Watch a 19-Year-Old Tupac Confront a Bootlegger For Selling His Music


With the ubiquitous nature of online music sharing nowadays, it almost seems as if the majority of artists have either given up or given into music downloading. In no way is this necessarily a bad thing, as such things like free mixtapes are essentially a product of the times, but this video of Tupac from 1991, recently unearthed by a Redditor, will remind you exactly how frustrating it was at one point for artists to see their music being illegally sold on the streets. A 19-year-old Pac, very straight-forward and determined, confronts the owner of a newsstand, who was doing exactly that.

While there are still a number of copyright issues in the industry, something like this—such direct confrontation between an artist and a very small business—almost never goes down anymore, making this video not only interesting, but also somewhat nostalgic to watch. Check out the clip above.



  • PPV

    lool the realest ever

  • Andrew Almond

    Man, such fresh and real perspective on the issue. I’d be pretty pissed too if I had worked my tail off on something and then saw some random dude selling it on the street without any compensation to me like it was no big deal.

  • granky161

    This is from 1991 when he was filming Juice.

  • Check it

    When Newsweek was still a thing on newsstands…

  • some guy

    its the opposite of fresh by about 23 years

  • Andrew Almond

    I’m not saying it’s fresh in the sense of having come out recently, I meant that it was fresh in the sense of being a reminder of how piracy can hurt artists. You don’t hear this kind of perspective much anymore.

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