June 16, 2012
Better than: Watching reruns of Juice on TV.
Oakland's own Digital Underground is the group that gave a young Tupac Shakur his first significant start in the music business. But if not for the Black Panther Party, there probably wouldn't have been a Shakur (who was born into the organization) or a Digital Underground (key member Money B's father is Panther Bobby McCall). So Saturday night's Tupac birthday party at Yoshi's, led by DU and with proceeds benefiting the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party, (NAABPP) made perfect sense.
Surviving Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale briefly took the stage to reiterate an unwavering commitment to fighting “the system,” but that was pretty much the only serious moment of the night. The dancefloor was not full of activists — heck, even Money B's father was wearing a Humpty Dance T-shirt. People came to throw their twos in the air for the late Shakur, who would have turned 41 that day.