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Praising 2Pac like he's a god

I wrote about the controversial and heavy-hitting Joyner Lucas track and video, I'm Not Racist, a while back. I rewatch it from time to time because I think it's so well produced and has valuable takeaways. Anyways, around the 4:52 minute mark of the video, the importance and relevance of hip-hop/rap artist and activist, 2Pac, is brought up. Peep the clip again, below.

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A lot of people worship Pac, and Pac has done a lot of wrong. But Pac was a revolutionary, too. Pac had this side, and then he had that side. He was a gangster, he was a gentleman, he was a ladies man, he was a revolutionary. He was all these things at one. He won’t just stand for one thing; he stood for so many things.

He acknowledged the wrong things that he’s done, and he’s backtracked. I watched an interview where he said something, and he would backtrack and say, “I said this in an interview, I take that back now because I got more experience. I wouldn’t do this." He was real conscious. A lot of people aren’t conscious. Pac openly made mistakes, and I think that’s a lot of the reason why we look up to him. (Genius)

A lot of people stigmatize rappers for swearing, doing drugs, partying and getting lots of different women, but they don’t always pay attention or respect to the words and minds of these great artists. He coined T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., an acronym that sounds aggressive but is quite the opposite. THUG LIFE is all about karma. It stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everyone.”

He wrote incredible poems. He was a scholar. Though controversial, Pac is definitely multi-faceted and cannot be pinned into one category or gangster rap. That doesn’t do him any justice because he’s so much more than that. 

So I do get it when people praise him as a god. He is a rap god. And always will be. He’s my favorite rapper of all time. 

kk