Eminem Pays Tribute To 2Pac With A Personal Essay

(AllHipHop News) Paper is tapping current Hip Hop representatives to pay homage to deceased icons of the culture. After Kendrick Lamar honored Eazy-E, the publication recruited Marshall “Eminem” Mathers to pen a personal essay about Tupac Shakur.

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“He was taking things further than a lot of rappers at the time — pushing it to the next level as far as giving feeling to his words and his music,” writes Eminem. “A lot of people say, ‘You feel Pac,’ and it’s absolutely true. The way he chose which words to say with which beat was genius.”

Previously, Eminem wrote a letter to Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur. He also drew a picture of the late West Coast legend. Both items are now at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

“When his mother, Afeni [Shakur], let me produce one of Tupac’s albums – the Loyal to the Game album – I wrote her a letter thanking her for letting me do it,” added Em. “You wouldn’t be able to tell the 18/19-year-old Marshall that he would ever be able to get his hands on some Tupac vocals and have that opportunity. It was such a significant piece of history for me and so much fun.”

The Shady Records leader continued his praise for Pac, “Regardless of how good a rapper someone is, it’s easy for things to eventually get dated. But when you make songs like Tupac did, songs that feel like something, that feeling never goes away.”

Read the full essay here.

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  • Dan Tebasco

    People tend to complain about the production on Loyal To The Game but compared to Pac;s Life it was dope… Bad move to speed up Pac’s vocals on Ghetto Gospel tho to preserve Elton John’s pitch but other than that it was pretty straight

    • JimJames29

      Aside from the scott storch beat it was one of the worst records I ever heard. Just my opinion

  • MrNoName2K

    Pac was definitely before his time.. a true legend in every sense of the word

    • As time heals all wounds. I can start to finally admit some of pac’s genius. He was a beast on the mic. He did put a lot of emotion into his music. And when Em and everyone says you can feel pac it is true. My two favorite records of his are Hail Mary and Hit em up! And this is coming from a man who named his first son after BIG and has a rip tattoo of BIG on his arm. But you can’t deny truth and genius. And pac had both in his raps. Now I still have to mention his short comings. He was extremely mad and didn’t have enough love in his heart or music in my opinion. He focused to much on the negativity in his music at times. He could have opened himself up more and really give people the full spectrum of his soul. If all could be done over again. I would wish pac and BIG were both still here. But make no mistake about it. BIG was and always will be the greatest. Pac doesn’t make my top 10 but I’m biased. He made a lot of music that wasn’t for me. But if I’m just being totally honest. He is probably top 5 on most lists 🙂

    • Also I think Pac would have been right at home in hip hop in any time. In fact we could use him right now. He would set a whole lot of these youngings straight about the game. And I dont think he would allow autotunes to survive!!! Lmao!! Him being mad had its benefits. He would call a nigga out quick!!

      • jeffrey Jones

        look at all the other legends bro.. Pac would have went butt up selling out or making commercial garbage just like Ice T, Koel Mo Dee, melle mel, GM Caz, Kanibus, Keith Murray, Snoop,….

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