This is the true story behind the reason why Tupac renamed his record company from Ghetto Gospel Music to Joshua’s Dream.
Back in the 1980s Tupac Shakur started out as a roadie and an MC unknowing that in the course of several years he would become a worldwide known rapper and afterwards – a legend. By the beginning of the 1990s Tupac was already a star, but he hadn’t let fame and money get to his head, regardless of his somehow humble, painful and troublesome roots. In the distant 1993, just three years before his untimely death, Shakur received a letter from the family of one of his fans – a 13 year old boy from Maryland, US, named Joshua. His parents told the rapper that their son was dying and his final wish was to meet his idol in person.
Tupac traveled to Maryland in order to meet with the young boy and even took him to a basketball game making his last wish a dream come true. Joshua died shortly after and Tupac was so moved by the meeting with his fan that he decided to honor the young boy in the most heartwarming way possible. Instead of dedicating a song to him or something similar, Shakur went to greater lengths and he renamed his record company changing its name from Ghetto Gospel Music to Joshua’s Dream naming it after his late fan.
Three years after that, in 1996, Shakur was fatally shot in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, and died at the age of 25 leaving behind an iconic legacy. Although his death was untimely, the rapper’s deeds and the heart and soul he brought to old school rap have deeply influenced many present day hip hop artists.