BLACK VOICES
06/16/2015 02:51 pm ET Updated Jun 22, 2015

7 Tupac Songs That Still Resonate With Black America Today

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Nearly 20 years since his death, Tupac Shakur's legacy lives on in popular culture. After all, the rapper sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Shakur’s work inspired a 2014 Broadway musical and was recently featured in Powerade’s commercial with NBA star Derrick Rose and on Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, “To Pimp A Butterfly."

His thought-provoking lyrics on songs like “Keep Ya Head Up” and “Trapped” address the complexities of black America, proof of his power to resonate with listeners who still see his truthful take reflected in black culture today.

In honor of what would have been Shakur’s 44th birthday, we decided to choose seven of our favorite songs that powerfully address ongoing social issues in America.

Let us know your favorite Tupac lyric and song in the comments section below.

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Tupac Shakur's Socially Conscious Lyrics
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BEFORE YOU GO

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Remembering Tupac Shakur
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