The Greatest Rapper Of All Time Part 1Posted: March 27, 2015
Why Tupac Shakur is the best ever:
He started out somewhat conscious, he got some movie roles and bullet wounds and turned into a powerful revolutionary with an attitude to go along with his messages. He started a war against social evils and his industry foes and maybe even society itself. Pac became an iconic figure through his passionate truths over instruments, his all too real interviews, and his sinister persona on the silver screen.
His tattoos, his bandana, his charisma, his pain and his work ethic were a part of his signature brand. Tupac was on his way to become a leader in the community and in the world. He had plans to reach drug dealers and gang members across the globe. Mr. Shakur wasn’t just a rapper, in fact rap was not even his focus, it was his tool. His Seven Day Theory album contained graphic details about his premature demise and eerie compositions that served as the soundtrack to a life that sped out of control. He had street credibility that he didn’t need, he had everyone’s ear when he put out songs, and his videos were steps ahead. Pac was a legend alive.
There aren’t many that can cover as many topics and touch as many hearts as him. He commanded an audience on stage and he captivated every room he walked in just by being himself. The man got a “Thug Life” tattoo and saved a bunch of money on t-shirts and sweaters. He has a lethal discography, he never held his tongue, he rapped about his mama and it went multi-platinum, he didn’t need a million metaphors and wordy flows to get his point across, he made you believe in him, none of his records sounded like forced “singles,” he knew he was dying soon and tried to tell us, and if he was still here it is safe to say that the world would be different.
Why Tupac was overrated:
When people argue about Pac and Biggie, rarely do the Tupac lovers go bar for bar. It’s kind of difficult to sit there and break down Tupac lyrics without simply appreciating the feeling in his voice and the pain in his soul.
“I ain’t no killer but don’t push me/revenge is like the sweetest joy next to getting pu**y”
That happens to be one of my favorite lines from Pac and it sums up how deep he was. His pictures were painted clearly for the listener. He didn’t use complex metaphors, similes and entendres that you had to ponder over and over. He had an in your face style that was appreciated by all. But when you’re rating an emcee and you want that person to make you think, you tend to have a desire to be in awe.
You want some powerful wordplay that leads you to believe that this person is meant to be a writer. Tupac captured the essence of a true artist but was he really hip-hop? Was he ever going to get in a cipher with other spitters and be able to stand his ground? Pac wasn’t a clever emcee, he frequently used similar cadences, he rhymed Hennessy with enemy more than a few times, and he turned into a “thug” after becoming one on-screen.
Being backed by Death Row records changed him. He was counting money in our faces, he was praising Suge, dissing everyone from Nas to Dr. Dre, and it contradicted the original image we saw of the dude donned in the African garbs clowning around with Digital Underground back in the days.
Tupac dropped an enormous amount of posthumous material. Well he didn’t drop it but it came out. And I must admit…some of it got lost in the wind. But people like B.I.G had a very small amount of unheard verses and they all became treasured. It’s hard to keep track of what songs were released during Pac’s life or A.D.
His staying power is immense but we have to ask this honest question: (Pac lovers brace yourselves) Would Tupac Shakur be adored, admired, loved and treated like a Godly human if he was still on Earth? How much praise would he truly have received as a living man in the flesh? Would we have just brushed him off and pretended he wasn’t as great? Maybe he’d be somewhere between Snoop, Common and Cube: An actor that gets wholesome movie roles and receives support from all races while still maintaining somewhat of a sense of his past as he embraces his worldwide reach. Or maybe he would be a martyr that would have eventually died for a cause instead of over a fight. Maybe he did die for a cause.
Tupac was legendary but was he the one?