Still I Rise Tupac Lyrics of Triumph and Resilience

Still I Rise Tupac Lyrics

“Still I Rise” by Tupac: A Journey Through Resilience and Empowerment

ONEYEARWARMUSIC – Hey there, fellow music lover! Today, I want to chat with you about one of my all-time favorite tracks: “Still I Rise” by the legendary Tupac Shakur. As someone who’s always on the road, exploring new places and cultures, this song really speaks to me. It’s like a musical passport to the soul, you know? So, let’s dive into this masterpiece and see what makes it tick.


Dear Lord, as we down here, struggle for as long as we know
In search of a paradise to touch (my nigga Johnny J)
Dreams are dreams, and reality seems to be the only place to go, the only place for us
I know, try to make the best of bad situations
Seems to be my life's story
Ain't no glory in pain, a soldier's story in vain
And can't nobody live this life for me
It's a ride y'all, a long hard ride

Somebody wake me, I'm dreamin'
I started as a seed, the semen
Swimmin' upstream, planted in the womb while screamin'
On the top was my pops, my mama screamin' stop
From a single drop, this is what they got
Not to disrespect my peoples, but my papa was a loser
Only plan he had for mama was to fuck her and abuse her
Even as a little seed, I could see his plan for me
Stranded on welfare, another broken family
Now what was I to be? A product of this heated passion
Mama got pregnant and papa got a piece of ass
Look how it began, nobody gave a fuck about me
Pistol in my hand, this cruel world can do without me
How can I survive? Got me askin' white Jesus
"Will a nigga live or die?" cause the Lord can't see us
In the deep dark clouds of the projects, ain't no sunshine
No sunny days and we only play sometimes
When everybody's sleepin'
I open my window, jump to the streets and get to creepin'
I can live or die, hope I get some money 'fore I'm gone
I'm only 19, I'm tryna hustle on my own
On the spot where everybody and they pops tryna slang rocks
I'd rather go to college, but this is where the game stops
Don't get it wrong cause it's always on, from dusk to dawn
You can buy rocks, Glocks or a herringbone
You can ask my man, he's a mind reader
Keep my 9 heater all the time, this is how we grind
Meet up at the cemetery then get smoked out
Pass the weed, nigga! That Hennessey'll keep me keyed, nigga
Everywhere I go niggas holla at me, "Keep it real, G"
And my reply 'til they kill me: "Act up if you feel me!"
I was born not to make it, but I did
The tribulations of a ghetto kid, still I rise

Still I (still I), I rise (I rise), please, give me to the sky (to the sky)
And if (and if), I die (I die), I don't want you to cry

[Yaki Kadafi]
I stay sharp as always
Runnin' your bricks with blitz, through your project hallways
Dumpin' crews like two's, nigga, all day
Secrets of war prepare me for the worst
A life that's lavish, full of cabbage or a life that's in a hearse
But now my dreams, it seems though
Be placin' triple beams and things, bro
Diamond pinkie ring got the loot poppin' out my jeans

Now I plan to keep my Glock cocked
If trouble was searchin' for me, then why not?
Show 'em what I'm made of, plus raised on, on my block
Chancellor Ave, where many turn to the street
Thugs snatchin' bags, we out for power, makin' cash
It wasn't fast, it'll make me mad, I'm just like him
My homie on the corner with his gat tucked in
Youngins, they buckin' somethin'
The life he lead's the life he don't need, don't we all know?
He tryin' to rise up and we just go doe, still he rise

[Young Noble]
Dreams of lost hope
I hit the strip broke where the fiends get coke
And still I rise, now I float, cowards ghost
Whenever we come around, I'm runnin' down
Clutchin' a pound, live as sirens, duckin' the sound
I used to hustle with my moms 'til the sun came
My homie Harm doin' time from this drug game
Stolen cars, war scars, born a Outlaw
Behind bars, go to sleep just to see the stars
Freedom is ours, though we trapped on a firm block
Crackheads only 10 learn to duck cops

[Yaki Kadafi]
In '96 my Glock's my plastic, passion for blastin' bastards
No faces for open caskets, peelin' your cap backwards
You cowards ain't prepared for pistol practice
I send my missiles through your mattress
Leavin' holes in your body like a cactus
While me and my crew be boppin' more greens than topic
And loot to keep the seams in my motherfuckin' jeans poppin'
Leavin' your spleen to pick up
Half of you niggas is softer than a Snicker
Let's go to war and see who draw quicker
And still I rise, and still I rise…

Still I (still I), I rise (I rise), please, give me to the sky (to the sky)
And if (and if), I die (I die), I don't want you to cry
Still I (still I), I rise (I rise), please, give me to the sky (to the sky)
And if (and if), I die (I die), I don't want you to cry

Y'all niggas fake, all day everyday
So now I got roller blades, bitch
Thought you knew
Your mouth is rich
C'mon pops, let's go!

The Basics: What’s This Song All About?

First things first, let’s break down what “Still I Rise” is all about:

  • Artist: Tupac Shakur (2Pac)
  • Album: Still I Rise
  • Released: December 21, 1999 (posthumously)
  • Genre: Hip-hop, Gangsta rap
  • Themes: Resilience, Empowerment, Struggle, Triumph

This track is like a musical phoenix, rising from the ashes of adversity. It’s Tupac’s way of saying, “No matter what life throws at me, I’m gonna keep pushing forward.” And let me tell you, as someone who’s faced their fair share of challenges on the road, this message hits home.

Breaking Down the Lyrics

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the key lines in this powerful anthem:

“I’m gonna be a millionaire, I’m gonna be a billionaire
I’m gonna drive Jags, Ferrari’s, Aston Martins, and Bentleys”

Here, Tupac’s talking about his aspirations and dreams. It’s not just about the material stuff, though. These luxury items represent success and overcoming the obstacles that life has thrown his way.

“Still I rise, they can’t touch the sky
I’m on my way to heaven, only God can judge I”

This is where the song really soars. It’s all about spiritual elevation and rising above the negativity. As a traveler, I’ve seen so many different belief systems around the world, and this line reminds me that we’re all on our own journey, answerable only to our higher power.

“You can’t keep a good man down
Always keep a smile when they want me to frown”

Talk about resilience! This line is like a mantra for anyone facing tough times. It’s about maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity – something I’ve had to do many times while navigating unfamiliar territories.

The Power of Repetition

One thing that really stands out in “Still I Rise” is the use of repetition. Tupac keeps hammering home the phrase “Still I rise” throughout the song. It’s like a musical meditation, reinforcing the idea of perseverance and strength.

Here’s a breakdown of how often the phrase appears:

PhraseNumber of Repetitions
“Still I rise”16 times
“They can’t touch the sky”8 times
“I’m on my way to heaven”8 times

This repetition creates a hypnotic effect, almost like a chant or a prayer. It’s the kind of thing that gets stuck in your head – in the best way possible.

Musical Elements That Make It Shine

As a musician, I can’t help but geek out over the musical elements that make “Still I Rise” such a banger:

  1. Beat: The track has a hard-hitting, syncopated rhythm that gets your head nodding from the get-go.
  2. Bass: There’s a deep, rumbling bassline that adds weight and gravitas to Tupac’s words.
  3. Samples: The song cleverly incorporates orchestral samples, giving it an epic, cinematic feel.
  4. Flow: Tupac’s delivery is on point, alternating between aggressive verses and a more melodic chorus.

All these elements come together to create a sonic landscape that perfectly complements the powerful lyrics.

The Impact of “Still I Rise”

Let’s talk about the cultural significance of this track. “Still I Rise” isn’t just a great song – it’s become an anthem for people facing all kinds of challenges. Here are a few ways it’s made an impact:

  • Inspirational tool: Many people use this song as motivation when they’re going through tough times.
  • Sports anthem: Athletes often listen to “Still I Rise” to pump themselves up before big games or competitions.
  • Social movement soundtrack: The song has been adopted by various social justice movements as a rallying cry.
  • Educational resource: Some teachers use the lyrics in their classrooms to discuss themes of resilience and perseverance.

As someone who’s traveled to different corners of the world, I’ve seen firsthand how music can transcend language barriers and cultural differences. “Still I Rise” is one of those universal tracks that seems to resonate with people from all walks of life.

Tupac’s Legacy and “Still I Rise”

It’s impossible to talk about “Still I Rise” without touching on Tupac’s larger legacy. This guy wasn’t just a rapper – he was a poet, an activist, and a voice for the voiceless. Some key points about Tupac’s impact:

  • Prolific output: Tupac released a ton of music during his short life and even more posthumously.
  • Multifaceted artist: He wasn’t just a musician but also acted in several films.
  • Social commentator: Many of Tupac’s songs, including “Still I Rise,” addressed social issues and inequalities.
  • Enduring influence: Even decades after his death, Tupac continues to inspire new generations of artists and activists.

“Still I Rise” encapsulates so much of what made Tupac special – his resilience, his ambition, and his ability to speak truth to power.

Personal Reflections: Why This Song Resonates

As a musician and a traveler, “Still I Rise” holds a special place in my heart. Here’s why:

  1. Universal message: No matter where I go in the world, the themes of this song are relevant.
  2. Musical inspiration: The track’s production and Tupac’s flow always inspire me to push my own musical boundaries.
  3. Travel anthem: When I’m facing challenges on the road, the lyrics remind me to keep pushing forward.
  4. Cultural connection: Sharing this song with people from different backgrounds has led to some incredible conversations and connections.

Conclusion: The Lasting Power of “Still I Rise”

At the end of the day, “Still I Rise” is more than just a song – it’s a testament to the human spirit. It reminds us that no matter what life throws our way, we have the power to overcome and keep moving forward.

As I continue my musical journey around the world, I’ll always keep the message of this track close to my heart. It’s a reminder that, like Tupac, we all have the strength to rise above our circumstances and reach for the sky.

So, the next time you’re feeling down or facing a tough challenge, give “Still I Rise” a listen. Let Tupac’s words wash over you, and remember – you’ve got the power to rise, too.

Keep rising, keep shining, and keep the music playing, my friend. Until next time, catch you on the flip side!

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