In case you didn’t know, June is Black Music Month. And what better day to start my tribute to Black Music Month than on June 16th, Tupac’s birthday.

It’s no secret that I love this man. Tupac was a living legend during my childhood. And the multitalented, urban poet has spoken many words that have inspired me to take action in my community (but that’s another blog). Today, on what would have been the 40th birthday of one of the greatest to ever grasp the mic, I want to “[remember] his lyrics and the promise that his life held. [It] reminds me to not waste time or gifting” (@VonnettaLWest).

As I was going through these videos, two things came to mind: 1) I miss real music videos with treatments and storylines! Death to the video hoe! 2) Tupac was truly a tortured soul. He wanted to save world, the hood specifically, but somehow, he managed to get so caught up in the thing he was trying to save that it caused him his life. It’s a sad story. Don’t let it be yours.

So in honor of Pac, enjoy these tracks!