Wednesday, September 13, 2006

i aint a killa but dont push me...

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the demise of one of the greatest artists of all time - Tupac Amaru Shakur. The rapper was gunned down in Suge Knights' BMW on Sept 7th 1996 after attending a Mike Tyson fight - he died 6 days later at 4:03pm.
Undoubtedly, Im gona get some people thinking why on earth are you talking about Tupac's death. Well for me this guy was a revoloutionary, similar to Malcom-X and Martin Luther King. Don't get me wrong, not only did he have a revoloutionary mentality but he was also sucked in by Maya and you can't blame him, it was his sangat. All around him were thugs, guns, drugs and drink; and eventually it was these things that led him to his premature death at the age of 25.
When I was in Canada last year myself and Gurmukh Bhai Randip Singh Bramptonwalay did some veechar on the late rapper and in particular his line "I aint a killer but don't push me..." Now if you know Pac's songs then you'll know the rest of this line goes sour, however, this line in itself is very poignant. It has a sense of Sikhi to it and makes me think of the Singhs and how they would retaliate to their Moghul tormentors.
I could imagine Baba Banda Singh Bahadur speaking similar lines, before the Chotay Sahibjaday were Shaheed, I could see him saying if you want to live then don't push me. Don't test me, coz if you do, you'll know about it. And it's for that reason why I hold some respect for Tupac, some of the things he said and spoke about relate to Sikhi in such a canny way that it brings a smile to my face, for those words of wisdom I respect. For his kaljugi ways I disregard - but no ones perfect. Hell even I aint perfect and you know I aint a killa... but dont push me... ;)
Below is a funny clip someone sent to me about Tupac - Please note it may cause offence.

Disclaimer: The statements and opinions in the above video are the thoughts of those who are filmed and not of Jaskeerth-Gyan Singh Khalsa (JGSK). The video is no way endorsed or condoned by JGSK and is simply there for others to view as a matter of 'light-entertainment.'


Jgskxyz said...

Hell even I aint perfect and you know I aint a Ranz_killa... but dont push me... ;)

I want a Blog thing. this things funky, bruv!

Anonymous said...

I don’t think one needs to swear left right and centre to make a valid point...Tupac may have been a revolutionary (well at least in your eyes) but in character he was far from the ideals set by Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Malcolm X & Dr King are regarded as revolutionaries for standing for what they believed in (Justice) to the extent that they were killed for it...Tupac died as a result of rivalry.

Tupac, was a thug, who was proud to rap that he slept with another’s wife and as you so wonderfully put it “Now if you know Pac’s songs, then you’ll know the rest of this line goes sour”…this in my eyes totally sums up Tupac

To many, Aurangzeb and Indira Ghandi were revolutionaries…but all one needs to do is take a look at the rest of their character

Having said that, your right no ones is perfect...def not me

Singh said...

hahah anon read the whole thing... it said some of his words were words of wisdom and it is those that JGSK respects. The rest he disregards.

Gursikhs aren't supposed to look at the negative points in a person but take the good. I too respect his good points simple as that. As for Aurangzeb and Gandhi, to me they showed no passion for a positive cause. Instead they were determined to cause pain and suffering to innocent people.

Tupac, as far as I'm aware, never did any of that. He positively spoke about young black males defending themselves against the white oppressors, which is what MLK did.

So in conclusion, Tupac had his good points as well as his bad, but lets not hate on JGSK for it! hahahah

btw, JGSK hollaa at ya boyyy!!!

jgsk said...

hahah thanks singh - i'd holla at ya if i u used ur name b!

Anonymous said...

isn't sept 13th also the day that police went to arrest sant ji and when they couldn't find him they burnt many saroops of maharaj??

if all u can remember abt 13th sept is tupac :S man that sucks especialy dat u meant to be taksali

different singh said...

Yo, like 'singh' said, dont hate on jgs for it. if you dont like what he wrote, or disagree then simply dont visit the site or read that post. Just let it b. no need to hate on a good singh. whats wrong with u ppl! And did u care to think that mayb sum1 asked jgs to write a post on tupac - mayb the same person that sent him the vid. Oh yea.. That was me! haha... Dont b a hater - b a innovator!

Phreshie said...

Yea jgsxyz.

Is that ALL you can remember? Eh? And you call yourself a taksali Ppppf! LoL

I don't like Tupac... but I can see where you are coming from... sort of... not quite in the same league as MLK or is he... hmmh...

Tupac scares me.


Karamjeet Singh said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

I'm A Singh,but I love 2pac,he was real,he said it like it is.

There is so much that apnay youth can relate to in Pac's music.He talked about the struggle of being a minority in this "white mans' world".He talked about death,and self conflict that many of us go through.

Pac wasnt no saint,he would be the first one to tell you,but he kept it real,lived by his word,and tried to uplift the people.

Not everyone agrees with his point of view fair enough,but to me Pac was dope,a legend in the hip hop game,the best M.C. of all time.

I will let 2pac speak for himself.

I shall not fear no man but God
Though I walk through the valley of death
I shed so many tears (if I should die before I wake)
Please God walk with me (grab a nigga and take me to Heaven)

Back in elementary, I thrived on misery
Left me alone I grew up amongst a dyin breed
Inside my mind couldn't find a place to rest
until I got that Thug Life tatted on my chest
Tell me can you feel me? I'm not livin in the past, you wanna last
Be tha first to blast, remember Kato
No longer with us he's deceased
Call on the sirens, seen him murdered in the streets
Now rest in peace
Is there heaven for a G? Remember me
So many homies in the cemetery, shed so many tears

Ahh, I suffered through the years, and shed so many tears..
Lord, I lost so many peers, and shed so many tears

Now that I'm strugglin in this business, by any means
Label me greedy gettin green, but seldom seen
And fuck the world cause I'm cursed, I'm havin visions
of leavin here in a hearse, God can you feel me?
Take me away from all the pressure, and all the pain
Show me some happiness again, I'm goin blind
I spend my time in this cell, ain't livin well
I know my destiny is Hell, where did I fail?
My life is in denial, and when I die,
baptized in eternal fire I'll shed so many tears

Lord, I suffered through the years, and shed so many tears..
Lord, I lost so many peers, and shed so many tears

Now I'm lost and I'm weary, so many tears
I'm suicidal, so don't stand near me
My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer
to embrace an early death, now there's nothin left
There was no mercy on the streets, I couldn't rest
I'm barely standin, bout to go to pieces, screamin peace
And though my soul was deleted, I couldn't see it
I had my mind full of demons tryin to break free
They planted seeds and they hatched, sparkin the flame
inside my brain like a match, such a dirty game
No memories, just a misery
Paintin a picture of my enemies killin me, in my sleep
Will I survive til the mo'nin, to see the sun
Please Lord forgive me for my sins, cause here I come...

Lord, I suffered through the years (God) and shed so many tears..
God, I lost so many peers, and shed so many tears

Lord knows I.. tried, been a witness to homicide
Seen drivebys takin lives, little kids die
Wonder why as I walk by
Broken-hearted as I glance at the chalk line, gettin high
This ain't the life for me, I wanna change
But ain't no future right for me, I'm stuck in the game
I'm trapped inside a maze
See this Tanqueray influenced me to gettin crazy
Disillusioned lately, I've been really wantin babies
so I could see a part of me that wasn't always shady
Don't trust my lady, cause she's a product of this poison
I'm hearin noises, think she fuckin all my boys, can't take no more
I'm fallin to the floor; beggin for the Lord to let me in
to Heaven's door -- shed so many tears
(Dear God, please let me in)

Lord, I've lost so many years, and shed so many tears..
I lost so many peers, and shed so many tears
Lord, I suffered through the years, and shed so many tears..
God, I lost so many peers, and shed so many tears

Anonymous said...

this just brought the "gurmat" quality of your blog down from 7 to 3.

Anonymous said...

Tupac's soul was pained, like everyone else's soul in the world. Just because we're "gursikhs" doesn't mean we can't LEARN from other tortured, pained souls who have had insane experiences and have struggled with so many facets of life that we could never even imagine going through.

Sometimes you can take the good out of a person's lifestyle, whether they were good or bad or whatever morals they have, and still benefit your Sikhi and your way of life through it. Some of Tupac's songs had so so so so much more meaning than any other rappers that sang about Gand and nonsense just to make money. Tupacs music was more to create awareness in his own community and describe his life situations.. I couldn't blame someone for that.. I think it's remarkable, as long as we (if we are Sikhs), don't "look up" to Tupac or anyone like that, who probably did a lot of bad things as well

Not sure if that post made any sense, but lets just all take it ez, no one is saying to listen to Tupac music 24/7 or recite Tupac Zindabaad, they're just respecting a person that had a difficult, troubled life, but fought through it with a positive attitude, trying to help others, or that's how it seems to some at least... To others he is a manmukh simply put but lets not judge and just move on, after gathering the GOOD. Thanks

Anonymous said...

As Gursikhs, what kind of role model is 2pac? I used to listen to him ALOT before i took Amrit (i'm talking i knew EVERY LYRIC BY HEART), but now that i look back... its all manmat. Seriously, there was so much hypocrisy in his songs. One moment he's talking about 'Keep ya head up' and how we should respect women, and the next minute he's in these videos (some of which were too explicit for tv), and girls were being disrespected and treated like meat. Whats up with that?

People are always like...he's so deep...but what about all those lyrics talking about drinking 40s and smoking blunts? THESE ARE KUREHATS PEOPLE...HELLO!!! This is the kind of stuff Guru Ji stopped us from listening to, and we are bopping our heads, while some guy is talking about selling weed, and getting drunk, and we use the excuse of 'oh, he talked about God in some of his songs'..give it a rest. As Gursikhs we need to listen to Bani and do veechar of Bani...thats the truly deep stuff.

Phreshie said...

I agree to some extent with some of the comments here... however, no one is saying Tupac was a brahamgyanee.

They are simply commenting on some of the guys lyrics. I don't for a moment imagine Singh's to be sitting at home, chilling to his tunes about girls/alcohol the five vices etc.

I do however, think all should see the good in everyone. "If you don't see God in all, you don't see God at all"..

His karam meant he was able to talk of God with love but was unable to loosen the noose of kaljug from around his neck... surely we can somewhere along the line take heed of that, and think about how to save our own jeevans?

No one thinks he is more inspirational that Bhai Taru Singh Jee... heck he is no where near the same league.. but someone, deep in the pit of his soul, Akaal Purukh was within him too.

isnt it a shame said...

isnt it a shame that there are soo many comments on tupac and not a single comment on the amazing picture and gurbani tukk above?

to the ppl who are saying this and that about tupac - you should be encouraging the tupac supporters to read the above post and enshrine that within their hearts, not pump your own ego by saying you did this and did that and only gurbani can save you.

who care's what you've done, guruji says jo aap japey avarey nam japaavey, inspire others to chant the name and do seva dont jus yell at them.

now, before i turn into the same hypocrite, please all of you who have taken the time to read and comment on this post - do the same for the post above. that will truly help your jeevans!

dhan guru nanak!

isnt it a shame said...

btw, when i talk about the above post i mean the one on sant jarnail singh looking at darbar sahib and the gurbani tukk "har japae har mandar saajiaa sant bhagat gun gaavehi raam."

just incase you got confused.


dhan guru nanak!

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Smitty said...

Beautiful analysis of Tupac's music and meaning. Next to Minister Louis Farrakhan, Tupac was the most important figure for black people in the decade of the 90s.

I agree about taking the positive while at least trying to understand (understand, not agree) with the bad. Tupac was the only rapper with the kind of reach to youth and the oppressed generally, to have such a revolutionary political viewpoint.
This made him important. If you look around today, most artists have been bought off and completely compromised. They espouse no political perspective except one-a right wing-all I care about is money viewpoint.

That is a very Right Wing political position. All the while, most artists think that they don't have ANY political position because Right Wing politics have become so common across what we call the West, Europe and the US.

Tupac was special and is missed. Great post.