Tupac Shakur is arguably the greatest rapper to have walked this planet. Perhaps not in terms of delivery, perhaps not even in terms of lyricism but when it comes to cultural impact, 2pac is second to none.
Rappers that do not cite 2pac as a huge influence are few and far between. Having famously once said he may not change the world, but guaranteed that he “will spark the mind that does,” Tupac has inspired many young artists and writers with his extensive body of work. Some of hip hop’s hardest hitting lyrics and revolutionary ideas poured from his pen.
Tupac was a great many things; he was an innovator, a poet, a rapper, an actor, an artist, a revolutionary thinker, a legend but above all he was just a man. He never professed to be a ‘gangsta’ and always was quick to admit his use of poetic license. Tupac’s music reflected the fact that the human mind is no more than a complex web of contradiction and conflicting ideals and it was for this reason that so many could relate to his words.
Tupac Shakur may have only lived a shot life but like many great men, left behind a huge legacy that will remain relevant for many years to come.
Text & Artwork: © 2009 Han O’Connor (3threat Media)