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We pay tribute to rapper Tupac Shakur, who would have turned 42 today, June 16.

Tupac Birthday Tribute: Memorable Lyrics by Poet Tupac Shakur was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“I suffered through the years, and shed so many tears..Lord, I lost so many peers, and shed so many tears” – So Many Tears

2. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“When I talk about money all you see is the struggle. When I tell you I’m livin’ large, you tell me it’s trouble.” – I Ain’t Mad Atcha

3. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“Even though you was a crack fiend mama, you always was a Black queen mama.” – Dear Mama

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“All I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend.” – Me and My Girlfriend

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5. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races we under. I wonder what it takes to make this one better place…let’s erase the wasted.” –Changes

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6. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“Just cause you’re in the ghetto doesn’t mean ya can’t grow. But oh, that’s a thought, my own revelation. Do whatever it takes to resist the temptation.” – Brenda’s Got a Baby

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7. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“They say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice – I say the darker the flesh, then the deeper the roots.” – Keep Ya Head Up

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8. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“And everybody grieves, but still nobody sees. Recollect your thoughts don’t get caught up in the mix. Cause the media is full of dirty tricks. Only God can judge me” – Only God Can Judge Me

9. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“No more hesitation each and every black male’s trapped. And they wonder why we suicidal runnin’ round strapped. Mista, po-lice, please try to see that it’s a million m*****f*****s stressin just like me. Only God can judge me” –Only God Can Judge Me

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10. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“Done lost too many niggaz to this gangbangin” –Lord Knows

11. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

“We gotta make a change…It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes. Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see, the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive.” –Changes

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