JATX said:Since he is such a big icon, it just strikes me that the masses don’t have a better understanding of him,
Could you elaborate on that? I agree Pac is held in high regard by a lot of people. Took a political science class as an elective last semester and the prof claimed over and over that if Pac were alive he'd be a congressman or senator by now. I wanted to disagree until I remembered The Terminator was elected out west, and W got reelected a bunch of times.
Speaking on Pac's music, I like a handful of his songs, but not for any message involved. I had the "If My Homies Call" cassingle in the 8th grade and remembered Pac, like a lot here, as a dancer for Digital Underground.
JonnyPaycheck said: He's ridden Pac's style throughout his career including cover versions of actual Pac songs ("Bonnie & Clyde"). There's other examples but I always think of "Feelin' It" because it could easily be a Pac song.
G-Writah said:I don't see how anyone could solidly come to those conclusions based just on listening to his music and interview snippets. That's just postulating.
ketan said:G-Writah said:I don't see how anyone could solidly come to those conclusions based just on listening to his music and interview snippets. That's just postulating.
I mean, I've seen so many videos of him doing interviews with being a passionate advocate for (racial) social justice. More than just sound bites. He was a really compelling person in that way, I thought. His music was gangsta, but pretty conscious at the same time. Like some One Gud Cide ish.
In the generation before him, there were more popular rappers being vocal about those things too. But I feel like it was raerer by the time the mid-90s rolled around. (Other examples??)
He seemed pretty happy being an entertainer/artist. Not sure how likely he would have been to be a politician. I'm sure he had a healthy hate-on for the government. :PFUNK: