Most hip hop artist today are quick to tell you how much they admired Tupac Shakur and how he influeced them in their music...But when I listen to the lyrics of today and the overall messages in hip hop music today...I beg to differ!!! Though some seek to debate it, Tupac Shakur was one of the most influential hip hop artist and poets of all time!!! His music spoke about the plagues of racism and poverty and how it creates violence, despair, and pain and how imperialist violence and war impact domestic racism and poverty...
But, let me say this; for those who have a lazy way of thinking about Tupac's music...only to focus on songs in his later years that had heavy themes of consumption, violence, misogyny, and capitalism, so many of his songs truely reflected his poetic abilities and social consciousness...Though Tupac had (some, not all) songs with capitalist consumption and patriarchal bravado (I believe we call it SWAG today) many of his songs really discussed the intricacies of poverty, race, class and gender...for instance the hit song "Keep Ya Head Up", which was a huge hit single in 1993; ...which was a great message he used as a upliftment and empowerment tool for women and a call for men to do what's right...
So how did we go from Tupac's "Keep Ya Head Up" , to the crazy whacked out blunt ambigous lyrics of today's music...Tune in, & check us out right here on the creation station that plays them hitsssssss ya'll...The Get Heard Show!!!
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