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Tupac vs. Biggie

There are certain things that you should never discuss in a bar. You should never talk about religion. You should never talk about politics. And you should never talk about Tupac vs. Biggie. The ongoing debate about the best rapper of all time always comes down to Tupac vs. Biggie. They both used their talents to become hugely successful and influential, and their initial friendship soured and they became enemies as the East Coast and West Coast went to war. Both men were gunned down in their prime, victims of a war they perpetrated in an effort to gain more sales. It’s tough to say who left a deeper impression on rap. Tupac was a writer and Biggie would flow. Tupac was more versatile and prolific, recording more songs and albums, and acting in films. Biggie did more with less. He only had two solo albums, and one of those was released after he died. And he’s still constantly brought up when we talk about the best rapper of all time. The fact that he’s even compared to Tupac with such a short body of work just proves his greatness. He was a better storyteller with a smoother flow. We will never reach an agreement as to who was better. The debate will go on forever. It’s still a shame that we lost them both before they even turned twenty-five. Their legacies live on, forever intertwined. But seriously, don’t talk about Tupac or Biggie while drunk because fists will fly and friendships will end.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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The West Coast Sign

I live in San Francisco and so I see a lot of friends posing in pictures flashing the West Coast Sign on Facebook. You know, that hand sign that Tupac was always throwing up back in the day. It’s a sign of pride, a symbol that you’re proud to be from the west coast. It’s a simple gesture, but an alarming number of people don’t know how to do it correctly. If you’re looking at the back of the hand, the ring finger should be over the middle finger. That’s how Tupac did it and that’s how it’s supposed to be. Most of the posers that you see on Facebook have the middle finger over the ring finger. That means “Wannabe” not “West Coast.” It almost looks the same, but it’s wrong. And you don’t look cool if you’re wrong, you look like a fucking tool.

Critically Rated at 4/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Rap God by Eminem

“Rap God” is the latest single from Eminem and it seals his legacy as one of the best rappers of all time. It is his magnum opus, his masterpiece. It’s distinctly Eminem. It has a dope beat, a catchy hook, pop culture references, witty lyrics, and sound effects. He uses some rhymes that he’s used before, but he gets away with it. Eminem can rap like Tupac, but Tupac can’t rap like Eminem. Nobody can. That’s not an insult to Tupac or Biggie or Chuck D. Eminem is just capable of doing things that nobody else can do and he proves it in this song. He changes pitch and tempo and has a way of making rhyme that shouldn’t rhyme. He spits out rhymes so fast that you can’t even hear what he is saying, but you still know that he is saying it. He might be pretentious and full of himself, but he’s earned it at this point. This is already one of his the best songs in his library. Even someone who doesn’t like rap can appreciate his skills.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Tupac at Coachella 2012

So in case you’ve been living under a rock, Tupac performed on stage at Coachella. Ok, it’s not really 2Pac; it’s just a state of the art hologram of him. It gave me chills when he mentioned Coachella by name… the festival started 3 years after his death. It was a dynamic performance too. He actually has stage presence, he dances and struts around, and he lets the crowd shout out the lyrics at times. His chain swings around and his clothes move naturally.

Snoop comes out, and you see the two of them onstage again, interacting and doing their thing. It must have been weird as hell for Snoop to perform with him again. It seems like they are actually playing off each other. At the end of the set, Tupac stands in triumph and then disappears in a flash of light, and his glowing remains fade away.

Tupac is a legend, larger than life. A bunch of people already thought that he faked his death and is just hiding out somewhere. This defiantly won’t clear up any confusion. There is a whole generation of 2Pac fans that never got to experience one of his shows. This new technology is as close as you can get to seeing him live. It’s eerie, it’s haunting, it’s mesmerizing.

The implications of this new technology are amazing. Whole virtual concerts with ghosts rocking out with living legends. Imagine see Paul and Ringo jamming with John and George again. It could happen, it should happen. You can create the ultimate super group with all the members of the 27 Club: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse. You can even reanimate the Rolling Stones.

You can use the hologram technology for things other than music too. You could record a Broadway show and replay it like it’s a film. Imagine museums where they have dinosaurs roaming around and over-scaled insects flying around. Imagine Skype acquiring hologram technology and how much more awesome video chats would be. You could also make your own R2-D2 unit complete with hologram Princess Leia.

For now, we must be content with Virtual Tupac. And that’s pretty amazing. The future is now. Check out the video. Even if you aren’t a Tupac fan, it will still give you goosebumps.

Critically Rated at 16/17

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