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RIP Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

A small tribute to one of the greats..

Some Consider Tupac Shakur to be the greatest rapper ever in the history of the genre, whether that is the case, he definitely was the most influential, he is the pinnacle when you consider the ’emcee’. As a fan of ‘Pac, I learnt rather than followed, he taught us a lot and although many look at the negative effects, it cannot be denied that he kicked down doors and broke windows for us whilst teaching us how to act once we get in, they say ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’ and Tupac’s death is no different to this statement.

RIP Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

One of the most influential voices in music period, Tupac brought real life dilemmas to the forefront through his talent.

His story is sad if you look at it in detail, although seen living it up, he was really making the most of whatever time he had left on Earth, many people close to Shakur mention that he always spoke, not just on record, of his death, although his infamous ‘beef’ with fellow rapper Notorious B.I.G. is one of the more mentioned events in his life and career (during which he gave us the greatest ‘diss’ record of all time, Hit Em Up), the actual struggles he conquered, the trials and tribulations, the negativity which he successfully battled through, they are proof of the greatness that he represents, they are inspiration for us all.

RIP the rose that grew from concrete.

RIP the man who shall live on through his music

RIP the man who shall live on through his music

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Dirty Money – Angels ft. Notorious BIG (Official Video)

Diddy returns to our screens and speakers with something new.

During production of his latest album, a concept and group was formed, consisting of himself, singer Kaleena and former Danity Kane vocalist Dawn Richardson, the group Dirty Money, is a edgy R&B group, a rock influenced urban group, Nirvana meets Ne-Yo style sound, nobody was sure what to expect, until now.

“I came from Heaven, Just to sing a song for you..”

The concept which Grammy winning producer Brian Michael Cox attempted to create with his R&B group ‘Dirty Rose’, however, it was not executed as well as this, With Dirty Money and the single Angels, Diddy manages to capture feeling, known for his sampling, he does no different here, the additional B.I.G verse actually provides the ‘street’ element, it captures a range of emotions and interacts with a variation of audiences, truth is, I really like it, it is subtle yet emphatic at the same time. Diddy is no stranger to marketing and he does no wrong here, Hype Williams is called upon for the directing and he pretty much mirrors the song with a visual, monotone and slow, it captures the essences of the track, you forget that Diddy is actually singing. There are some grey areas of confusion, there is a heavy portrayal of religion, which makes sense to the title ‘Angels’, yet the visuals of smoking, partying does clash but overall it manages to blend well and create a contrast that we face in every day life.

Angels has me intrigued to hear more from Dirty Money, this would be a perfect intro track for their album, but that shall all be revealed in due time, for now, Diddy has done it again, and provided us with something extremely different to listen to, from Diddy’s Phill Collins-like singing to Dawn’s sultry ad-libs, Angels might just be what the industry needs.

Diddy, Dawn & Kaleen = Dirty Money

Diddy, Dawn & Kaleen = Dirty Money

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