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GIVEAWAY: Win tix to the Tupac-inspired musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' on Broadway

Would you like to go see the Tupac Shakur-inspired musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' on Broadway? Saul Williams plays the lead role! We have two pairs of tickets to giveaway, for the Sat. July 5th show (7pm).
Comment below by July 2nd 12pm EST, telling us why you MUST win! :D

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Comment by Joan Lin on July 1, 2014 at 11:03pm

Oops, link didn't work, I just wrote my whole life story below and I can't have the link not work, here is the link to the picture:

Me with Tupac Sign

Comment by Joan Lin on July 1, 2014 at 10:54pm

I am usually humble when it comes to most things in life but I have no doubt in my mind that I deserve to win these tickets. It's been a long walk between me and Mr. Shakur, I've really been down with Pac and his message since I was a young girl living overseas feeling inspired and moved by his storytellings of the persecutions and racism that go on in the United States, and at the same time loving him for his cool vibes and mischievous personality. I was born in '89 so I was put on to him after he had passed, and even though I didn't fully comprehend the happenings back then, being so young and not living in America and all, the depth and dynamics in his music combined with his presence and style drew me in. I already loved Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, but that was mostly because their songs were fun and tough sounding to me, 2Pac was the first rapper who made me feel really connected to and opened me up to the social justice side of rap music, not because he was the only one or even the most prominent or radical one who spoke on such issues, and he was definitely caught up with a lot of things that wouldn't be considered "socially conscious", sure, but it was the way he relayed his message which was so straightforward and heartfelt that even for someone who was a young girl living across the world who's never been to the US or been exposed to the environment and struggles that he speaks about, his words shed light and power. My most intimate moment with 2Pac's message was in '03, in the dead of the night, on the island of Penang, Malaysia under a blanket with my ear pressed to the radio listening to Hitz.Fm on the bottom bunk of the dormitory of the Christian boarding school I attended, where we were not allowed to listen to unapproved secular music - Pac's voice came on the radio singing the song "Changes", it was a familiar voice I listened to and trusted more than the opinions and assertions of the super religious adults around me, who to me seemed to spend more time upholding an image of goodness rather than facing and addressing the actual ugly things that go on in the world, within themselves and with the children they take care of. That night little me cried uncontrollably as 2Pac spoke through the speakers about the realities, the difficulties around him and his people and still, and still, and still his desires and hopes for changes, the picture he painted made me think of my own South East Asian brothers exposed to gang involvement and violence as well as systematic hypocrisy, and it made me feel deeply for a group of people I had never met. Fast foward 11 years and I've been very privileged to have lived in New York City for the past 5 years now, it's an opportunity that not everyone will have; I never forgot about the message that 2Pac and others imparted on me, moving to the U.S only deepened my understanding the fanned the fires I already had inside me from being educated through music and books from the outside, I can't help myself but constantly, actively seek for the bridging of all kinds of gaps between people and furthering and confronting my own as well as the understanding of others when it comes to issues of social justice, classism, racism and anti-blackness. And considering what still goes on, I don't see myself ever leaving behind the message I learned from music, or attempting to make a difference myself. Here is a picture of Me with 2Pac Sign at OWS in 2011, it was taken by someone I don't know or remember, I drew the sign myself that day and the lyrics are taken from 2Pac's 1993 hit "Keep Ya Head Up". The picture has, without my intending to, received some attention on Tumblr as well as 73K "likes" on the linked 2Pac Fan Page on Facebook. My journey with rap and hip-hop music has been very meaningful to me, I am very proud to be attached to and standing (well, sitting) behind Tupac Shakur's verse, and really could not give a fuck about the negative comments on a personal level, but I do believe that they are evident of the fact that classism and attacks on the poor as opposed to poverty are sadly as acceptable and widespread as ever. It is my hope that for as many people that say they listen to Pac, especially his more privileged fans, there would be as many people who care about and take action on what he could not finish doing and saying in his life time. 

Comment by Chellz on July 1, 2014 at 8:57pm

The opportunity to see this musical would be the chance of a lifetime. I'd like to take my older brother with me to see it. This past year we've been repairing our relationship. Going to see this together would be amazing, as he is the person who introduced me to hip hop when I was a kid. We listened to Tupac all the time. This musical is groundbreaking. Hip hop on broadway. Who wouldn't want to see that?! And Saul Williams? SO AWESOME!!! I love him!

Comment by Tamara Stewart on July 1, 2014 at 7:12pm
I have been a fan of both Tupac and Saul Williams. Two amazing artists. I would love to share this experience with my son.
Comment by Natasha R. on July 1, 2014 at 5:40pm

I know this is going to get a lot of comments because who doesn't LOVE Tupac?!? I love Tupac's music and the message behind all of his songs and really want to see this show and see how they incorporate these messages into a broadway play. I've seen a broadway play before but not really a show like this that could connect with someone like myself. Tupac spoke and rapped about issues that matter and I am glad that this play is bringing the TRUTH to b-way!

Comment by Sherese (Reese) Francis on July 1, 2014 at 5:15pm

I love Saul Williams' work and I would love to see the interpretation of Tupac's music and words in a theatrical setting. I am not able to afford to go to the show, but I have heard great things about it from various sources and want to see it for myself. It would be a wonderful experience!

Comment by La Jeca on July 1, 2014 at 2:27pm

This is amazing! I've been a fan of both Tupac and Saul Williams for years!! Thanks for sharing this! I think this will be an incredible experience for me. I've never seen a Broadway show and I wanted my first time to be something I felt passionate about! For years, I felt there had to be a way we can pay homage to Tupac and I believe this to be it!!!!! This is why I want to go!

Comment by Brian Ross on July 1, 2014 at 2:15pm

To have a chance to see the homage to Tupac by a talented artist like Saul Williams is reason enough!I am sure that he'll been as electrifying and formidable as he was when I saw him here in Atlanta!!!THAT'S why I have to go!!!


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