Tupac Shakur Takes on Donald Trump and Corporate Greed in Never Released 1992 Interview
It would seem that the late Tupac Shakur was more prescient than we all originally thought; in a 1992 interview with MTV News, Shakur criticized American ideologies on economics and politics. One of the figures he targeted was current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, and coincidentally, Shakur's impassioned speech sounded a lot like another person vying for the presidency: Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders.
"You get taught that from school," Shakur said. "You want to be successful? You want to be like Trump? Gimme-gimme-gimme, push-push-push-push, step-step-step, crush-crush-crush."
Shakur then went on to lay out his ideals, which closely align with Sanders' presidential platform. "Everybody needs a little help on their way to being self-reliant ... No independent person just grew and was born independent," Shakur said. In 2015, Trump revealed that he himself was the recipient of a million dollar loan from his father.
"You worked and you learned team work and you learned cooperation and unity and struggle and then you became independent," Shakur continued. "We have to teach that and instill that... If this [country] is truly a melting pot, [and] Lady Liberty really love us, then we really need to be like that."
Shakur also talked extensively about income inequality and the systems that perpetuate it. "Instead of us [saying] 'Slavery is bad, bad whitey' — let's stop that. Everybody's smart enough to know that we've been slighted and we want ours. And I don't mean by 'ours,' 40 acres and a mule because we're past that. But we need help. For us to be on our own two feet, us meaning youth or us meaning black people, whatever you want to take it for, for us to be on our own two feet we do need help."
"Nobody should be hitting the lotto for $36 million when we've got people dying in the streets," Shakur said.
Watch the interview below:
April 20, 2016 11:40 a.m. EDT: This story has been updated.