There’s plenty to celebrate in Oakland today. First and foremost, go Warriors. Second, happy Tupac Shakur Day. Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf, has declared June 16 in honor of the iconic West Coast rapper. Born and raised in New York with a move to Marin City as a teenager, Oakland would be cemented as where he learned the game. Watch Tupac claim the town:
Not long after his move to Marin, Shakur joined Oakland’s Digital Underground as a backup dancer where he would later make his debut on “This Is An EP Release.” Tracks throughout his solo records would go on to make more than a few of references to Oakland and the Bay. If you still need a refresher on what would follow in his short career, proceed directly to your Tupac Shakur Day playlist here. The timely dedication today lands on what would be his 45th birthday. Overall, I’m just a big fan of having references to “Keep Ya Head Up” and “California Love” to in an official government document. Read the all the details on from Mayor Schaaf’s proclamation:
City of Oakland: Mayor’s Proclamation
City of Oakland
TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR
WHEREAS, the life of American hip-hop artist, actor, writer, and humanist Tupac Shakur will be internationally observed and celebrated by millions on his birthday June 16; and WHEREAS, although Tupac was born in Harlem, New York City in 1971, later lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Marin City, California, he cherished his time in Oakland as his home, stating that he got his ‘Game’ from Oakland. Tupac once said: “…I give all my love to Oakland, if I’ma claim somewhere I’ma claim Oakland”; and WHEREAS, connecting with Oakland-based hip-hop group Digital Underground launched Tupac’s career, paying his dues as a roadie, and a backup dancer, before rapping on records; and WHEREAS, Tupac became one of the most talented and thought provoking hip-hop Master of Ceremony’s (M.C.), releasing several albums, and to date selling over 75 million albums worldwide; and WHEREAS, the life of Tupac was an outlet for original artistic expression, as shown in his poem “The Rose That Grew from Concrete,” songs such as “Changes,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” and “Dear Mama” dedicated to his mother, Afeni Shakur, and all Mothers, “Only God Can Judge Me,” and “California Love” where he said: “from Oakland to Sacktown/The Bay Area and back down/Cali is where they put they Mack down/Give me love!”; and WHEREAS, his birth date serves to remind us of his contributions to our communities through the celebration of art and culture as an awakening tool towards changes in society; and NOW THERFORE, Be It Resolved, that I, Libby Schaaf, Mayor of the City of Oakland hereby proclaim June 16, 2016 as:
“TUPAC SHAKUR DAY”
In the City of Oakland and encourage its recognition of remembrance by all its citizens.
THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the office of the Mayor to be affixed.
MAYOR LIBBY SCHAAF
Bonus: If you need even more news, a teaser found its way online this morning for the long delayed Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me. So, if you were one of the people that sat near me at the Grand Lake and screamed when the Tupac cameo hit the screen during Straight Outta Compton, your wish has come true.