Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
7/12/2004 12:46:51 PM
Tags and topics realted to this article include 2Pac.
With all the ‘alive’ theories and it seems everyone picking apart each Tupac track to find ‘clues’ or direction (searching the ‘archives’ because we are starved for a leader, a voice), we forget to see Tupac in the total picture of his life.
Look at the man Tupac Shakur as a whole. Even Tupac said don’t take one little segment of my life to expand on – look at the total picture.
If we look at the total picture; the entire man we call Tupac Shakur, we also see an activist, poet, preacher, and actor: a real genius. That is why he has gained ICON status.
As a whole everything focuses on the struggle of real people in a real world.
He dealt with real problems, with real struggles.
The Brenda’s Got A Baby, Keep Your Head Up, Panther Pride, Letter To My Unborn Child are all socially minded tracks. Dear Momma and unconditional Love state the need for family and the love of those who brought us up.
Birthdays are Curse days – in some ways that is true. It all depends on the situation you find yourself in.
Tupac touched so many because so many could relate to him. He was our voice. And he communicated real problems and realities of living in the struggle. He spat real truth and spoke from our hearts as well as his own.
Rap has changed so much since Tupac passed. There are still some rappers who have a social awareness in their spit, but they are very few.
The rap/ hip-hop culture has grown into a business, a multi –million-dollar business. And as it grew and became a business it sucked the rappers up. Rappers started worrying about being accepted instead of their message.
Is it because we no longer have the problems, the struggle that Tupac and the likes of NWA, KRS-1, Public Enemy and others once spoke on?
Of course the struggle still goes on but less and less rappers want to be real with their spit. They don’t want to make waves that might cost them an endorsement. The message now is the ‘bling’, bub in the club and hoochies.
So folks like Eminem clean out their closet and everyone says that’s great. So his closet is clean now but the streets are worse for it. They are still tattered and full of life’s ‘pot holes’.
Today’s rap adds to the problem, it does nothing for the struggle.
So is it really important if a rapper ‘likes dat der’ or if you can find another ‘in the club drinking bub?
Brenda is still having babies and instead of Dear Momma and Unconditional love, we get rappers spiting hate toward their mothers and wives.
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