For the readers who've been around a while, you know that I think hip-hop/rap is detrimental to our society. The lyrics promote violence, drug use, illegitimacy, materialism, and hatred for the police. One of the biggest offenders in the world of rap music was the despicable Tupac Shakur.
I wrote about this rabble-rousing Dolt back in 2007 here. I still stand by that post - and I still get hateful comments from Tupac fans that think I got Tupac all wrong.
Well, the erudite Trevor Loudon writes that Tupac Shakur, it turns out, was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.
O my prophetic soul!
Raised by Black Panther parents , and Tupac joined the Young Communist League, as a teen and never lost his revolutionary outlook.
According to Baltimore YCL leader Jordan Farrar, a self styled “red’ skinhead, Tupac, joined the League in Baltimore as a teen in the late ’80s . Apparently he was dating the daughter of the chairman of the Communist Party of Maryland at the time.
Though murdered in September 1996, the famous East Coast West Coast hip hop wars of Shakur’s revolutionary memory lives on in Baltimore. The Young Communist League branch in the city is named the Tupac Shakur Club in his honor.
I detest Tupac - the man. I've seen some biographical accounts of him on VH1, and read some on the internet, and it appears that he was petulent, rash, spiteful, wallowed in violence, immersed in the gang-culture, and obsessed with a deep strain of hatred for cops.
For clarity, I confess that I have almost a dozen of his songs on my iPod. The music is catchy, and the lyrics - while vile and sophomoric - are memorable. "Hit em up" and "Picture me rolling" still waft through my ear buds from time to time.
But I always take the measure of the man through those very same lyrics. I am glad he's no longer with us, but his legacy lives on. And what is that? His legacy is illegitimacy, violence, revenge, materialism, and a Nihilism that embraces an "anything goes" mentality. You can't pay your car bill for the month? Go out and steal. Cops pull you over for running a red light? "Motherfuck them pigs and swing on em." This mentality is all over the world of hip hop and rap. Just look at Ludakris, or Wiz kalifah --- one of the worst songs I've heard recently is that "Black and Yellow" tune. God! It's right up there with "Let me smell yo dick"!
It's pathetic that a guy like Tupac can be a role model for black Americans because the way he lived and died speak volumes about what type of mind-set exists in the black community.
It's no wonder the black community can't get their act together. Tupac would have wanted it that way!