I have always had suspicions that Tupac, the thuggest of thugs, was gay. It is known that he attended the Baltimore School Of The Arts, where he studied acting, poetry and ballet. Not that this is compelling evidence that he was gay, but it most definitely starts to show us how he transformed himself into the Tupac we know.
He is an actor, meaning he can take on any role convincingly. I mean Barker Haines on Isidingo is played by a very gay man(played by Robert Whitehead... see right), as thuggin as he is in his role. So being a great actor, Pac was able to play a hardcore gangster. A nigga's nigga. As you might know, he didn't always carry this thug personality, especially when he was rapping and dancing with Digital Underground. He was as happy and animated as The Fresh Prince.
It is his role as Bishop in the movie Juice, which would transform him into the persona we know him for. Bishop was a ruthless gangster. Once blacks saw the movie, they developed this fear and respect for Pac. You know how South African blacks used to cuss and beat the lady who played Ntsiki (pictured on the left) on Generations? Same thing in America. Cats thought Pac was Bishop. He could walk the streets and people would salute him. That made him popular and feared. He realized that he could capitalize on this new persona, and combined it with his poetry and rapping skills to then form the Thug Life Tupac and release hardcore albums.
So, Tupac is an actor, and an actor can play a straight man. True or false?
My observation is that when gay men try to appear straight, they tend to take things too far, in order to cover up. Pac was overly aggressive. Overly bubbly and overly tough on the exterior. He was a charmer boy of note. This is mainly because he had to prove himself by nutting lotsa honeys. Even this he took too far. As you know, pac had rape and sexual assault charges. I mean how many of us have those? A man who don't know how a man is supposed to act, will possibly do such unknowingly while trying to prove his masculinity. I am not clear on what triggers this kind of behaviour, but I see a guy desperately trying to prove his masculinity, and taking it overboard.
With all this said, there are things that are difficult to hide, and they creep up at the worst of times. Observe the difference between Pac being interviewed or surrounded by men and when he is interviewed by a woman. Amongst men, he is acting and is taken over by the aggressive fella's fella. When he is interviewed by a woman, his mannerisms change completely. That is when his gayness becomes clear.
Now fellas, I know some of you are shaking your heads thinking damn what is this nigga on. I want you to take a look at this early Tupac interview and tell me what you think.
Penned by MIZI MTSHALI.
Mizi is a household name in Hip Hop in South Africa. He is a former editor of HYPE Magazine and is deadly on production. Hit him up on the Twitter on @MiziTaughtMe