Today is the 16th Anniversary of Tupac’s Death…

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since Tupac died.  He was and still is one of my favorite rappers!!  On Sept. 13, 1996 Tupac Shakur died 6 days after he was shot down in Las Vegas. Tupac was just 25 years old.

All these years later, Tupac is still one of the most important rappers in the game.  He rapped with a purpose.  He had a message that he wanted the world to hear.  Tupac was poetic, yet still a thug true to the game of hip-hop.  Tupac today is a rap legend, and his legacy continues to be an inspiration to the next generation of rappers.

Tupac’s good friend Snoop, and one of today’s biggest rapper’s, Rick Ross spoke to MTV about his legacy:

“His legacy is deeper than people could ever imagine,” Snoop said. “I been all over the world and the Tupac legacy is so deep. You got people believing that he’s still here. He gave people a different train of thought. You can be a thug, but be an intelligent thug. I see gangsters now walking around with laptops and becoming smarter. I attribute that to him because he was a thinker. He made people that were around him think.”

Rick Ross added, “Tupac is more relevant than ever. I think his legacy will never tarnish, his emotion is still unmatched. He brought a street and thug point of view but his intelligence is something we never speak about enough. I think we need to make sure we express that Tupac was a very intelligent, great speaker. He was very intellectual and we gotta continue [influencing] our young men [to be] leaders and speak their mind. That’s what we miss the most about Tupac.”

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