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In our articles, we discussed books Tupac read and decoded his lyrics; we show in this article the influence of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and how mysticism was present in his work. Reincarnation is another topic that pops up in numerous Tupac songs. Out of all of Tupac’s quotes “My Only Fear of Death is Coming Back Reincarnated” is used the most in his music and symbolized the most in Tupac’s life. Reincarnation is a concept that a being’s soul can be reborn into a new realm or physical body. It’s popular in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism; it can also be found in the works of Plato and Socrates.
“The Tibetan Book of the Dead” is what more than likely influenced Tupac’s belief in “Only fear of death is comin’ back reincarnated” as it deals with life-after-death scenario and how we perceive this experience. The line was first used by Evil Mind Gangstas on their 1993 song “Livin On The Edge” and also featured on the OG recording “Reincarnation” along with Hussein Fatal and other Outlawz members. The quote gained mainstream status with the release of “Only Fear of Death” on the 1997 album “R U Still Down? (Remember Me)”. The three Bardo realms of the afterlife are “Bardo of Death,” “Bardo of reality,” and, the “Bardo of rebirth.”
(My Only Fear of Death is Coming back Reincarnated tatted on Pac’s right arm.)
“My only fear of death is reincarnation
I use my last breath, to reach the whole nation
How can they call me murderer for my spoken words?
This composition be my prophecy I hope it’s heard“
Tupac’s original recording of the song “Reincarnation” is not only a prophecy of his death but also a personal testament regarding reincarnation.
If My Enemies Love Their Kidz (OG)
“My only fear of death, can you hear me, it’s comin’ back
Had enough of this bullshit world so none of that”
A mellow instrumental accompanies Tupac’s warning for his enemies.
Under Pressure (Thug Life/1994)
“Right before I die
I’ll be curseing tha law
Reincarnated bitch even worse than before
My four-four’s givin payback”
Reincarnation is slightly mentioned on the 1994 album “Thug Life”.
Ambitionz Az A Ridah (All Eyez On Me/1996)
“My murderous lyrics
Equipped with spirits of the Thugs before me”
Tupac studied white magic and had an ability to utilized this into his lyrics. The semantics of Tupac’s lyrics has a force behind it. Sorcery can be summoned to incorporate souls of another realm.
(A Treatise on White Magic by Alice Bailey)
“But I’m back reincarnated, incarcerated
At the time I contemplate the way that God made it
Lace ’em with lyrics that’s legendary, musical mercenary”
Tupac’s image and self-identity were reincarnated on the album “All Eyez On Me” as he entered the realm of mysticism. At the time he was incarcerated at Clinton Correctional Facility he found a way to God’s destiny for him.
No More Pain (All Eyez On Me/1996)
“Spit the secret to war, so cowards fear me
My only fear of death is reincarnation
Heart of a solider with a brain to teach your whole nation”
The secret to war and astral projection… this song that has roots in mysticism and is a homage to Method’s Man’s “Bring The Pain”.
Only Fear of Death (R U Still Down?/1997)
“Hahaha, I ain’t scared to die
I ain’t scared to die
To my homies in Heaven: I ain’t scared to die
Do you wanna live forever? Are you scared to die?
Or will you scream when you fry?
I don’t fear death
My only fear of death is coming back, reincarnated”
A whole song dedicated to the subject and an insight on Tupac’s mindstate towards the end of his life.
(Art from The Tibetan Book of The Dead)
Ballad Of A Dead Soulja (Until The End of Time/2001)
“One day I’ll be the Don; until then, remain strong
My only fear of death is reincarnation
Bustin’ at my adversaries like a mental patient”
Tupac once again states “My Only Fear of Death is Reincarnation.”
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