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Tupac on Being Fatherless

Updated: Jul 7


“Now I am [confident] because now, I believe that I am my own man. And I am a man. You know, money gave me confidence; the screams of the crowd gave me confidence. But before that, I was a shell of a man.”

-Tupac Shakur


Tupac was an American rapper and singer whose influence and legacy continues to this day. He was raised by a single mother and rose to fame despite coming from a difficult background, which he often rapped about.


At 25 years old, he was shot by an unknown assailant.


In 2017, Tupac was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


In an interview with MTV's Tabitha Soren, Tupac spoke about how he struggled growing up without a father in his life:


Tupac Shakur: "I was named after this Inca Chief from South America whose name was Tupac Amaru. But there's a lot of people named Tupac Amaru. It's like a whole tribe named Tupac Amaru. So my mom named me after this Inca chief. And I think the tribal breakdown means like, intelligent warrior, something like that...He's a deep dude.”

Tabitha Soren: “You grew up without a father. How do you feel like your life would be different if you had grown up with a father?”


Tupac Shakur: "I'da have some discipline. I'da had more confidence.”


Tabitha Soren: “You seem pretty confident to me.”


Tupac Shakur: "Now I am because now, I believe that I am my own man. And I am a man. You know, money gave me confidence; the screams of the crowd gave me confidence. But before that, I was a shell of a man.”



Tabitha Soren: “Do you feel like one day that you will be a good father?”


Tupac Shakur: "I think I'll be a very, very good father...Because I love kids. I love the innocence. It just does somethin' to my chest. The innocence that they have, and how they look up to you, and how you can't do no wrong to 'em.”


What Tupac speaks about resonates with research regarding how boys struggle when their fathers aren’t present.


Young men in America who grow up without their fathers are:


  • less likely to graduate from college/university

  • more likely to be idle in their 20s

  • twice as likely to spend time in jail by around age 30.


This is because these boys lack the daily involvement and role modelling from their fathers. As such, these boys are more likely to act out and struggle in school and work.


However, a difficult childhood does not need to hold you back. By addressing and resolving issues from your past with people you trust, such as friends and professionals, you can become stronger and thrive in life.


If you are ready to take that next step, then visit us for a free consultation.



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