In 1994 Tupac had an interview with Ed Gordon, about legend’s conviction, ideals, and unapologetic stance. The award-winning journalist sat down with the rapper/actor/activist to dive into his ever-controversial persona.

In the interview, Tupac defends the rap game, citing his peers as the ones responsible for bringing widespread attention to violence in the ghettos of America. He also drew parallels to how the right to bear arm is perceived when it comes to black citizens versus white ones. “Why is a black life any more recuperable than a white life?” A foreshadowing of the #BlackLivesMatter mantra, Tupac begged a question that remains poignant to this day.

Tupac also claims that his own life was constantly in danger, sharing that he had a number of attacks attempted against him by those that surrounded him. He also made it clear that his take on carrying weapons was one motivated by self-defense, not senseless acts of violence. As he had done several times before and after his conversation with Gordon, Tupac also referred to the impending loss of his physical life.

Fortunately for us all, Tupac’s lives on as we continue to remember him.

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