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The Leadership of Hip-Hop "Prophet" Tupac Shakur

Discussion of his successes and failures as a leader for the Black community

Alison Beech

on 5 December 2011

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Transcript of The Leadership of Hip-Hop "Prophet" Tupac Shakur

The (short) Life of Tupac Shakur Ghetto beginings Morals of a Panther His successes and failures
as a leader Tupac was an intellectual leader for his community who constantly brought up issues of injustice and inequality that are often ignored. By critiquing these problems, he hoped to instill the need for knowledge and respect in his community as a way of overcoming these societal faults Born to single mother Afeni Shakur, an activist and Black Panther, they did not have many resources for support Tupac grew up poor and homeless much of the time, moving around Harlem and the Bronx. As is common in the urban ghetto, Tupac did not have a father figure present in his life. Afeni developed a Crack addiction that began to impact Tupac and his sister's life from an early age, though they were eventually able to get out of New York. They moved to Baltimore when Tupac was 15 and he was able to attend the Baltimore School for the Arts, showing great talent from a young age.
Tupac's mother , though not able to provide a stable home, did impart on her children the idea of "no lies", which was one of the only rule in their household. This reality forced Tupac to grow up very quickly, having the responsibility of knowledge from an early age, but it a defining part of his character. The idea of respect is very important to Tupac and is a large part of his critique on both his community and the larger society. trapped Keep ya Head Up Me against tha World Fame During tupacs final years his life became more and more dramatic and embroiled in the dirty aspects of the Thug Life-style that was authentic to his community. Even with how strong of an intellectual Pac was, he was unable to avoid emotional involvement in the issues that brought about so many of the issues in his life, and in the life of people in his community. Tupac was an Organic Intellectual for his community, discussing issues that are daily realities for his neighbors, and bringing these inequalities to the public stage
He was extremely authentic to the lived experience of his community, and chose to remain in the hood, even when he could have disconnected himself from the issues
Tupac embraced many things that are seen as vices by the upper classes so as to be real
His beliefs, more then his actions showed a radical sense that the future can be better is the injustice is faught
Machiavelli Schweitzer Taylor Hardy Weber better to be feared then loved in the ghetto
(vices as virtues) Tupac's charisma appealed to everyone, and is part of why he is mourned to this day Direct Human service, go where you are needed Refused to be anything but 'real' to his community's lived experience Pac's role in
his community
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