Influence...

I’m sure it’s easy to notice when rappers are trying to be "The next ____", or their sound "reminds you of a young _____"…and that’s all fine and good. But I was thinking…

Who is trying to be this generation’s Tupac? And by that, I don’t mean a bunch of 'thuglife's and 'fuck you's; I mean by being that multifaceted character that while fucking bxtches and popping bottles enjoying himself, punking hoe ass ‘gangster’ rappers speaking his mind on others, and having an obsession with death attempting to forsee the future…also trying to be a REAL voice to and for the people. He time and time again displayed his bleeding heart for people, especially his people. These days I don’t see that at all. Most of these rappers are one-dimensional, two-dimensional at most. Either a rapper is talking about getting money (the typical), or he’s talking about getting money and getting fly…or getting fly and getting bxtches…or getting bxtches and smoking weed…you catch my drift.

I strongly dislike the fact that people feel the need to pigeonhole individuals, as if they can only be identified as one thing. You call Common a ‘conscious’ emcee, but that man has been spitting raunchy raps for years…not to mention those "I’m at your neck….BITCH records, (I.E. “The Bitch in Yoo” diss track to Ice Cube). My point? It’s okay to wear more than one hat…just not literally. That shit looks ridiculous. But figuratively? The more hats, the more accurate of a representation chances are……………………………unless you’re Soulja Boy.

Back to the primary point: If any rapper wants to stand alone, there’s always Tupac’s revolutionary shadow to walk up on.