1. How are you Takerra? Do you plan to release even more books?
Good Morning! I am well. Thank you. I do plan to release more books in the future. I write fiction novels so it is very fun for me and something that I love to do. I will hopefully write forever!
2. How’s dad, Mr. Garland? And you’re somehow in touch with Ms. Afeni Shakur?
My dad is well, thank you. He keeps a low profile but is living a happy and healthy life. I do not have any contact with Ms. Shakur, unfortunately I have never had the pleasure of meeting her.
3. Do you think his death planned? Do you think he could get out after years in public and show up? How would it look to people?
I do not think that Tupac’s death was planned, no. I feel that he had too much of a message to his life, he was already racing against time and he affected people and had so much to do. I don’t think he would waste a minute of it by faking his death. He was not like that. I think people would love that though.
4. What do you think about Tupac pointed out in his videos that may soon die?
I think it is very extraordinary that Tupac felt he was going to live a short life. I believe in some sense he was blessed and cursed with that sense. I believe if we all tune into ourselves, we can probably feel things that are there as well. The way he spoke about death in his music will always mystify me.
5. You do not know what it looks like the film? Who have rotated through Tupac?
Unfortunately I’m not sure about this film you are speaking of but that sounds interesting.
6. What is your favorite song by Tupac and why?
White Man’s World is my favorite song by Tupac. I have many but that one touches me for reasons unknown. I write to it, I cry to it, I smile to it, I sleep to it.
7. What do you think Tupac would say current rappers? Souljah Boy, Lil Wayne. Do not think today’s rap is all about commerce?
I think rap would be very different if Tupac was here to say anything about it anyway. : ) But I think that he would respect anyone’s genuine love for the art and hustle. I do think rap has taken a turn and is more of a business and that has a good and bad side. But yes, very much so about commerce.
8. What religion professed Tupac?
To my knowledge, one religion was never professed. I think that he was very knowledgeable of many religions and pulled values and beliefs from many – but that is a question unfortunately I cannot answer best. He believed in God, wholeheartedly. He was spiritual. I know that much.
9. Where Tupac took inspiration for the luxury of rap?
Tupac I believe was inspired by the arts. He went to school for the arts, he was very into poetry and plays, he loved William Shakespeare. I believe people talented in the field of arts are able to easily transfer into different aspects of the field. Going on the road with Digital Underground and being exposed to the hip hop culture I’m sure has some cause to spark his interest in it.
10. Have you seen (and if yes) and what do you think about the videos on the Internet with the name, TUPAC ALIVE, where are the people who look like Tupac?
I have seen some of those videos and I have had a few people reach out to me who are influenced by Tupac, who look like him, there’s even one guy who goes on tour and everything. I think it’s amazing that after all of this time he still inspires people like that. People can say it’s 2012 and I don’t care, I’m going to wear a bandana on my head because I’m that devoted. He had the most loyal fans.
11. Why do you think it was never solved the case of the night in Times Square in ’94, according to why the never found the murderer of Tupac and why they cannot find Biggie’s killer?
To my knowledge I believe something peaked before about someone admitting to being involved in the ’94 shooting, but in all honesty, those cases were never solved because no one cares enough to solve them. The few that did hit a very solid, dangerous, threatening brick wall I believe. You start looking into something that’s meant to be covered up by very powerful people and you can end up in a maze. Or worse.
12. Do you think Tupac had lived now, that would do the same style of songs as before (called Thug songs)?
I think Pac would have always spoken for the oppressed, no matter how much he grew. Of course he would have evolved, he would have been so huge and mega, he could have branched into so much, politics, who knows! But he would always represent where he came from and what inspired him, the unspoken, the oppressed, the “thugs”.
13. What were you for days after the death of Tupac and what experiencing? Do you not ever thought about Tupac?
Days after Tupac’s death I was confused and saddened, I remember talking to my dad a lot about what was happening. I was also in seventh grade and getting teased and laughed at and many cruel things were said to me because the kids had already known that was my brother, and kids can be mean. I always think about Tupac. Sometimes it blows my mind. Out of the all the rappers or people period to share blood with, I have the blood of the best. It’s such an honor and it’s also devastation because I wish he was here so much. He also inspires me greatly. He did more in his 25 years than most people do in a lifetime.
14. Would you like Tupac’s creation, if you know it’s not your brother?
Yes, absolutely. I have not met one person who didn’t at least appreciate Pac or anyone who can deny his talent or influence or genius. I would absolutely still be as fascinated as I am with him now.
Thank you so much for having me! I appreciate the love and respect you have for my brother and I know that he would appreciate and love you. Thank you for being loyal fans! It was a pleasure! - Takerra