Left me alone I grew up amongst a dying breed
He felt alone, and grew up amongst real gangsters
This can be translated to music today, where the dying breed is the MC
This can be interpreted 3 ways:
Shakur’s family was heavily involved with the Black Panther party (a party standing for the rights of blacks). Most of the members of this party were hunt down by the “law” and sentenced to prison. However, Shakur’s mother was able to defend herself all alone, without an attorney, and avoided lifetime jail while still pregnant with Tupac. So, they are kinda like “dying breed”, the black panthers, the African-Americans and so on (because of the political oppresion on them back in the day).
Rappers are a drying breed. The game changes, everything is becoming mainstream and about industry and money. Back before 2pac (the oldschool hip-hop prior to the 90s) was more about spiritual lyrics, self-awareness, social problems and so on. With the beginning of 90’s rap scene has become slightly harsher and way more industry/money oriented.
The African-American race and culture as a whole is a dying breed. Police officers have murdered many black people.
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