My mp3 player can best be described as the remains of a mad scientist’s lab after it’s been dropped from the Red Bull Stratos capsule only to land in the middle of Hurricane Sandy…it’s a mess…and I love it. On it you’ll find almost 10,000 tracks of all genres from all over the world…some in languages I don’t even understand.
Tupac Amaru Shakur penned my favourite song of all time when he wrote Unconditional Love. He actually wrote it for Mc Hammer but recorded a demo of it himself before giving it to Hammer to record.
At the risk of sounding as cliché as any of Schwarzenegger’s scripts, I always feel like this song was written about me. I really related to it. It was pure life poetry for me. So I thought I’d share this ‘poem’ with you:
This is Unconditional Love.
Unconditional Love, no doubt.
Talking bout the stuff that don’t wear off.
It don’t fade, it’ll last for all these crazy days, these crazy nights.
Whether you wrong or you right.
I’m a still love you, still feel you, still there for you.
No matter what.
You will always be in my heart.
With unconditional love.
Come listen to my truest thoughts, my truest feelings.
All my peers doing years beyond drug dealing.
How many caskets can we witness before we see it’s hard to live this life without God, so we must ask forgiveness.
Ask mama why I got this urge to die.
Witness the tears falling free from my eyes before she could reply.
Though we were born without a silver spoon.
My broken down TV, show cartoons in my living room.
One day I hope to make it.
A player in this game.
Mama don’t cry, long as we try maybe things change.
Perhaps it’s just a fantasy.
A life where we don’t need no welfare shit with our whole family.
Maybe it’s me that caused it.
The fighting and the hurting, in my room crying cause I didn’t want to be a burden.
Watch mama open up her arms to hug me.
And I ain’t worried bout a damn thing, with unconditional love.
Just got the message you’ve been calling all week.
Been out here hustling on these streets, ain’t had a chance to speak.
But you know, with you and me it’s on G.
We could never be enemies, cause you been such a good friend to me.
Where would I be without my dawgs.
No wonder why when times get hard cause it ain’t easy being who we are.
Driven by my ambitions, desire higher positions.
So I proceed to make Gs, eternally in my mission is to be more than just a rap musician.
The elevation of today’s generation if could make ’em listen.
Prison ain’t what we need, no longer stuck in greed.
Time to play and strategise, my family’s gotta eat.
When we make somethin out of nothing.
No pleasure in the suffering.
Neighbourhood would be good if they could cut out all the busting, the liquor and the weed, the cussing.
Sending love out to my block.
The struggle never stops.
I’ll probably never understand your ways.
With everyday I swear I hear you trying to change your ways while getting paid at the same time.
Just had a baby with the same eyes.
Something inside, please let me die, these are strange times.
How come I never made it.
Maybe it’s the way I played it in my heart.
I knew one day I gotta be a star.
My hopes and all my wishes.
So many vivid pictures, and all the currency I’ll never even get to see.
This fast life soon shatters.
Cause after all the lights and screams nothing but my dreams matter.
Hoping for better days, maybe a peaceful night.
Baby don’t cry cause everything’s gonna be alright.
Just lay your head on my shoulder.
Don’t worry bout a thing baby girl I’m a soldier.
Never treated me bad, no matter who I was.
You still came with that, unconditional love.
In this game the lesson’s in your eyes to see.
Though things change, the future’s still inside of me.
We must remember that tomorrow comes after the dark.
So you will always be in my heart, with unconditional love.
*just scribbling Pac’s thoughts*
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