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This is the third Jam of the Week in a row that I’ve picked a song by an artist that either recently died or the anniversary of their just occurred. And how appropriate is that Aaliyah’s “At Your Best You Are Love” just started playing on Pandora as I typed this.

Fifteen years ago this week, Tupac died. I think I’ve mentioned that I’m not the biggest hip hop aficionado out there, but I do like it. I grew up listening to it on the radio and watching the videos on BET, so it does hold a special place in my heart. Tupac holds a special place in my heart.

I love that he rapped about his life and how he hoped that things would and could get better. There are so many songs I could have chosen, songs that I still love, but the song I chose is extra special to me. I’m pretty sure it was his first single. It definitely came out while I was still in elementary school. I remember being struck by the lyrics and the story he told even though I was so young. I memorized all the words. I’m pretty sure I still remember most of them.

Although the song is at least twenty years old, the story still resonates. He was right then and he’s right now.

This week’s Jam of the Week is Brenda’s Got a Baby.

RIP, Tupac.

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