Detroit rapper Royce Da 5’9 is serving up all the motivation and inspiration to get the work week started. The hip-hop veteran has lit up social media with some super rare footage of the late Tupac Shakur from his youth.
Royce Da 5’9’s Found A Classic 2Pac Clip
The Motown native went to his Instagram page with the must-see clip. The footage features Pac speaking on the importance of ownership and overcoming oppression.
“I’m looking at you and you look god d*mn good to me and you’re my sister and I ain’t finna let none of these crackers take you down. You feel me? And that’s coming from my heart. It’s like that. Like they said, we’re at war and it’s all good. Everything is all good. It’s all good. You feel me? And when I say ‘Thug Life’ I mean it. Because these white folks here, they don’t care what you think. … Whoever you think you are, we’re thugs to these motherf*ckers. You know? And until we own some sh*t, I’m gonna call it like it is. How you gonna be a man when you’re starving? You know?”
Royce Da 5’9 Properly Salutes Zaila
A few days ago, the Motown native hit up his Instagram page with a major shout-out to Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde. Royce not only called her a living “G.O.A.T” but also referenced Zaila’s Black Girl Magic after becoming the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s first African American winner.
Last week, Zaila bodied her Spelling Bee competition by ultimately sealing her victory spelling the word “Murraya,” which is a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees. The win also made her just the second Black champion in over 20 years.
The only previous Black champion was also the only international winner: Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998. The bee, however, has still been a showcase for spellers of color over the past two decades, with kids of South Asian descent dominating the competition. Zaila’s win breaks a streak of at least one Indian-American champion every year since 2008. (AP)
Royce Da 5’9 Salutes JAY-Z
The Detroit rapper doesn’t only shout out Spelling Bee champions. Royce recently saluted music icon JAY-Z following his publicized Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction The Motown legend hit up Instagram with a salute to Young Hov. The post features a snapshot from streaming giant TIDAL’s Twitter page calling JAY “Hall of Fame Hov.”
JAY-Z joins B.I.G. + 2Pac in Hall of Fame
A few months ago, JAY-Z joined the likes of his former late friend/rap icon Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction also came 25 years after he dropped an unforgettable Reasonable Doubt debut album.
The Brooklyn-born rapper — who changed the game with such hits as “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” “Big Pimpin’,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” and, of course, his No. 1 smash “Empire State of Mind” — made history as the first living solo rapper to be inducted into the rock hall when the class of 2021 was announced on Wednesday morning. Hova leads a diverse group of acts being immortalized in the RRHOF, including Foo Fighters, Tina Turner, Carole King, the Go-Go’s and Todd Rundgren. (New York Post)