By Paul Russell
11/26/2002 3:39:41 AM
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Afeni Shakur, the mother of the late rap icon Tupac Shakur, addressed the need for the preservation of freedom of speech in the album credits of her son's latest posthumous album, Better Days, out Tuesday (November 26) on Amaru/Tha Row/Interscope.
"We must always be given the freedom to express ourselves," Shakur said. "We must fight for our right to be angry, sad, happy, uplifted, whatever we need to be because without that, we become numb, and numb is dangerous."
Shakur also defended her son's music that has been criticized at times for being both uplifting and violent. "Tupac pulled the words, stories, and the overall message in his lyrics from the depths of his soul," Shakur said. "He opened up and shared with us his good days and his bad, both his joyous times and sorrow filled, he shared his fury was well as his most hopeful days."
The double album's first single is "Thugz Mansion." An acoustic version of the song featuring Nas also appears on the set. The record additionally includes guest appearances from Anthony Hamilton, Mya, the Outlaws, Ron Isley, T.I., Trick Daddy, and Tyrese.
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