Today, August 13, Represent the 24th anniversary of the legend’s death, Tupac Shakur.
Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, was a famous American rapper and actor and was popularly known by his stage name 2Pac. He was also the first gangster rapper to come equipped with a message, a heart, and the emotional foresight to see it wouldn’t last forever.
Tupac’s career only lasted five years, but some of his music feels current to his fans in many ways.
He released his first studio album, “2Pacalypse Now,” in November 1991. By September 13, 1996, he was dead. He was shot with four pistol rounds in Las Vegas on September 7th, 1996. The greatest rapper died six days later due to deadly injuries in the chest and back area.
in honor of his death, NEWS celebrity presents our favorite Top 5 Tupac greatest songs.
‘So Many Tears’
‘So Many Tears’ is taken from Me Against the World. In the album, released in ’95, Pac takes on a more thoughtful and darker tone than his previous releases. Struggling with paranoia and the aftermath of being shot during the Quad Recording Studio robbery. This personal and reflective album debuted at number one while he was still incarcerated, beating Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits.
‘Holla If Ya Hear Me’
Considered one of the classics in gangsta rap, the song’s street cred bravado urges the listener to “Pump ya fists like this.”
It not only pays homage “To my homies on tha block / Gettin’ dropped by cops,” it also declares, “This ain’t just a rap song / A black song.”
After signing a three-page handwritten contract behind bars in order to secure his bail money. The newly released Shakur was about to prove his worth to new label CEO: Death Row Record’s Suge Knight. Pairing with Dr. Dre who also produced both this and hip-hop banger: ‘Can’t C Me’. 2pac’s return to the mainstream was epic. ‘California Love’ (and its several incarnations,) remains as fresh today as it was in 1995. Shake it, Cali!
2Pac is angry and frustrated at the lack of support and changes in the community. The final bars eerily predict his violent demise: “And as long as I stay black / I gotta stay strapped / And I never get to lay back / ‘Cause I always got to worry ’bout the payback / Some buck that I roughed up way back / Coming back after all these years /”Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat!” / That’s the way it is.”
‘Keep Ya Head Up’
In ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ Pac was talking to the women of the time and gave his prediction of what would occur if the men don’t support them. Unfortunately his prediction was correct regarding the current generation.