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DL: 2Pac – Gimme A Paper N Pen (THC – 2007)(FLAC)

2Pac - Gimme A Paper N Pen (THC - 2007)

2Pac - Gimme A Paper N Pen (THC - 2007)(FLAC)

2Pac - Gimme A Paper N Pen (THC - 2007)(FLAC)


01 : Where Will I Be (Ft Dramacydal)
02 : Dramacydal-On Top Of The World
03 : Out On Bail (Ft AB) (Alternate Version)
04 : Judgment Day (Ft Dee Tha Madd Bitch & Thug Life)
05 : Dramacydal-Around The Way
06 : Str8 Ballin' (Original Version)
07 : Killing Fields (Ft Dramacydal) (Full Version)
08 : Fatal N Felony-Addicted 2 Tha Streetz
09 : Dramacydal-Introduced 2 The Game
10 : Where Will I Be (Ft Dramacydal) (Remix)
11 : Dramacydal-Hard To Imagine
12 : The Thug In Me (Ft Jewell) (Original Version)
13 : Changed Man (Ft Nate Dogg & Big Syke) (Original Version)
14 : Troublesome '96 (Original Version)
15 : Unconditional Love (Original Version)

01 : If I Die 2nite (Original Version)
02 : So Many Tears (Ft Stretch) (Original Version)
03 : Temptations (Ft G-Money) (Original Version)
04 : Lord Knows (Ft Natasha Walker) (Original Version)
05 : Dear Mama (Original Version)
06 : It Ain't Easy (Acoustic Original Version)
07 : Nothing 2 Lose (Ft YN-Vee) (Original Version)
08 : My Block (True Original Version)
09 : It Ain't Easy (Original Version)
10 : Only Fear Of Death (Original Version)
11 : Open Fire (Original Version)
12 : Killing Fields (Instrumental)
13 : Where I Will Be (Instrumental)
14 : It Ain't Easy (Orginial Instrumental No Hook)
15 : It Ain't Easy (Orginial Instrumental With Hook)

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Dear Mama – The Saga Of Afeni & Tupac Shakur Biography (April 21, 2023)


Dear Mama – The Saga Of Afeni & Tupac Shakur Biography is on the way on April 21, 2023

“Dear Mama – The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur” is a biography that tells the story of Afeni Shakur, a political activist and former member of the Black Panther Party, and her son Tupac Shakur, one of the most influential and controversial figures in hip hop history.

Early footage of a teenage Shakur plays in the trailer, and highlights him talking about his mother’s teachings. “My mother taught me to analyze society and not be quiet. My mother was a Black Panther and she was really involved in the movement,” he said.

Afeni’s Black Panther work resulted in her and Tupac having an awkward relationship at times, the rapper shared as a teen: “We never spent time together because she was always speaking and going to colleges. And then after that was over, it was more time spent with me. And we were both just like ‘You’re my mother,’ and she was like, ‘You’re my son, and what do we do?’”

Ultimately, Afeni moved her family out to Baltimore in 1984, where Tupac’s life took a rough turn. “My mama was a crack addict. I ended up in Baltimore on welfare with no lights on,” adult Tupac angrily tells a crowd of people.

The docs explores Afeni’s life and struggles as a Black Panther, including her imprisonment while pregnant with Tupac, and her eventual acquittal. It also delves into Tupac’s upbringing, including his experiences with poverty, violence, and racism, and how they influenced his music and activism.

The biography covers Tupac’s rise to fame as a rapper, actor, and activist, as well as his involvement in various controversies, including his legal troubles, feuds with other artists, and his infamous shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

Throughout the docs, the author highlights the complex relationship between Afeni and Tupac, and how they both influenced and supported each other throughout their lives. It also examines the impact that their activism and music had on the Black community and the wider world.

“Dear Mama – The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur” offers a comprehensive and intimate look into the lives of two influential figures in American history, and the struggles and triumphs that shaped them.

DL: 2Pac – 1992 – The Deon Big D Evans Deal Sessions (02-27-2009) (THC) [FLAC]

DL: 2Pac - 1992 - The Deon Big D Evans Deal Sessions (02-27-2009) (THC) [FLAC]

These are the original files of a Big D recording session he produced for 2Pac in 1992, between the 2Pac's first two albums - ''2Pacalypse Now'' and ''Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... ''' and unfortunately he chose not to include most of the songs on his next album ''Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...'', but were released on the album ''R. U. Still Down?'' (1997)

2Pac - 1992 - The Deon Big D Evans Deal Sessions (02-27-2009)(THC) [FLAC]

2Pac - 1992 - The Deon Big D Evans Deal Sessions (02-27-2009)(THC) [FLAC]

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DL: 2Pac – Stay True (Draft Cassette Tape), 1994

In the summer of 1994, 2Pac would vigorously rewrite his tracklists, as he made it through various album titles and tracks, while the producers, engineers, etc, worked their way through the mixing, mastering processes, etc.

One issue facing executives that played a part in stalling the CDs release was sample clearances. Since the works were only demos, some of the samples from the albums various tracks were not preapproved for use by the original musicians. This is why certain instrumentals behind his vocals (of songs subsequently officially released albums R.U. Still Down?, Me Against The World), are different from the originals, while others are on the originally intended beat.

Some were able to be altered just enough to be used legally, or remade by live band musicians, so the original artist had to simply accept a royalty fee for use of the original musical composition instead of the use of the actual original copyrighted audio itself which the original artist is legally allowed to refuse you access to, or use of.

2Pac - Stay True (Draft Cassette Tape), 1994

Side A

  1. It Ain't Easy (Interlude)
  2. When I Get Free
  3. R U Still Down? (Interlude)
  4. It Ain't Easy
  5. Temptations
  6. Ready 4 Whatever (Interlude)
  7. Nothing 2 Lose

Side B

  1. Nothing 2 Lose (Interlude)
  2. Phuck All Y'all
  3. Amerikkka Eatz Itz Young
  4. Stay True

The full draft project is not leaked.

1 2Pac– Intro-Lude 0:38
2 2Pac– When I Get Free 2:38
3 2Pac– Pac-Lude 0:10
4 2Pac– It Ain't Easy 5:04
5 2Pac– Temptations 5:07
6 2Pac– No Justice No Peace-Lude 0:56
7 2Pac, Natasha Walker– Nothin To Lose 4:03
8 2Pac– Pac-Lude 0:24
9 2Pac– Phuck All Y'all 4:09
10 2Pac, Ray Luv, Mac Mall, Young Lay– Amerikkka Eats It's Young
Producer – Khayree
11 2Pac, Stretch (4)– Stay True 3:08
12 2Pac– Dear Mama 4:49
13 2Pac– Pac-Lude 0:15
14 2Pac– High Till I Die 3:52
15 2Pac– My Only Fear Of Death 3:19
16 2Pac– Lord Knows 4:25
17 2Pac, Stretch – Hell Razor 4:25
18 2Pac– Thug Style 4:10
19 2Pac, Larry Sanders– Out On Bail 3:43

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DL: Untitled Sampler Cassette – 4 Songs Tupac Full Tape [FLAC]

This cassette was auctioned at ebay in September, 2012. Recently, a clip of the unheard ”No Parts of Dis” song was released. The songs were recorded in 1991.

Cassette description :

It includes four songs (these are the titles as they appear on the insert): 1) Tears of a Clown 2) Scared Straight 3) No Parts of Dis 4) That’s Just the Way It Is.

The first song, ”Tears of a Clown”, appears to be roughly the same as the unreleased version you can hear on YouTube except that this version includes some out-of-tune backing vocals. Also, this version cuts off after 4:00.

This is NOT the same unreleased “Scared Straight” that you can hear on YouTube. Here, Tupac says a few words in the beginning (something about being hungry) not included in that version. This version has no piano. The beat is very stripped down -no strings. It’s around 2:10 long.

The fourth song is, of course, is a very early version of  “Changes”, here titled “That’s Just the Way It Is”. It’s an unknown version as far as I’m aware. The beat is very stripped down. There’s no singing in the beginning, no strings. The lyrics are different in all sorts of small ways. You can hear Tupac mutter “goddamn” at the beginning –or maybe this is after the end of the third song, it’s hard to tell. The song ends abruptly with crowd noise at the 2:49 mark.

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Naughty By Nature Releases a New Vinyl For the 30th Anniversary of 19 Naughty III


30 years might seem like a long period of time when it comes to hip-hop music and life in general but some hits simply manage to stay in the memories of society for eternity. Naughty By Nature managed to produce some fine tracks in his time and some of them certainly were part of the 19 Naughty III album, which was released 30 years ago. Yes, it was really that long ago!

Now, the artist decided to honor the date by giving his loyal supporters something to cheer about in 2023. We’re talking about a brand new luxury orange vinyl edition of the hit album, containing all the well-known hits. The vinyl is extremely nice looking and is fitting for the collection of every music lover, who is fond of enriching his arsenal of tracks.

The vinyl not only comes with newly recorded versions of all 14 songs from the original album but also a few bonus tracks. Side C and Side D are filled with different mixes of the hit song “Hip Hop Hooray” and “Written On Ya Kitten, performed by various artists. The special treat will make Naughty By Nature enthusiasts even more willing to acquire the upper-mentioned vinyl.

The history behind the album is also worth mentioning for those, who might not quite recall what we’re talking about. It was released in 1993 as the third studio album by the rapper. The recording process was done across there different studios in New York – Unique Recording Studios, Soundtrack Studios, and Electric Lady Studios. The recording took quite a bit of time – between February 1992 and February 1993, but the result was worth the wait.

Another reason for its success was the introduction of some high-end rappers, who would feature in many of the songs, including the legendary Tupac, Heavy D, and Queen Latifah, as well as a performance from Run-DMC. Quite a strong setup, which managed to do the trick.

19 Naughty III managed to attract decent critical and commercial success, receiving platinum certification, as well as a 4-star rating by prestigious outlets like Rolling Stone and AllMusic. The group was able to create a top 10 hit in Hip Hop Hooray, as well as two minor hits – Written on Ya Kitten and It’s On. Namely, these three songs are heavily featured in the new vinyl track with remixes from various artists.

Side A

Side B
3. IT’S ON

Side C
4. HIP HOP HOORAY (Pete Rock Remix)

Side D
1. HIP HOP HOORAY (Extended Mix)
3. WRITTEN ON YA KITTEN (Shandi’s Smooth Mix)
4. IT’S ON (Beatnuts Remix)
5. IT’S ON (Sunship Edit)

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Hip Hop Subcultures


Hip Hop has come a long way since its main inception around the 1970s. Mainly credited to starting in New York City by a diverse group of cultures, Hip Hop was known for its rhythmic beats made by DJs and its creative lyrics characterized as rapping. 

But since the 1970s, Hip Hop has evolved into many subcultures taking creative turns every which way. Old-school hip hop is a far cry from new-school hip hop, which is still different from rapping, trap, and gangsta rap. 

Why is it important to differentiate hip-hop subcultures? Because music, particularly hip hop, has a deep history with those who create the music. Let’s take a deeper look at these subgenres and their impact on today’s hip-hop industry. 

The Old School Era

Afrika Bambaataa, a community leader from South Bronx, was the first to coin the term Hip Hop. From the 1970s to 1985, Hip Hop was in its old-school era, where DJs would use turntables to manipulate music and break the loop. This was simultaneously paired with MCs rapping on the spot. 

But known as the original founding fathers of Hip Hop is one other than DJ Kool Hrev and Coke La Rock, who banded together in 1973. Six years later, in 1979, “Rappers Delight ” would be recognized as one of the most famous rap songs in the world, even to this day. 

The importance of this era was instrumental in giving a voice to the socio economic issues African Americans and other minorities were facing on a daily basis. 

The Golden Era

The Golden Era or Gangsta Rap Era would also emerge in the 1980s, with many lyrical references being about gang life and crime on the streets. It also was a time when technology had expanded, making music available across the country, pointing out vast differences in cultural styles. 

Interestingly enough, there were no copyright laws at the time, so music sampling played a huge part in continuing to play with different styles, subgenres, and sounds. This is vastly different from today’s world, where you need to have copyrighted music on Instagram

With so much diversity and access across the country, Hip Hop was taking all sorts of creative directions and ultimately bleeding into the new school era and the divide between the West and East coast. 

The New School Era

Once the 1990s came around, it was considered to be more of the new school era for Hip Hop. The difference was in the lyrics. They were harder-hitting, more complex, and at times hard to understand. For instance, within this subgenre of Hip Hop, there was mumble rap, rap metal, and rapcore. 

The 1990s also saw one of the biggest rifts in music history carried out from the late 1980s as East Coast versus West Coast rap became a dominant hot topic. 

Most notably between Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., East Coast rap was more known to carry an aggressive style, while West Coast tends to be more laid back. Sadly, the rift grew so big that it led to the murders of both artists. 

The Second Half of The New School Era

This era eventually paved the way for new artists who were more notably a part of the New School Hip Hop Era. To name a few are Run DMC, L.L. Cool J, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and many more. 

At this time, Hip Hop was becoming a movement loved by all cultures and was associated with particular fashions and even lingo. Funny enough, “Fo Shizzle” and “bling” were added to the Oxford Dictionary. 

Let’s also not forget one notable thing from this era. R&B was closely related as notes of Jazz were incorporated with powerful female vocalists included on popular tracks. Jennifer Lopez and Aaliyah are two women that come to mind. 

Don’t Forget the Trap Era

The Trap Era was also a part of the New School Hip Hop era but had a particular distinction from other genres. 

Trap music came from very poor neighborhoods in Atlanta. Trap houses were houses used for the drug trade and, at the same time, were associated with this type of rap subgenre. 

Again, along with gangsta rap in the 1990s, this type of music highlighted the poverty culture many Americans wouldn’t understand. 

How It’s Transformed Hip-Hop Culture Today?

Aside from the notable Eminem and a few others, Hip Hop is a genre of music and dance that has long been associated with Black culture and the culture of minorities. 

Hip Hop gave a voice to a large portion of America that was unheard and unseen. While poverty among these cultures still exists today, the music we have all come to know and love has exposed these issues and given some economic power back to these communities. 

We often see rappers such as Kanye West have close ties to their original communities to give back and help with socioeconomic issues. 

Big Sean also gives back through his foundation to support his communities in Detroit. Countless other rappers do the same. However, to enjoy this genre, we must seek to understand the roots of its origination.  

Hip Hop Today

Hip Hop today has some similarities from its past but is ultimately completely different from its origination. Where it is the most similar is that there is no one style of Hip Hop. 

Instead, it is as diverse as it was in its Golden Era when tracks were being sampled. This is all thanks to technology. Gangsta rap, Trap rap, and other styles still exist today. But many more types of Hip Hop have revolutionized since its inception in the 1970s. 

Considering Hip Hop to be a melting pot is a beautiful thing which is why music from Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is still as popular today as Snoop Dog and Jay Z are. And there is room for new rappers like Kodak Black, Dababy, and 21 Savage.

Tupac and Sports


Tupac Shakur will go down as one of the greatest ever rappers and larger than life characters the hip hop world will ever know. His tragic death in 1996 at the age of just 25 sent shockwaves through the music and movie industries and is still officially an unsolved homicide.

He is rightly lauded for his wide variety of rap styles that produced countless classic albums. He was also regarded as a very accomplished actor and virtually started off the whole rap/movie crossover. But little is known about his sports affiliations. He was a fan of casinos and was known to frequent the Las Vegas sportsbooks – but do we know which teams he got behind?

Hometown Favorites?

Tupac was born in New York City in 1971 but moved to Baltimore in his early teens, before upping sticks once again in 1988 for the Bay Area. He obviously also spent a lot of time in Los Angeles towards the end of his life after being released from prison and signing with Death Row. But did he rep any of those cities’ teams?

Pac was never really seen in New York gear, even though he was born in the sports-mad city. Respect for the Lakers would be understandable, given their standing in the hoops game. But he may have liked the Bay Area teams as he spent some formative time there. It’s just a pity that the Warriors were so bad back then!

Boxing Fan

What is known about Tupac when it comes to sports, is that he loved boxing. It is not surprising that such a complex character would be drawn to a sport that pits a man on his own talents and lays them bare for all to see. In many ways the world of boxing can be compared to the rap game – and it has many crossovers.

Tupac was seen at many of the big fights in Las Vegas in the early to mid 1990s, enjoying the lifestyle and casinos that went along with the fight nights. But the sport will also forever be linked with his untimely demise. It was after a Mike Tyson fight on September 7th 1996 that Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting, dying six days later.

Basketball Villain

Tupac’s death was not only a loss to the music world, cinema also lost a true star. He is well known for his performances in films like Juice and Gridlock’d, but his role as a drug dealing basketball coach in Above the Rim overlapped his talents and sports – and was absolutely mesmerizing.

As a recruiter who would do anything to get the player he wanted, Tupac portrayed a psychopath on a mission with zeal. He was able to show a multi-dimensional insight into what could have been a run-of-the-mill gangster type. It may not have revealed any basketball allegiances, but it was one of Tupac’s best performances.

Fashion More Than Sports Affiliations

When searching for clues about teams that Tupac may have liked, many observers point to the sports team merchandise he wore throughout his career. In later years he barely seemed to wear shirts or jerseys at all, but there are famous photos of him wearing a Detroit Red Wings hockey jersey, for example.

Tupac was also photographed wearing baseball caps with logos of both the Oakland A’s and the Chicago White Sox. But all of these images point to the fashion of hip hop at the time, rather than to any deep-rooted love of the teams. Hip hop culture has always utilized sportswear and Tupac was just following those trends.

Community Sports

Although it is difficult to prove that Tupac liked any particular sports team, there is one story that proves how he saw sports in general as a force for good. It also demonstrates how this complex man, who was typically portrayed in a one-dimensional way, was all about the community.

Way before celebrities were getting involved in sports, Tupac came up with the idea of setting up a series of sports leagues with famous rappers of the day associated with different teams. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though the idea ever got off the ground. Tupac may not have been a huge sports fan after all – but he did love the way it brought people together.

DL: Live Squad – A Game Of Survival (Unreleased Promo) 1993 – Cassette Tape Rip


This is an ultra-rare unreleased promo cassette tape of the Live Squad group. The album features a never-before-heard version of 2Pac's Big Time.

1 Shit List - 0:00
2 Heartless - 06:15
3 Fake Gangster - 11:27
4 Pump For A Living - 16:46
5 Game Of Survival - 21:13
6 Movin' Keez Wit Ease - 25:50
7 Snitches Lay In Ditches - 29:36
8 Murderah - 34:37
9 Big Time feat. 2Pac - 39:48
10 Trouble On My Mind - 44:12
11 Fuck It - 47:21
12 Blow 'Em Out Da Frame - 52:19
13 Da Getta Way - 56:52

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After 36 Years Behind Bars: Mutulu Shakur Speaks Out For The First Time Since Being Released


People often forget that freedom and health are the two things we should cherish the most. For former prison convict Mutulu Shakur, however, the meaning, which lies between both words is surely as clear as day. In December 2022 Tupac Shakur’s stepfather was finally released from prison, having served 36 years out of a 60-year sentence for multiple charges – bank robbery, armed bank robbery, bank robbery murder and others. To make things worse, Mutulu developed a dangerous blood cancer over the last few years, meaning his time on earth might just be numbered.

“I am receiving excellent care in two categories — Western oncology and holistic natural therapies. I don’t take this freedom for granted.”

Freedom, however, can certainly help his cause. Upon being released the former Black Panther movement activist shared his joy of just being able to once again be part of the free community and be side by side with his family – 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Mopreme Shakur, one of his sons, noted that being back at home has made his health condition improve as well, as Mutulu has gained 10 pounds in just a few days.

“​​I’m so happy to be free,” Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s stepfather, told NBC News. “I fought hard every day that I was incarcerated. I have a lot to do, hoping that society gives me another swing at it. But my life is an example of what could happen. I am very hopeful.”

The battle for Shakur to be released wasn’t half easy, however. An activist group had been trying to advocate for his freedom for sometime, but the authorities sited that his previous crimes were far too socially dangerous for him to be freed. In May, 2022, doctors sited that Shakur has less than 6 months of life, admitting that his treatment was no longer affecting the illness. That still wasn’t enough for Mutulu to be set free. Finally, around October it was ajudged that Tupac’s stepfather was no longer in any sort of physical condition to commit any sort of crimes, making his stay in prison pointless.

It is still unclear how much time among the living Mutulu actually has, but he’s not wasting any of it. Mopreme Shakur explains that his father is spending as much time as possible with his relatives, catching up after all these years, whilst also going on a “food tour” around the USA, in order to try out new types of food, which he didn’t have access to over the last three and a half decades. Mutulu admits how proud he is of all of his children and grandchildren, who have managed to become great citizens, without being tainted by his own past.

Along with enjoying time with family, Shakur has spent the last few weeks on a “food tour,” trying different foods he didn’t have access to while in prison, his son said. “Everyone’s bringing him bean pies from every direction!” Mopreme said.

Many activists nowadays feel that Mutulu Shakur was merely being used as a political prisoner, in order to scare off other black revolutionists in the 80s and 90s. Shakur was found incarcerated on accusations of rackeeting, bank robbery, bank robbery murder and armed bank robbery. In 1981 he was allegedly the leader of a group that attacked a armed truck, killing two policemen and a guard in the process. Many, however, think that his work as part of the Black Panther movement was what made authorities describe him as especially dangerous.

Shakur’s story is quite inspirational, seeing as he’s 72 and struck by blood cancer, yet still managed to get his freedom back and spend his final days in the company of his most loved ones. Maybe a peaceful end to a rigorous persona.

“It’s been a great, great day, in 38 years of life, that I have had an opportunity to hug and nestle with my six children and three grandchildren,” he said. “I am so proud of them, that they have survived and are presently in good physical and, more importantly, mental strength in light of what my life has caused them. They’re very productive citizens that have not been tainted by the politics of my issues.”

How Tupac Shakur’s Love for Boxing Led Him to Visit Casinos

How Tupac Shakurs Love for Boxing Led Him to Visit Casinos
How Tupac Shakurs Love for Boxing Led Him to Visit Casinos

Tupac Shakur was one of the most iconic and influential rappers of all time. His music has captivated generations and his legacy will live on forever. But what many fans do not know is that Tupac had a secret passion for boxing.

This led him to visit some of Las Vegas’s most famous casinos where he could watch world-class fights. In this article, we will look at how Tupac’s love for boxing influenced his decision to visit casinos during his lifetime. We will also explore how those experiences have affected his life.

Who was Tupac Shakur?

Tupac was born in New York City on the 16th of June, 1971. He was a world-renowned rapper, actor, and social activist. And to this day he is remembered fondly as one of the most successful, albeit controversial, and respected artists of his generation.

He was raised in the Bronx by his mother, Afeni Shakur, who was a member of the Black Panther Party. Tupac’s life was full of struggle and hardship. He experienced racism, poverty, and violence on a daily basis.

And in spite of his criminal past, Tupac became a role model for many young people with his positive messages about standing up to oppression and achieving success. He was also an outspoken critic of the government and its policies toward African Americans.

He released five studio albums between 1991 and 1996, all of which were certified platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. Tupac’s music addressed social issues such as police brutality, racism, and poverty.

Tupac’s Love of Boxing

The history of hip-hop and boxing are certainly deeply intertwined, with many rappers featuring lyrics about boxing matches most of us have never even heard of. Of course, a great example of this is Tupac who was well known to enjoy a good boxing match and was close friends with the famous boxer, Mike Tyson.

In fact, it was his very love for boxing that led him to visit casinos, where he would go to watch the sport in question and of course enjoy the games the casino provided. After all, who could help themselves from playing a game if you are in Las Vegas? Especially, if you already are a fan of playing strategy games in brick-and-mortar casinos or competing for high prize tournaments at Ignition.

Iconic Boxing Matches Tupac Attended

There are multiple great matches that Tupac was seen at, however, some are more memorable than others. One example is of course the Riddick Bowe vs Evander Holyfield fight that Tupac attended on the 4th of November 1995 in Caesars Palace. It was one of the most highly anticipated fights of 1995, and the final match between the two.

The fight lived up to the hype, as both men fought tooth and nail for the duration of the match. In the end, it was Bowe who emerged victorious, winning by 8th round technical knockout. Afterward, the rapper went on to perform at Club 662.

Of course, we would be remiss not to mention the last match that Tupac Shakur saw. On the 7th of September 1996, Bruce Seldon took on Mike Tyson in a fight for the WBA Heavyweight title.

In one of the shortest Heavyweight championship fights in history, Seldon was knocked down in the first round. Tyson went on to win the WBA Heavyweight title, while Seldon’s boxing career came to an end.

After the match, close friend Mike Tyson was seen celebrating and hugging Tupac, however, only hours later Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting. Tupac was then taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, however, he died six days later at the age of 25 in the ICU.

To this day, the full details of his death remain shrouded in mystery and have spawned numerous conspiracy theories.


It is clear that Tupac Shakur’s love for boxing had a tremendous impact on his life. Although it was only one of many facets of Tupac’s life and artistry, it will always remain an integral part of his history.

Tupac Shakur was an inspiration to following artists and was someone who revolutionized our perception of who a rapper should be. He was able to embody a poet, a gangster, and an activist all at once. It was likely this that helped him be someone who was able to garner deep respect from so many people.

And with his help, rap was becoming a respected art form, this is of course mainly due to his lyrics that addressed real-life social issues that plagued many areas of the US. While he was a complicated human who embodied many negative and positive traits, we cannot dispute the fact that the world would not have been the same without him, especially the world of hip-hop and rap.

Racism in the Music Industry: History and Contemporary Examples



Music is a powerful force for change and expression, with artists using their work to speak about everything from politics to relationships. But did you know that music has also been used as a tool of oppression? From the early 20th century up until today, racism has prevented many black artists from getting their songs heard by mainstream audiences or even getting played on radio stations, which can make it harder for them to reach fame and fortune. Let’s look at some examples of how different genres have experienced these issues over time.

The early 20th century featured a growing number of black artists, but black and white artists were treated differently.

The early 20th century was a time of change as racial segregation became more common in America. It was also the beginning of what we know today as the “music industry”, with the advent of radio stations and record labels. This combination created an environment in which black artists were treated differently from white musicians – for example, they could not perform on stage with their peers or have their own record labels and therefore struggled to succeed in these industries until recent decades. this is now being written about in many newspapers, magazines, essays on racial profiling and even films are being made!

The Great Migration of Nations is another important event that took place during this period of time. It was a mass migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities, where they hoped to find better opportunities for education and work. This migration led to increased tensions between white Americans and blacks, which ultimately fueled the rise of racism in America.

As you can see, the beginning of the 20th century was a time of change and conflict. This was also the period when African Americans began to make their presence felt in America and that is why it is so important to know about it.

Segregation laws prevented black and white musicians from performing together.

In the early 20th century, segregation laws in the United States prevented black and white musicians from performing together. This prevented many jazz musicians from reaching their full potential as performers because they couldn’t play with their idols or collaborate with other talented artists who were of different races.

Jazz music is an art form that has been around for many years, but it took a long time to become what it is today. The first people who played jazz were African Americans, who created the musical style in the early 20th century. At this time, segregation laws prevented black and white musicians from performing together.

This prevented many jazz musicians from reaching their full potential as performers because they couldn’t play with their idols or collaborate with other talented artists who were of different races.

A social change helped to reverse that segregation.

The civil rights movement, women’s movement, and anti-war protests all helped to bring about a change in attitudes about race and gender. The counterculture movements of the 1960s and 70s also contributed by challenging traditional values and norms related to sexuality. In addition, there was an increase in immigration from non-European countries during this time period which added to this social change as well; immigrants brought with them their own music traditions which were often different from those that had been previously popularized by white artists like Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash.

In addition, some have argued that the economic boom of the 1960s and 70s contributed to a new openness in American society. During these decades, many Americans experienced a short-term increase in their standard of living due to the post-war economic boom.

These economic gains led to a rise in consumerism and an increase in leisure time for many Americans. These factors may have contributed to the growing popularity of rock music, which was often associated with these trends.

The counterculture movement of the 1960s also contributed to the popularity of rock music in America. The counterculture movement was a reaction against traditional values and norms related to sexuality and race. This movement promoted new ideas about what it meant to be an American; one example was the “hippie” lifestyle which emphasized social equality, peace, and love rather than materialism and consumerism.

The popularity of rock music in America also reflected larger changes in American society during this period. The 1960s were a time when many Americans were questioning their beliefs about politics, race relations, gender roles, sexuality, and other aspects of life. These questions led to social movements like the Civil Rights Movement and the women’s rights movement.

It also led to the development of new musical genres like pop rock, folk rock, and psychedelic rock. Some examples include the Beach Boys, The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

The Beach Boys were a popular rock band from California. They released their first album in 1961 and continued to release albums until 1970. In the 1960s, they were one of the most successful groups in America behind The Beatles. Their music was very distinct because it combined different genres such as surf rock, pop rock and R&B into one cohesive sound which is known as “California Sound” today.

The Beatles were also a popular band during this time. They released their first album in 1963, and continued to release albums until 1970. They are considered one of the most successful groups of all time because they sold over 800 million records worldwide.

At the same time, some radio stations were hesitant to play music by black artists.

The problem was that they couldn’t tell the difference between white and black music. This caused them to worry that if they played a song by a black artist, then their audience would think it was awful – even though it might actually be good!

Similarly, some radio stations were hesitant to play music by women artists because they worried about being associated with feminism or being seen as “too liberal.” Some even refused to play songs written or performed by men because those artists might be gay (or alternatively: “flamboyantly heterosexual”). And finally, there were also some who simply didn’t like any kind of music at all!

The result was that many artists found themselves unable to get their songs on the air. They had no way of getting their music heard by the public and, thus, no way of making money.

The solution was simple: if radio stations couldn’t tell the difference between good and bad music, then they should play more of it. If they were worried about being associated with feminism or being seen as “too liberal,” then they should just play music by men (and women) artists who weren’t feminists or liberals. And finally, there were also some who simply didn’t like any kind of music at all! The result was that many artists found themselves unable to get their songs on the air. They had no way of getting their music heard by the public and, thus, no way of making money.

Some labels actively suppressed black artists’ work.

It’s important to note that some labels were racist, and thus refused to sign black artists. The most famous example of this is Motown Records, which was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in Detroit in 1959 with the express purpose of recording and promoting African-American artists. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that Motown really took off as an industry force–and even then it wasn’t until 1968 that they had their first crossover hit with Diana Ross’ “Love Child.”

But even after this breakthrough success (which came about because Motown finally decided to play ball with white radio stations), there were still plenty of other labels who wouldn’t touch anything remotely resembling soul or funk music with a ten-foot pole–or even a four-inch one!

And that’s the difference between Motown and Stax. Motown was founded on the principle of recording black music and promoting black artists, while Stax Records was founded by two white men as a way to make money off of black people’s culture (and they did so very well).

When Stax Records first started out, it was primarily a gospel label that focused on promoting the music of Sam Cooke and other black gospel singers. Then in 1959, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton bought the company and started recording secular music as well (although they still kept their focus on black artists).

The first hit single to come out of Stax Records was “Last Night” by Mar-Keys in 1961. It didn’t make much of an impact on the charts (it only reached #86 on Billboard’s Hot 100), but it did put the label on the map. And after that, Stax continued to release a series of hits from artists like Otis Redding and Booker T & The MG’s.

But Motown Records was founded just three years before Stax Records, in 1959. And when it first started out, it was primarily a gospel label that focused on promoting the music of Sam Cooke and other black gospel singers. Then in 1961 (just two years after Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton bought Stax Records), Berry Gordy Jr. came along with his vision for a new kind of record company–one that would focus on recording black music and promoting black artists.

He was inspired by his uncle, who owned a record company called Vee-Jay Records. The company had some hits during the 1950s and 1960s, but it eventually went bankrupt in 1966.

Racism still affects who gets to be at the top in the music industry

Still, there are some who believe that racism is no longer an issue in the music industry. In fact, several recent studies have found that black artists are more likely to be stereotyped as violent or sexual than their white counterparts. And while this may not seem like much of a problem on its face–after all, what’s wrong with being sexual? It’s important to remember how these stereotypes can affect who gets to be at the top of your industry and how they’re perceived by outsiders.

As we’ve seen throughout history, when people have fewer opportunities for success within a given field (or if they’re perceived as less talented), then it becomes easier for those with power over those fields to maintain their positions and control over what happens within them through various means like hiring practices and promotion decisions.

This happens in the music industry when black artists are stereotyped as violent or sexual and then given fewer opportunities for success and exposure. This is also why it’s important to have more people of color in positions of power within a given field to ensure that these biases don’t affect who gets to be at the top of your industry and how they’re perceived by outsiders.


Music is a powerful medium for expression, but it can also be used as a way to express prejudice and hate. Even though music may not seem like an obvious place for racism or bias, it turns out that there’s actually quite a bit of history behind racist lyrics in popular songs.


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