Obituary: Afeni Shakur, Inspiration for a son's rap tribute

08 May 2016 - 00:35
By Monica Laganparsad

"And even as a crack fiend, mama/ You always was a black queen, mama/ I finally understand/ For a woman it ain't easy trying to raise a man/ You always was committed/ A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it/ There's no way I can pay you back/ But the plan is to show you that I understand/ You are appreciated"This was notorious rapper Tupac Shakur's tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur (born Lesane Parish Crooks), who died this week aged 69.

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