Tupac Shakur, When he was gone, Hip-Hop changed forever
Let’s look back at the interesting but too short life of this special Hip Hop artist. Tupac’s music always conveys many positive, romantic messages like a poem, he idolizes Shakespears and Frank Sinatra, has a strong faith in God and unlike other rappers, women appear in the lyrics. by Tupac respectfully!
Somehow, in the past few years, hiphop has started to come back, explode and spread stronger than ever. Pulling back the reputation rankings, you will see a series of rapper names proving their dominance. That was also the time when young people of the next generation of us started listening to Tupac’s music again.
Even today, when talking about hiphop, Tupac is still the name that people think of first. Tupac’s death on September 13, 1996, was the milestone from which hiphop officially spread and grew. And it can be said that Tupac will forever be worthy of the title: No. 1 rapper in the world.
For those who have never heard of 2Pac, or have only heard a few of his rap songs, it is easy for them to equate Pac’s music with the popular rap mentality – which is hate-filled lyrics. – dissatisfaction with society, violence, conflicts between rappers.
But no, most of Tupac’s music was positive messages. He does not encourage young people to use stimulants, he praises love, he calls on young people to change their lifestyle positively, trust in God, and hope for a brighter tomorrow. The more I listen to Tupac’s rap, the more surprised I am at why a rapper with a not so good and smooth life like Pac can spread so many positive messages and praise life.
During his life, Tupac was shot five times. And he died at the fifth time of being shot, at the age of 25. In many of his interviews, when asked about the difficulties in life he has experienced, Pac replied: “I don’t think my life will automatically get better, but I know I will always try. Sometimes we will encounter a lot of misfortune, which is often the case, but please remember one thing. After hard times, there will always be a better day.”
If you dare to consider Tupac as the founder of hiphop, you also need to admit that the starting point of hiphop is very beautiful lyrics. “There comes a better day” is a famous song line that everyone who loves Tupac remembers. A transparent optimism was once conveyed by Tupac and to this day, remains an inspiration for many young people to continue to hope and change.
“We gotta make a change
It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
And let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
What we gotta do, to survive”.
Story telling – stories that still live today
Since the beginning of hiphop, many schools, genres, and techniques have been established. Every famous rapper at that time: The Nortorious B.I.G, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Eminem…, all choose their own direction.
But perhaps more than any of his contemporaries, Tupac chose to go deeper into the stories.
The content Tupac tells often revolves around: life – death, family, poor childhood, street life in America in the 90s, racial discrimination, about God and his faith. And many of those stories still reflect today’s society.
For hiphop fans, Tupac is truly a poet. Although his rap lyrics are short, they contain stories and thoughts that we can still sympathize with today when we listen to them. Tupac’s idols are Shakespare and Frank Sinatra. Is that why Tupac’s rap always has a certain story line, the beginning, the middle of the song, and the ending all concluding a message?
A passage can be mentioned such as:
“I’m writing you a letter
This is to my unborn child
Want to let you know I love you
Love you, if you didn’t know I feel this way
How I, think about you every day
I have so much to say
It’s hard to face this, cold world on a good day
When will they let the little kids in the hood play?
I got shot five times but I’m still breathin’
Livin’ proof there’s a God if you need a reason”
And one of the big reasons why Tupac became the rapper of every generation of rappers is the personality and lifestyle that Pac chose.
Of course, following the hiphop path, most rappers’ images will be associated with rebellion, extravagance, battles, and sometimes bloodshed. However, when you know more about Pac, you will see that this person is full of honesty and romance.
First, it can be mentioned how Pac emphasizes respect for women. Unlike other rappers, women appear in Pac’s rap lyrics with honor and respect. That is reflected in the lyrics of one of Pac’s most famous songs:
“And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why do we rape our women, do we hate our women?
Time to heal our women.
To all the ladies havin’ babies on their own
I know it’s kinda rough and you’re feelin’ all alone
Keep ya head up, things are gonna get easier
Keep ya head up, things’ll get brighter”
In addition, people still remember Pac with his strong faith in God. Perhaps there are few rappers who honor and write about religious beliefs as clearly as Pac. “I want to live my life as an angel serving God, and helping as many people as possible. Let’s put everything in our lives into God’s hands, and praise Him, because things will definitely get better in the future. Let’s trust and help each other.”
Questions left for future generations
And of course, Pac has never been a perfect person. He was still convicted of sexual harassment (a verdict that Tupac always protested that he was unjust), he was still hated by many people, and also hated by many people.
But the most important thing is that even today, when talking about hiphop, Tupac is still the name that people think of first. Tupac’s death was the milestone from which hiphop officially spread and grew. He changed hiphop forever, in the best way. And the questions Pac left behind are still things that make us think.
So what are those questions? Because the article is already long, I would like to leave it so readers can listen to Tupac’s music and search for it themselves. Once again, for hiphop fans and street art lovers, Tupac will always and forever be an image that inspires and believes.
“We are young, and we still have a lot to learn, but don’t forget that we always live with our hearts” – Tupac Shakur