"If I was white I would have been like John Wayne... I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play" - Tupac Shakur
At this point, we’re certainly no strangers to digital reincarnations of our dearly departed -no matter how creepy- but when PBS decided to transcribe a Tupac interview from 1994 with Entertainment Weekly by giving it the Disney treatment, we had to give it a proper run. Part of the Blank on Blank webisode series, the discussion was curated by Benjamin Svetkey while the two sat across from one another over a spring roll and crab cake garbed table waxing on some of the harder hitting topics during a particularly dire period of the West Coast via East Coast legend’s career.
At this point, Pac had two classic albums under his belt already and was battling public perception with allegations swirling in the media of his rape charges. Its a rare peek at a very vulnerable and candid side of Pac in the midst of all the speculation, giving him the opportunity to reflect on his life, and what he clearly saw as his inevitably early demise. He claims to see himself a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play, tells us how he’d wish to go out for good and even proclaims at least a minimal faith in his government when asked to address the newly dawned Parental Warning Advisories that were quickly beginning to plague hip-hop. Its seven shades of rarely heard or seen Pac in a novel visual treatment. Go and get all the answers straight from the man himself in PBS’s Blank on Blank segment with Tupac below.