March 27, 2001. It has been a little over four years since rap icon Tupac Shakur was fatally shot and killed in the Las Vegas Strip, and his third album since his death is released. Until the End of Time a wonderfully crafted double CD features songs like Letter 2 My Unborn ; where Tupac speaks to his offspring on growing up in the ghetto and lead single Until the End of Time in which Tupac raps about his internal struggles of the sinful life he leads and coming death.
Afternoon Soul by Gramatik played out of the car stereo, its soulful rhythm and lyrics playing a background harmony to the man speaking in the front seat. 19-year old Toronto rapper Rezzi, fresh off his latest single The Eulogy begins to unwind about his attachments to the city. “I heard it all, Toronto rapper Rezzi the next Drake” he says. “I don’t like it, why compare me to another person, so now I have to overcome that.”
An often argued topic among hip hop heads is where does the best hip hop or rap originated from? Is it from the swagger rap from the east coast such as Nas, Jay Z or Eminem? Or is it from the gang influenced struggle rap from the west coast such as Tupac, Snoop Dogg or Dr. Dre? Perhaps it is from the overlooked “Dirty South” with Continue reading