vintage jam (guilty pleasure edition)

Like anyone with a soul, I was never too impressed by Tupac Shakur. But this evening I watched a TV show that used his hit “Keep Ya Head Up” as incidental music. I always secretly liked this one telling myself that its success has as much to do with The Five Stairstep’s “O-o-h Child” as it does Tupac’s lyrics. Whatever. It’s good stuff–shame about the quality of the video below but I guess that’s what one expects from a Tupac fan.

And how weird is this?

nine three shit

10 responses to “vintage jam (guilty pleasure edition)

  1. I’m not impressed that he’s wearing yellow under pants. i thin he should have at least done it nude beneath the chains.

  2. chainedandperfumed

    Yeah, he’s got a Hulkster look that adds nothing to whatever it was they were going for.

  3. Interesting blog.

    “This is for the masses the lower classes
    The ones you left out, jobs were givin’, better livin’
    But we were kept out
    Made to feel inferior, but we’re the superior
    Break the chains in out brains that made us fear yah
    Pledge a legiance to a flag that neglects us
    Honour a man that who refuses to respect us
    Emmancipation, proclamation, Please!
    Lincoln just said that to save the nation
    These are lies that we all accepted
    Say no to drugs but the governments’ keep it
    Running through our community, killing the unity
    The war on drugs is a war on you and me
    And yet they say this is the Home of The Free
    But if you ask me its all about hyprocracy
    The constitution, Yo, it don’t apply to me
    Lady Liberty still the bitch lied to me
    Steady strong nobody’s gonna like what I pumpin’
    But its wrong to keeping someone from learning something
    So get up, its time to start nation building
    I’m fed up, we gotta start teaching childern
    That they can be all that they wanna to be
    There’s much more to life than just poverty”
    -2pac (age 19)

    Cool section on Truffaut, btw. Check out his stuff when he was a critic, its goood…
    http://www.amazon.com/Cahiers-Cin%C3%A9ma-Neo-Realism-Hollywood-Harvard/dp/0674090616/ref=pd_cp_b_3

  4. “Like anyone with a soul, I was never too impressed by Tupac Shakur.” WHAT!!! Are you crazy? Pac was the greatest of all time! Pac’s words were very spiritual and deep, while being spoken from a voice that represented the struggle of being a young black man in the world! Please don’t ever type anything like that again until you listen to every word! (Unexperienced ears!)

  5. Yeah I am with Urban Youth above …

    Of all rappers I can think of, Tupac may be the most soulful.

    Yes, he had misogynist lyrics. Yes, he talked about violence and “military mindedness.” Yes, he lived a dramatic, chaotic, and violent life and brought his demise upon himself.

    He also had many positive messages (such as the one you embedded into this post) that reflect the reality of the world he lived in. There is some good and some bad.

    Think about the reality of projects and ghettos in America. The fact is that there are MANY women who use babies for income, MANY women who do their men dirty, cheat, and gold dig. That is reality and that is what Tupac rapped about. The same goes for the reality of violence in this setting. Tupac gave his fans hope and comfort that someone else understood the world they were living in.

    You (hopefully) don’t claim news reporters are soulless for reporting murders, stories about scandalous women committing crimes, or gang violence? Maybe it would help you to think of Pac as a very involved reporter?

    I dig your blog and I appreciate the opinion, but in this case I have to respectfully disagree 🙂

    • chainedandperfumed

      Well put but we’ll have to agree to disagree, then. He just plain didn’t do it for me.

  6. i feel for his life style, the only things is tha he died too young.

  7. I can say as a person with soul as person who primarily listens to what you would call soul music I’ve always loved 2Pac’s music. Yes, he went way over into the thuggery aspect of hip hop on his later albums but dude was a great lyrical artist. Also you could’ve picked a better pic than that

  8. ”Like anyone with a soul, I was never too impressed by Tupac Shakur”

    It’s a matter of taste, not soul…

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