Can’t disagree with this cover. On newsstands next week.
One of the dopest anthems for any city out there! To Live and Die in L.A. dropped right after Tupac passed away. The video was recorded before he passed though, so they dropped it and it was almost as if Pac was alive again.
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What many know to be Pac’s first verse is this one. There is a story behind this song and how it came to be also if you do some research. Still one of the dopest songs ever. Digital Underground and 2Pac! Pac actually used to be a dancer for digital underground before he began his rap career.
This song is a classic summertime jam. With summer winding down, you know we had to post this one first. 2Pac in rare form in this video. Shout to the Digital Underground!
Today is a special day in hip-hop as it’s the anniversary of one of, if not the greatest to ever do it passing away, Mr. Tupac Amaru Shakur. September 13th was the day in 1996 that the hip-hop world changed forever. Pac died from a gunshot wound in Las Vegas, Nevada 7 days prior after a Tyson fight. Although there have been many rumors regarding the reason behind the shooting, the person behind it, and even whether or not Tupac is actually dead, the fact remains that his legacy is unmatched, and he is dearly missed in hip-hop.
Back in April of this year, Coachella commissioned a company to create a hologram version of Tupac to perform alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, which gained huge media attention, as the first time we’ve seen Tupac perform in over a decade. It was unprecedented, and crazy to see in action, looking and sounding just like Makaveli himself.
Today we’ll be dropping some videos from Pac throughout the day, along with some of our favorite moments.
Now this isn’t true or anything, but how cool would it be if Coachella threw a concert with all Holograms. Some of our favorite deceased musicians all in one place. I just so happened to stumble across this image earlier today. Funny stuff.
Some people thought it was very weird, and some thought it was awesome. Yesterday at Coachella during the Dre and Snoop set they used hologram technology to being 2Pac back to life. It was pretty interesting seeing what looked like the ghost of 2 Pac on stage but I think this is something that will start being used more often. We’ll be seeing Bob Marley and Jimmy Hendrix on stage soon.
Pretty sure this is true since Rihanna Tweeted the image above. Apparently she got Thug Life tatted on her knuckles today, not sure if it’s to pay homage to 2pac or just to do another Rihanna type thing, I approve.
As some of you may know, 15 years ago today Tupac Shakur was gunned down in the streets of Las Vegas after a boxing match and a hip-hop legend was lost forever. Luckily his legacy has lived on and most people still recognize Pac as one of the best hip-hop artists of all time. Hip-hop has changed a lot since the passing of Tupac, I mean look at what we have now. I sometimes sit back and think, “Would we have artists like Lil’ B or Kreayshawn if Tupac was still alive?”. I believe he would keep the game in check, and so would Biggie if he were still around. The art of story telling in hip-hop has somewhat died out with rappers mainly just using metaphors and telling their audiences how much money or “swag” they have. Luckily there are still new artists out there like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar that keep the stories alive and carry on the blueprint that Tupac laid out. If you’re a true fan of hip-hop take some time out today and play some of Tupac’s greatest hits. Here are some of my personal favorites.
There are plenty more tracks that I could put up but don’t want to take up the entire blog. Remember Pac and celebrate the music he blessed us with.
2Pac’s back… on the cover of XXL. Be on the look out for this issue as it hits newsstands August 16th. Here’s a little excerpt from the article written about him.
“[Tupac] cared for people,” he said. “That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”