Tupac / 2Pac Shakur on philosophy, the Bible, life, death, race, smoking weed and art

2pac, Marijuana, Quotations, Quotes, Tupac

Man, Tupac was an artist. He was way before his time in his rhymes. He was rappin’ about changes, pondering philosophy and spittin’ on death. Here are some quotes from his enormous catalog of songs.

If God wanted me to be quiet he would’ve never showed me what he does.
-Tupac on God

Life’s a wheel of fortune and it’s my chance to spin it.
-Tupac on luck

Though it seems heaven sent we ain’t ready to have a black president.
-Tupac on a dream of his that ended up coming true

The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.
-Tupac on philosophy

I didn’t introduce thug life to America. Thug life is America. I don’t get why the whole world is fearing me. I am scared, but so are they. It’s like I am having a panic attack cause I have 15,000 people wanting to do what I want, listing to everything I say.
-Tupac on Thug Life

I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings
-Tupac on role models

One day I’m gonna bust, blow up on this society, why did you lie to me, I couldn’t find a trace of humanity.
-Tupac on society

There’s gonna be some stuff u gonna see that’s gonna make it hard To smile in the future, but through whatever you see, Through all the rain and all the pain, you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit.
-Tupac on keeping your spirits up

I am crazy, but you know what else: I don’t give a fuck.
-Tupac on being crazy

My Mama used to tell me if you can’t find something to live for, you best find something to die for
-Tupac on life and death

And the raps that I’m rappin to my community shouldn’t be filled with rage? They shouldn’t be filled with same atrocities that they gave me? The media they don’t talk about it, so in my raps I have to talk about it, and it seems foreign because there’s no one else talking about it.
-Tupac on his rapping

Biggie is not a playa. He’s never been. He’s never had bitches until he got some fuckin’ money. That’s a trick-that’s not a playa.
-Tupac dissin’ Biggie, AGAIN

Let the Lord judge the criminals.
-Tupac on judgment

I said it in the beginning. That I was gonna take them niggaz out the game and sure enough I will. Already people can’t look at Biggie and not laugh.
-Tupac on his running beef with Biggie

Stole my lyrics. I stole his bitch. Took my rhymes. I took his wife. If he talk all that shit about being a playa and I got his wife two days after I got outta jail- imagine that gangsta shit he’s talking, imagine how plastic that shit is.
-Tupac on his beef with Biggie Smalls

Have a party at my funeral let every rapper rock it; let the hoes that I used to know, from way before Kiss me from my head to my toe. Gimme a paper and pen so I can write about my life of sin, Couple bottles of gin, in case I don’t get in…
-Tupac on his funeral

Dangerous and ambitious while schemin’ on gettin’ riches. I’m spittin’ at tricks cuz I’m addicted to pretty bitches. Currency motivated, not easily terminated; now that we made it, my niggaz can never be faded. This is my prophecy, I gotta be paid; all you cowards that try to stop me is beggin’ for early graves. I thought we was cool I was a fool. Thinkin’ you could be true, when I don’t fuck with your punk crew.
-Tupac on gettin’ PAID, fool!

My music is not for everyone. It’s only for the stong-willed, the [street] soldiers music. It’s not like party music- I mean, you could gig to it, but it’s spiritual. My music is spiritual. It’s like Negro spirituals, except for the fact that I’m not saying ‘We shall Overcome.’ I’m saying that we are overcome.
-Tupac on the spiritual aspect of his music

I’m not the king. I’m not the teacher or nothing like that, but I feel like I don’t have no peers. l’ve been out less than a year, convicted of allegations that usually end niggas careers. Shot five times in the nuts and the head. I came out and in less than a fuckin’ year and outsold Biggie almost three times. I sold more records than his whole fuckin’ label.
-Tupac on his beef with Biggie

To me, it really troubling because I took over at that’s successful- Marky Mark, Hammer, Vanilla Ice, New Kids On The Block selling twenty-two million copies, and I want that so badly, but I can’t do that. I would be wrong to do that, knowing what I know and having the brain that I have, for me to even go and write some simple shit would be wrong even though I would get paid and I would get more people’s money. I would rather leave something so that when people pick up 2pacalypse Now or any of my other albums in 1999, they’ll go, Damn! Brothers had it hard back in the day, but brother were working it out.
-Tupac on writing

The real tragedy is that there are some ignorant brothers out here. That’s why I’m not on this all-White or all Black shit. I’m on this all-real or all fake shit with people, whatever color you are. Because niggaz will do you. I mean, there’s some [foul] niggaz out there [in the streets]; the same niggaz that did Malcolm X, the same niggaz that did Jesus Christ- every brother ain’t a brother. They will do you. So just because it’s Black, don’t mean it’s cool. And just because it’s White don’t mean it’s evil.
-Tupac on race

I remember crying all the time. My major thing growing up was I couldn’t fit in. Because I was from everywhere, I didn’t have no buddies that I grew up with…Every time I had to go to a new apartment, I had to reinvent myself, myself. People think just because you born in the ghetto you gonna fit in. A little twist in your life and you don’t fit in no matter what. If they push you out of the hood and the White people’s world, that’s criminal…Hell, I felt like my could be destroyed at any moment.
-Tupac on reinventing himself

Gangsta Rap is dead. I’ve moved on.
-Tupac on gangsta rap

If you know in this hotel room they have food every day and I knock on the door. Every day they open tha door to let me see tha party, let me see that they throwin’ salami, throwin’ food around telling me there’s no food. Every day. I’m standing outside tryin to sing my way in- “We are weak, please let us in. We’re weak, please let us in.” After about a week tha song is gonna change to, “We’re hungry, we need some food.” After two, three weeks it’s like “Give me some of tha food! I’m breakin down tha door.” After a year it’s like, “I’m pickin’ the lock, comin’ through the door blastin.” It’s like, “I’m hungry.” You reached your level, you don’t want any more. We asked ten years ago, we were askin’ with the Panthers, we were askin’ in the Civil Rights Movement. Now those who were askin’ are all dead or in jail, what are we gonna do? And we shouldn’t be angry!?
-Tupac on social reform

I smoke blunt to take the pain out and if I wasn’t high I’d probably blow my brains out.
-Tupac on smoking weed

If we really are saying that rap is an art form, then we got to be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you are saying, it dont matter that you didnt make them die, it just matters that you didnt save them.
-Tupac on rap being art

I don’t see why everybody feel as thou that they gotta tell me how to live my life (you know), Let me live baby, Let me live.
-Tupac on living life

‘Cause if God wrote the Bible, I’m sure there would have been a revised copy by now. ‘Cause a lot of shit has changed. I’ve been looking for this revised copy. I still see that same old copy that we had from then. I’m not disrespecting anyone’s religion, please forgive me if it comes off that way, I’m just stating my opinion.
-Tupac on the Bible

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#1 angelo on 09.25.10 at 9:25 am

… 2014..

#2 CathyP on 01.05.11 at 6:00 pm

I have a lot of respect for a Tupac because he lived his life to the fullest and was not ashamed to be himself. He is a n artist, poet, and playa, most of all, he was a real nigga, I love him to death and his music. If he was alive, I’d have his baby. I am coming to join ya baby!!!!Take that to the “Bank”……Cathy P

#3 paul on 04.29.11 at 4:15 am

Too much of words could mean something but have no sense in the but i say respect him who deserve your respect. Lot of respect to you brother you have given me morality to become more and more myself

#4 Abdallah Said on 09.05.11 at 9:37 am

Much respect brother, you were a real soldier. And through you, i learn to live ma life

#5 Tupac Shakur - Makavelli on 11.29.11 at 11:19 pm

Dont worry my homies, i promise my Resurrection is coming soon. we will all smoke blunts together

#6 Brian Slade on 01.21.12 at 5:07 am

I thank you 2pac for being every bit of a man that you were and how you wanted to change things amongst the world and for our Black people, I feel that I can’t listen to no other rappers cause none of them Compare, 2pac” The fast life soon shatters cause after all the the lights and screams nothing but my dreams matter”

#7 OLAMIDE BLACK-JESUS on 02.25.12 at 3:15 pm


#8 el zapoe on 03.03.12 at 1:53 pm

Luv his music is sumthin we all can relate too In my view growing in PACOIMA PROJECTS live wat he talked about but we gotta b strong n make a better person of who we r.. Luv pac to death THE HATE U GIVE LIL INFANTS FUCKS EVERONE… N IM LESS HOLLY CUZ I CHOOSE TO PUFF A BLUNT N DRINK LIQUOR WITH MY HOMIES

#9 darren farnese on 03.12.12 at 2:08 pm

hay man if you alive holla iv always belived you were you my idel

#10 A Block on 04.03.12 at 3:22 pm

I have much respect for tupac I’ve been listening to him since I was a lil youngin..and the words he uses he was just before his time its one thing to cone from the ghetto and but to be book smart and be philosophical with ur words when ur only 20..25 years old thats what really makes me have respect for him..he was real as hell..and always spoke his mind. I wish I could of got the chance to meet him..definitely my biggest idol..

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#12 makaVeli on 06.25.14 at 5:58 am

Tupac R.I.P may the Lord God be wit u nigga

#13 Dwain on 07.01.14 at 6:10 pm

Tupac man i salute u nigga, even if ya last words were damn heartless bt i still respect ya music.

#14 Lucas makgato on 10.21.14 at 4:53 pm

We miss tupac he was an agel to me he tought we how to live my life and never fear DEATH, “take me away from all the presures and all the pain show me some happiness again am going blind”

#15 Lucas makgato on 10.21.14 at 5:01 pm

they blasted PAC cos he if meets the money perfect then they betray him . Black people attacked him not all black people that’s why am not saying I DON’T like black people No I love black people, I love my people I am black, WHY? Because me tupac we aint racist no more we kill ourselves as racist WHY?? Because of our conference our selvestime we DON’T need that… I believe out future is our confidence

#16 samuel sanjuan on 12.04.14 at 6:50 pm

its writtin about 2pac in tha bible broh. I found the answerz..

#17 Elroy Matsabie on 12.06.14 at 4:36 pm

Tupac is the Mandela,Desmond Tutu,Abraham Lincoln and many more Leaders thats time didnt allow them to do everything good which they are capible off..

#18 Elroy Matsabie on 12.06.14 at 4:38 pm

Everyone misunderstood Him,because the Heard about him and didnt listen to Him..all because His Methods was unorthodox but yet effective…and God grant him that gift of Educating on all thats to be learn,we were just not ready for it…May His Soul rest in peace!!

#19 Elroy Matsabie on 12.06.14 at 4:39 pm

Every song had a massage,His anger,his fears,his insecurities,his happiness and sadness…so thats what a role model is,someone u can relate to in someway…

#20 wibster on 02.23.15 at 3:01 pm

I love this man, he has no fear of telling the truth, he is the great activest and freedom fighter, if i could say that.

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#22 Bodylox on 10.24.15 at 9:09 am

Pac was my mentor. I get inspired listening to his stuffs. RIP brah!!!

#23 obinna ugboaja on 03.29.16 at 1:09 pm

Pac was all tht he can be, sharp, smart, feared little, but very brave. If anyone taught me stuff about life, then it’s pac. Some preachers can’t teach me wht he taught me. He was so young but had a lot of brain, lots of guts. I don’t respect pac, cos people say he is harsh, I respect pac cos he has a good spirit and a kind hrt, u might not see it under his sparking and fearless methods, but he was a nice individual, free thinker n had the hrt to live hw he thought was best. If I should write on I won’t stop, the truth is there is a little bit of pac in all of us, listen to him, not jst conclude in wht people said or say. Luv u pac.

#24 Still I Rise on 05.16.16 at 5:34 pm

…Brother Pac gave us spiritual music.To alleviate the soul of the masses the hungry people.HIS existence in this world of greed was premeditated by God deeply.Sincerely 2pac Amaru Shakur Love u 2 the grave…

#25 james on 08.20.17 at 5:27 am

Music is the something people hearing to whenever u sald nd u hear good that bring knldg u will be happy so whnever i listeing to 2pac music am filling gud he is the best i say thank’s alot

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