Radio Facts: Originally posted Sept 4, 2008: I have to say, I have actually been around Tupac on several occasions and I even took pictures at several events. He hung around KKBT a lot back in the heyday in LA when I was a DJ there. What I knew was there were two sides to him. One was the outspoken derivative of his mother Afini Shakur for the Black cause and the other side was the wild rapper side. I don’t think the magazine is denying that he was a phenom rapper but I think they are speaking from an overall standpoint…Out of curiosity, what are your thoughts? Statement from Blender below.
Dead rapper Tupac “2Pac” Shakur, the hip-hop icon who sold more records after he was murdered than during his brief career, is the most overrated person in music, according to music magazine Blender. Shakur tops a tongue-in-cheek list that also includes “places, trends and other junk in rock,” Blender said in its upcoming October issue, due on newsstands next (Sept 10, 2008) .
Other overrated finalists included the Grammys at No. 7, encores at No. 12, Pink Floyd at No. 14 and “the music you loved as a teenager” at No. 23. Shakur, a “gangsta” rapper who showed his sensitive side in movies, was killed during an unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. More than a dozen albums have been released in the ensuing years, and his image is almost as ubiquitous as that of Che Guevara or Bob Marley. But while Shakur was a decent rapper with “insane rock-star charisma,” according to Blender, he also “larded records with self-mythologizing, mediocre filler.”
It”s not the first time the pages of Blender have been used to bring down Shakur a few notches. In its June issue, rapper Lil Wayne listed him among his top five rappers, but then admitted: “I can”t front: I was never into Pac.” As for the Grammys, the music industry”s top awards, Blender said sitting through the ceremony was “like watching paint dry on Celine Dion”s forehead.” And encores were notable chiefly for allowing bands to go backstage and do drugs while fans wonder if they should beat the rush to the parking lot, Blender said.
Veteran British rock band Pink Floyd, meanwhile, were responsible for “unbearable LSD slapstick” and “self-important bombast.” And Blender warned that teenagers” brains “can inflate a great band to Christ-size proportions” and turn a bad song into the most meaningful.
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