Tag Archive: 2Pac


Last week ended with a bittersweet memory of my Frat brother who passed, let’s start this week on a happier note.

My Captain’s birthday was over the weekend. For all the obvious reasons, the number of times we talk in a year you can count on one hand at this point. But birthdays is one of them.

We caught up of course. He’s doing well, family is doing well. He asked about me and I shared a recent personal story with him.

His response was to give me the Official Caker’s Seal of Approval. We laughed for a good five minutes.

If you’re in the circle that gets that joke, you’ll probably laughing. If not, the larger point here is that he nailed me with a comeback, literally twenty years in the making.

We should all be lucky to have relationships that last that long. I hope you do (or are working on it).

Let’s get it people.

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Pac emerging as a solo artist, and if I’m not mistaken, John’s first music video (if not, certainly very early in his directing career.)

Enjoy!

 

 

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Excited to hear Steve McQueen behind a 2Pac documentary.  The producers behind it have made some of the better music documentaries in recent years.  Not sure how much new information there is about Pac at this point, but I guess we’ll see.

That’s the segway to today’s song choice.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Many of you have watched me adjust to a life of order.  The weird days, the peaceful days, and the resentful days.  I’ve never been the hold on to anger type, really, but it’s human to look back at things you would do differently, knowing what you know now.

Today I was reminded of another cycle I’ve been breaking in real time; the place where you go from ‘intaking as much information as possible because you’re inquisitve/aware/woke’ to being overtaken by knowing so much.  Hitting the off switch, even in a time before we had all this ‘media’, is not one of the things I was taught; it’s something I’ve had to learn.  And relearn. And relearn again.

Make no mistake, I think it’s important to think about if x happens then y might happen, then z.  Obsessing over ‘z’ when x is still in play though, that’s a flaw of mine I own up to.

Getting more comfortable daily knowing when and where to hit the ‘off’ button, and turn my attention back to matters at hand.  Always a process, but the results are starting to show up.

So on that note, new week.  Track 1.  Let’s do this.

 

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Planned to go in a different direction today, but when the mood hits you…

Juice!

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Like a lot of you, I’m still buzzing on how much I enjoyed ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and the memories of that era of hip hop.

So let’s segway by starting the week here.

Enjoy!

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So…

I had an idea in mind…if the numbers look like this by the time I think the judges see it, I think I’ll be in good shape.

And I asked you guys for help…

And you guys blew past what I wanted in less than 24 hours.  I apologize for underestimating you.

Anyway, go back and ‘Funny’ it up some more.  Can’t hurt right?

And enjoy today’s song!

 

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‘I have no sympathy for those afraid of mystery; come get with me, I promise passion and ecstacy!’

(smiling…)

Enjoy your weekend…

 

 

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About a year ago, I did a screen test for the 2Pac movie.  The direction was pretty straightforward: do the provided scene and do your favorite 2Pac verse.

So if you ever wanted to know which of Pac’s verses spoke most directly to me:

Now I’m lost and I’m weary So many tears
I’m suicidal so don’t stand near me

My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer
To embrace an early death, now there’s nothing left

There was no mercy on the streets, I couldn’t rest
I’m barely standing, bout to go to pieces, screamin’ peace
And though my soul was deleted, I couldn’t see it

I had my mind full of demons trying to break free
They planted seeds and they hatched, sparking the flame
Inside my brain like a match, such a dirty game

No memories, just a misery
Painting a picture of my enemies killing me, in my sleep
Will I survive ’til the mornin’ to see the sun
Please Lord forgive me for my sins, cause here I come

 

 

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So as you can imagine, I have Grown Man Responsiblities now, 24/7/365.  That means my time to play video games ain’t what it used to be.  So yes, I picked up GTA V on (the morning after) opening day, but in the past week plus I’ve played it maybe an hour…TOTAL.  Yep, I’m an adult now.

So I’m checking it out, and it’s cool.  Hey, there’s my city in ‘virtual form.’  Figueroa and Olympic. Hollywood Boulevard.  Santa Monica Beach.  Cool.  Not overwhelmed though like I’m used to with the series.

And then I jump in some random car…and one of my anthems starts up.  Right up there with ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’, ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ and ‘Wanna Be Startin Somethin’ on my greatest Track 1’s of all time…

So many battlefield scars while driven in plush cars
This life as a rap star is nothin without heart
Was born rough and rugged, addressin the mad public
My attitude was, “Fuck it,” cause motherfuckers love it!

WHATTTTTTTTT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!  DAMN THIS MISSION, WHERE THE TATTOO PARLOR AT?!?!?  EAST COAST AIN’T GOT NO LOVE FOR SAN ANDREAS?!!?!?!?!?!?!

So anyway, after I found my shirt, I played for another half hour or so.  It’s a classic Grand Theft Auto already.  If you’re a fan of the series (and like me) can only, maybe make time for a few games a year at this point in your life, this needs to be one of them.

And on that note, have a good weekend.  WEST SIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!