The current state of Hiphop has left a bad taste in a lot of Hiphop listeners mouths. So for the passed few years a lot of Hiphop heads often been saying “If 2pac and Biggie was still alive it wouldn’t even be none of this mumble rap”. While I am still affected by their influence along with other fans I beg to differ, I wanna start by saying it’s been Twenty years since they were took from us and the hiphop community and their presence is still felt after two decades since their departure. One of the many reasons fans feel as strong as they do is because they left at the top of their game. But see throughout the mid nineties Pac & Biggie was part of a whole roster full of emcees they was one of the boys, but their lyrical skills and passion for the art set them apart from the rest. But once the infamous East/Westcoast feud kicked off it was a gift and a curse, it was a gift because that beef inadvertently catapulted their careers into the statusphere making them white hot, which is the hottest of the hot. And a curse because they died as a result of it, it was the Apex for them which sadly became their epilogue which we wasn’t ready for. But 2pac said in an interview on the set of “Gang Related” he didn’t wanna rap anymore because it wasn’t as fun as it was in the beginning. They were both simoltanisly building their empires because they knew them rapping wasn’t gonna last forever.
So with that being said I don’t think Pac & Biggie would even be rapping this day in age.I believe they would’ve been voicing their opinions about the current state of hiphop like so many of the other veteran Emcees whose still here with us. And even with some of the veteran emcees whose still putting out good music…..Mumble rap is still here. These two icons had their time in the spotlight, but like all shining stars they eventually would’ve eventually came down. Their time in the spotlight would’ve slowly faded away and they would’ve had a major role behind the scenes. One things for sure throughout the Silver era, Bling Bling era, Crunk era, now the Trap era, their messages are still as relevant today as it was back in the 90s. Their presence and music is still felt like Marvin Gaye & John Lennon from their era. Hiphop is not gonna go back to the way it was it’s gonna keep revolving.
As far as what they would’ve been doing today I believe 2pac would’ve been doing movies full time like LL Cool J and Ice Cube and probably been doing some writing and directing, maybe even produced a few TV shows. Biggie would’ve been in the industry in some type of capacity maybe running a label, producing artists and embellished his Brooklyn Mint clothing line. Witnessing these guys create the magic they did was once in a lifetime Im glad I was there to see it as it was happening when I think about it I still get that warm feeling of satisfaction know I was in the presence of two god emcees who once walked this earth. Trap and Mumble rap is here it’s not going anywhere and eventually it’ll fade away to make room for a new style of rap. I feel sorry for the kids who were born post 2pac/Biggie era. R.I.P Pac & Biggie and let’s be thankful for the OG’s we still have here with us. BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!……WESTSIDE!!!!!!!!
When our generation of hiphop heads ask the question who’s their favorite rapper or asked to name their G.O.A.T. Whether it be a top five or top ten, one name definitely pops up multiple times and that’s MrMr.Scarface. As of right now Uncle Face has sixteen studio albums under his belt, ten solo & six with the Geto Boys. But out of this massive heap of hard beats and street lyrics I wanna focus in on one album, “The Diary”. You can call this masterpiece the street version of “Thriller”. Face had a hell of a team on this one, he had producers Mike Dean, N.O.Joe and his Uncle Eddie on Bass. Those who heard the album already know how great of a album it is, but what you don’t know is what went on during the making this classic. Scarface said in his book “Diary Of A Madman” that midway through the recording of the album he ran into a wall and broke his hand resulting in him having to record the rest of the album with his arm in a cast. It was also around this time J Prince had signed a distribution deal with Virgin Records, they were giants in the Rock and R&B areas but they were ready to get into hiphop, “The diary” was the first hiphop album they distributed, but they didn’t wanna associate any of the songs with death so the singles that was put out “I seen a Man Die” was renamed “I Never Seen A Man Cry” and “Hand Of The Dead Body” was renamed “People Don’t Believe”. It was all Virgin getting into Hiphop but wanting to keep a clean image at the same time. But it didn’t slow down the momentum of the album at all because “The Diary” went on to sell over a million copies and got a well deserved 5 mics in “The Source”. It was such a good put together album that even Dr.Dre kept a copy in his studio as a reminder of how dope an album should sound. Twenty Three years later it still making heads bob, it don’t sound dated, “Hand Of The Dead Body”, “I seen A Man Die” & “Gz” are still relevant to this day with all the crazy happenings in this world we all can relate. Back then when it was white hot you heard it in every tape & CD player nowadays you can hear it on someone’s computer or phone. The Diary still has a strong presence in Hiphop especially in the South, the standout album in his Repertoire of Street Poetry. Solute to Scarface, the greatest to ever touch a mic. PEACE!!!!!!
Hiphop Headz you need to check out this new Underground group from New Orleans called “The Last Real Ones”. The core members are Big Rick, Cell The Great, Polo, & K Black, they’re getting ready to drop their first group album called “Playin’ For Keeps”. And Big Rick is coming with his solo album “Life’s A Bitch”. Do yourselves a favor and get these two albums, you can get ’em from iTunes or CDbaby. Don’t sleep on this group or you’re gonna oversleep and miss out.
Turn off your iPods and MP3 Players and stroll down memory lane with me for a minute. The year is Summer ’94 when the Compton O.G. MC Eiht dropped this street gem “We Come Strapped”. It was perfect timing because Eiht had just come fresh off a successful run with his hit single “Straight Up menace” which was the highlighted song on the classic “Menace 2 Society” soundtrack. So it was natural us Hiphop was waiting, wondering when was he coming out with an album. It was worth the wait and Eihthype did not disappoint, the production value alone was worth buying this album over and over again. I love how he and DJ Slip played with the bassline throughout the album every song had a different bass tune that made you thank the man upstairs for installing those twelves and fifteens in your trunk. “Niggaz that kill endolude” set the tone for the album, but I was geeked when I found out the “Def Wish3” intro was sampled from the “Deep Cover” movie and “Def Wish3” although it was a diss song to DJ Quik who he was rivaling with at the time (they’ve settled their differences since then) this cut featured vocals from Carla Evans who put some soul into this gangsta azz song, it would’ve been nice if Eiht would’ve let her do a solo on this album. “All For The Money” which was the single sampled the soulful beat from “In The Mood” by the late great Tyrone Davis, it was after hearing this I started listening to him. Although MC Eiht didn’t have witty punchlines in his rhymes, what he rapped about was all that mattered “Take 2 With Me”, “Niggaz Make The Hood Go Round”, “We Come Strapped”, “Going Out Like Geez” & “Nothing But A Gangsta” was the only cut to featured the Emcees Spice 1 & Redman. That was those gritty hood tales we loved hearing about, the very substance that is missing in today’s hiphop. But While he had all these trunkbangers he had smooth cuts like”Can I Still Kill It”, “Compton Bomb”, “Hardtimes” & “2 Tha Westside” that was real easy on the ears, these four cuts are so smooth and laid back they could’ve been reused as R&B beats. But what really stoodout on this album was the use of live instruments. I love the sounds of the Bass, Piano, Flute. It’s so soothing when you add live instruments, it brings out a certain sexiness in the songs that can’t be matched buy protools or any other digital format. Which is why this album is easily gained a top 5 spot of my top 10 favorite Westcoast hiphop albums. I smoked a lot of Cigars and drunk plenty of Cognac while listening to this amazing Hiphop Masterpiece from July 19, 1994 it’s original release date to 2017, it aged well and it still get regular spins in my deck. Digital downloads don’t do this album justice, if you’re an old skool hiphop head and you have this laying around on tape or CD, I suggest you pull out that cassette or CD walkman wipe the dust off, put in some fresh batteries, put your headphones on and let it play and take it all in like it’s 1994 Geeeaaaaaaah.