“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Friday, February 26, 2010
Gangsta Related, Tupac Shakur: "Staring Through My Rearview"
Tupac Shakur was shot four more times in a drive-by in Vegas that took him out at the age of 25. It was not the first time that he was shot.
I don't particularly like rap, but the first time I heard this song was in a movie called "Gang Related". I was curious.
Tupac lived large and died short. Here is how it ended:
On September 7, 1996, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson – Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After leaving the match, one of the associates of Suge Knight, co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records spotted 21 year-old Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips, in the MGM Grand lobby and informed Shakur. Shakur then attacked Anderson.
Shakur's entourage, as well as Suge and his followers assisted in assaulting Anderson. The fight was captured on the hotel's video surveillance. It was paybacks for an incident of a few weeks earlier when Anderson and a group of Crips had robbed a member of Death Row's entourage (Shakur's tribe) in a Foot Locker store, precipitating Shakur's attack.
(You really can't make this stuff up.)
After the brawl, Shakur went with Suge to Death Row-owned Club 662 (now known as restaurant/club Seven). He rode in Suge's car as part of a larger convoy including many of Shakur's entourage.
While paused at a red light, Shakur rolled down his window and a photographer took his photograph. Shortly after, they were halted by Metro bicycle cops for playing the car stereo too loud and not having license plates.
The police were soon satisfied that they were legit and released them. Later while stopped at a red light, a vehicle occupied by two women pulled up on their right side. Shakur, who was standing up through the sunroof, exchanged words with the two women, and invited them to go to a Club.
Shortly after, a late-model Cadillac with an unknown number of occupants pulled up to the side of Shakur's car, rolled down one of the windows, and rapidly fired twelve or thirteen shots at Shakur. He was struck by four rounds, with bullets hitting him in the chest, the pelvis, and his right hand and thigh and right lung.
After arriving on the scene, police and paramedics took Suge and a fatally wounded Shakur to the University Medical Center.
On the afternoon of September 13, 1996, Shakur died of internal bleeding. Dead at 25.
I can relate to being a young and wild . I was lucky,survived and got away with it. I get to look at life through my rearview, not Tupac. Damn shame that.