Its hard to believe that its been 15 years since Tupac Shakur was killed on September 13th 1996. It seemed like it has only happened yesterday and ever since his murder, Tupac has remergered from a superstar to an international phenomenon after his death.
Many Rappers want that Pac respect, They are fascinated with his image. From rappers like Soulja Boy wanting to be Bishop, Rick Ross claiming Tupac is back, Ja Rule and the Realest WANTING to be Tupac, Eminem calling himself whitePac along with many rappers wearing bandanas and rocking tattoos to mimick. He has definitely left a impact:
What really kept Tupac relevant in todays audience is the endless amount of material he has recorded before his death. He must to have had at least a 1,000 unreleased songs in stash and you can easily tell that guys like Lil Wayne were heavily influenced by Tupac’s work ethic because Wayne is constantly in the studio and persistent on staying in the forefront.
People love to root for the underdog and Tupac at that point with him being shot up, set up, and falsely imprisoned was that true underdog that hip hop heads cheered for. It was a sensational story showing that no matter what comes against you that you can rise and Tupac rose eventually selling 6 million records out of the gate It’s the manifestation of overcoming the odds to reach success.
Tupac’s ablity to balance is game is what put him above most of the rest.”Thug niggas can have a soft side” Many rappers today are struggling and killing themselves to balance their game like Tupac did. When he did songs such as Keep Ya Head up, Dear Mama, Can U Get Away, and Just Like Daddy, He touched into women’s hearts. Songs such as Rather Be Ya N.i.G.G.A., I Get Around, How Do U Want it, and Heaven Aint Hard 2 Find made him a Hip Hop sex symbol.
What made Tupac different from many of these copycat rappers today is that were that he also challenged the establishment that suppressed his people. He had many songs bucking the system(Even during his Death Row days) and expressed plans of building his own political party after his music career was over.
He had brilliant ideas and the public embraced them, he had the OGs, the Youth, his peers, the hoods and even white people behind him following his every word. When Pac’s records started selling, He started to become a threat because Pac was teaching young niggas how to think. He never abandoned the political aspect in his music so I don’t have any idea what his critics were talking about.
Check out the Thug Life Plan that he had mapped out:
Code OF “THUG LIFE”:
1. All new Jacks to the game must know: a) He’s going to get rich. b) He’s going to jail. c) He’s going to die.
2. Crew Leaders: You are responsible for legal/financial payment commitments to crew members; your word must be your bond.
3. One crew’s rat is every crew’s rat. Rats are now like a disease; sooner or later we all get it; and they should too.
4. Crew leader and posse should select a diplomat, and should work ways to settle disputes. In unity, there is strength!
5. Car jacking in our Hood is against the Code.
6. Slinging to children is against the Code.
7. Having children slinging is against the Code.
8. No slinging in schools.
9. Since the rat Nicky Barnes opened his mouth; ratting has become accepted by some. We’re not having it.
10. Snitches is outta here.
11. The Boys in Blue don’t run nothing; we do. Control the Hood, and make it safe for squares.
12. No slinging to pregnant Sisters. That’s baby killing; that’s genocide!
13. Know your target, who’s the real enemy.
14. Civilians are not a target and should be spared.
15. Harm to children will not be forgiven.
16. Attacking someone’s home where their family is known to reside, must be altered or checked.
17. Senseless brutality and rape must stop.
18. Our old folks must not be abused.
19. Respect our Sisters. Respect our Brothers.
20. Sisters in the Life must be respected if they respect themselves.
21. Military disputes concerning business areas within the community must be handled professionally and not on the block.
22. No shooting at parties.
23. Concerts and parties are neutral territories; no shooting!
24. Know the Code; it’s for everyone.
25. Be a real ruff neck. Be down with the code of the Thug Life.
26. Protect yourself at all times..
2Pac had every element covered(in my opinion) of being the complete emcee. He was a magnificent storyteller, He was a raw battle rapper, He knew how to appeal to the female demographic without sounding far-fetched or corny and he covered enough political boundaries to make KRS-One and Chuck D smile.
I cant stand it when East Coast based publications trash Pac’s music for not being lyrical when alot of these rappers they phraise would love to have the respect and reconition Pac had for his work Yeah Tupac wasn’t the best “lyricist in terms of using metaphors, multi syllables and punchlines but he made up his flaws by being a vainglorious writer when it comes to touching different listeners, his work ethic, a passionate performer and someone who carried himself as an articulate Orator in interviews. Theres no comparsion
Whenever you love him or hate him, You can’t deny Tupac’s apitude to write some of the most deep, powerful and in many times every enlightening material in his music.Even though Pac been gone for 15 years, His impact is still felt in hip hop today as if he never left and if anything more embraced.
I can only hope that someone can carry Pac’s vision of what he wanted for the game and take it to the next level. Pac brought heart, passion,a ubiquitious work ethic with almost top notch consisitanty(He did All Eyez on Me in 2 weeks) and realism to the game. Thats why he should go down as one of the greatest to have ever done it