Picture Pac rolling. The jangled clatter of public transit substituted by the sumptuous glide of 500 Benzes. Midnight Greyhound shambles replaced with first-class flights and bittersweet Cristal. There were 18 changes of residence during Tupac’s first decade, as he rotated among Manhattan and the outer boroughs. His formative memories were molded by a dirty blur of claustrophobic tenements and empty refrigerators.
There were subsequent relocations and reimaginations in Baltimore, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He even kept a home in Atlanta, long before it became a third capital of the hip hop industry. With the exception of his exile at Clinton Correctional Facility, the only constant was constant motion.