Classic Interview: Tupac 

A poster of slain 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer sat propped up on the wall behind Tupac as he answered questions during an interview at Clinton Correctional Facility. The conversation took place in 1995 during Pac’s incarceration for sexual abuse. 

Pac’s appearance in the interview doesn’t mirror the one he became popular for. His head isn’t clad in a bandana and his nose ring is absent. Instead, he sports a low haircut, and is dressed in a loose tan t-shirt and green pants. 

For more than 30 minutes, Pac opens up about his life and mind frame. He reflects on living the “thug life,” labeling it a part of his progression as a man. He also revealed his thought process after being shot multiple times inside of New York City’s Quad Recording Studios in November 1994.

Pac revealed that, despite incarceration hindering his ability to write music, he had managed to pen a semi-autobiographical screenplay titled “Live to Tell.” Additionally, he shared his reasoning for using music to speak about things that affect him and the community; being criticized by then-senator Bob Dole and civil rights activist C. Delores Tucker for his musical content; and opened up about his close relationship with his mother, Afeni Shakur (who succumbed to a reported heart attack on May 2nd).

Pac addressed the dilemma of youth being impacted by gang and gun violence, and explained how street gangs could be positive. Furthermore, he prophesied that the government would make young black and Hispanic males the prime target of all their resources. And he emphasized the importance of minorities supporting their own communities. 

The interview provides an in-depth look at a calm, candid and introspective Pac. It is definitely worth viewing.  

The interview was reportedly released in 2011 via the visual “Tupac Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes.”

Check it out below.

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