T.I. Believes Tupac Shakur Would've Dived Into Politics

"Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life," the rapper said of the music icon. 

Fans and critics alike believe the world might be spinning on a different axis if Tupac Shakur was still around. Rapper and Tupac fan T.I. shared the same thoughts with reporters before his tribute to the music icon in early April at the Rock and Roll of Fame induction ceremony.

READ: Snoop Dogg Reacts To Inducting Tupac Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

As the only solo rapper to be inducted, Tupac's legacy now rests among other greats like Chuck Berry, N.W.A., Parliament-Funkadelic and Micheal Jackson. "It's an extreme honor," T.I. said to the Associated Press. "I feel like, you know, as a kid, 'Pac was my favorite rapper since the first time I heard him, and you know, that's the first person I ever, as an artist, hoped to pattern myself after."

Filmed for HBO, T.I., Alicia Keys and YG all performed tributes to the rapper. Shakur lost his life towards the peak of his career in 1996 when he was gunned down in Las Vegas. Tip thinks his legacy would've been bigger and brighter given Pac's connection to the youth and activism. "Anything could have happened with 'Pac, man. Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life," he said. "He may have gotten into politics by now. Who knows? Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life."

Tupac shared his political ambitions with VIBE in 1996 and explained how he would change the world. "That’s the way for us to overcome a lot of our obstacles, is to have political power. Nothing can stop power or recognize power but power," he said. "Everything you telling me to do, Let’s sit down and talk. If Bosnia disrespects America, or Saddam Hussein disrespects America, they gonna go to war. Cause America wants its respect. And they gonna sit down after Saddam Hussein recognizes that they should respect America. We have to have respect before we can have communication. Before we can communicate, there has to be a mutual respect. And we don’t have that.I respect the east coast. The east coast know I respect them. I used to beat ni**as up for Queen Latifah. You can ask Chuck D. When they robbed P.E., I was there. When Treach was out there and ni**as wanted… It’s not as bad as everybody think. It’s not like everybody fighting."

As for his own career path, Tip has shown his more righteous side in recent project like US or Else, but he's not interested in getting into politics. "I don't think so. I'm not a politician. I'm not a politician," he said. "If I can use my influence for the best for someone else, who I feel is deserving, I would do that, but I am not a politician. I'm too motivated."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will air on HBO April 29.

READ: 10 Songs That Embody Tupac’s Love For The Kids Of Black America

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The Mona Lisa has seen many variations over the years from Lego mosaics to a "Melanated Mona." The latest remix comes from a talented sketch artist who recreated the iconic painting by switching out Mona with his daughter.

On Saturday (March 23), Laurence "Sketch" Cheatham posted a video of his daughter's reaction to his homage. While using his daughter's own stunning photograph, Cheatham's elegant take almost left his daughter speechless. "That's me! Oh my gosh, I'm the Mona Lisa," she said in awe. "[This is] so cool. Thank you. Oh my gosh. How did you do that?"

In between her amazement, Sketch shared how it took three months to create his now-viral image. His talents don't stop with the new Melanated Mini Mona Lisa. A quick look at his Instagram page shows his life-like portraits of celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake and the late Tupac Shakur.

He's also lent his talents to social justice with a poignant sketch called "The League." The image includes an angelic look at victims of unjust police killings like Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose and Michael Brown.

Take a look at the adorable viral video and amazing work from Sketch below.

 

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Painting my daughter as Frida Kahlo 💐🙏🏽 House full of #art Photo credit @charliedrizzle #paint #fridakahlo #painter #canvasart #painting #artlife #canvas #artist #artwork #paintingoftheday #paintings #artistsoninstagram #instaart #artsy #arts #paintingwithatwist #artists

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"The League" Please share this with your friends. I want to get this drawing out as far as it can go. Recently, I found a picture of this man holding this sign and it spoke to me. This drawing was inspired by the recent tragedy of Sandra Bland. I wanted to honor those who lost their lives and at the same time show that not everyone is racist and that we're not alone in this. Peace to Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Samuel DuBose and the many others. Feel free to tag and share. #justice #sandrabland #ericgarner #samueldubose #trayvonmartin #michaelbrown #art #drawing #blacklivesmatter @caradelevingne

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Lil Wayne's 1999 Rap Notebook Is On Sale For $250K

If you have $250,000 laying around and fancy yourself a Lil Wayne fan then you can own his rap notebook from 1999.

Weezy was about 17 years old and part of the beloved rap group the Hot Boys when he penned his lyrics for songs "We On Fire" and "I Feel."

The owner of the notebook told TMZ he found it inside a car once owned by Cash Money. As a dealership employee, he rummaged through the backseat and located the prized possession.

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The notebook was stored in a box in his garage and when the Category 5 storm hit, he evacuated. When he returned much of his belongings were destroyed except for the book. Moments In Time will reportedly handle the sale of the rare find.

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Fellow battle rapper Buttah From The Block announced the sad news in a message on Facebook. Buttah told XXL that his family and friends were unsure of the cause of death at this time. "We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body," he said.

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"THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK- Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of Philly. Rest well," Kendrick Lamar tweeted.

"Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers. Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul." Lupe Fiasco also tweeted.

Tech N9ne also released a statement, stating that he did not pass away and offering his condolences.

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— Tech N9ne (@TechN9ne) March 25, 2019

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Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.

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