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Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa & Mathematics Discuss The Impact of 2Pac’s Death On Hip Hop

(AllHipHop News) Tupac Amaru Shakur was killed seventeen years ago, but the iconic emcee/actor’s place in Hip Hop history lives on forever. Recently, Masta Killa and Mathematics of the Wu-Tang Clan spoke with NME about how Pac’s death altered the culture.

“I just think that just changed Hip Hop, because really before then it was more ‘Who are you?’, originality,” says Mathematics. “Then after that, I think it kind of changed a little bit.”

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According to Mathematics, the loss of Pac led to a lot of rap imitators similar to the way Bruce Lee was duplicated after he passed. 2Pac’s murder made Masta Killa question how far removed was the rap game from street life.

“It made me start looking at it like, wow, what do I have do? Can I just come to work as freely as I’ve been?” added Masta Killa. “This part of my life helped me to escape other things where I come from, and now it’s making me look at the situation like maybe I haven’t even really gone too far.”

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  • Sean Taylor

    fart….

  • johnblacksad

    To all my Wu-Brethren, peep this Masta Killa verse right here… it’s the intro of his latest album :

    “My devastating hot east New York mentality
    Keep me on point for my million dollar salary
    Heavy weight lyrics never lost one calorie
    Fat stacks, drug dealing styles the black AC
    Nickel-plated macs, We pack the chrome tecs, yes
    From one single idea, everything appeared here
    Understanding makes my truth crystal clear
    A yo, snap out of Candy Land kids, the old rumor is
    Blacks become immune to shit, we never did like
    Cross color clothes crossing over, getting crossed out
    Criss crossing we bossing all cross breeds
    I’m a knowledge seed, I want action, that’s what I need
    Never no doubt in my mind, it’s the rhyme
    Olympic torch flaming, we burn so sweet
    The thrill of victory, defeat, it’s not meant for me
    Victorious with no opponent that blast through components
    Jamel Irief raising hell with the flavor
    Smoking on the mic like smoking Joe Frazier”

    Did ya’ll peep what Noodles did here? I thought it was brilliant!

    WU-TANG FOREVER!

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      *burps* next!

      • johnblacksad

        Thanks for reading but it’s WU-BRETHREN only… i wasn’t addressin the Soulja Boy fans

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        been a fan of hip hop since 92 with strictly 4 my niccas dropped, naughty by nature, redman etc. Come to Ill town and get dropped straight up!

      • johnblacksad

        thanks for the offer but no homo for me

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        is that all u lame niccas can do is talk about gay things? u suspect!

    • Chris

      Actually, the first 4 bars were borrowed from Cappadonna’s joint “97 mentality.” How can you claim Wu brethren when you don’t even know this???

      • johnblacksad

        Dear Chris no homo… you think I claim WU for no reason?

        What did you think the whole point of me quoting this whole verse was? If you pay attention, Cappadonna is not the only one stuuf is being borrowed from. Why did you think I said it was a brilliant verse by Masta Killa? THE WHOLE WU-TANG CLAN IS IN THAT VERSE!

        Only a select few can fcuk with me on that WU tip for real… real talk!

        and fyi, Cappadonna’s original words were :
        “My devastating hot 97 mentality
        Keeps me on point for my four digit salary
        Heavyweight lyrics never lost one calorie
        I’m soon to be seen, on a TV screen”

        #WUFOREVER

    • Megaton

      Looks like he got quotes in from all original members plus Cappa Don. Dope how he flipped that, haven’t heard it but definitely checking for it now!

      • johnblacksad

        EXACTLY!

        in order : Cap, Rae, RZA, Ghost, Mef, ODB , U-God, GZA, Deck

  • That Mike Dean link was the worth the click!

  • Golgo 13

    who da hell is mathematics

    • Chris

      Wow…

      • johnblacksad

        I know… almost a technical foul

    • johnblacksad

      One of the main Wu-producers along with 4th Disciple and Truemaster… after RZA that is of course…

      DJ Mathematics aka Allah Mathematics produced tracks like Mighty Healthy, Wu Banga, Oh Donna, Uncontrolled Substance, Amplified Sample, Do you really (thang thang), America Is Dyin Slowly… et caetera…

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