On September 7, 1996, while stopped at a red light on the Las Vegas Strip, Tupac Shakur was shot numerous times. I was a high school junior at the time. Having already survived five shots, I wasn’t really surprised he did not die immediately. Shakur had already proven to be a fighter. This was … Continue reading Damaged Petals: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Prison is not a healthy place. It changes every person it holds within its walls. Prison is likely one of the reasons the follow-up to Tupac’s most personal work is its antithesis: an album full of bravado and anger, featuring a bombastic 2Pac backed by some of the largest voices in the industry. Shakur was … Continue reading Damaged Petals: All Eyez On Me
Tupac Shakur is beloved in hip-hop and certainly in Los Angeles. He was not from L.A. but his music and message transcended location. His break came in Oakland, he was born in New York, and his biggest years came in Los Angeles. His impact still ripples through the streets of Los Angeles and the souls … Continue reading Damaged Petals: Me Against The World
The year was 1994. The rap world had absorbed Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. for a year in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Riots. It was time for new 2Pac music but it didn’t arrive in the form of a third solo album. Instead, Shakur spearheaded a group project. The group was Thug Life and … Continue reading Damaged Petals: Thug Life: Volume 1
One year after Tupac’s debut album, Los Angeles was forever changed. In 1992, the City of Angels witnessed the revolution Shakur warned about as the weeklong riots devastated the city. It was an uprising of a people fed up with their local police department and the governmental structures designed to protect that department instead of … Continue reading Damaged Petals: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
Tupac Shakur earned his stripes as a roadie and dancer for Digitial Underground. He got his first big break as a rapper with the group on the single, “Same Song.” While this was all happening, Shakur was working behind the scenes to get a solo deal and eventually secured an agreement with Jive Records. His … Continue reading Damaged Petals: 2Pacalypse Now