bkthomson wrote:Can someone explain to me who is not familiar with Tupac the post death love of Tupac?
Well, it stems from both his controversial lifestyle as well as his highly controversial beefs, his extremely controversial death and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death and resurrection that are so controversial that they will probably need two paragraphs to explain.
When 2pac ("Pac") first debuted, he touted "Thug Life", a slogan about living the life of a troubled urban drug dealer as his catchphrase. Despite making millions of dollars, he continued to exemplify this lifestyle. After being shot, gang raping bitches (allegedly), going to jail, making movies, hitting his momma off with stacks of fat cash and being released from prison (not in that exact order), Pac signed to Death Row records, where alongside Suge Knight ("Suge"), Snoop Doggy Dogg ("Snoop") and Dr. Dre, he became the face of the label.
During his time with Death Row Records, he was attacked in or near a recording studio where then-friend and fellow recording artist The Notorious B.I.G. ("Biggie") was recording a song titled "Who Shot Ya". After this attack, Pac had blamed Biggie, claiming that "Who Shot Ya" was a diss track referring to the attack. This would spark the ever-glorious East Coast vs. West Coast beef that would eventually claim the lives of both rappers. The beef involved everyone from hip hop, including Pac's own groups THUG LIFE and the Outlawz (who are all not-so-ironically named after famous dictators). On the east coast, the beef would involve groups such as the the Junior MAFIA (Biggie's group) as well as Mobb Deep. During this beef, many claims that one coast was better than the other were made as well as a somewhat ludicrous but believable claim that Pac had sexual intercourse with the wife of Notorious BIG. In addition to that, many bullet proof vests were purchased by both Suge and Sean "Puffy" Combs ("Diddles"), although it's highly doubtful that Suge wore a bullet proof vest because I think he's just naturally bullet proof because he's so scary he just glares at the bullets and they decide to go around him.
On the night of September 13th, Pac and his entourage were at this one place and they got into a fight with this one black guy. I don't remember his name but he was a black guy and he was in a gang so that's all that matters. After exiting the building, Pac and Suge got into a car that Suge was driving. Pac had removed his bullet proof vest claiming that it was both chafing him and that it failed to show off his customized THUG LIFE tattoo. When they arrived at this one intersection, a car pulled up and opened fire on Suge's car and Pac was shot to death. Suge, as stated before, was not injured as the bullets went around him. At the hospital, Pac was pronounced dead.
Less than a year after Pac's death, Biggie would be shot and killed. But that's a whole different story.
During the death of Pac, many conspiracy theories began circulating on the internet and in music. The last album that Pac recorded for Death Row was released only days after his death. Released under the stage name "Makaveli", it was titled "The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory", where references to Machiavelli (see: The Prince, the book not the recording artist) as well as the Illuminati (super spooky shit). The cover featured a picture of Pac nailed to a cross like Jesus. In addition, the number 7 began appearing in much of Pac's later work. So people, being as silly and bored as they are, began theorizing that much like Machiavelli, Pac would rise up 7 years later and "ride on his enemies" (one of his favourite activities).
Afeni Shakur, the mother of Pac, realizing the sensation her son's death had become, went the same route as Diddles and began releasing every unused and shitty verse that Pac had ever recorded. As a result, she made a lot of money, because she had a drug habit, and the world was blessed with more posthumously released Pac than they were given when he was alive. So people began to believe that Pac was still alive, hiding in a Death Row safe house and releasing new material to gain money for his 7 year plan to ride on his enemies. On September 13th, 2003, the day that Pac would have returned and rode on his enemies, nothing happened. Pac fans retreated into the shadows, got jobs and decided to live normal lives.
And that is the story of 2pac.