June 16 marks the birthday of legendary rapper and street poet Tupac Shakur. Today, he would have been 40 years old. The songs and interviews recorded by Tupac during his lifetime provide audiences with a wealth of information to better understand the personality (or, personalities) of the late rapper. We are able to gain a better sense as to what diverse influences—namely those of the Black Power and Black Arts Movement—motivated the rapper and contributed to complex oral and literary legacy. The HBW has compiled a collection of his music videos and interviews to celebrate his life and legacy.
[Compiled Kenton Rambsy]