September 13, 2011 will mark the 15 year anniversary of rap legend Tupac Shakur‘s death and to pay homage to the late great rapper, XXL magazine will be celebrating all things Tupac in their September issue.
For this special tribute issue, XXL Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Satten sits down with Tupac’s biological father, Bill Garland where amongst many topics discussed he will offer a heartfelt description of his son’s caring nature.
“[Tupac] cared for people,” he said. “That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul.
“He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”
XXL also speaks with Tupac’s ex-wife Keisha Morris, who will share the intimate details of their relationship.
They also talked to Tupac’s first manager Leila Steinberg, his stepfather Mutulu Shakur, Pac’s group the Outlawz, one of his favorite producers Johnny J and finally, 62 rappers remember Tupac and speak on his impact and legacy.