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YMMV / Tupac Shakur

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  • Awesome Music: Most of his songs.
    • "Dear Mama" is in a league of its own. Tupac's usual lyrical mastery is used to show a deep appreciation for the sacrifices and struggles of his mother and mothers everywhere. Eminem and Kendrick Lamar have each stated that the raw emotion in the song influenced their own work considerably.
    • "Picture Me Rollin'" deserves special mention. No hook, two solid guest spots, one of the best verses Pac ever dropped.
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    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • His officially unsolved murder. The standard suspects are Suge Knight and Diddy.
  • Executive Meddling: A vast majority of the planned tracks for Thug Life were unreleased because the record company thought they were too controversial. Some of them have been released posthumously.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Tupac fans VS. The Notorious B.I.G. fans. Their murders less than a year apart from one another is about as far as this trope has ever gone in popular music.
  • Funny Moments: His duet with Ice-T singing "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". Pac's embarrassed attempts at trying not to crack up laughing were the icing on the cake.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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. Another good example is "Life Goes On", where he memorializes friends of his that were murdered and talks about how he'll see them again after death. Tupac himself was killed just seven months after the song was released.
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    • "Hit 'Em Up" contained diss to Mobb Deep (who took part in taking shots on the West Coast on Capone N Noreaga's "L.A, L.A" remix, which Pac felt dissed him), mocking Prodigy for having sickle-cell anemia. Many thought that this was way below the belt, but it's even harsher as of June 20th, 2017, when Prodigy finally lost his battle with sickle-cell.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "And though it seems heaven sent, we ain't ready to have a black president. Can also count as Life Imitates Art.
    • Nas sampled this line in the chorus of his song "Black President".
    • Can't forget about this line in No More Pain: "When I die, I wanna be a living legend".
  • Heartwarming Moments: Dear Mama.
  • 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.
  • Internet Backdraft: Tupac VS. Biggie.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • "Pac ain't dead. He'll be back in" (insert date)
    • "I didn't choose thug life. Thug life chose me."
  • Moment of Awesome: His posthumous hologram duet with Snoop Dogg at Coachella.
    • Ladies and gentlemen, meet a 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He's being inducted in his first year of eligibility, and he's the first solo rapper to be inducted.
    • His zig-zag appearance on To Pimp a Butterfly. Even if it was just impressive editing, it still fits so well for Tupac, as it'd be something he would do.
  • 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.
    • "Brenda's Got a Baby". In addition to being heartwrenching, the situations faced by Brenda are terrifying, especially for a 12 year old girl.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: His controversy was a major contributing factor to his fame.
  • Older Than They Think: His "appearance" at Coachella in 2012 was cited as the first time a dead artist was able to perform with currently living musicians via holographic projection. hide from X Japan had him beat by four years (check the 2:20 mark onward), unless you count Natalie Cole playing along to a video of her late father, in which case, Tupac and hide were both beaten out from this claim by twenty and sixteen years, respectively.
  • 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 , Life Goes On, and especially Brenda's Got A Baby which is both soul crushing AND heartbreaking.
    • Speaking of "Brenda's Got A Baby", this reaction. As one comment put it, "Never thought a rapper would make a old white man cry."
  • Uncanny Valley: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg 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.
  • Values Resonance: One of the main reasons why Tupac is considered one of the greatest in hip hop is that many of the issues he addresses in his songs are still quite prevalent to this day.
  • 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.


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