Was Tupac Shakur a Poetic Genuis?

19 Sep


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.


The rapper Tupac Shakur also known as 2Pac was one of the most prolific lyricist of the early 90’s and even today his music lives on as his mother and other close friends continue his work. Known around the world as a very outspoken and influential person, the death of such a star at a young age brings about further study of that person.


If you really listen to the lyrics of Tupac you will see many poetic expressions of the life and experiences of him and people around him. Although portrayed by the media has a rouge and bad influence on the culture of music, we often fail to really look at the reasons some people express themselves and speak their mind.


When see no progress and you see no one trying to help your community, you often speak out, but at times it falls on deaf ears. Through poetic expressions in his music Tupac spoke about things that could be related to his experiences growing up and in turn people going through the same type of struggle he went through can feel that somebody finally hears their cries.


Although he took the brunt of criticism that came his way, it seems the only way to get people to listen to relevant problems are by verbally attacking them, only then will they finally take the time to visit the problem at hand. Although this isn’t the best approach, the fact of the matter is that your word got to someone.


Was Tupac a poetic genius, in my opinion yes he was, in his own way he aired the dirty laundry that too often was ignored by the people of that time.


What do you think?




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7 responses to “Was Tupac Shakur a Poetic Genuis?

  1. Turkish

    September 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Yup, he was for sure, no doubt. But what he choose to use his abilites on was a bit off the line, he could have probbally put it to better use and had still been alive.

    But no point in talking about the past, to answer you’r question. Yes.


  2. Audri

    September 20, 2008 at 2:51 am

    I think your right. I’m thirteen years old and lately I have been interested in Tupac in general. I have been studying his lyrics and his poetry. Now I’m addicted to his music and poetry. He really wanted to make a difference, you can tell by his lyrics and his poetry really hits you deep and speaks to your inner soul.

  3. tjefferson85

    September 20, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    your right, but if we don’t look at the past, we cannot prepare for new challenges in the future, thanks for the comment.

    He was a very influential person, look more at the lyrics than the actions.

  4. Bria

    September 21, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I think it’s very true. Tupac (in his time) and Bill Cosby now spoke about the ills in our community-those who agree loved them, those who don’t want to hear the truth cast aspersions upon them. Like the suburban communities-we like to sweep issues under the rug and not address them. If we don’t see the problem (issues don’t directly impact our household), then it’s not my issue.

    TJ thanks for dropping stopping at U Better Recognize”! I appreciate it 🙂

  5. BaBybLaZe

    September 26, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Yo TuPaC ShaKuRz Tha MaN MucH LoVe tO tHAt tHUg lIkE hE sAId lIfE GoEz On WesT SiDe MaH yO…

  6. pappi

    September 29, 2008 at 10:01 am

    fuck anybody who thought 2pac wasnt good my openion i think he was like a servant of God .yea

  7. SlimLady21

    October 3, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Of course he was, anyone who really listens to his lyrics with understanding would know that. The man wasn’t only a lyric genius he was a poetic genius as well.


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