Sounds like we might be getting some new Tupac soon. His mother Afeni Shakur is planning on releasing his entire “body of work” for all to hear. Obviously this will be old unreleased music but anything from Tupac is great for hip-hop. Can’t wait to hear this material.
“I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans. My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using the blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.” _ Afeni Shakur
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.
Freddie Gibbs just recently sat down with MTV to give them a little feedback on what has been going on in his rap career. Gibbs addressed many issues like beef with Rick Ross, being compared to 2Pac and much more. Here’s some of the answers he gave. In the picture above Freddie Gibbs is wearing one of our RK Cursive Camo hoodies which is available at our online shop by clicking here.
THOUGHTS ON THE YOUNG JEEZY RICK ROSS BEEF:
“You’ll see on the ‘Babyface Killa’ mixtape. I’ve been known not to bite my tongue. These guys blowing shots at people will definitely be dealt with accordingly. They’re not gonna say anything too crazy because they don’t want that real life s**t. They just wanna rap, you know? We’re not really into that, we’re gonna let them know what it’s really about. There ain’t gonna be no freestyle battle or no bulls**t like that.”
BEING COMPARED TO 2PAC:
“He’s been my number one influence. If you say Tupac didn’t influence you, then you don’t really need to be rapping because nobody evokes that kind of emotion on a track like Tupac does. You’ve got a lot of Tupac clones, but I don’t think I’m one of them. I just think I give people a little piece of the feeling he gave them. But that’s some big shoes to fill! I didn’t wanna live my career trying to fill Tupac’s shoes.”
WORKING WITH JAY-Z:
“I’m trying to get in there with Jay-Z. I’ve got a song called ‘70’ that I want Jay-Z to feature on. There’s a couple of others guys that I wanna work with as well. Scarface and I are about to drop a couple things, same with Raekwon. I like A$AP Rocky and his stuff, Kendrick too. I’ve done some stuff with Dom Kennedy already, as well as Y.P and Young Louie from Chicago. All of the new upcoming guys who have their heads on straight, doing their thing, I’m f**king with it. I’m still f**king with all of the old G’s.”
Who would of thought that being so long after Tupac’s death, people are still talking about him this much. Especially with all this hologram talk and stuff, it’s all you hear. Apparently Suge Knight has some more info on Tupac’s “death”. He thinks that Tupac is still alive somewhere and was never cremated properly. Here’s his exact quote.
“Maybe the question is … Pac’s not really dead … pac’s somewhere else. Nobody seen Tupac dead. The person who supposedly cremated Tupac … this guy got about 3 million dollars .. personally from me … cash … and next thing I know I never heard from the guy or seen him again … he retired and left.”
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.
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.