Issue: April 1995
Story Headline: Ready to Live
Background: Everybody knew his name. They knew his music. They knew he was the embodiment of thug life. His recent bouts involving being shot up and locked up on charges of sexual assault further proved it. But in an interview with VIBE, while away at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility, 2Pac seemed to have a change of heart. In this candid face-to-face encounter, Pac recounted the events of the night that left him with wounds to the head and opened up to Kevin Powell about his suspicions that Bad Boy Entertainment had something to do with his being shot. Most surprising, was that he confessed that after what he experienced on that life-altering night, and plenty of deep-thinking in his jail cell, 'Pac vowed to give up the thug lifestyle for good. But not before dropping his best-selling album to date, Me Against the World, which was released while he was still behind bars.
Memorable Quote: "You used to see rappers talking all that hard shit, and then you see them in suits and shit at the American Music Awards. I didn't want to be that type of nigga. I wanted to keep it real, and that's what I thought I was doing. But now that shit is dead. That Thug Life shit...I did it, I put in my work, I laid it down. But now that shit is dead.”
“I don't have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.”