Tupac Shakur: Non Traditional Relationship with his Mother 1. Tupac Shakur had a non traditional relationship with his mother. He illustrated that when he spoke of her in an interview: "My moms is my homey" (Dyson 21). This level of relationship is more of a peer to peer relationship, and less that a mother-son relationship. This was a significant contributing factor to his career, because he was able to perceive her actions in a light that fed his career goals, rather than hold her accountable for expectations that traditional children have of their mothers. Tupac was used by his mother as an attention getting device from when he was conceived. Tupac’s mother, Alice Faye Williams, “revoked her 'slave name' and was reborn as Afeni Shakur...The end:
..... some argument why I needed to continue to participate. As an adult, I see how irresponsible that truly was in terms of raising a child. To a greater extent, I was more of a parent for my mother’s emotional maturity than my mother was for me. This was very similar to Tupac’s journey. Mine did not result in stardom as his did prior to his death, but the dynamic of being an emotional provider for the mother, a tool of her emotional needs was identical. My mother did not engage in nearly the same deviant behavior as Tupac’s mother, but the inability for the parent to see beyond their own needs was strikingly similar. Work Cited: Dyson, Michael Eric. Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur . New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2002. Print.