Congratulations to TUPAC SHAKUR for being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. According to Rolling Stone magazine, artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. 2017 is the first year legends, Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur were eligible. They are also the first artists to join the institution who started their careers in the Nineties.
20 years ago we lost a special soul, Rapper, Actor, Poet, Revolutionary, ICON, TUPAC SHAKUR. 2Pac is the reason why I even have this blog as his influence on me has given me courage to follow my dreams. Writer Kevin Powell says Tupac is more than a rapper. "When we think about Tupac Shakur ... not just in hip-hop but popular culture, in America and globally, you have to think about Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Bob Marley," Powell says. "It's that significant. He is one of the most important figures that we've seen in the last 25 years or so." Powell interviewed Tupac a number of times for Vibe magazine, including while the rapper was serving time in jail for a sexual abuse conviction. When I was very young, I had the opportunity to interview PAC after he performed at a nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee. My biggest takeaway from the interview was Tupac didn't see himself as this huge influential figure like the rest of us did. He felt that his life was controlled by the media and the entertainment business. But what he left behind was a body of work that has touched generations of people.
As you know, I can not run this blog without paying tribute to the classics aka old school Hip Hop. Today's throwback is courtesy of my favorite rapper of all time, Tupac Shakur. He said his only fear of death is being reincarnated....but Pac doesn't have to worry about that, because he's immortalized. "Minnie The Moocher" is off of Pac's album "Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988-1991".