"Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7
Tupac Shakur died when I was only four-years-old, but it seems as though he has been around all my life. Growing up closer to the West Coast, Tupac had a high influence on the teens within the community I grew up in, specifically the lower classes. Tupac was and still is known for his rap music in which he discusses real life struggles, which is one reason why he still ranks high in popularity. Though his music may contain adult topics and language, it is nothing short from true poetry and the raw accounts of a hard American life. He has been celebrated by many, and has inspired many more.
The New York Times shared today that Tupac Sahkur’s music is being implemented into a Broadway Musical “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” which will debut on June 19 in the same theater that debuted “Annie.” Apparently, the Broadway musical has been in the works for quite some time, beginning discussion in the early 2000’s. This musical, however, is not biographical. Instead, it is inspired by the stories shared within Tupac’s music, such as the love and honor, as mentioned by Jon Caramanica in his article.
The musical is supposed to be timeless and family-friendly. Tupac’s music, however, contains vulgarities, such as bad language and violence, which makes me wonder how this will transpire on the big stage. “A Raisin in the Sun” is the comparative story to this new production, making it a piece that is supposed to be applicable to any city-scape or time period. “A Raisin in the Sun” however is very time sensitive, in my opinion. After reading the infamous play, I realized that it took place in the height of the mid 1900’s, in which Civil Rights was really happening, showing a true divide between black and white Americans. Thought I believe that racism, civil rights, and stereotypes are still around today, I also bring light to the fact that our country has been changing, whether you believe it is for the better or for the worse. We now have a black president, making blacks rise higher in social class, status, and power. I believe that “A Raisin in the Sun” could not necessarily take place in modern day, without major social changes within the story line.
Likewise, I believe that it will be difficult to make “Holler if Ya Hear Me” a timeless piece because of the content Tupac presents in his music. He talks about political changes, as well as personal struggles; struggles that took place due to the time period. Though similar struggles are still seen today, and will be for many years, they will not be conveyed the same as the were in the 1990’s, during Tupac’s high.
Needless to say, though, I think this will be another major hit within the musical world. It will bring further awareness to social issues, and I believe will gain a lot of publicity due to the association of one of the greatest rappers known to date. It has been long overdue that Tupac Shakur was remembered and commemorated for the present and future generations.