Uploaded on Dec 14, 2009
*Comment from Lara on making this cover, written 2/15/12:
I have passed 100,00 views on this little song, which I posted two years ago in homage to two incredible rappers, namely Tupac Shakur, who's poetry and art transcends race and speaks to people of all walks of life.
It has been a very interesting thing to read the comments made on this video. Some have given me a thicker skin even. But for the most part, they are positive and encouraging and I think that says a lot about music and the power it has to bring people from different backgrounds together with a common bond.
I remember buying his book of collected poetry, "The Rose that Grew from Concrete" in 1999, three years after his death. It was beautiful and powerful and showed the world and me how much love can grow from hate. The title poem, still simply says so much to me today:
Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.
People can be so angry and mean with their words. These silly youtube comments are a perfect example of that. My heart breaks for those who fail to understand my intentions -- and those of anyone who wants to create music to share and connect with others. This has been quite the start of a year with weighty realizations. Again though, I find myself realizing that I can't escape my need to play music. How very uplifting.
**And thank you to the Tupac facebook page and to everyone else who has shown love and support in their comments, I am forever honored and grateful.
December 14, 2009 - Week 16 Music Update
California Love - Dr Dre and 2Pac
Acoustic Cover by Lara Kincanon
Standard YouTube License