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Tupac Shakur The Best rapper Of All Time would be 43 years old

Updated on June 17, 2014

Tupac Shakur the greatest rapper of all time

Tupac Shakur the greatest rapper of all time
Tupac Shakur the greatest rapper of all time

Tupac Performing

Tupac on stage
Tupac on stage

Tupac rapping young

Young Rapper Tupac Shakur
Young Rapper Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur Still deserves his title

I have seen many rapper come and go and I've seen many stick around. Many of the most talented rappers are now lost in the noise and fakery that is most of what makes up the industry today. Not enough names made issues with the rap of today, not enough of the greats made any noise. They let it happen, so now when a good rapper speaks about the situation he is already to far out of the limelight to argue the situation. Rappers use to speak something of essence and power. Whether it be about the street, crime, or doing whatever it takes to survive, there so much in the music. Tupac reminded us of all of that. The music gave us strength and confidence in ourselves. Rap has helped those gain security within themselves and comparing the likeness of the ones talking to themselves. Rap took away a lot of the self pity put into to place by the grunge and emo side of the spectrum. It brought us to a place where relationships ending didn't mean the end of everything and it gave us a willingness to never forget who number one is. Rap in the 80's gave us politics in a song, the 90's gave us an inside look to how life really is for some and the early 2000's reminded us that we could be number one. Since the mid 2000's and till now we find ourselves, unable to really hear anything of substance. Tupac Shakur didn't just tell us about hardships in the ghetto or the difficulties of making things happen on your own. He painted us a vivid picture through poetry. Yes he drew with his words the way that it was. He wasn't always blunt about it and that's what made the words so powerful. The man had a voice and flow that still can not be touched. No one sounds like Tupac, no one can imitate him and no one can make his flow. Fast slow medium paced the man brought rap its flavor. He would say a phenomenal amount of poetry in just a single song. Sometimes it was difficult to stop playing one song because sometimes one song was worth an entire album. His albums never contained a dull song. There isn't one poorly written song by the legend. His unreleased music is better then anything out today. Many claim best rapper, but we know that the best rapper has been long gone. Tupac will always hold this title, not because he was a good rapper but because he was the best.

Tupac tells Lil Wayne a joke

Lil Wayne is a joke
Lil Wayne is a joke

What Tupac would say if around today

Tupac speaks about Lil Wayne
Tupac speaks about Lil Wayne

What the new "Best Rappers" have done

What have we heard for almost ten years now has been nonsense. We've had some decent dance songs and a few great rappers come out of nowhere like Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big Kritt etc. and we have some great rappers still putting music out like Busta Rhymes, 50 cent, Jadakiss, Nas etc. But when is the last time you heard one of their tracks or singles on the radio. 50 Cent is barely getting the air time he should for someone who has two of the most sold albums of all time. When G-Unit was still the ring leader of the rap world, we were guarantee ok to great songs. It wasn't the 90's but it was still really good. There rap was real rap, they may have made things a little newer but it never felt like we were listening to a bunch of nonsensical B.S. It all fell apart when Lil Wayne began getting much to much popularity. His lyrics music and content always mindless and really full of catchy beats and nothing more. As only the second best artist in the Hot Boys leaving Juvenile to be the best how did Lil Wayne even get the popularity get received. Juvenile was a beast in the late 90's early 2000's and he really had a flow worth listening too. Not the greatest poet of all time but the man could flow and make a hit every time he got on the radio. People still get excited when songs like "Back that Azz up" come on in a night club. The world of hip hop has been invaded with mostly garbage especially in the night club. All we can get is technofied rap. Lil Wayne some how got to the top of the hip hop world with his ever squeaker voice getting even higher as he passed puberty and soon with a machine on his voice he sounded like someone having a stroke. People couldn't get enough of it for some reason. Honestly, his sounding like he may have had gone through a severe accident caused people to fall in love with the rappers music. His carter albums were okay at best and honestly got more air time then they should have. I don't want to sound like a hater but can't people remember Tupac's music. Remember how raw a rapper like Tupac was. Remember how powerful it was when you heard his voice and flow on a great beat. Whether it was slow or fast Tupac could make a song perfect. His words were exquisite and the man showed perfection on the microphone

Tupac Lyrics compared to Justin Bieber

Tupac vs Bieber
Tupac vs Bieber

Tupac Quotes

Tupac lyrics
Tupac lyrics

Tupac Quotes

Tupac Lyrics
Tupac Lyrics

If Tupac were here today

I think rap would be taking a different course of action if Tupac Shakur was still alive today. I could be wrong, maybe he'd be like LL Cool J or Ice T stuck acting in movies, barely relevant by the mainstream and attacking Soldier Boy with no back up from anyone. Remember when being an OG was cool and it wasn't about being a kid who talk on tracks and makes cool beats. Remember when you had to bring something to the table to be recognized as a real rapper. If Tupac Shakur was here I do not think that there would be the same pattern in music that we see today. Today it's all about an electro beat mixed with slow rappers who rhyme when it feels appropriate. The necessity to rhyme is dead for some reason. Rick Ross has single handedly ruined rhyming in rap. Maybe Soldier boy would be his boy wonder in the event but I put 80% of that blame on Rick Ross. When you had to rhyme he didn't rhyme and now that its kind of like an optional piece in rap he doesn't at all. Remember how great it use to be to hear a Nas and Kool G Rap song, or a Dj Quik song where the lyrics were just too good to be true. A time when rhyme scheme was important and singing in strange voices wasn't key. There was a reason why 2Pac sold as many albums as he had. He brought everything together in an album. Everything you wanted to hear was presented to you and things you didn't even know that you wanted to hear you had the ability to hear. He brought you too the movies through his music. No video needed to feel like you were immersed in his songs. His harder songs felt like reading an in depth novel. Every time he put out a song you were ready to hear something of substance and something that wasn't just going to reiterate the same exact thing over and over again. Who would have thought the person who people look up to in the rap industry would be a guy who acts and sounds like a junkie and an ex cop. If Tupac were around I think he could have kept things in order and kept rap the way it was suppose be. Rap would still sound like rap, not some kind of joke music. If only he were here to keep the music real and relevant. These new rappers and old ones who conform with them like Jay Z and Kanye have pretty much ruined the industry.

Tupac compared to Skrillex lyrics

Tupac Lyrics vs Skrillex
Tupac Lyrics vs Skrillex

Tupav Shaukur

Tupac
Tupac

Tupac on Broadway

Tupac on Broadway
Tupac on Broadway

What Tupac can still bring to us

Tupac's music is still relevant and as important as ever before. Everything he has said is still wonderful from the lyrics to the music. He is a man who could make a crowd anywhere get into the music. I don't think Tupac could go anywhere and be hated. Even during all the controversy, I think that Tupac could go anywhere and be loved. He was just to good not be welcomed anywhere. Tupac Shakur to this day is an amazing rapper and proves to be the greatest rapper of all time. If you truly love rap, soul, funk, jazz, or have a love for poetry, you need to listen to Tupac Shakur. Yes he is an excellent poet which, may seem laughable to some who dislike rap or feel its a joke. He is a lyrical genius in every sense of the term. He has been listed as one of the 50 greatest poets of all time and had written a great work of poetry. Their are very few people who could argue that there are better rappers then Tupac and if you could you'd really be reaching with some of the greatest rappers of all time. Tupac Shakur in my opinion can not be touched when it comes to the rap industry. He is a hip-hop legend not because of his unfortunate and untimely death, but because he is rap, he is the embodiment of real rap. My god they are even making a Broadway musical out of this unbelievable talents lyrics and music. This is a rapper mind you and he is getting his music put on to the highest scope in the musical world, this being the highest level in music and acting. This is an honor and well deserved by Tupac Shakur. Hopefully, those of future generation will not forget the greatest rapper of all time Tupac Shakur.

Tupac vs Lil Wayne for best rapper of all time

Tupac Hologram

Tupac keep your head up

Live Gangsta Party

Tupac Dear Mama

50 Cent disses wayne saying he's Tupac

Snoop disses Wayne for saying he's the new Tupac

Lil Wayne dissed by Nas for saying he is the new Pac

Tupac Poll

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Tupac Shakur greatest hits

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      The lyric writer I want to thank you for reading and commenting. Tupac shows a level of talent we won't see again, at least in what appears to be the future of rap. Certainly snoop Eminem and Ice Cube are great rapper, I give a lot of credibility to Snoop for staying relevant in a time where rap has really lost its foundation. Eminem still murders most tracks and Ice Cube he's following money outside of rap and that's ok too. Tupac just left at a time when people and music really needed him.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting Joe. I've always been a fan of Tupac. When you read the lyrics, you see the talent. Brilliant mind, certainly one of the best that ever lived. Tragic a life ending as him and Biggie both. I do think Ice Cube, Snoop and Eminem should be in the conversation at the least, since everyone is making request. lol But hands down, Tupac is a legend.

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      dee 3 years ago

      2Pac will always be da best rapper in hip hop history it will not be these fake wannabes like lil gayne and soujia fag

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you both for your insightful comments. Yes he is beyond the abilities of most rappers especially those who are popular today It's sad how low the genre has sunk talent wise and music wise. Lil Wayne is a rapper who is barely subpar in my eyes . so he shouldn't be listed.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      A very interesting and thorough review of Tupac's talents. I really never listened to rap, nor do I now, but can absolutely agree that the QUALITY has gone way, way down. Rappers of today are not offering anything of substance. Further, these young rapper wanna be's are comical! Justin B. is an absolute joke!

      BTW I will often get patient's admitted to our unit that have some fantasy or delusion about Tupac. It is always interesting. :) Nice job here-UP/U/I

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I agree that the rappers of today aren't as good and no where close to the level that Tupac was. The fact that Lil Wayne compared himself to Tupac is ridiculous. Nice read overall

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Dana Tate I want to thank you for spreading my article around, with your help more can remember and the younger generation can learn the legend Tupac was.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      I apologize Cmoney, perhaps I misunderstood what you were saying. I guess the sucks too line led me to believe you thought all rap sucked, so I may have taken that the wrong way. I appreciate the conversation though. I've enjoyed discussing this with you and hope you haven't taken anything I've said offensively.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      joedolphin, I am so impressed with this hub I must share it with all my facebook friends and family. We are all Tupac lover's and I know your hub will be appreciated. Hope you get lot's of visits... take care.

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @joedolphin88 - I totally get RAPPERS and their form of expression. I didn't exactly grow up in one of the best neighborhoods and were it not for my mother's survival skills and her figuring out to get me enrolled in some of the better schools for a quality education, it's very likely my life would have turned out very different from where I am now. The artists of my generation had something to say and said it. Many were considered REBELS (or anti-establishment) as opposed to RAPPERS (or anti-DonCornelius). { A joke! :) } RAPPERS of this generation have something to say and use the genre to say it. RAPPERS also seem to know good music when they hear it, as I note that they "sample" a lot of music from my generation. That's what music is all about. Of course, everybody has their own personal taste and preference in music, poetry, art, etc. Most importantly, people should be free to express themselves – so long as they don't try to justify insult, harm, injury and belittling or degrading other human beings by saying it's just “artistic expression”.

      WOW! Sure didn't expect that as a response. There was no need for you to defend anything.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Well every opinion is respected, but I will say this in defense of the genre and Tupac himself, I studied music for many year play 5 instruments, sing in many different styles from jazz to R&B and rap as well. I've studied music theory etc. The fact of the matter is rap whether you agree with what it states is poetry set to music it contains the necessary melody and harmony through voices to be considered actual music. In theory the voices become the harmony as a saxophone would translate to in a solo in a jazz piece. Granted, some rappers suck and over the last few years many do. However, the entire genre has had many artist who are truly sharing there knowledge on certain things and really just being honest. Inner strength comes from this style of music, that country or rock for the most part can't really create. Genres like rock and country speak more on how did it go wrong now your gone I need you back. Rap is more I only need me, I'll get past this, and I'll find another. That emotional lost over a relationship doesn't take place in many rap songs. I appreciate the comment and welcome it as an opinion and appreciate you reading this piece. I hope that I have defended the point and didn't stray too far.

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Truthfully – and I know this comment might upset people – but I don't really hold any of the rappers in high esteem. I'm talking the “hard core” style rappers; not the Will Smith-Disney-style summer fun types. If it's any consolation, I think heavy metal music sucks too! Both forms of music have a negative impact on my psyche.

      That being said: With regard to Mr. Tupac – saw him in a couple of movies and by the time it dawned on me that he was a recognized figure in the RAP music industry, he was dead!

      Thanks for this HUB. Love reading short biographies. Enjoy very much reading your HUBs.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Dana thank you so much for your very touching words. As a fan I regret seeing rap go in a direction I feel it would not have if he were still around. I feel like a lot of the music he released can not be touched on any level especially intellectually. He was really the Mohamed Ali of rap. It's great to know you listen to his music in his memory on his birthday and hopefully more artist will be influenced by the greatness that is Tupac Shakur.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I always remember Tupac's birthday I believe it is the 16th of June. It's easy for me to remember because I have two cousins with birthdays on the 17th and 18th. On his birthday I always play all of his music. I have to agree with you I think Tupac reigns. He was talented, gifted, prolific, and intelligent. We lost something great when some coward took this young man's life. We will never know all the things the Lord had planned for him to do because I believed he had just touch the surface of all his goals. His memory lives on because of loyal fans like you. Thank you for keeping his memory a live for the people who admired him. I don't have time now but later I will come back and listen to every video you have downloaded. Bless u my friend have a blessed day.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Truly the greatest and most influential rapper of all time. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      dailytop10 3 years ago from Davao City

      People with real talent are often taken for granted while artists who only has body and face to offer are well celebrated. A really sad truth of today's entertainment industry. Tupac shaped the rap industry and I wish he is where he deserves to be now.