The other day I opened one of my dresser drawers to find something, but what I discovered was something unexpected…..

It was an old 2Pac CD that an ex boyfriend had made for me with random songs of the best Hip Hop artist of all time. I was looking on http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_rap-artists.html earlier and discovered that 2Pac is actually 3rd on the list which means I have to listen to the first two a little more in depth: Run DMC and Public Enemy. Since they are the top 2, I can imagine that they’re worth my time to be familiar with, although 2Pac will always remain my favorite. Maybe it’s because I’ve known his music longer or the fact that he was taken from the rap game so suddenly. However, I do think he knew he would be shot and killed through the lyrics in his rap. He seems to foreshadow his own death in songs like “Hit em Up”. Here’s a link to the video just so you can see how deep he rapped and just what he rapped about… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4HjsZqOaQ0 .

The Notorious BIGThe legendary Tupac Shakur

What isn’t so obvious in the video, is that Notorious BIG is who he’s really bashing in the song. He’s actually bashing the whole Bad Boy record label, which Puff Daddy/Diddy owns now. B.I.G. and 2Pac were friends prior to this song but the East and West Coast fued began which put the two on opposing teams. California’s Death Row Records and New York’s Bad Boy Entertainment were in the middle of a war. The ironic part about it is that 2Pac was actually born and bread in New York. During this era, the beef between rap artists is actually what fueled their influence of Hip Hop. Their environment made their lyrics more raw because they were living the beef. That’s the difference between those artists and the Hip Hop arists of today. They’re trying to relive what the others lived, but it’s just not happening for them. The environment around Hip Hop artists of this generation isn’t as dangerous as it was. Although some Hip Hop artists today are dealing with the beef and violence…..Stay tuned.

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