Tupac Shakur – Interview At 17 Years Old – Part 1
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[Tupac Shakur – Interview At 17 Years Old – Part 1]
[Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)]
Okay. My name is Tupac Shakur, and I attend Tamalpais High School, and I’m 17 years old.
Do you like being 17?
Yes. Like 17 is such a weird age. it’s such a – and the middle age, you’re not 18 yet, and you’re older than 16. but I like it just nice. It’s like learning stage for me.
Do you wish you could be 18 and you get some more rights?
[Tupac Shakur] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, 18 would bring lots of responsibilities that I don’t want, but it will bring respect that I feel like, that’s the only way I can get it. You know, I’ll try to be as mature as I can be, and demand it where I can get, but 18 is like, you’re an adult. Like today, when I had to sign a release form, I felt so bad, because I couldn’t sign it myself, I have to go get my mother’s, and all that. But 18 is just society’s way of saying that you’re ready, but 17 like I’ve become ready now, as ready as I’m gonna be in this world. but so it’s okay, I guess 17 is all right.
Do you think that you should be doing more responsibilities, so that you have much more value than adults place on because of your age?
Well, well the way that my mother brought me up is, no lies, total truth, everything is real in society, everything – if something is going wrong in the house – I know everything. So I was – it was like, I was given the responsibility before I wanted it. And so now, I can’t really differentiate what great responsibility is, because I’ve had it for so long.
You know, she told me, I had to be ready for it. And so that’s good, and I think it’s great, because I know that, and has taught me that, when you get out there, the responsibility is staggering and I’m ready, I’m going to be a little more ready than someone who’s grown up in Disney World, you know, with Santa Claus is coming. And so I think I’m growing up good as, and all since the way, I think I’m growing up and learning about responsibilities kind of thing.
What do you think is the hardest thing about being a teenager your age?
The hardest thing about being my age is, proving to society that I understand what’s going on, like we’ve – not everybody, but frequently, teenagers are stereotyped and being loud music loving, girl chasing, car wanting, not caring about the world, coke heads – you know, drinking coke and smoking and being drug addicts.
And I mean in some ways we are, I mean I chase girls, and want the car and loud music. But I’d like to think of us, I was really be socially aware, and not just socially aware is being trendy, you know being peace, not that. I really think that teenagers, they got a lot of responsibilities and a lot of burdens, because in fact, we’re not – I mean we’re giving a horrible world, we’re giving the gift and we gettin’ when we got to takeover is horrible, they left us, they leaving this world in bad shape or us to fix up.
So I think that we deserve a lot of respect, because you know in the 60s, they changed a lot. And those teenagers were given respect, because they changed a lot, and they did a lot. We’re givin’ no respect and we have to do a lot, I mean the world – no secret but the world is in bad shape. So we have to do a lot of good things. so I think we deserve a little bit more respect.
[Interviewer] Source: LYBIO.net
Okay. And why do you think it is that adults don’t give you the respect you deserved?
Fear, they are scared of watching us grow up, they are scared and when we get the power or responsibility, they won’t be able to handle it, and they are scared that, well I don’t think in this generation, I don’t think there are a lot of adults put enough into their children. I’m glad my mother did, but I don’t think that a lot of children growing up lost in the source. And I think that they are scared, because they realized it now that oh, oh we didn’t, I didn’t teach him this, I didn’t teach him that, where did they learn it. Look at, look at, unsafe sex and drugs, and if you look at the statistics, they staggering again. You know and so I think they are scared because they are realizing that they goofed, they really messed up. And also; they feel the teenagers are angry; at least this generation sees a little angry in me, and a little bit more rebellious and uninvolved. So they’re scared, because they’re realizing that, you know, what’s going to happen, all these people are in power, but also just because it’s human nature to be scared to watch a child grow up, and you don’t want to give them that yet.
Well, what do you see some of the major differences between being a kid or being an adult?
I was funny, being a kid, like my little cousin, De Rossi, he’s three and everything to him is happy. The only think that that makes him unhappy is when you – when things are over. When you turn something off, and when the television goes off, when it’s time to go to bed or when he has to come in to house, everything is over that’s bad, you know. And when you are an adult when something is over that’s like just the opposite, you know when it’s over it’s good, you know oh, I’m off work, its over, you know vacation is over, oh. God, she is out of the house, my children in college is over, oh, my God. and so it’s that difference, but children see things so great, if the world, what happened is that adults complicate things and children don’t. As simple as simple as this, the sky is blue. An adults they go to, sky is blue. why is it blue? Because birds and bees and everything wasn’t meant to be analyzed. And that’s where are problems came when I think, and that’s where I think kids are happier, kids are definitely happier and more relaxed than adults.
[Interviewer] Source: LYBIO.net
Do you think if parents or adults had happier childhoods, they would be better off when they grow up, I mean like a lot of people say, if you have a trouble childhood you lack self esteem when you grow up?
No, actually I think is, well, okay, from my mother’s point, well if you grew up happy, too happy, you know, like in fairy tale land, not fairy tale, I mean if you grew up where you know every Christmas you got a present, and every birthday, you got a present, and every holiday was the holiday and everything is peachy, your parents took care everything, and you just grew up.
I don’t think that prepares you for the world. You know, my mother had a really bad childhood, and my father had a bad childhood, and I had a bad childhood, but I love my childhood, even though it was bad, I love it. I feel like it’s taught me so much. And I feel like nothing can faze me, you know nothing in this world, nothing can surprise me, it might set me back, but only momentarily, only to spring back. And I think it’s helped me to learn, it really did help me learn, since my mother had a bad childhood, she knows the importance of being honest, and the importance of facing each situation as it comes, and not dealing in a fairy tale land, be a realistic about the problem, and analyzing it and solve it, see what you can do to solve it,. So if you have a happy childhood, you tend to – want your child to have a happy childhood, so you tend to want to keep the bad things out, and I don’t think that’s good, because you don’t prepare for the world.
So basically you have to be realistic with your care if there is something wrong out there they have to know there is something wrong?
[Tupac Shakur] Source: LYBIO.net
Right, you definitely have to be realistic. We should tell them. We don’t get the wrong idea, I feel like I’m being gloomy, I don’t mean, just be like, dammit it is bad out there, but I mean when the good things come, they are going to come in, everybody knows that, good things are going to come and you’re going to see it for yourself, you’re going to see it too good, but it’s harder to see the bad things and everybody wants to shield the bad things and that’s where it gets complicated, and it gets real rotten, that’s when everybody gets surprised, and oh my God, I’m committing suicide, it’s too much overwhelming, if it doesn’t – if you know about it, it won’t be so overwhelming. If it doesn’t – You know, that’s the way I think about that.
How do you think so positive you say you had a problem in childhood, but yet you seemed like you’ve gotten above that?
[Tupac Shakur] Source: LYBIO.net
Oh, is that you know you could be a lost, if you are lost in your worldliness and you have a guide, then it’s not like being lost, it’s like learning new things as you go through. So when you finally get through, you forgot where you will go into, you’re just want to talk about the path that you just went, and as I will fell like, like my child, I was just totally lost at first, because – like my mother was a Black Panther, as she was really involved in the movement, you know, just black people bettering themselves and things like that.
My father was a hustler, street hustler, you know, sold drugs and everything in, how did they get together is beyond me, but he just so high as that woman doing something like you know. But so my mother and father both had bad childhoods and I never knew, what my father was, I met him, but he died and that was horrible, but got over that.
My mother took actually, it’s like she actually did take me to life, you know when I’ve discovered – first, I rebelled against it, because she was in a movement, we never spent time together, because she was always speaking and going to colleges and everything. And then after that was over, it was more time spent with me and we both just like, you’re my mother, she was like, you’re my son and why we do. So then she was really close with me.
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