Over the years many have compared others to the great Tupac Shakur. Some have gone to claim they themselves were the next Tupac. Appearing on IG Live with Fatman Scoop, Snoop Dogg explains why he strongly believes DMX was the rebirth of Tupac Shakur.
When asked by Fatman Scoop if there is any rapper today who has Tupac’s energy, Snoop without hesitation choose at the time a 28-year-old New York native rapper in DMX.
“The last person to have Tupac’s energy when he was hundred percent was DMX, he had that n—-s energy fully,” Snoop Dogg said. “When he was on stage praying and crying. When he was that whole thing, that was Tupac the rebirth.”
DMX would go on to release his debut album in 1998, two years after Shakur’s passing. Instantly DMX’s distinctive voice and high energy delivery connected with listeners. ‘It’s Dark and Hell is Hot’ would go to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over five million copies.
Later that year, December of 1998, DMX would drop his sophomore album ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’ which showcased the rappers versatility with songs such as ‘Slippin’.
“I seen it with my own two eyes like performing DMX and watching how he took over the crowd and watching how he was so passionate about his music and his people and his movement, and that’s the spirit that Tupac embodied,” Snoop Dogg explained on IG Live.
In 2012, DMX made an appearance on the show „RapFive Live”, where he voiced his opinion on the fallen Shakur and the comparisons between the two. The great rapper was adamant that, despite having tremendous respect for the life and accomplishments of 2Pac, he didn’t want to be associated as “I’m not the next Pac, I’m the first X,”. DMX, however, never dismissed his love for Shakur and his music. He just wanted to be his own man, which he undoubtedly achieved.
DMX certainly will never be regarded as just a Tupac clone, but one thing is certain – both legendary rappers left a firm mark on the hip-hop industry and should only ever be seen as figures of inspiration for the generations ahead.