Tupac was known for creating politically concious songs that touched the minds and souls of listeners; and with every song you could feel his uncensored emotions. Eventhough he didn’t have the lyrical complexity of his counterparts like Nas and Biggie, his passion and ability to speak to the masses was unmatched.
Since the passing of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., I have heard so many times how if they were alive a lot of the new school rappers who are now in the spotlight would not exist.
See I come from an era where if you had a record deal, you could actually rap and you had more than just a “cool swag.” Anyway, time changes and I have always been the type to embrace the movement of sound. However, I wanted to share with you 5 New School Rappers that I believe Tupac would have definitely appreciated.
1. Kendrick Lamar – With only a few mixtapes to his name; the Compton bred MC was crowned as the new king of West Coast Hip-Hop by The Game, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Kendrick is arguably the most lyrical MC that I have heard since Nas. In the song “Hiii Power” he raps: “who said a black man in the Illuminati? Last time I checked that was the biggest racist party – So get up off that slave ship Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” With a socially concious message and a new age west coast street appeal, I would love to hear Kendrick put a verse on Tupac’s next album. I’m almost sure Interscope records has another posthumous release waiting on us.
2. Big K.R.I.T. – Hailing from backwood Mississippi, Big Krit’s Returnof4eva, was probably the most complete mixtape since Drake’s So Far So Gone. Big K.R.I.T. is a complete MC who draws his influence from the 90’s style southern Hip-Hop that included the likes of UGK, 8 Ball and MJG, and Scarface. A southern street poet that raps about the everyday struggle of a average rapper trying to carve his space out in the world, Big K.R.I.T. is the truth.
3. Nipsey Hussle – If you were to take the swag of Snoop Dogg, the dope boy image of Jay-Z, and the social conciousness of Tupac; you would have the South Central raised MC Nipsey Hussle. For the past 6 months I have been blasting Nipsey’s latest mixtapes ‘The Marathon’ and ‘The Marathon Continues.” In his song ‘Who Detached Us’ he raps “We used to be respected, now they laughing -We’ve turned into possessions with no passion – How we go from the best to less then average We used to be connected, who detached us.”
4. J Cole – Even though Tupac wasn’t the biggest fan of Jay-Z, he would have definitely loved the heartfelt lyrics and honesty of his protegé J.Cole. Cole World reminds me of what Jay-Z would have been if he would have went to college and never messed with the “rock.” With the ability to create a raw Hip-Hop track without coming off as too preachy, J.Cole is destined for greatness. The St. John University graduate draws more of his style from artist like Tupac and Nas versus his boss Sean Corey Carter.
5. Drake– Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Drake has a way with his pen and he still manages to throw in a message or two depending on who he’s on a track with. Listen to the Comeback Season and you will see that Drake is actually a lot more ‘ Native Tounges’ than ‘Young Money’. What Tupac would have loved about Drake is his honesty and the fact that he never downplayed the fact that he came from a well to do background in Toronto, Canada.Google+