The Defiant Ones Part 6: Tupac Shakur
Tupac wasn’t just a superstar rapper; he was an icon. Tupac’s larger than life persona will live forever among the likes of music industry greats such as Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, and Mick Jagger. Far as hip-hop artists go, Tupac holds more weight than any other rapper to pick up a mic in the history of the genre. Now many will ask, how did Tupac become the most noticeable figure in the history of hip-hop? Easy, his charisma and charm. While the most popular acts in hip-hop during the early 90’s were out to burn bridges and raise hell such as N.W.A., Tupac had a much different approach. On his debut album released in 1991 titled “2Pacalypse Now” Pac spoke on racism, poverty, and police brutality in a much more modest yet engaging way where he was able to reach a greater audience that was more willing to listen. This continued on “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. with hits such as Keep Ya Head Up and I Get Around. By 1995 on “Me Against The World” Tupac had become the face of the genre as he became the first artist ever to top the charts while serving a prison sentence.
In the next chapter of Tupac’s life, he embodied the live fast, die young lifestyle that plagued a majority of the 90’s music industry. After trading in his conscious raps for freedom, Suge Knight posted a hefty 1.4 million in bail to sign to Death Row Records and make one of the most popular albums in history of music, All Eyez On Me. Six months after the release of All Eyez On Me, Tupac was murdered and to this day will be one of the most publicized and infamous murder cases in history. Sadly being killed at a young age and in the prime of his rapping career, Tupac has since gone down as one of the greatest pop culture icons in history. From movies, a critically acclaimed rap career, and a personality like no other, Tupac Shakur music made it’s way into homes never thought imaginable. For this reason, Tupac is the goat, the most recognizable figure in the history of the genre. Nothing else needs to be said, Tupac is one of the defiant ones.
😲 It’s Sunday, July 15th, 2018 and a new playlist sounds great, huh? Will you please share with your friends on Apple Music and Spotify?