Will Tupac finally be allowed to Die?

27 Dec

One of the most respected rappers to ever touch a microphone was Tupac Shakur. When he died, the hip hop community lost one of the biggest living legacies. Tupac had only begun to realize his full potential. The scary thing is, he was legendary back then and he had not even reached his tenth album. Sometimes, life throws an unexpected curveball and the death of Tupac right before his prime was one of those curveballs.

In the time since the death of Tupac Shakur, there have been reports of people seeing him alive and his vocals are repeatedly recycled. The deaths of Tupac and his foe, The Notorious B.I.G., have resulted in their record labels making major profits. Almost every year since his death, there has been a new album released in Tupac’s name. On his last album, Pac’s Life, it was clear that unreleased material from Tupac was running out.

There is only a matter of time before Tupac’s music begins to get watered-down. Since the music industry seems to only care about profits, they will probably recruit some of the most popular artists to rap and sing over those Tupac lyrics. That is what happened on the Pac’s Life album and it suffered because of that. Before they run out of music from Tupac, they will end up tarnishing his legacy.

In 2007, Sean Combs announced that he was going to retire The Notorious B.I.G. After all, it had been ten years since his death. His vocals had been used to create two new solo albums and his vocals had been used on tracks by other people. The last appearance that Tupac made on a record was in 2008 when he did the intro to Keyshia Cole’s “Playa Cards Right.” Frequently placing the acclaimed rapper on tracks with all of these artists is bringing down the value of his work.

It is incredibly difficult for people to accept the fact that Tupac is really dead. This is why the record labels constantly release new music from him. Also, this is the reason why people post videos on YouTube that claim to have Tupac in them. People do this to drive attention to their project and to make money. The fact of the matter is, there are only a few good rappers out and making music. Instead of developing artists the way that they used to, labels now choose to milk their stars dry and then release an album from Tupac.

These people obviously know that had Tupac Shakur been living, he would have never allowed his collaboration with The Notorious B.I.G. to be released to radio the way that it was. He would have never done a track with The Fugees. To add to that, the chances of him working with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would have been slim. Right before his death, Tupac had fallen out with all of the former core of Death Row.

Those that knew him the most realize this and they need to speak up and allow the man to receive the rest that he could not attain on Earth.

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