"HOLLER IF YOU HEAR HIM..."

Tupac Shakur was a rap's brightest star-he sold nearly twelve million CDs in just the first eight months of 1996.Partly it was the gangaster image,expertly projected by a fine image young actor.Partly it was his genius as a lyricist and partly it was his surpassing musical talent,which enabled him to create fierce rock & roll ("Holler if ya Hear me"),heart-breaking tenderness ("Dear Mama") and summer anthems ("California Love"),("I get around")

But above all,Tupac was a star beacuse he was right.And he was often right when nearly everybody was wrong.Tupac was the first prominent cultural figure in America to defend woman welfare (1993's "Keep ya Head Up").It should have come as no surprise-Tupc's first public performance was at age 13 acting in Lorraine Hansbury's Raisin in the sun,the first play by a black to achieve widespread success.Perhaps that experience inspired his evolving body of songs that defended woman in the face of abandonment,beatings,rape,and government neglect ("Brenda's Got A Baby," "Part Time Mutha," "Papa'z Song","Dear Mama".)

Tupac was right when he called for unity with Latinos and his albums exploded in an environment in which all races suffer.All races (and ages) responded strongly to his music.Tupac spoke for all his funs when he and Snoop Dogg appeared at a Los Angeles press conference in August to oppose proposition 209,which would dismantle affirmative action,and to denouce the "three strikes" law."My record sales,we have got six million.Snoop's got four million...If we could represents many votes,we've got to lete these politicians be scared of us,: he said.

Tupac was also right when he rapped on 2Pacalypse Now's "Worlds of Wisdom". "Say no to drugs/But the government's kept it/Running through out community/Killing the unity."

To the world where the voices of black community has been hushed to whisper,Tupac wasn't about to let that happen as he proclaimed: "Holler if ya hear me !"

In the end,Tupac Shakur was rap's biggest star because his music was filled with love. Naturally, that included hatred for the enemies of his loved ones,whether it was the cops or the bourgeoisie ("To the sellouts livin. it/One way or another you'll be givin' it up").

Remember again: To the world where the voices of black community has been hushed to whisper,Tupac wasn't about to let that happen as he proclaimed: "Holler if ya hear me !" He died at the age of 25! The world will never see another Tupac Shakur.

Sources: ( labridge.com )

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