Tupac Amaru Shakur was an American rapper, poet, actor, and activist.
He was born in Harlem in 1971, and from an early age, showed an interest in the arts and honed his skills at the schools he attended.
Tupac acted in plays and rapped during high school. After his family moved to California in 1988, his music career began to take off when he was hired by the group Digital Underground and began rapping in some of their songs.
In 1992, Tupac released his debut album which was met with controversy; he also began acting in films such as Poetic Justice and Above the Rim.
Tupac Shakur left this world far too soon: The rapper and actor died in September 1996 at just 25 years old, days after he was targeted by unknown assailants in a drive-by shooting.
During his career, Tupac released four more albums which exhibited his political and social messages.
Throughout Tupac’s life and after his death, his music, poetry, and messages left an indelible imprint on society. Many hail him as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
These great Tupac quotes share those messages and still ring true today.
“Real eyes realize real lies.”
“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”
With all my fans I got a family again.
“They have money for war but can’t feed the poor.”
“Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.”
“We was young and we was dumb, but we had heart.”
“I make mistakes but learn from every one.”
“The only time I have problems is when I sleep.”
“We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.”
“Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it.”
“Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place.”
“If you can make it through the night, there’s a brighter day.”
. “Watch for phonies, keep your enemies close, watch your homies.”
“Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic.”
“We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.”
“I got a big mouth. I can’t help it. I talk from my heart. I’m real,”
“Just cause you live in the ghetto doesn’t mean you can’t grow.”
“The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it’s planted in stone.”
“When times are dim, say as I say, ‘When there’s a will, there’s a way!’”
“During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.”
“I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.”
“Never apologize for how much love you have to give. Just feel sorry for those who didn’t want any of it.”
“I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.”
“Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”
“I hate the man in the mirror ’cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.”
“I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.”
“Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can see and feel.”
“Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.”
“Every time I speak, I want the truth to come out. Every time I speak I want a shiver.”
If you let a person talk long enough you’ll hear their true intentions! Listen twice, speak once.
“Should I just stop trying and give up? But then, that’s exactly what they’re waiting for me to do.”
“The world moves fast and it would rather pass by than to stop— and see what makes you cry.”
“Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead.”
“When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.”
“You know nothing can stop me but loss of breath, and I’m still breathing so it’s still on.”
“Do everything you can to make it around the system, over the system, or out the system.”
“This fast life soon shatters, ’cause after all the lights and screams, nothing but my dreams matter.”
“I mean, why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room? It just don’t make sense to me.”
Tupac Shakur Quotes
“All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.”
“I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection.”
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”
I have not brought violence to you. I have not brought ‘thug life’ to America. I didn’t create ‘thug life;’ I diagnosed it.
“I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me. I was raised in this society.”
“You gotta make a change. You see the old way wasn’t working, so it’s on us to do what we gotta do to survive.”
What was Tupac’s motto?
Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic. Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life. I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle
“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”
Best Tupac Quotes
“I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings.”
“One thing we all adore, something worth dying for, nothing but pain, stuck in this game, searchin’ for fortune and fame.”
“When I was a little baby, I remember that one moment of calm, peace. And three minutes after that, it was on.”
“I’m not saying girls are perfect cause we all know that’s not true. But why be unfaithful to her if she was true to you?”
Imperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end, no matter how hard we fight.
“Tomorrow I wake with second wind and strong because of pride. I know I fought with all my heart to keep the dream alive.”
I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.
I am society’s child. This is how they made me and now I’m sayin’ what’s on my mind and they don’t want that. This is what you made me, America.
It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.
I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, theres a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up and handle it.
Never surrender, it’s all about the faith you got; don’t ever stop, just push it ‘till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fail.
There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see thats gonna make it hard to smile in the future, but through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit…remember that.
We wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals; in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun. Well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why, thank God, and ask me how.
If we really are saying that rap is an art form, then we got to be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you are saying, it don’t matter that you didn’t make them die. It just matters that you didn’t save them.
“We asked 10 years ago. We was asking with the Panthers, we was asking with the Civil Rights Movement. Now, those people that were asking are now all dead and in jail… We shouldn’t be angry and my raps that I’m rapping to my community shouldn’t be filled with rage? They shouldn’t be filled with the same atrocities that they gave to me? In the media, they don’t talk about it. So in my raps, I have to talk about it.”
Mike Yyson Quotes about Tupac
If you had any consciousness of the reality we live in, you could feel his energy. You knew he was a special individual. He was very prolific in expressing himself. He had a lot of hostility. I think it was just misguided and misdirected. It was obvious he was a genius, he was a prodigy. He was just amazing as far as his energy was concerned. He was explosive — like a black panther ready to pounce.