Tupac Shakur was not the most technically brilliant rapper.
He couldn’t freestyle as well as Biggie Smalls. He didn’t deliver witty punchlines like Big L. And he didn’t have complex rhyme schemes like Nas.
But in one respect, Tupac was arguably the best rapper of his generation. Tupac was brilliant at consistently making songs that connected with general audiences. Technical rapping ability is trivial compared to making songs that connect with people besides hardcore rap fans.
I was in high school about a decade after Tupac died. If one name came up when a kid talked about “old-school” hip-hop, there’s a good chance that kid was talking about Tupac. It didn’t matter if the kid had the same background as Pac or knew a lot about rap in general. Tupac was the most prominent name when people my age gushed about rappers before our generation.
I’m not a huge Tupac fan, but I would never call him overrated
Kevin F, Mad Monster Hunter, I used to hate hip-hop. Then I learned to love it.
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