Tupac Shakur: Who Do You Believe in? Meaning
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Who Do You Believe in? Lyrics
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, hear a nigga down here
Before I go to sleep
Tell me, who do you believe in?
Who do you believe in?
[Verse One: 2Pac]
I see mothers in black cryin', brothers in packs dyin'
I think 2Pac said a lot of very deep things in this record that went over a lot of peoples heads. And I think it was about conversations that are a bit taboo in the black community in America as we know it. Let me explain. In the beginning of the first verse he is talking about the plight of the black community in America and he ends the verse with this line "what is it we all fear, reflections in the mirror/we can't escape fate the end is getting nearer "
For some reason it brought me to the line by Ice Cube " because you raped our women and we felt it " (Horny lil devil)
This song is about the external struggle of the black persona in America but also the internal struggle of the black persona, that struggle of not knowing your past, and the past that you do know reflects an ill of society I.e slavery.. which brings up the internal conversation of am I a product of this, am I worthy of life itself, are we worthy... "not knowing if I am worthy"
And every time he looks in the mirror he is reminded of this story on one side he sees ancestors who love him, who have gone through pain for him to exist and through the same eyes he sees another ancestry who hates him.
He starts the second verse "can't close my eyes because all I see is terror, I hate the man in the mirror cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer "
This song is cry out for healing. For understanding. A cry for Gods mercy in the face of hate and internal struggle. But through it all, he still believes because there is hope, and that is a testament of his faith so ...who do you believe in?
anonymous Sep 8th 2021 report
I think Tupac was fighting at many fronts and the misery he experienced propelled him to ask questions about religion and the existence of a Good.
You see he find it hard to believe that all he was experiencing was only systematic but rather there was always a twist of fate and God to everything.
anonymous Apr 18th 2017 report
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