends and family saw his body and attended his funeral. by. Kyle Hoyt "In the event of my demise
When My Heart can beat no more
I hope I die for a principle
Or a belief that I had lived 4
I will die before my time
Because I feel the shadows Depth
So much I wanted to accomplish
Before I reached my death
I have come to grips with possibility
And wiped the last tears from my eyes
I Loved all those who were positive
In the event of my Demise." -2pac “My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embracing my early death. Now there’s nothing left.” “They wanna bury me, I’m worried. No need to lie, I pray to God I don’t scream when it’s time to fly.” His personal and family history with political groups (i.e. The Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army) made him a sort of Folk Hero in the Black and lower class communites. He is renowned worldwide for his role as a "prophet" and a revolutionary who stood up to the powers that be. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. In the United States alone he has sold 37.5 million records. Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. He starred in many films including: Poetic Justice, Juice, Gang Related and many others. He is also one of only three hip Hop artists to have a song inducted into the Library of congress for his ballad "Dear Mama" The Rumors This is just one of the internets videos
that claim to have proof that Shakur
survived. Although some valid questions
arise in these videos, the fact remains that
with the evidence at hand, all evidence points
to the passing of Shakur on 9/13/1996 The use of this myth has led to a firestorm
of backlash from believers and those who
were there for the death proceedings (i.e. funeral).
This myth is still evolving and changing as time passes,
mostly because those that feel he is alive think he
will one day make his return to our society to, well,
I'm not so sure what they expect. I do know that although
this contreversy will continue, the music he made and impact
he had on society is unlike any other artist from our times Conclusion
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