I remember being in school – senior year I think – watching the little news progam they broadcasted before class began covering 2pac’s death. I had no idea he would die. The fool got shot all the time; I figured he’d make another song about it, threaten Biggie, as usual, then make another movie. But his death changed the music industry forever as he has become a strange hip-hop martyr.
Recently Blender magazine pissed off 2pac fanboys by ranking him the most overrated artist of all time list in their October issue.
I think most of Pac’s mystique comes from the fact that he’s probably the first ‘conflicted rapper.’ He loves his momma and wants to save the world, but he’ll stab you in the eye and kill yo’ ho if you look at him wrong. That’s all well and good, but what about the music? Blender says Pac ‘larded records with self-mythologizing, mediocre filler.’ That sounds about right to me. The guy has like 300 albums, but can you name three albums that are as groundbreaking as people claim? Bet not.
I’m still not sure where talk of him being a ‘revoluntionary’ comes from. Yeah, he wrote a positive song or two, but DMX does that all the time and he’s probably passed out face-first in pile of cocaine right now. I’m kidding, X. I love that dude but I know he’ll kill me.
And that’s what I’m saying -DMX is one of my favorite rappers but I recognize he’s not a saint. So why pretend Pac would have been running for president with Joe Biden if he was still around?
What do you think? If Pac was here would he have changed the world? Or would he have made a couple more movies and gotten shot again? Guess which one I’m pickin’.