Plym wrote:Why don't you go first and tell us why 2Pac is the better rapper?
Because, some of you will just use this post as a blueprint for your rebuttal, I'll be as brief as possible
Tupac was very creative and very hard-working. The man has been dead for almost 16 years now...and his mother is still releasing his music. When he got out of jail at the end of 1995, he was in the studio day in and day out, making songs. And each and every one of them had a fresh musical sound.
Eminem's actual music (the music he actually raps to AKA the instrumental) isn't all that. Tupac rapped to pretty much everything...and still had a nasty flow.
Also, Tupac was a poet: a versatile one at that. It was like he always had something to talk about: hence the unusual outpour of posthumous records. The wordplay he was often using was very clever; look at my signature for example. It makes sense too since he was into theatre and acting since his teens.
Not many rappers can flip the switch from songs like "Keep Your Head Up" and "I Get Around" and sound credible and sincere on both.
Back to the poetry aspect, Tupac wrote and rapped his lyrics in a well thought-out but very concentrated bursts. Eminem raps in an ordinary, almost prosaic fashion with loads of detail. Now, to me, I love me some prose but poetry speaks to me more because it speaks volumes without even speaking much. I could spend a couple of hours examining poetry whereas I could break down prose literature in about less than an hour.
Now, that might be the crux. Maybe some of you guys like to be entertained and Eminem is the one who can give you that kind of entertainment based on his style of lyricism.
It's just that the imagery Tupac is able to create without borderline extraneous detail is incredible. And do I need to delve into the magnitude of Tupac's social consciousness?
Not to mention, Tupac had self-restraint and he didn't feel the need to be outright childish when he had a issue with someone. Tupac knew how to be funny without being obnoxious. For example, Tupac would never make a song along the lines of killing his wife, putting her in a trunk and drive her corpse to the coast so he can get rid of it with
his daughter in the car; fantasy or not, that's not even cool.
And he never had to sank to incorporating the use of shock value in order to sell records.
Now, I'm sure a lot of you may be having an
moment at me pulling the "race card" but I can't say that I particularly care. Believe it or not, race and skin color has a lot to do with being commercial and experiencing widespread success in the Western world. So, even though we're not playing poker and this is not some card game...yes, I'm pulling the damn "card."
I'm not saying Eminem is a bad rapper. He's very good at what he does (his rhymes are incredible) but I just honestly think that he's a tad bit overrated because of his skin color.
Now, I'm not necessarily knocking him for that or for anything. Eminem is not only a gifted rapper ut he has played a huge role in making hip hop accessible to large swathes of people who ordinarily would avoid the genre and its proponents as if it were the bubonic plague.
And yes, when you compare Eminem to his peers and contemporaries (Drake, Lil Wayne, Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Fabolous, Mystikal, Busta Rhymes, Vanilla Ice, Limp Biznit, Pete Nice, etc.) then yes...Eminem's the best thing since the invention of the printing press.
I just can't honestly sit here behind this computer and think he would be where he is now if it wasn't for his skin tone. Dr. Dre himself might have even passed him up because he would've been just another black dude with a nasty flow.
Now, that's just the basic rundown of my reasons.
Now...will you guys tell me why you
think Eminem is much better than Tupac or should I just move on?