A Message from Tupac, Something Only You Can Do

Hey Net Buddies,

We’re going old school today. Most of you weren’t even born when Tupac was alive, but Amy remembers his dramatic murder. Even more than that, she remembers that he was one of the earliest rappers blazing this new music’s path, and an actor and activist too. She won’t endorse everything he sang, but this one is a go to when she needs a reminder to keep her head up.

Little somethin’ for my godson Elijah
And a little girl named Corinne

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots
I give a holler to my sisters on welfare
Tupac cares, if don’t nobody else care

And uhh, I know they like to beat ya down a lot
When you come around the block brothas clown a lot
But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up
Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up

And when he tells you you ain’t nutting don’t believe him
And if he can’t learn to love you you should leave him
‘Cause sista you don’t need him
And I ain’t trying to gas ya up, I just call em how I see em

You know it makes me unhappy, what’s that
When brothas make babies
And leave a young mother to be a pappy
And since we all came from a woman

Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women

Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one

He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up

Keep ya head up, ooo child things are gonna get easier
Ooo child things are gonna get brighter
Keep ya head up, ooo child things are gonna get easier
Ooo child things are gonna get brighter

Aiyyo, I remember Marvin Gaye, used to sing ta me
He had me feeling like black was tha thing to be
And suddenly tha ghetto didn’t seem so tough
And though we had it rough, we always had enough

I huffed and puffed about my curfew and broke the rules
Ran with the local crew, and had a smoke or two
And I realize momma really paid the price
She nearly gave her life, to raise me right

And all I had ta give her was my pipe dream
Of how I’d rock the mic, and make it to tha bright screen
I’m trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents
It’s hard to be legit and still pay tha rent

And in the end it seems I’m headpin for tha pen
I try and find my friends, but they’re blowing in the wind
Last night my buddy lost his whole family
It’s gonna take the man in me to conquer this insanity

It seems tha rain’ll never let up
I try to keep my head up, and still keep from getting wet up
You know it’s funny when it rains it pours
They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor

Say there ain’t no hope for the youth and the truth is
It ain’t no hope for tha future
And then they wonder why we crazy
I blame my mother, for turning my brother into a crack baby

We ain’t meant to survive, ’cause it’s a setup
And even though you’re fed up
Huh, ya got to keep your head up

Keep ya head up, ooo child things are gonna get easier
Ooo child things are gonna get brighter
Keep ya head up, ooo child things are gonna get easier
Ooo child things are gonna get brighter

And uhh, to all the ladies having babies on they own
I know it’s kinda rough and you’re feeling all alone
Daddy’s long gone and he left you by ya lonesome
Thank the Lord for my kids, even if nobody else want em

‘Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I’m sure
And if you fall, stand tall and comeback for more
‘Cause ain’t nutting worse than when your son
Wants to know why his daddy don’t love him no mo’

You can’t complain you was dealt this
Hell of a hand without a man, feeling helpless
Because there’s too many things for you to deal with
Dying inside, but outside you’re looking fearless

While tears, is rolling down your cheeks
Ya steady Chopin things don’t all down this week
‘Cause if it did, you couldn’t take it, and don’t blame me
I was given this world I didn’t make it

And now my son’s getten older and older and cold
From having the world on his shoulders
While the rich kids is driving Benz
I’m still trying to hold on to my surviving friends

And it’s crazy, it seems it’ll never let up, but
Please you got to keep your head up

– Keep Ya Head Up, Tupac Shakur


Do you agree with Tupac that no matter what comes along, we have to keep our heads up?

If not, what would you say in response?

What do you think upsets Tupac most?

You know what to do – your future you is counting on it and you!

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