On September 13, 1996, hip-hop culture—and the world at large—changed forever.
Iconic rapper Tupac Shakur was pronounced dead, six days after he was shot in Las Vegas, and the game hasn’t been the same since that day.
For this generation, it’s one of those moments that you can never forget. We spoke with some of VH1 stars from the set of our upcoming series, Hip-Hop Squares, about where they were when they heard the tragic news.
“I just remember it being a very sad day,” said Trina. “Everybody was playing Tupac music all over the world.”
20 years later, they’re still playing Tupac music all over the world. As Stevie J can tell you, “We lost a huge part of hip-hop.” And he was more than just a rapper. “He was just like modern day Malcolm X,” Stevie continued.
Yandy Smith-Harris eloquently summed up what Pac meant to us all. “Everything we wanted to do, that we were scared to do, Tupac did it,” she said. “He said what he wanted to say unapologetically and we loved him for that.”
Karlie Redd chimed in with, “I love you Tupac. I miss you very much.” Don’t we all.
Rest in peace, Tupac. Your legacy will live on forever.