In between such histrionics, Paul supplanted the DJ and cued up an assortment of his hits, digging deep for artifacts like "Talkin' All That Jazz." Then, abruptly, Paul said "peace" and walked offstage, through the crowd, past me and right out of S.O.B.'s in search of a smoke, a ham sandwich, or maybe just an army. —Ta-Nehisi Coates

32 Pac

Making Lemonhead-ade: Dando
photo: Cary Conover
Making Lemonhead-ade: Dando

On June 15th, the night of what would have been Tupac Amaru Shakur's 32nd trip around the sun, a gang of people came out to pay respects and learn about the Shakur legacy Technically Tupac's birthday is the 16th of June but the party and performances rocked way past midnight into the morning of the 16th.

This Father's Day event was organized by Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, from inside the walls of a maximum security penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. The show jumped off in proper form with Black Ice of Def Poetry Jam followed by the screening of an interview with Mutulu Shakur. The lineup then swung into hip-hop acts like G*A*M*E*, Don Divino from the People's Army, and Grafh of BlackHand Entertainment. Seven-Day theorists believe that this, the seventh year of Tupac's passing, will be the year he "returns." I don't believe it, but in a sense, I guess this year we've seen more of Tupac than ever before. Hmmm . . . —Juan Pablo

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