Re: 2pac / Tupac -- Now don't go cheatin' on me
posted at 1/18/2012 5:09 PM EST
In Response to Re: 2pac / Tupac -- Now don't go cheatin' on me
[QUOTE]pac could act is right, Juice is an awesome movie haha. omar epps, too i think. i'm not condoning anything that he did/said, but when it comes to rapping i tend to pay more attention to the beat than the lyrics. i just happen to know those lyrics because of how big of a deal it was when he came out with that. no one knew it would unfold the way it did, and a lot of it came from being stubborn and image-conscious. also, unfortunately they didn't hold a high regard for women in general, as is evident in the lyrics. unless you're listening to dear mama.
Posted by phsmith8[/QUOTE]
Thanks, buddy. I can't post at peak hours and could not get back here, but I feel as you do. I don't condone or endorse the subject matter either, by a long shot, but I think the story (IN CONTEXT) is now legendary.
I'll come back in a bit. I certainly appreciate the comments, just wanted to add a little bit of context to this post, just as my friend, ph, has.
Sorry if anyone felt badly about the 2pac / Biggie story.
This sub-genre of rap music is part of a world that I don't inhabit; perhaps, most of us don't. All I can really judge rap music against is my personal taste in music. I can't, don't, and won't judge it in terms of its context. How can I take the actual music out of its context and judge it? The people that like it and love 2pac to this day (even idolize him) see the world and his words very differently than I do. That's a good thing, IMO.
The song in question was part of 2pac's trajectory to stardom, and a testament to his popularity and power. Of course, his untimely death made him a martyr. His lifestyle was representative of urban Black Americans, and his words are relatable and have meaning to a segment of our society -- and that includes people who aren't necessarily urban or Black; as ph said, that might also include people who don't take the lyrics word for word or literally, found and continue to find it a form of expression, and began listening to rap because it was the big trend when they were coming of age.