I know it's been a minute since I've dropped some new music for ya'll so me and the homie Sir Jay got together in the studio this AM and put this together. Decided to jump on that Drake "0-100" joint and put our spin to it. Peep Jay's epic FREESTYLE at the beat change tho. Damn vato! Free download HERE
I must've been 9 or 10 years old when I first fell in love with Hip-Hop. Hearing the aggressiveness in the artist's voice and at the same time feel the funkiness of the beat had me captivated from the start. The song? "California Love"
The irony of a young Mexican, who barely understood English, mind you, living in the middle of Washingston state and singing along to "California...knows how to party" is something that to this day causes me great laughter. I was in love with the song and wanted to know more about this "2pac". It wasn't long after that I realized he had just recently passed away and while sad about this news, I was amazed to find out how lengthy his catalog was during his short time on Earth. I got a copy of his "Greatest Hits" double album from an older cousin and it became my life's soundtrack for the next few years.
I became a hardcore fan throughout the following years, buying every CD, movie, magazine and book 2pac related. I learned he was more than just an artist, more than just a "thug'. He was an activist, a passionate soul that wanted to see his community and like-minded communities, excel in this world. He was also one of the very few artists in the Hip-Hop community that acknowledged us Mexicans. That was HUGE for me. It finally had felt that someone like me could try and be a part of this culture I learned to love so much.
Fast forward to present time and not much has changed in my eyes. I still constantly bump his music now and can fully appreciate from a more adult point of view. I'm only a year older than he was when he was shot and killed, and I can't even fathom being that young and accomplishing so much. Reaching legendary status, but most importantly, positively affecting so many people's lives AROUND THE WORLD.
He showed us anything is possible. To never keep our head down and to speak up for what's right. He made me want to be a better person and help my community and people as well.
And for that, I thank you, Tupac. The Greatest Of All Time. Happy Birthday.