On The 20th Anniversary of Tupac’s Death, I Have A Confession!


Tupac has been dead for 20 years today. I have a confession. He is not the G.O.A.T. Hell, he’s not even in my Top 20. Fight me. I know that most of you are trying to revoke my hood pass. If being a Tupac fan is a prerequisite for having one, I will politely decline your invitation. I am not ’bout dat life. This isn’t new for me. I have ALWAYS felt like this. Even when he was alive, if the DJ played his songs in the club; I sat my ass down. I was not hyped. I was not singing. I was ready for the next song.

Dude has 39 albums and most were released posthumously. I have tried to listen to most of them all the way through. I get it… he’s the ghetto Langston Hughes. A wordsmith of the urban landscape. Lyrically though- I’m just meh. He isn’t a rapper’s rapper. And if my life depended on me listening to every track from every album without fast forwarding, I would be a dead ass. Certainly, he has some bangers like “I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto” (RIP Man and Misa), “Keep Your Head Up’ and “Dear Mama”  but the rest of that misogynistic trash… y’all can keep. I’m not even trying to front like I’m high and mighty but he seemed to be torn between his admitted love and respect for black women and the fuckery of being down with Suge Knight.


Truthfully, I feel like he wore a mask. He was well-read but he wasn’t a leader. CLEARLY. And that was the part of his music that I couldn’t stand. It’s the same feeling I get when Drake raps. In a sea of assholes, Tupac would’ve just been the cool guy but no- he let the influences of ain’t shit niggas take him to a place from where he didn’t return. So yeah, I’m a fan of his acting but his music- not so much. I’m, definitely, not telling his fans to not love him. I’m just saying that you can count me out.



K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

  • lkeke35

    I do like Tupacs music, but then I’m one of those people who thinks you can strike a middle ground of liking the music but disliking the artist, and you are right. He hung around with, as you call them, “ain’t shit niggas”, and it got him killed. I thought this way of him when he was alive.

    There were times when I really loved the songs, but I was really pissed at him sometimes, even when he was alive. He had enough power and money to leave that lifestyle, or at least tone it down, but he seemed devoted to the drama of that life, which I thought was weak. He could’ve been a leader, and wanted to be in charge, but I felt like he was being weak.

    I know it’s possible to get out of that life. Ice-T, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, they all managed to get out and reconcile their pasts with the kind of men they wanted to be, and weren’t half as smart as he was. (I don’t care too much for the Ices, tho.) So yeah, I got mixed feelings about him. Yeah, I’m still mad at him but I still love the music, too.

  • LaMonica Williams

    I have always despised him and his music. He is partly responsible for the propagating of misogyny and MISOGYNOIR! I don’t care how sweet his beats and rhymes flow. Fuck huim and his negative influence on young and black men in general. That bullshit ” How you don’t like Pac” worship that folks try to dole out when you don’t fall in line with this Monolithic worship of those who have no respect for black woman . FUCK THEM… Can’t no one revoke my skin nor my love and concern for the regard , respect and treatment of women and BLACK women in particular. If anyone should have their “black card ” revoked …is you .. When he used the word HOE, HOOTCHIE , SKANK , SKEEZER…. He was talking about your wife, your mother, your sister, your aunt, your daughter, your grandmother and all the women you deem worthy of respect.

    • This FIRE… I know that you will always shoot straight from the hip.. the fucked up shit is, I don’t think he, genuinely, felt that way.. Why front? You love us so why do THIS?

  • Val

    Your post made me realize I have no 2Pac songs on my ipod. I guess that says something.

    • LaMonica Williams

      That you are an intelligent woman with self respect.

  • SB

    I feel you on this. I enjoyed some of Pac’s songs, but as an adult, the majority of rap, old-school and current makes me cringe as a black woman. I always said that Tupac had bipolar rhymes. One minute he’s rapping on Keep Ya Head Up, “I think it’s time to kill for our women. Time to heal our women, be real to our women. And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies. That will hate the ladies,” then he’s rapping about How Do You Want It? Tupac was torn between how he was raised and thug life. He wasn’t your average dumb rapper. I’d like to think that if he were alive, he would be a professor or involved in BLM. Perhaps he would’ve renounced his misogyny. If Jay-Z could regret Big Pimpin and feel embarrassed at those lyrics, maybe there would’ve been hope for Tupac.

  • Numbah5

    Oh thank God, somebody in my age group (40+ and fly) has said it. I NEVER understood the hype that Tupac received. The only song I ever enjoyed was I Get Around in all its misogynistic glory…He was always just meh to me too.

    • Yaaaaas.. like it’s ok to NOT go ape shit over him..lol