Ron G has always been the type to move silently, and silence is golden. Not many mixtape DJs can credit themselves with setting a trend that became a permanent facet in Hip Hop & R&B Music. Throughout his nearly two-decade career, Ron’s production and mixtape outlet combined have shed light on the careers of artists like Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, DMX, Fat Joe, J-Lo, LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G., Big L, etc.
Although not as highly publicized, Ron G’s skill and dedication stand parallel, and often surpass the most highly decorated producers in the game. Those in the know can’t deny that not only is Ron G one of the hottest DJ/Producers in existence, but also an extremely talented musician and CEO.
On November 30, 1994, Tupac Shakur was ambushed and shot inside the lobby of a recording studio in Manhattan’s Times Square. Tupac’s team of criminal attorneys had been in New York with Tupac awaiting a verdict on sexual-assault charges against the rapper. Tupac’s attorneys afterward said the shooting “looks like a setup and smells like a setup.” Later, Tupac publicly blamed Biggie Smalls, who was upstairs in a recording session at the time, in helping to set up the attack.
Earlier in the evening, Tupac had been invited by Ron G., to record with him. Tupac had agreed to do the recording for free, as a favor to the young rapper, whom he wanted to help out. (He usually charged other rappers a fee to record on their albums.) On this day Tupac, Stretch, Keith Murray, It's Alive recorded the song ''The Heat''
Tracklist A1 En Vogue, O.D.B – Whatever (Rmx) (H&R Funk Mix) A2 Miss Jones, The Lox – You Gonna Make Me A3 Uneek – Above Water A4 Lost Boyz– Me And My Crazy World A5 Playa, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z – I Gotta Know B/W Who Ya Wit A6 Fugees, King Tee – The Carnival B/W Str8 Gone A7 Ray J, Lil Cease – Everything You Want (Rmx) A8 Wu-Thang Clan – Triumph B/W My Love Won't Fade Away A9 Krs One, Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G. – Step Into My World B/W Hypnotize A10 Mike Nitty – Exclusive
B1 Changing Faces, Jay-Z – All Of My Days B2 Tony Rich, Tracey Lee – Leaving B/W Keep Your Hands High B3 Tupac, Stretch, Keith Murray, It's Alive – The Heat B4 Raekwon, Killa Sin, Krs One, Notorious B.I.G. – Let's Start It B6 4 Black Faces – Street Life B7 Miss Jones, Ron G – Miss Jones B8 Big L, McGruff, Mase, KFC – Hell In Harlem B9 It's Alive, Patipoo, Rocigarson, P. Hunt, Bambi – Struggle In The Streets B10 D.V.P.– Understand My Story
Youth is a way to say that changes in society’s generational structure, when seen through the lens of the relational concept of time, are a good thing. Generation Z (centennials) is already having a big impact on sociocultural processes and developing new ways of behaving in the world, and sociologists are trying to figure out what the future holds for this generation. In a world where consumerism and information technology have taken over in various aspects of everyday life, like using writing services, (Pro Papers, for example) instead of doing tasks themselves, or using machine learning in class, centennials place the most value on the variety and fun of life because they have grown up in a world where these things rule (a hedonistic attitude).
In recent years, the hip-hop subculture of today’s youth has grown in popularity all across the world. No other product has ever been so highly sought after and sought after in the marketplace. Youth groups have politicized the lifestyle of subculture leaders and proponents, and as a result, it continues to be relevant in today’s society. Elder members of the community used to symbolize the subculture; today, younger members of the society serve as its leaders and role models, a shift from previous generations. When the concepts of a subculture are simple to understand, it becomes more tempting as a way of life option. So let’s see what influence it has on our youth and what it leads us to.
WHAT IS THE HIP-HOP SUBCULTURE?
“Subculture” is a social movement that deviates from the established standards of society and adheres to its own set of ideas and values, which is referred to as a “counterculture.” Subcultures are formed by young people for a number of reasons, including self-realization, self-identification, social role development, and status progression. It is not always the case that these ideas and beliefs have a positive influence on a person’s human characteristics and moral compass, as stated before.
Hip-hop has a dual influence on contemporary society’s viewpoint and ideology, impacting both the good and bad aspects of society’s outlook and ideals. Subculture addiction, which is characterized by its marginal status in society and the necessity to deal with at-risk youth, is a result of this.
The hip-hop scene has flourished in recent years, becoming not only one of the most popular, but also one of the most financially successful. Besides DJing and beatboxing, the subculture has grown to include graffiti wall art, DJing and other forms of musical innovation, as well as street brands for youth clothes, shoes, and other accessories. Commercialization of culture occurs as a result of subcultures becoming widely disseminated among young people. We may claim that subculture in this situation grows huge since commercial success is an invariable principle of mass culture, thus we can include more young in the subcultural flow.
POSITIVE ASPECTS OF HIP-HOP CULTURE
In the new format of subculture formation, it is vital to warn young people against assimilation of undesirable behavioral attitudes and promote assimilation of good characteristics. Any subculture symbolizes specific ideals.
The establishment of subculture in society is facilitated by elements such as:
– the ability to express oneself in a creative manner in a certain cultural orientation;
– broadening the horizons and developing the erudition of young people;
– formation of positive attitudes and goals;
– influence on the socialization of young people in the process of communication in a team;
– their ability to secure their material well-being by participation in subcultural activities is a potential.
NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF HIP-HOP CULTURE
Negative factors include:
– the negative impact of the texts of performers reflecting the lifestyle of the leaders of the subculture;
– promotion of addictive behavior;
– gradually increasing interest of young people in the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco smoking;
– loss of youth interest in their native culture and its historical realities.
The media serves as a link between the subculture and the wider public, and they do so by exposing both the positive and negative aspects of the subculture’s culture. The younger generation is exposed to negative values as a result of the lack of information filtering mechanisms in global networks, and society and government do not strongly support the subculture’s positive values, which further contributes to the degradation and social maladaptation of the talented youth, who are a link in the addictive youth subculture.
HIP-HOP IN THE LIFE OF SOCIETY
The social protests that took place during the heyday of hip-hop were many and included street hooliganism, theft, drug trafficking, and robbery – not only in the guise of artistic expression, but also in the form of actual criminal activity. A whole new type of hip-hop music has arisen, one that embraces the “criminal” romanticism and aggressively provocative ideology of the urban periphery, as opposed to the traditional hip-hop music of the past. While this may be true, hip-hop culture has had a significant influence on disadvantaged areas of megacities all over the world, particularly in the United States. The rapid normalizing of criminal behavior in underprivileged areas of megacities through “battles” between DJs, breakdancers, and rap performances made it possible to engage in social and cultural interaction with young people on the streets.
It is critical for young people to appreciate their own self-worth that they take into consideration the multifunctionality of contemporary mass forms of youth leisure. When adolescents engage in cultural and leisure activities, the components of communication, hedonism, creativity, and aesthetics all come together to build a functional framework of teenage consciousness.
When it comes to the growth of youth leisure and young culture, sociocultural animation has forged ahead of the pack. This is the beginning of a new period. Throughout the free time sector, youth groups from all walks of life are participating in cultural projects, activities, and events that are part of the larger process of sociocultural activity. Among these characteristics are openness and multiplicity while discussing and solving serious societal issues that young people are confronted with.
HOW TO TREAT THE HIP-HOP MOVEMENT?
Respectfully, as it is something completely new to older people, and is one of the determining ideas in modern society. The danger of social demobilization and generational detraining was and remains significant, but it pales in comparison to the greater dangers of entrepreneurialism and scientific inventiveness. Unprecedented successes were achieved in the past by combining technological and natural scientific knowledge with free entrepreneurship, rather than by combining new humanitarian understanding with uncontrolled individualism.
Time off is an investment in the human capital that will be accessible when they return to work. Trying to make young people use their time in ways that are critical to today’s society is met with a hostile response. “Psychogroups,” “hanging out,” and other groups that aren’t members of the group are all opposed to leisure. Anthropocentric data on self-affirmation, uniqueness, and rehabilitating sensitivity is collected by these transitory, spontaneous information gathering groups.
The memory of Tupac continues to live in the souls of all his faithful supporters, even though nearly 26 years have passed since his death. However, we shouldn’t forget about one of the legend’s greatest projects, “The Outlawz”. Shakur created the group from prison in 1995 and the rest, as the phrase goes, is history. The death of Pac in 1996, however, probably marked the end of the active history of the group or at the very least marked the end of an era. Some of you probably wonder what has happened to the other members of the group?
Makaveli (Tupac Shakur)
Previous to forming the Outlawz Immortal, Pac was a part of a group Thug Life, which did however feature some of the future members of the Outlawz. Along with Shakur, the group featured Big Syke, Mopreme Shakur, Macadoshis, and Rated R. They were active in the 1993-1994 period.
At the same time, there was another active group with future Outlawz members – Dramacydal. The group was formed by Kastro (K-Dog), Yaki Kadafi (Young Hollywood), and E.D.I (Big Malcolm).
It was exactly in 1995, during his stay behind bars that Pac decided he wanted to form a new group, and so he did. The new group was formed by the trio from Dramacydal, as well as Shakur, Big Syke, and Mopreme Shakur, who came from Thug Life. Before being bailed out of prison, Tupac spoke with the other members to actively search for more people, thus creating ”The Outlawz Immortal”.
Hussein Fatal (Bruce Washington)
Hussein Fatal died in a car accident in Banks County on July 10, 2015, at the age of 42. His girlfriend Zanetta Yearby was driving and was charged with DUI, first-degree vehicular homicide, and reckless driving.
Before he died, his musical activity was sporadic at best, taking part in 4 songs of Ja Rule’s album Blood In My Eye, as well as appearing in the remix of Ashanti’s Rain On Me song. During the 2010s he was part of one of the Outlawz’s most recent projects – the Killuminati 2K10 mixtape, as well as on the ”Perfect Timing” album soon afterward. A year later he also took part in a few songs from fellow Outlawz member Young Noble – Son of God.
Yaki Kadafi (Yafeu Fula) – Tupac’s Godbrother
Kadafi was shot and killed in Orange, New Jersey on November 10, 1996, not quite two months after Tupac’s death. Police found his body in the hallway of a friend’s apartment building while responding to a report of gunfire. The friend, Roddy Beale, told his cousin Napoleon that he had accidentally shot Kadafi; he turned himself in to the police and served “7 or 8 years” in prison. Kadafi’s mother responded that it was not an accident, that Roddy had threatened her son, and that his family had since threatened witnesses to the threat. However, in 2018, Roddy Beale received a 35-year sentence for a different law violation. KARMA!
In 2004 Kadafi’s mother, Yaasmyn Fula release a mixtape Kadafi – Son Rize Vol. 1. Only a few months ago she also published a book, named after the opening song of the mixtape – Spirit Of An Outlaw, talking about her son and the rap world at the time.
Kastro (Katari Cox)
Truth be told, finding the current whereabouts of Kastro is really difficult, since the former rapper has simply vanished from the face of the planet Earth. He’s not active on social media and hasn’t given an interview in years. His latest musical projects also date back to more than a decade ago.
In terms of his musical output, he last released a few mixtapes, titled Outlaw Culture 1, 2, and 3, whilst also putting out an album in 2008 – We Want In: The Street LP, as well as taking part in other albums, like The Lost Songs vol. 1 and vol. 2. His case is a mysterious one for sure.
E.D.I Mean (Malcolm Greenridge)
E.D.I seem to be doing relatively well in regards to his musical career and life in general, even after the end of the Outlawz. He has three children from Tupac’s sister but both are now divorced.
In terms of his music, he’s released a number of albums and singles over the last decade. Al 5 of his solo albums have seen the day of light during the last 12 years, including The Stash Spot, O.G.Eest 1992, The Hope Dealer 1 and 2, and the O.G Part 2: Classics in Session. His discography includes hit singles like Nation (featuring Xzibit), Ridin, Roses, Dreams, and Wounds (feat. Young Noble). One of those, who continue to adapt to the rap scene in the 21st century.
Napoleon (Mutah Beale)
Napoleon is another really active former member of the Outlawz, who has managed to get his life together and even take up an entirely different path – the way of Islam. Mutah switched his beliefs a few years back and is active on social media, which can be proven by his Instagram profile. Beale also decided to publish a book, which is now sold on Amazon – Life is Raw: The Story Of A Reformed Outlaw, in which he takes a look at his rough childhood, time with Pac, and evolution ever since the icon died.
In terms of his musical career, Napoleon did manage to release an album, which is relatively hot from the oven. It’s titled ”Have Mercy vol.1” and includes a special tribute to Shakur – Never Forget.
Big Syke (Tyruss Himes)
Big Syke also isn’t among the living, as he passed away roughly 5 years ago, in December 2016. His last known album was released in 2015, a bit more than a year before passing away, named Bossolo and Spice 1 – ”Thug Therapy”. Other than that, a lot of his activity came in the first decade of the 21st century, including mixtapes, singles, studio albums, and appearances. Towards the end, however, little traces of musical output can be found.
Komani (Mopreme Shakur) – Tupac’s Stepbrother
Mopreme is Tupac’s stepbrother and hasn’t recorded anything for over a decade now and his last song was released in 2009 under the name Alpha Thug. His overall activity after the death of Pac isn’t really anything to shout about.
Nevertheless, Mopreme takes regular part in interviews, in order to discuss news about Tupac, whilst also staring in several movies, including Intoxicating, My B.F.F, and Lucky Girl. He’s known not only as an actor and musician but as well as a producer.
Young Noble (Rufus Cooper III)
Noble is the rookie in the group, but he is the most active to date. He has been part of more than 25 albums and has recorded one as recently as 2021, so we can definitely say he’s the most active of all former members of the group. Singles-wise, the number is also quite staggering – more than 40. Over the last decade, he would continuously make music along with some of Shakur’s former companions, such as Money B B-Legit, etc., laying his mark on the world of hip-hop.
What’s even more interesting is that Noble also has a bit of an acting career, starring as himself in numerous documentaries, such as Outlawz: Worldwide, Napoleon: Life Of An Outlaw, All Eyez On Me. On top of all that, Noble’s also managed to create his own brand of clothes, called the Outlaw University. His personal health seems steady nowadays, but he did receive a scare last year, after suffering from a heart attack, which he branded as “serious” on Instagram.
Storm (Donna Harkness)
Aside from one track from 2020 – G. Battles Feat. Brockett Parsons, Aloe Jo’El*, Storm Outlaw Immortal – Mind Of A Champion, she hasn’t been part of any projects or recorded any music on her own. Interestingly enough, she’s quite active on Instagram, sharing her thoughts on Tupac and other members of the Outlawz, as well as short videos of memorable moments.
Appearing on VALD TV is legendary Bay Area artist E-40 who shares a rare Tupac story where Shakur pulled out two “Thumpers” before writing his raps.
In case you wonder what a thumper is: A thumper refers to a pistol preferably a semi-automatic. “He comes through. We start writing and we chop it up. He gets his Hennessy, start drinking,” E-40 recalls on VLAD TV. “He has seen us writing on the floor. He said, ‘Oh like that?’. Looking at us, ’cause we had thumpers right there on the floor.”
According to 40, Pac wasn’t not trying to act gangsta. Unfortunately under these circumstances it a way of life. Ready for whatever. “He pulled out two thumpers bro, and got on the floor and started writing with us. He pulled out two thumpers. I put that on everything I love. He pulled out two thumpers,” E-40 explains.
Both E-40 and Tupac would collab on various songs. “Dusted ‘N’ Disgusted”, “Million Dollar Spot”, and on Shakur’s double album All Eyez On Me with “Ain’t Hard 2 Find”. The song also featured B-Legit, C-Bo, and Richie Rich. E-40 also went to make a cameo appearance on the ”California Love” remix music video.
01 Ready 4 Whatever 02 Is It Cool To Fuck 03 Fake Ass Bitches 04 Loosin' It 05 Runnin' From The Police 06 Hard On A Nigga 07 Fuck All Y'All 08 Thug Style 09 Throw Your Hands Up 10 Don't Call Me, Bitch 11 Thug Life 12 Pain 13 Outta The Gutta 14 Thug Bitch 15 Anotha Jack 16 Raise 'Em Up 17 Hopeless
This is part of the DJ Express Bootleg series. The tracklisting on the back cover is actually from the Cassette Version of the album titled "Makaveli 3: Thugs Don't Die (Cassette)". There are 14 tracks listed on the back cover. The tracklisting has When We Ride (Remix) listed which is missing from the CD version of the album and instead has 3 bonus tracks not listed. Homies & Thuggs (Remix) by Scarface, Do For Love off the album "R U Still Down", and "Thug Luv" by Bone Thugs & Harmony.
01 Troublesome 02 Letter To The President 03 Tear Drops & Closed Caskets 04 Friends 05 All Out 06 Cause I Had To 07 Happy Home 08 Secrets Of War 09 Hell 4 A Hustler 10 Worldwide Dime Piece 11 Who Do You Believe In 12 Why U Turn On Me 13 Pac's Life 14 Homies And Thuggs (Remix) 15 Do For Love 16 Thug Luv
Sacramento rapper Marvaless spoke on how she came to work with Tupac and shares her experience of recording with him in the studio.
Marvaless got her start in 1992, one year after she finished high school. She quickly started working on her debut album, ‘Ghetto Blues’, which was released in 1994. The album would land at number 100 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
The producer of ‘Ghetto Blues’, Producer DJ Daryl who worked with Tupac, in producing ‘Keep Ya Head Up’, also produced for ‘Ghetto Blues’.
In early 1996, Marvaless was featured on Tupac’s Johnny J produced track, ‘Never Be Peace’. The song also featured Danny Boy and Storm. Since then, Marvaless has released five studio albums and made guest appearances on songs for Mac Dre and C-Bo.
In her interview with hip-hop and R&B channel Rapkind TV, Marvaless tells how she came acquainted with Tupac. Firstly, she spoke about how she was a fan of his and even used his album cover for inspiration. “When I recorded ‘Ghetto Blues’, I actually had his album cover like stuck on the back of the thing where you put your lyrics at. I was like the biggest Tupac fan ever,” explained Marvaless.
Revealing that she wrote to Tupac while he was in prison, Marvaless thought that he didn’t receive the letter as he never replied.
Marvaless Describes Working With Tupac As A Blessing
However, a connection with fellow Sacramento rapper, C-Bo, presented an opportunity for Marvaless to work with Tupac. C-Bo who featured on her debut album, ‘Ghetto Blues’, also featured on Tupac’s ‘Tradin’ War Stories’. According to Marvaless, Tupac and C-Bo were looking for her so she could feature on the song. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find her in time for the ‘Tradin’ War Stories’ session.
Finding out they were looking for her, she asked for ‘Pac’s pager and they eventually talked on the phone. Remembering back to their conversation, it left Marvaless pleasantly surprised when Tupac called back. She said, “I paged him and I forgot about it because I was thinking he ain’t going to call back but he did. It was wonderful he was like ‘what’s up Marvaless, I was bumping Ghetto Blues’. It was a wonderful conversation we had.”
Marvaless’s debut album Ghetto Blues
Marvaless goes on to reveal Tupac’s intentions to sign her. Tupac ended up flying her out to California to work on the song ‘Never Be Peace’. When she met him, Tupac was everything she had imagined he be. He would also go to rap the whole ‘All Eyez On Me’ album for her.
Claiming to be the biggest ‘Pac fan out there, it was an experience Marvaless will never forget. “He raised the bar as far as work ethic and getting stuff done. He was just a wonderful person,” says Marvaless. “But, you know, his spirit lives on through his music. I think I’m probably the biggest Tupac fan ever, so to have been able to work with him, definitely a blessing. It was one of my things I wanted to do on my checklist as an emcee.”
Former MTV VJ, ED Lover recently appeared on VLAD TV where he recalled speaking to Tupac on the infamous Vegas night where Shakur lost his life.
Lover saw Shakur in the Casino that night on September 7th 1996. This is the exact casino where Shakur and the Death Row entourage stomped out Orlando Anderson. “When they was leaving out, after police came, they was leaving out,” ED Lover explained. “Pac and them come through. Pac, the whole crew and Suge to say what’s up.”
ED Lover who became aware of the incident that had just occurred with Orlando Anderson, asked Tupac about it. According to the former radio personality, Tupac shrugged off the incident saying, ‘Ah it ain’t nothing’.
Tupac and ED Lover go way back to when Shakur was filming Juice. From there on the friendship built with ups and downs over the course of time. ED Lover is also remembered for covering Tupac’s mouth when he was a VJ for Yo! MTV Raps back in the early nineties.
After getting himself into an altercation with the Hughes brothers, Shakur appeared on Yo! MTV Raps in 1993 and had this to say, “They fired me but did it in around about punk snitch way. So I caught them in the streets and beat their behinds.” At this point Tupac would become animated and say he was “a menace to the Hughes brothers”. Only then to be restrained by Ed Lover.
“He came on and I was like dude is just incriminating the crap out of himself. And, that’s the infamous me putting my hand over Pac’s mouth,” Lover tells Shawn Perez for VLAD TV.
After speaking to one another after the stomping incident, Shakur would then invite ED Lover to Club 662 to which he agreed after completing his hosting obligations at another venue.
Given the tense time because of the East West coast beef, ED Lover a native of New York thought twice about the invitation and decided not to attend Club 662. Unfortunately it didn’t matter. No one would make to Club 662, as Shakur was gunned down on his way. “I got the call the next day. Somebody had told me Pac got shot that night and kinda of brushed it off. It wasn’t the first time he got shot,” ED Lover said. “I thought he would make it.”
Listen to all the parts for Pac of ED Lover’s interview with VLAD TV below.
Three weeks into 2022 all Tupac lovers received a fantastic gift – one which they’ve been waiting for. Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free is an eye-grabbing exhibition of the life of Shakur is now available for all those, who wish to delve into the inner world of the late rap legend. This is possible thanks to the cooperation between the Tupac Estate and the Canvas, located in Los Angeles, on 944 Georgia street.
The title of the exhibition is “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me Up When I’m Free“, exploiting his iconic status among black people, being an activist for their rights during his entire life. The exhibit is open for visitors on each day of the week except for Tuesday. You’ll find all the information about pricing and other important details on the official site.
Inside you’ll find 11 galleries, full of hundreds of never before seen items from the life and career of Tupac, This includes an entire gallery full of pages from Shakur’s personal notebooks, on which he had scribbled down the lyrics to dozens of his most popular songs, as well as the tracklists and structure behind some of his most renown albums. The exhibit will allow you to see some exotic pieces of work, like Shakur’s haiku poetry, written when the legend was only 11 years of age.
Towards the end of the tour, all Tupac lovers can have a close look at the insight of one of Pac’s grimmest periods – a sentence in 1995. Visitors can have a close view of some of the letters sent to Pac, some of them from legends of the music industry, including Quincy Jones and Johnny J. And a big bonus for the real enthusiasts – a piece of paper, on which Shakur had written down his daily workout routine during his time behind bars.
As you see, there are a lot of relics, which have never seen the day of light, so it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The owner of the Tupac Forum Bomb1st already took the tour and made a full video of his visit so you can also check it out if you’re still not sure it’s worth it.
This Mixtape contains the raw DAT mixes of Against All Odds (early previously unleaked mix with uncut outro with extra vocals/disses) and Fuck Friends. Released between September 13 and November 5, 1996
Tupac - Da Realest Shit Eva Wrote
Queen Latifah & Nikki D - Name Callin
Common Sense - Dah Bitch N U
Tupac - Let's Be Friends
Capone-N-Noreaga - Stick U
M.O.P. & Kool G Rap - Stick To Ya Gunz
Keith Murray - Tha Rhyme
A-Plus - All I See
Lil Kim & Puffy - No Time
Paid & Live feat. Lauren Hill - All My Time
Da Firm - Afirmitive Action (Infamous Remix)
Shaq & B.I.G. - Still Can't Stop The Reign
Do It All & Taj - Dangerous
Shaq, Jay-Z & Lord Tariq - No Love Lost
B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J & Method Man - Hit Em High