Makaveli The Don: Hysterical, Spiritual Lyrics (Mysticism)

Niccolò Machiavelli’sThe Prince” first appeared in 1513 under the Latin title: “De Principatibus (About Principalities)” and gained mainstream traction in 1532 — five years after the death of Machiavelli.  Tupac Shakur entered the state of Makaveli on September 13, 1996 (Friday the 13th), at the age of twenty-five.  Tupac fans across the world have their own opinions and emotions when it comes to understanding Tupac’s lyrics; our attempt in this article is to correlate Tupac lyrics to Machiavelli’s texts, spiritual & mystical books, and Revolutionary tactics. 

Tupac wasn’t only a musician, actor, poet and revolutionary leader; mystic could be attributed to Tupac in the sense of his ability to captivate those around him.  In the song “Bomb FirstTupac raps “Allow me to introduce first: Makaveli the Don. Hysterical, spiritual lyrics like The Holy Qur’an”.  This is the first significant sign of mysticism on the Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory album.

A mystic is described by definition:

involving or characterized by esoteric, otherworldly, or symbolic practices or content, as certain religious ceremonies and art; spiritually significant; ethereal.

There are two different forms you can take.  The Right-hand (mystics) and the Left-hand (occultist).  As examined in our “Tupac: Mystic books he read in prison” Tupac held a stance for the Right-hand path.  A mystic spreads the message of love and evolution of mankind.  Traits of a mystic are ESP (Prophetic visions), knowledge of semantics, having an empathic soul…etc.

Tupac experienced the path to mysticism and established all five levels of initiation.

  1. The Awakening
  2. Purgation
  3. Illumination
  4. The Dark Night of The Soul
  5. The Union with The Other

  •  Ambitionz Az A Ridah (All Eyez On Me/1996)

Composure

To be a soldier, must maintain composure at ease.”

Composure is not only a quality fit for men of noble status; upon the walks of creation, we all have this quality.  Militarized actions are presented within a mixture of composure and strategic feats committed under the attention of one’s self. 

In the book “A Sociology of the Absurd,” qualities of composure and how it relates to Machiavelli is mentioned.

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Now these money hungry bitc*** getting suspicious. Started plottin and plannin on schemes, to come and trick us”

One must maintain composure and have the knowledge to counteract his/her enemies who have obtained the same weaponry, strategic texts, and support systems.  Machiavellianism is fueled on deception.

  • All Eyez On Me (All Eyez On Me/1996)

COINTELPRO

The feds is watchin, ni**az plottin to get me. Will I survive, will I die? Let’s picture the possibility”

 The F.B.I.’S COINTELPRO program is responsible for the downfall of the BLA and has been connected to Tupac Shakur’s career over the yearsCOINTELPRO specifically targets pro-black political entities and receives various forms of intelligence based on “illegal” activities related to their platform; this has been the case of Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of Tupac and supporter of a “Republic of New Afrika.”  Click here to listen to the “Dare to Struggle” mixtape that Dr. Mutulu organized for the awareness of COINTELPRO.  Surveillance became a constant mainstay in Tupac’s life.  COINTELPRO contributed to the spread of false black narratives and propaganda campaigns to discredit prominent black leaders.

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  •  Blasphemy (The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory/1996)

Mysticism

Initiated as an Outlaw, studying rulesNow Papa ain’t around, so I gotta recall or come to grips with bein’ written on my enemy’s walls.”

Religious and spiritual texts fuel Tupac’s entrance into Makaveli.  The line “written on my enemy’s walls” is a connection to King Belshazzar and Daniel.  During wartime, a mysterious writing appears on a wall of the royal palace.  King Belshazzar assembles all enchanters, astrologers… etc.  None can decipher the writing.  Daniel is brought to the King, and eventually, the writing is revealed:

“God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

  The Writing on the Wall

 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father[a] had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.

5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. 6 His face turned pale, and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.

7 The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. 9 So King Belshazzar became even more terrified, and his face grew paler. His nobles were baffled.

But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

“mene, mene, tekel, parsin”

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

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 Living by the Nile while the water flow
I’m contemplating plots wondering where the thought’ll go
Brothas getting shot, coming back resurrected”

The energy of the Nile is a power source for the spirit. It’s a gateway to another life/reincarnation.  A resurrection of the soul.

My family tree consists of drug dealers, thugs and killers
Strugglin’, known to hustle screaming, “Fuck they feelings!”
I got advice from my father, all he told me was this
Nigga, get off your ass if you plan to be rich!
There’s ten rules to the game, but I’ll share with you two
Know niggas gon’ hate you for whatever you do
Now, rule one: get your cash on, M.O.B.”

(The Clandestine Revolution)

Tupac grew up around Black Panthers and leaders of the Black Liberation Army which acted as an underground branch of the Black Panthers.  The BLA on May 7, 1973, performed a prison break and retrieved political prisoner and fellow Black Panther, Assata Shakur.  Assata was serving a life sentence for the murder of two New Jersey police officers.  The officers stopped her and two other suspects for a broken brake light on their vehicle, a gunfight ensued.  She was also wanted on bank robbery, assault, and other charges.  She fled to Cuba where she was granted political asylum by President Castro.  Her exact whereabouts in the reclusive country are unknown and political conversations are gearing up for Cuba regarding her extradition.

Kadafi’s father is Sekou Odinga — an expert in clandestine operations, military tactics, and versed in revolutionary philosophy.  Twelve years underground were utilized to position and expand the BLA and various factions.  He was finally caught in 1981 and recently released in 2014.

  • Ain’t Hard 2 Find & Ni**az Done Changed (All Eyez On Me/1996 & Seasoned Veteran/1996)

Prophecy

Ain’t Hard 2 Find:

I heard a rumor that I died, murdered in cold blood dramatized. Pictures of me in my final states, you know Mama cried. But that was fiction, some coward got the story twisted.

Ni**az Done Changed“:

I been shot and murdered, can’t tell you how it happened word for word.”

Both songs feature Oakland rapper Richie Rich.  The lyrics are a forewarning of sorts; ESP and the ability to forecast your destiny through mysticism is well-known in history.  Edgar Cayce, Rasputin, and Joan of Arc all had mystical qualities that were adapted to their time period.  Tupac initiated a mission to record music at such an intense rate that previously unreleased tracks continue to see the light-of-day.  His prophetic lyrics detail the mystical influences in his music during his Death Row recordings 1995-1996.

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  • They Don’t Give A Fu** About Us (Better Dayz/2002)

Illuminati

Some say they expect Illuminati take my body to sleep
Niggas at the party with they shotties just as rowdy as me

  Although Tupac publicly stated he didn’t believe in the Illuminati; many of his fans consider this statement to have subliminal traits of another message being told.  In an homage to Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us,” Tupac approached the subject matter head-on with “Some say they expect Illuminati take my body to sleep” and obscure lines such as “Before I flee computer chips”.   Who killed Tupac?  The “No Grape Theory” provides a look into the BLA.

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