Tonight I started listening to the Makaveli album. I haven't listened to it in years.

Growing up 2Pac was like the 7th member of my family. Every chance he got my father was playing 2Pac, and as I listen to the album I find myself transported to my younger days, sitting with my father and brothers, listening to 2Pac and getting life lessons. Its amazing how much about the world, about myself, about my people, about my history my father taught me.

"White Man'z World" came on, and I had to sit down and really listen to it. Please do the same...

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Considering the events of the past year, the past month, if Pac was still here with us, what would he say? How would he react to Obama's victory? I think he'd be happy, but he'd still remind us that while Obama's ascension to the Presidency is a great thing, we as a people still have much more to do. He would remind us that not much has changed since he recorded this song and that its still a White man's world, even if "we" get a chance to run it for a bit. He would encourage us to still fight for our leaders, fight for our community and what is right.

Pac's words to the ladies in that song really hit me tonight. Its well-known that I've had my ups and downs with my brothers, and many times I feel so unappreciated and unloved by them. It may sound silly, but Pac kept my from going on strike tonight. His words were right on time for me.

Damn, how completely different would the rap game be if Pac was still here? Maybe that's a post for another day...