Those who wish to follow me
(My ghetto gospel)
I welcome with my hands
These lines are reminiscent of Mark 1 and other Biblical descriptions of Jesus inviting people to follow him and learn from him so they can teach the future generations about the kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-20).
The juxtaposition of these Elton John lyrics with 2Pac saying “my ghetto gospel”, places ‘Pac in the role of Jesus Christ reaching out to people, hoping they will learn from him and use it for the betterment of mankind. The cover of this album shows 2Pac looking down through a window, presumably from heaven, dressed all in white.
‘Pac knew he was bound to pass from this Earth eventually, but did not feel he was in a position to instill good into the world; although it was his hope that he could inspire others to do better by sharing his thoughts and experiences. Like Jesus, his teachings are timeless and are passed on to the world and the future only because of apostles like Eminem (who produced this and many other post-humous 2Pac tracks), Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre (who knew him and were behind the Coachella hologram), and his family (who were very involved in documentaries like “Resurrection” and other post-humous releases).
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