Rock/Soul/Prog, Spring 2008

2pac rest in peace

April 29th, 2008 by · No Comments

Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16 1971 in East Harlem. As a teenager he attended the Baltimore School of the Arts, where he gained an appreciation for the arts of all genres. He became popular amongst his classmates for his sense of humor, rapping skills, and ability to relate to different groups of people. Tupac began his musical career with Digital Underground and would later break from the group to create his first Album, 2pacalypse Now, with Death Row Records. His affiliations with Death Row would lead him to the infamous clash with Bad Boy records that ultimately lead to his demise. On September 7 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot in a drive by manner, and passed away on the September 13th.
Tupac is often criticized for his violent and graphic lyrics, along with his suggestive themes of drugs, sex, and gang activity. These criticisms often depict him in a way that never reveals his musical and artistic talent. Tupac’s music is true music. The violence that his lyrics entail aren’t fabrications made for money, but art meant to express the desperation and hopeless feeling of those living in the inner city. Tupac’s wrote his music for the people who live in poverty; the revolution he sparks is one to liberate those who cannot liberate themselves. The side of Tupac that often goes untold is the one shown by songs like “Keep Ya head up”, “Better Dayz”, and “Life Goes on”, that preach messages of perseverance, peace, and Love for fellow human beings. . Those who claim that his blatant vulgarity is unnecessary are only indicative of the Thing Tupac wished to end: the ignorance as to the reality of those living in poverty in the United States.
As Tupac came out on to the stage of Miami Vice, the crowd roared and began to dance and sway to the rhythm of “I Get Around”, one of the first hits from when Tupac’s ties with Digital Underground where strong. The song is probably one of the candidates for the anthem of the nineties. Filled with lyrical tricks that still sound clever even after years of radio play. As the night progressed Tupac slowed the night down with “Bury Me a G”, a track with a sampled melody from the Isley brothers “Livin’ for the Love of You”. The crowd grew silent, and began sway back and forth with the beat. It was as though everyone in the Audience was thinking the same thing. It was a warm August, a month later and Tupac would be in the ER fighting for his life. The Tensions between Bad Boy and Death Row had been worse than ever before. Everyone knew it; I’d Be willing to bet they also knew that the face of their revolution was living his last days. I bet they were all listening. Taking notes from the lyrics, as to give him his respectful burial when he died. It was as though Tupac rapped his will and testament that night. It haunted the room with its resounding words “Even when I die, they won’t worry me, Mama don’t cry, Bury Me a G.”

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