I think Tupac was a genius. He had so much talent. I love his music, even when I don’t agree with what he’s saying or the premises he’s operating on. He was able to touch so much gut stuff, that most people don’t even recognize, much less have the ability to express.
What are your thoughts on his contradictory role as child of the movement and, on the other hand, a gangster Rapper?
That contradictory consciousness you’re talking about is all over the place. Unfortunately it’s nothing new. In the 1960s and the 1970s people like Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, clearly exhibited aspects of that confusion, and mixed up revolutionary politics with gangsterism. The mind destroying machine works overtime, getting us to crave power and money instead of justice. We’ve all been a bit brainwashed and confused.