Unheard Tupac Interview from 1994 Surfaces (Listen)

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The audio captures Shakur at a particularly tense period in his life, and his cartoon alter ego jumps between a number of subjects: his status as a role model, his then-impending trial, his parents’ history with the Black Panther Party, and kissing Janet Jackson.

Most striking, perhaps, is when Shakur describes himself as a John Wayne figure: “Somebody who pulled himself up from their bootstraps. From poverty. From welfare. Now … I’m doing movies. I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play, you know what I’m saying?”


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