XXL Honors 15-Year Anniversary Of Tupac Shakur’s Death
Tupac Shakur has been without us for 15 years now and XXL magazine is honoring him in their September issue. The magazine truly strives to get authentic memories of the rapper as they speak with those the closest to him. XXL Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Satten sat down with Tupac’s biological father, Bill Garland. He had the following to say about his son:
“[Tupac] cared for people,” he said. “That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”
The mag also spoke to Tupac’s ex-wife Keisha Morris, his first manager and one-time roommate and mentor, Leila Steinberg, Mutulu Shakur (step-father), and his crew the Outlawz. I’m almost certain this issue of XXL will be a very heart-felt and genuine one through the eyes of those who really knew Tupac.
The issue hit newsstands nationwide on August 16th.