YMMV: Tupac Shakur


  • Broken Base: Fans often argue over what album showcases the real Tupac. The albums in question are Me Against the World VS All Eyez on Me. Proponents of the former claim that the album is better than AEOM because of its depth and dark, introspective approach, while claiming that AEOM is just a typical mainstream rap album people jumped on the bandwagon for. Conversely, fans of the latter argue that Tupac works with a much wider range of topics in AEOM than in MATW, living it up on a few songs while exploring more serious topics in others.
  • Confirmation Bias: For better or for worse, this was a HUGE part of his appeal to his core audience.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: His posthumous hologram duet with Snoop Dogg at Coachella.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Dear Mama.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of his songs.
    • "Picture Me Rollin'" deserves special mention. No hook, two solid guest spots, one of the best verses Pac ever dropped.
    • The guitar riffs in "Me and My Girlfriend" are simply beautiful, not to mention the dexterity with which its prime conceit (depicting guns as women) is carried in the lyrics.
  • Ear Worm: Hail Mary. "What do have here now? Do you wanna ride or die? Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na"
    • "California Loooove..."
  • Epileptic Trees: The whole "Tupac is still alive" thing, helped by the sheer amount of music recorded before his death.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Tupac fans VS. Notorious B.I.G. fans.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A lot of his songs are about him dying. Case in point: Troublesome '96.
    • It wasn't impossible to see coming, he grew up surrounded by death, and he made a good deal of enemies.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight / Hilarious in Hindsight: "And though it seems heaven sent, we ain't ready to have a black president. Can also count as Life Imitates Art.
  • He's Just Hiding: Many Tupac fans feel that Tupac is still alive and he is hiding somewhere outside of America.
  • Internet Backdraft: Tupac VS. Biggie.
  • Magnum Opus: General consensus (including Tupac himself) is Me Against The World.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Pac ain't dead. He'll be back in" (insert date)
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Trapped." Tupac really doesn't gloss over how horrifying American prisons are known to be.
    • Hail Mary. The song is spooky enough on its own, but the video is pretty much a supernatural slasher flick.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: His controversy was a major contributing factor to his fame.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Changes" a posthumous remake of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" and many many more...
    • "Ghetto Gospel" wouldn't be so good if it wasn't for this.
  • Tear Jerker: Dear Mama , and especially Brenda's Got A Baby which is both soul crushing AND heartbreaking.
  • Uncanny Valley: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dog brought a Pac hologram with them when they headlined Coachella in 2012. It just barely looked like a projection, and that was if you were sober and watching on a computer. Naturally, something so unnerving had to open with Pac's creepiest song.
  • What an Idiot: Confessed on Yo! MTV Raps to beating up the Hughes brothers. Keep in mind that when he assaulted them there were absolutely no witnesses to the crime, so without 2Pac's confession he probably would have walked. With the confession, not only was he convicted and sentenced to 18 days in jail, but the prosecutors made a big deal about how he showed absolutely no remorse for committing the crime and in fact went on television to brag about it.