The top 10 Tupac songs that are still lyrically relevant, and more importantly, pertinent, in 2017, on the anniversary of his death.
Twenty one years ago today, Tupac Shakur was killed. Ever since then, many have argued that he's still alive; not necessarily because they've seen him, but because of the music that was released after his death and how some of his lyrics are just as relevant today as when they were first written.
Whether Pac was talking about the streets, drugs, money, politics or emotions, his ability to break down the seemingly complex into simple and digestible words is why he is one of the greatest of all time. Whether being an underdog, or a favorite, or having been setback or springboarded forward, everyone can relate to Tupac at one time of his life or another.
Pac's first album, 2Pacalypse Now, was released in 1991 and featured hits like "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got a Baby." His next album, Striclty 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., was released in 1993 highlighted by "Keep Ya Head Up" and "I Get Around." Me Against The World followed in 1995 which included the Platinum single "Dear Mama." Shakur's fourth album was All Eyez on Me, released the next year, in 1996, headlined by "California Love," "I Ain't Mad At Ya" and "How Do You Want It?" On September 7, 1996, Tupac was gunned down on a Las Vegas street following a Mike Tyson fight. Pac spent the next six days fighting for his life in the hospital before he tragically passed on September 13. Tupac was 25 years old.
Pac was working on his fifth album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory at the time of his death. It was posthumously released two months later featuring singles "To Live and Die in L.A." and "Hail Mary."
Countless artists and performers have attributed a portion of their passion for music, to music made by Tupac. His five albums provide a uniquely introspective look into one of the most influential young Black men our country has seen. From his days rapping about slanging rock to him seeming to predict his own death at times, Tupac is an artistic exhibit of the human condition translated through sound. In a tribute to Pac on the 21st anniversary of his death, HNHH is ranking the top 10 Tupac songs that are still lyrically relevant today.