My family tree, consists of drug dealers, thugs and killers

from 2Pac – Blasphemy Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

As an intellectual, Tupac sought to paint a vivid picture of life in America’s poor black communities. Tupac often compares and contrasts the lives of the have-nots with those in high society. Pedigree and lineage play a major role in the rich elites sense of self and definition. Using the image of a “family tree”, something only wealthier/typical families use, Tupac shows a different type of family in society — one damaged and flawed by the harsh realities of the Ghetto environment.

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