Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
11/9/2003 3:45:51 PM
Tags and topics realted to this article include 2Pac and Eminem.
Marshall Mathers just heard the news and was so shocked he didn't know what to say or do. It was a moment that no rap fan will ever forget — how could they? The hip-hop community's hearts were racing a thousand miles per second and the only thing moving faster were their minds. Everyone was angry, confused and, most of all, heartbroken.
It was September 13, 1996, and the world had just learned that one of the all-time great musical talents has passed away. Music would never be the same.
"I remember exactly where I was when I heard that Tupac died," Eminem said solemnly. "I was cooking in a restaurant. It was me, Kuniva and Kon Artis from D12. We all had the same job. There was a big TV screen. We all just kinda watched it, just dazed. It almost didn't feel real."
Like all of us, the future mic king was horrified.
I remember just the feeling of like, 'Holy sh--!' " Em continued. "This is how real it got? I just remember this feeling of gloominess. A lot of the people at the job that I worked at didn't understand Tupac or didn't understand the music. So they were looking at us like, 'What? What's wrong? What's the big deal? Get over it.' And it's like, 'Nah, you don't, you don't understand. This is a really f---ed-up day.' "
September 13 was the beginning of a long period of mourning for a young Em and the rest of the hip-hop community. He'd been listening to Tupac since he was 17. Watching Shakur play out his real-life movie through the media, Em felt so connected to Pac it were as if they were growing up together.....
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