Check out this unearthed Tupac clip
Tupac is still providing nuggets of wisdom, even two decades after his death. Outside of the people who are still discovering his music daily, there’s a whole trove of archival footage and stories that come up around the rapper and reveal more about who he was.
Pete Rock just shared footage of Tupac in prison where you can start to see the paranoid beginnings of his later work. Rock noted on Instagram that Tupac is sharing some wise words about trust, but it’s possible that you might find the recently shot Pac to be overly negative.
“It’s a humbling experience to learn like this,” Rock wrote alongside the clip. “Clean your life up of bad energy,these people give themselves away not even giving a damn 🤷🏾♂️ Strive to be your best self and surround yourself with people who genuinely love you. 😎✊🏾💯🎯 R.I.P. 2Pac.”
In the video, Tupac reveals that he doesn’t consider anyone his friend and shares that he knows the men who shot him.
“I don’t got no friends. I don’t got no friends. I got supporters. People on my side and people on the other side,” he said. “Watch people. Because you can fake for a long time but one day, you’re going to show yourself to be phony.”
He continued, saying that he hasn’t given up the people who shot him, but making it clear that he knew them personally.
“I know who shot me. I don’t care about telling the police none of that. I don’t care about none of that,” he said.
Overall, the incident taught the young Shakur to keep to himself.
“Be to yourself. Stay to yourself. Trust nobody. Trust nobody. You know what I mean? Straight up.” he says. He continues:
“My closest friends did me in. My closest friends, my homies, people I done took care of their whole family. I done took care of them, looked out for them. Put them in the game, everything. Turned on me. Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All the love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.”
Tupac swore to the interviewer that this was nothing but a speed bump on the way to a great career. He closed with some eerie foreshadowing of the way his life would go.
“I’m a soldier. I always survive. I constantly come back,” he says. “The only thing that can kill me is death. That’s the only thing that will ever stop me is death and even then my music will live forever.”
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Given that fans are willing to shell out big bucks to see his hologram, own the car he was riding in when he died, or get their hands on a Polaroid of his privates, it’s fair to say that Tupac was right about his own immortality.
Check out the video that Rock posed up top. What do you think? Does it make you sad to see the seeds of Pac’s later hyper-paranoid and sheltered personality? Is it odd to see this clip knowing that it led to the beef that ended both Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.’s lives? Sound off in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this article.