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Sept. 13 marks 15 years since Tupac Shakur left this planet. One of the most prolific MCs that hip-hop has ever seen, the West Coast native’s early days of poetry were omnipresent in his music. His lyrics combined tongue-in-cheek bravado with cryptic lines predicting his early demise. ‘Pac’s catalog is intensely extensive, with posthumous releases still circulating to date.

In honor of Tupac’s life, The BoomBox has compiled some of his most famous lines. While he arguably has many, some are tightly woven into the fabric of hip-hop as some of the greatest rap quotables. Despite the fact that Tupac Shakur is no longer with us, his memory lives on through his words.

 
15
 
“Take the evil out the people they’ll be acting right/ ‘Cause both black and white are smokin’ crack tonight/ And only time we deal is when we kill each other/ It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other.”
‘Changes’
 
The line that follows this peaceful message is “And although it seems heaven-sent, we ain’t ready to see a Black president.” If Tupac were alive today, he would see that the country finally saw a Black president with Barack Obama. Times have certainly changed since these lines were written.
 
 
 
14
 
“Now who’s to say if I was right or wrong?/ To live my life as an outlaw all along/ Remain strong in this planet full of playa haters/ They conversate, but Death Row full of demonstrators.”
‘Until the End of Time’
 
Many felt that once Tupac aligned himself with Death Row Records, it was the beginning of the end. While his tenure at Death Row was intense — and consequently violent — it shaped the “outlaw” persona he continuously carried throughout his music.
 
 
 
13
 
“When I talk about money all you see is the struggle/ When I tell you I’m livin’ large, you tell me it’s trouble.”
‘I Ain’t Mad Atcha’
 
Long before artists like Jay-Z and even Drake painted pictures of the trouble that fame brings, ‘Pac rhymed about the ups and downs of being in the public eye. He was vocal about his overt awareness of haters, who would sadly lead to his assassination.
 
 

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“Dear mama, don’t cry, your baby boy’s doin’ good/ Tell the homies I’m in heaven and they ain’t got hoods/ Seen a show with Marvin Gaye last night, it had me shook/ Drinkin’ Peppermint Schnapps with Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.”
‘Thugz Mansion’
 
As much as ‘Pac spoke about death, he also rhymed about the afterlife, particularly heaven. The religious undertones in his music were apparent, believing a heaven actually existed. Tupac spent many verses discussing what that heaven looked like and how he would fit in it.
 
 
 
11
 
“I heard a rumor I died, murdered in cold blood dramatized/ Pictures of me in my final stages, you know mama cried/ But that was all fiction, some coward got the story twisted.”
‘Ain’t Hard 2 Find’
 
Many felt Tupac predicted his own murder, as evidenced through lines like these. Others felt he faked his own death — referenced earlier through his fascination with Machiavelli. While the truth still remains a mystery, the messages are there, open-ended and still never deciphered.
 
 
 
10
 
“Even though you was a crack fiend mama, you always was a Black queen mama.”
‘Dear Mama’
 
Tupac had no qualms about expressing his love for his mother, Afeni Shakur, and the struggles she faced in raising him. Their relationship was close, as they — in a way — grew up together. Afeni continues to advocate her son’s legacy through the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
 
 
 
09
 
“All I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend/ Down to ride to the bloody end, just me and my girlfriend.”
‘Me and My Girlfriend’
 
Tupac managed to stretch an entire metaphor about his love affair with a gun throughout an entire song. Nas would later take that similar route on his song ‘I Gave You Power,’ while Jay-Z and Beyonce would interpolate Tupac’s hook for their collab ”03 Bonnie and Clyde.’
 
 

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08
 
“Out on bail fresh, outta jail, California dreamin’/ Soon as I stepped on the scene, I’m hearin’ hoochies screamin’.”
‘California Love’
 
If the ladies loved cool James to the East, then Tupac was the LL of the West. Despite originally hailing from the East Coast, ‘Pac repped hard for Cali. He was the mouthpiece for an entire region, and during his reign, few touched him.
 
 
 
07
 
“Keep a vest for protection, from the barrel of a Smith & Wesson/ And all my n—-s in the pen, here we go again/ Ain’t nothin’ separatin’ us from a Mack-10.”
‘Nothing to Lose’
 
Tupac’s mantra was two simple words: Thug Life. He carried this message to the very end. While this line first appeared on ‘Nothing to Lose,’ it made the greatest impact in the infamous freestyle between ‘Pac and Biggie, which was the last time the two shared a stage together.
 
 
 
06
 
“Fingertips on the hips as I dip, gotta get a tight grip, don’t slip/ Loose lips sink ships, it’s a trip/ I love the way she licks her lips, see me jocking/ Put a little twist in her hips ’cause I’m watching.”
‘I Get Around’
 
It wasn’t always serious in Tupac’s world. The man knew how to party and how to draw the ladies in with his aggressive charisma. His machismo was rarely off-putting and has set the tone for the swag of other rappers currently making radio rotation.
 
 
 
05
 
“I heard Brenda’s got a baby, but Brenda’s barely got a brain/ A damn shame, the girl can hardly spell her name.”
‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’
 
When Tupac parted ways with Digital Underground, his entry into solo music began with discussing his environment. ‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’ talked of teen pregnancy and real issues happening around him. That level of heightened awareness and social commentary followed ‘Pac throughout his entire career.
 
 

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04
 
“I see no changes, all I see is racist faces/ Misplaced hate makes disgrace for races.”
‘Changes’
 
This line was originally part of ‘I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto’ and retooled for the posthumous ‘Changes.’ ‘Pac spoke years ahead of his time and used music as his podium to voice his thoughts on race relations, infusing his views into his rhymes.
 
 
 
03
 
“Grab your glocks when you see Tupac/ Call the cops when you see Tupac/ Who shot me, but you punks didn’t finish/ Now you’re ’bout to feel the wrath of a menace.”
‘Hit Em Up’
 
When Tupac was shot five times at Quad Studios in New York City, the blame was unfortunately placed upon the late Notorious B.I.G. and his crew. The lyrical product was ‘Hit Em Up,’ one of the most potent and vicious beef-related tracks in hip-hop history.
 
 
 
02
 
“I’m not a killa, but don’t push me/ Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ p—-.”
‘Hail Mary’
 
Tupac’s alias of Makavelli was a nod to Italian philosopher Machiavelli, who advised that faking one’s death was the ultimate way of tricking an enemy. Tupac would often craft lines about murder and revenge, but in a way that was calculated, much like his philosophical counterpart.
 
 
 
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“They say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice/ I say the darker the flesh, then the deeper the roots.”
‘Keep Ya Head Up’
 
‘Keep Ya Head Up’ was one of Tupac’s most inspirational tracks, aimed to pay homage to Black women. While Tupac harbored many lyrical styles, his intense metaphors were one of his strongest attributes. ‘Pac rhymed in poetry, painting pictures with his words.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sage

This is literally the most idiotic drivel I’ve ever read.

December 07 2012 at 9:57 PM

 
Bohol Yow

life plays with us instead
playing with it

May 10 2012 at 8:45 AM

 
Bohol Yow

feelin’s that drown with us 
And the tears that was pourin’
will never be seethed by
A cyclone,tornado.and whirlpool
may be ……..

May 10 2012 at 8:43 AM

 
Bohol Yow

feelin’s that drown with us 
And the tears that was pourin’
will never be seethed by
A cyclone,tornado.and whirlpool
may be ……..

May 10 2012 at 8:43 AM

 
HASIBUNALLAHU

LONG LIVE EVERYBODY, BLESS YOU ALL, BLESS AMERICA

April 21 2012 at 12:46 PM

 
midknightdraco4

“we got money for wars but can’t feed the poor” what about that one?

April 17 2012 at 2:15 AM

 
2Pac Fan

“I see no changes, all I see is racist faces/ Misplaced hate makes disgrace for races”
-Changes

Tell it, 2Pac!

April 16 2012 at 10:17 PM

 
2Pac Fan

“The line that follows this peaceful message is “And although it seems heaven-sent, we ain’t ready to see a Black president.” If Tupac were alive today, he would see that the country finally saw a Black president with Barack Obama. Times have certainly changed since these lines were written.”
I find those words to be so prolific. think about it… the world is NOT ready for a Black President. Do you read all the hateful comments about him on this site and many others? Politicians calling him a N*gg*r? 2Pac was right… too many people hating; too many people being indifferent; and so few really caring and trying to make a change.
that is life in “AMERIKA” as we know it. Sorry, 2Pac. Nothing has changed, except there is so much more disrespect in this country since you passed. Fewer drug fiends, but still more hatred.

April 16 2012 at 10:12 PM

 
mifery

He was so inspirational thru his ups an down, i can’t believe he was only 25 when he was killed. The world was robbed.

December 10 2011 at 6:24 PM

 
Ditantane

keep ya head up, 15 yrs on we still remember ya

October 06 2011 at 8:16 AM

 
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See them fighting for powerBut they know not

See them fighting for power
But they know not the hour
So they bribing with
Their guns, spare-parts and money
Trying to belittle our integrity
They say what we know
Is just what they teach us
Thru political strategy
They keep us hungry
When you gonna get some food
Your brother got to be your enemy

Ambush in the night
All guns aiming at me
Ambush in the night
They opened fire on me
Ambush in the night
Protected by His Majesty

See them fighting for power
But they know not the hour
So they bribing
With their guns, spare-parts and money
Trying to belittle our integrity
Well what we know
Is not what they tell us
We’re not ignorant, I mean it
And they just could not touch us
Thru the powers of the most high
We keep on surfacing
Thru the powers of the most high
We keep on surviving

Ambush in the night
Planned by society
Ambush in the night
They are trying to conquer me
Ambush in the night
Anything money can bring
Ambush in the night
Planned by society
Ambush in the night

This is all in oneAnd one in allSo

This is all in one
And one in all
So swing it
Let’s have a ball

Bend down low
Let me tell you what I know now
Bend down low
Let me tell you what I know [what I know, what I know]
Long time we no have no nice time
Do you-do-you-do-ya think about that
Long, long, long, long time we no have no nice time
Do you-do-you-do-ya think about that [ooo]
One love, one heart
Let’s get together and feel alright
One love [hear my plea] one heart
Give thanks and praise to the lord
And I’ll feel alright
Simmer down
You licken too hot so
Simmer down
Soon you’ll get dropped so
Simmer down
Man you hear what I say
After he, brakes your heart
Then you’ll be sad, so sad
And then your teardrops start
[I say you’ll] Then you’ll know how
It hurts to be alone
Oh, what a feeling [what a feeling] to be blue
Oh what a feeling, oh what a feeling
[oh what a feeling to be blue]

se we’re moving right out of BabylonAnd we’re

se we’re moving right out of Babylon
And we’re going to our father’s land

How good and how pleasant it would be
Before God and man, yeah
To see the unification of all Africans, yeah
As it’s been said already let it be done, yeah
We are the children of the Rastaman
We are the children of the Higher Man

Africa, Unite ’cause the children wanna come home
Africa, Unite ’cause we’re moving right out of Babylon
And we’re grooving to our father’s land

How good and how pleasant it would be
Before God and man
To see the unification of all Rastaman, yeah

As it’s been said already let it be done, yeah
I tell you who we are under the sun
We are the children of the Rastaman
We are the children of the Higher Man

So, Africa, Unite, Africa, Unite
Unite for the benefit of your people
Unite for it’s later than you think

Unite for the benefit of your people
Unite for it’s later than you think
Africa awaits its creators, Africa awaiting its creators
Africa, you’re my forefather cornerstore
Unite for the Africans abroad, unite for the Africans a yard
Africa, Unite

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400 years (400 years, 400 years. Wo-o-o-o)

And it’s the same –

The same (wo-o-o-o) philosophy

I’ve said it’s four hundred years;

(400 years, 400 years. Wo-o-o-o, wo-o-o-o)

Look, how long (wo-o-o-o)

And the people they (wo-o-o-o) still can’t see.

Why do they fight against the poor youth of today?

And without these youths, they would be gone –

All gone astray

 

Come on, let’s make a move:

(make a move, make a move. Wo-o-o-o, wo-o-o-o)

I can (wo-o-o-o) see time (wo-o-o-o) – time has come,

And if-a fools don’t see

(fools don’t see, fools don’t see. Wo-o-o-o)

I can’t save the youth:

The youth (wo-o-o-o) is gonna be strong.

So, won’t you come with me;

I’ll take you to a land of liberty

Where we can live – live a good, good life

And be free.

 

Look how long: 400 years, (400 years, 400 years) –

Way too long! (wo-o-o-o)

That’s the reason my people (wo-o-o-o) – my people can’t see.

Said, it’s four hundred long years –
(400 years, 400 years. Wo-o-o-o)

Give me patience (wo-o-o-o) – same philosophy.

 

It’s been 400 years, (400 years, 400 years)

Wait so long! Wo-o-o-o, wo-o-o-o.

How long? 400 long, long years.

Whats the food for the soul,whats the daily

Whats the food for the soul,whats the daily nutrtional requirement for the soul,whats the soul,the soul is a combinant value poin of our mind ,will and emotion,and as the saying goes music is the food for the soul,but i,ll say not a deeprssed soul for a deepresssed soul is deepressed of all three combinants,mind,will and emotion is of no appetite to settle its nutritioa deficiency,so is music therefore the food of the soul or the food of only the soul with an appetite,i,ll live us all to ponder in that,i,ll proceed to the quote of the day which is from an artist i consider quite talented in a way i,ll only be able to fully show out by us listening coincisesively to his words,and that is from the late tupac amaru shakur,step son to gangstar,tutu shakur and son to black panther activist ms afeni shakur.and the quote is from is track changes”and goes like this i see no change wake up in the mornining and i ask myself,dis life worth living or shoud i blast myself”i als have another quote frm the same track which goes this”instead of having war on poverty they got war on drugs so the police can bother me”