Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
Read Tupac's Alleged High School Love Letter That's Being Sold For $35,000
Tupac is regarded as a poet, and a new letter reportedly unearthed from his high school years proves he's had a gift from a young age. The note, which is being sold by a memorabilia dealer called Moments In Time for a whopping $35,000, finds a young Tupac Shakur addressing a crush he calls Beethoven, reportedly due to her impressive piano skills."As u will soon find out, I do not spare words, I say what I feel. So if something I say scares u please don't panic because I tend 2 get over emotional." he writes, "It's almost like I've known you [for] years."
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Afeni Shakur's Husband Wants Part Of The Tupac Estate For Alimony
Part of Tupac Shakur’s estate may end up as part of a divorce settlement, as Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur is currently embroiled in a divorce with her husband Gust Davis. They have been married for 12 years but have been living apart for over a year.
Tyga Explains Why He Called Tupac "Dad" On Twitter
Tyga recently posted side-by-side photos of himself and Tupac wearing matching basketball jerseys, captioning the pictures with one word; "Dad". The post received mixed reactions, as anything that involves using Tupac's image tend to, but Tyga has cleared up his intentions in a candid TMZ Interview.
More Tupac Shakur Memorabilia Is On Sale For Thousands
New material from the late Tupac Shakur is understandably hard to come by, so much so that even a prison letter from the rapper can sell for six figures. As a result, pretty much anything written in ‘Pac’s handwriting is now worth a good chunk of change.
Classic Rotation: 2Pac's "All Eyez on Me"
It’s an incredible feat to create a great double album. It’s increasingly difficult in hip hop, where the music is typically not too time consuming. It’s one thing for Pink Floyd to eclipse the single-disc duration, but when Tupac Shakur did it on All Eyez on Me it essentially did the impossible by packaging an hour and a half of West Coast gangster rap for mainstream consumption.
50 Cent Responds To Diddy's Alleged Involvement In Tupac's Murder
Meek Mill can rest easy, for now, as 50 Cent is back to toying with his favorite foe: Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Documentary Claims Diddy Hired Tupac Shakur's Killer
Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old when he passed in 1996. People have been searching for answers (and culprits) ever since, but the LAPD’s numerous investigations haven’t been able to identify the killer. Numerous conspiracy theories have floated around, going as far as to suggest that Tupac feigned his death and is sipping tropical drinks on an island somewhere.
Faith Evans Thinks The LAPD Knows Who Killed The Notorious B.I.G.
It's been almost two decades since the murder of Tupac Shakur and the subsequent killing of The Notorious B.I.G, and no one has been held accountable for the deaths of either rap legend. Both cases are no longer under scrutiny, but Faith Evans, Big's wife at the time of his death, wants there to be a renewed investigation devoted to the murder of her former husband.
"All Eyez On Me" Biopic Casts Tupac & Biggie
The Tupac biopic "All Eyez On Me" is really happening. With distinguished music video guru Benny Boom now signed as the film's director, the film has also found its Tupac and Biggie. Little known actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. will portray Tupac. Jamal Woolard will reprise his role of Biggie from the 2009 film "Notorious."
The Tupac Biopic Is Moving Forward With An Exciting New Director
News on the upcoming Tupac biopic has been up and down, but after a few false starts, it seems that the project is finally going forward, and with a notable director on board.Benny Boom, the music video director behind iconic clips from 50 Cent, Niki Minaj, Nelly and more is now behind the project, which should guarantee a stylishly shot feature -- especially considering he's studied under greats like Director X and Hype Williams.
Vince Staples: "The '90s Get A Lot Of Credit, I Don't Really Know Why"
Vince Staples is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most provocative, humorous, and insightful voices in rap. In a new interview with TIME, he continued to burnish his status as the most intelligent troll in hip hop. "The '90s get a lot of credit," he said. "I don't really know why... early 2000s is where its at."
Albums From The Other Side: Top 5 Posthumous Rap Projects
Whether we like it or not, our minds begin becoming more and more susceptible to believing in the supernatural whenever Halloween comes near. While prevailing theories regarding the afterlife of some of our favorite emcees still burn year-round, the flame burns with even more heat the closer Hallow’s eve approaches on our calendar.
Nick Cannon Says Chris Brown Is A Cross Between Michael Jackson & Tupac
Like him or not, Chris Brown is one of the most successful artists of the past decade. Nick Cannon thinks he deserves more recognition, and in a lengthy Instagram post, the "America's Got Talent" host suggested that the singer is like a combination of Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur. "Think about how much everyone attacked MJ and 2Pac while they were alive... I don't think I have ever witnessed someone more gifted, who has overcome so much and still growing and learning daily," Cannon wrote of Brown.
Master P Claims Eminem, Nas & T.I. Wanted To Sign To No Limit
Percy Miller, aka Master P, has been in the headlines recently after he accused Kobe Bryant for visiting Lamar Odom in the hospital for publicity's sake. He's now made some more surprising claims, suggesting that a number of the best rappers of all time wanted to sign to his record label, No Limit, in its heyday.
69% Of Murdered Rappers' Cases Remain Unsolved
It is common knowledge that the culprits of Tupac and Biggie were never apprehended. But that is no anomaly -- as it turns out, it is extremely common for rap homicides to go unsolved.
Eminem Writes Essay On The Genius Of Tupac
PAPER magazine's "Nowstalgia" issue features self-penned essays by current rap stars dedicated to their late, great forbearers. Two days ago (Oct. 6), Kendrick Lamar shared a letter to Eazy E and now Eminem has paid tribute to his biggest idol, Tupac Shakur.
Tupac Shakur Letter From Jail Denouncing Thug Life Selling For $225,000
In 1995, while locked up at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility on rape charges, Tupac Shakur wrote a letter to Nina Bhadreshwar, editor at Death Row Uncut magazine, on the plight of the young black man in America. “Thug Life to me is dead. If it’s real, then let somebody else represent it, because I’m tired of it.”
Marvel Remixes More Dope Album Covers: 2Pac, Jay Z, Mos Def & More
In July, Marvel began remixing our favorite album covers, and they've since kept it going, making good on their mission to place their superheroes and comic book characters into just about every piece of classic hip-hop cover art. Normally, reworking a 2Pac record cover, as they've done today, would be blasphemy, but the artists at Marvel are always respectful of their source material, and they've reminded us of some classics that we often forget to revisit.