Tupac was incredibly in-touch with what was going on in the world during his time, and even with what was to come before his untimely death.
With that said, MTV News recently unearthed a past interview with the rap icon from back in 1992, where he talks about the American economy and political system… and even name-checked current current Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump.
“You wanna be successful? You wanna be like Trump? Gimmie gimmie gimmie. Push push push. Step step step. Crush crush crush,” Pac says. “That’s how it all is.”
He then goes on to explain how oppressed people in the US need help, from African Americans to youth.. “Everybody’s smart to know that we’ve been slighted and we want ours. And I don’t mean by ‘ours,’ 40 acres and a mule because we’re past that. But, we need help. For us to be on our own two feet, us meaning youth or us meaning black people, whatever you want to take it for, for us to be on our own two feet we do need help.”
Elsewhere, Pac discusses income inequality, the same focus of candidate Bernie Sanders, and the same topic that is still being talked about today..
“Nobody should be hitting the lotto for $36 million and we got people starving in the streets”, Tupac says. “That’s not idealistic, that’s just real. That is just stupid. There’s no way Michael Jackson — or whoever Jackson — should have a million, thousand, drupal-billion dollars, and then, there’s people starving. There’s no way.”
“There’s no way that these people should own planes, and these people don’t have houses, apartments, shacks, drawers, pants…”
Tupac goes on to say that if the rich did earn their fortune, that’s fine, but they need to help others a lot more than they have been… because it’s simply not fair. “If they earned it, I think that’s good and I think they deserve it, but even if you earned it, you still owe. Look at me, I don’t have that mega money, but I feel guilty walking by somebody… If I know I have $3,000 in my pocket, it’s wrong to give that person a quarter. It’s wrong.”
“Can you imagine somebody have $32 million dollars, and this person as nothing? And, you can sleep? And… these are the type of people who get humanitarian awards… millionaires.”
While Tupac’s views were spot on then, it’s crazy to see that not much as changed more than 20 years later.