Don't blame me
I was given this world I didn't make it

from 2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Tupac shouldn’t be blamed for the way society forces him to act because he wasn’t brought into this world by his own will, he didn’t determine the way society works.

This line reflect a monologue from Act Three of Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. In an emotionally charged conversation with his mother, the play’s protagonist, Walter Lee Younger, says: What’s the matter with you all! I didn’t make this world! It was given to me this way!

This isn’t a coincidence. In an October 1999 Vibe magazine article, 2pac’s childhood friend Watini Tyehimbe stated that:

He’s been an actor all his life. When he was 13, he did A Raisin in the Sun at the Apollo Theatre, after joining the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem theater company.

In the 2008 film adaption of Hansberry’s play Walter Lee is played by Sean Combs (aka Diddy).

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