I do think there's a certain social stigma that comes along with being a white "Hip Hop head"... And being a Caucasian, I actually agree with many peoples disapproval. By all means, I believe in people being themselves, but I've seen people take it too far.
A lot of people who live in my city embarrass themselves by actually thinking they ARE black. And when I say thinking they are black, it's socially okay for a black person to say the n word between peers, but when did it become okay for white people? They seem to be ignorant to that. A guy I know from college came up to me and my mate at a gig (who's a black emcee) and started using the n word when talking to my mate. IN THEIR FIRST CONVERSATION TOGETHER. I was pretty repulsed by the conversation, and when my friend was busy, I spoke with the guy in front of his friends about it and voiced my opinion. My friend is always uncomfortable talking about racial issues so I thought I did the best by not mentioning it.
^ sorry for being negative. I felt the need to address it here. I've probably pissed people off in some way with that. But to get back to the point...
Do I think there'll be a white rapper to equal/surpass the status of Tupac? In some people's eyes, it's already happened. I disagree with those who say Eminem. I think there'll need to be an emcee who comes through with an actual message (activist I suppose), rather than "I raised myself from being trailer trash".
Tupac actually wanted to share a positive message. Any time he spoke, he spoke about something meaningful. Something that helped improve people's outlook on things. Changed peoples mindsets for the better. Has Eminem? I don't think so. Maybe people will disagree.
Can a white rapper do it though? Most definitely.
P.S. This is coming from a guy who doesn't consider Tupac to be the best rapper to have lived. I'm very much an East Coast fan.
exactly...mu****as would vote eminem president of south africa just because..his trailer park problems will never compare to the shyt pac was addressingThe name 2Pac without raps and records is worth more than any rapper will ever maker......ever. Like Bob Marley......people don't even listen to reggae and have Bob Markley stuff all over the place. The same with 2Pac. To most Bob Marley represents Marijuana........they don't know his history. To most 2Pac represents thug life......they don't know his history.Eminem? Nah....that's just a rapper and entertainer....nothing more....I feel safe saying ever more.No matter how you feel about this songIt became more than a song. It's a song with real meaning. Straight forward.....understandable....and straight to the point. Fuuck some got damn multi-syllables and shit. Pac spoke muthafuuckin English.
AgreedNo. Simple as that. Not racist, I am white. But that will never happen. Not because of races and stuff like that. It's more like, every genre has that one artist no one will ever be good like. In rock n roll that would be Elvis, in pop - Michael Jackson. In Hip-Hop, that's 2pac.
bro Elvis, took songs word for word and note for note from some black artist that would never have reached his status because he is white. If it wasn't him, it was his writers that knew no one back then would of went looking for the original black version. Racism was strong back then, don't forget.
From his words - “The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I’m doin’ now, man for more years than I know. They played it like that in the shanties and in their jukee joints, and nobody paid it no mind ’til I goosed it up. I got it from them. Down in Tupelo, Mississippi, I used to hear old Arthur Crudup bang his box the way I do now, and I said if I ever got to the place where I could feel like old Arthur felt, I’d be a music man like nobody ever saw.”
not trying to be mad or anything, but you said - "one artist no one will ever be good like" .. do you base that on talent or record sales ..