To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the death of famed rapper Tupac Shakur, XXL magazine has put together a special tribute issue. The cover features a black & white close-up shot of the slain rapper. This issue features interviews with Shakur’s ex-wife, his first manager, The Outlawz, Mutulu Shakur and the rapper’s biological father Bill Garland.
Here’s a snippet of what Garland said during his interview with XXL:
“[Tupac] cared for people,” he said. “That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”
Tupac made a huge impact on the music industry, so it’s great that XXL took the time to devote an issue to him. This special tribute issue hits newsstands on August 16.