With the late Tupac Shakur‘s presence continuing to be felt as of late courtesy of records like “2Pac Back,” SOHH reached out to the music mogul’s protege E.D.I. Mean to get his take on the fallen soldier’s impact 15 years later.
The Outlawz group member said Pac’s non-stop music grind is evident in previously unreleased tracks still getting uncovered years later.
“I’ve always said Pac is the hardest working dead man ever,” Mean told SOHH. “Ever. In the history of music. You know what I’m saying? He’s still putting out product. You might hear a new record from Pac tomorrow. Lil Wayne‘s dropping new records, Drake’s dropping new records and Pac’s still dropping new records that people haven’t ever heard of before. Movies. Of course the Rick Ross and Meek Mill record, “Tupac’s Back.” Pac is being heard from the streets to the radio to the Internet, 15 years later and I think it’s just a testament to the work he put in, to the music and to the people. All the credit goes to him. Everybody else is basically lucky enough to say they either knew him or knew about him.” (SOHH)
Recently, Pac’s biological father Bill Garland spoke on his son’s image.
“[Tupac] cared for people,” he said. “That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ‘em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.” (XXL Magazine)
Last week, Grammy-winning rap star Lil Wayne credited Pac for inspiring one of his tattoos.
“I have no problem with people going and getting a billion tattoos,” Weezy said in a video. “But why are you doing it? I know my first tattoo I got, I got because my dad died. I was 14 years old and I knew, not for nothing, God forgive me, I did want to represent my dad in a way but I knew that, ‘Man, I could get my first tattoo at 14 if I asked my mom, ‘Can I go get my dad’s name?’ She’s not gonna be against that.’ … The next tattoo that I got said ‘Original Hot Boy’ with a star…Then I went and got my tat across my stomach ’cause I wanted to be like Tupac. I got my [stomach] tattoo because I wanted to be like Tupac and at the time, I would tell the tattoo dude that’s why I was getting it.” (Derick G)
Southern rapper Rick Ross and Meek Mill breathed new life into the rapper’s legacy over the summer via their “Tupac Back” anthem.
On Tupac Shakur’s 40th birthday, Meek Mill keeps his memory alive by dedicating the Mr. Boomtown-directed video for “Tupac Back” to the late legend. Filmed in Los Angeles, the Maybach Music Group rappers stay posted up on the block, while Meek spits some of his bars behind bars in an orange jumpsuit. And Ricky “I’m a Photographer’s Dream” Rozay continues to go shirtless. Would Pac be proud? (Rap-Up)
Check out the “Tupac Back” music video below: