September 15, 2012 |
Kendrick Lamar will not lose. At least, he'd better not. The 25-year-old Compton, Calif., rapper's first music video begins with a bold invocation of his muse Tupac Shakur, Lamar claiming the legendary rap martyr challenged him in a dream with the charge "Don't let me die. " The young scion opens his song's first verse with "visions of Martin Luther staring at me. " And on the corporeal plane, Dr. Dre has graced Lamar's forthcoming major-label debut...
April 17, 2012 |
Art transcended death Sunday at the Coachella Music Festival when the late, great Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in '96 at age 25, joined Snoop Dogg onstage for a duet on "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted. " Shirtless, with his tats in perfect view, the hologram of Shakur said, "What the is up, Coachella?!" and moved about the stage. The lifelike mirage was commissioned from a Hollywood effects studio by Dr. Dre. The three-day festival, in Indio, Calif., about 120 miles east of L.A., drew boldfacers galore, incuding Lindsay Lohan, Lea Michele, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.
March 7, 2012 |
Julianne Moore opened up about her new role on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday. The highlight may have been a snippet of her forthcoming HBO movie Game Change , based on the 2008 presidential election. Moore's portrayal of former Republican VP nominee Sarah "Barracuda" Palin is even uncannier than Tina Fey 's Saturday Night Live stint - and far more serious. Host Joe Scarborough asked, "What's it like hearing from Sarah Palin, who hasn't seen the film yet, that you guys are doing a hit job on her?"
October 4, 2011 |
In an explosive allegation, a former Los Angeles police detective who worked on the investigation into the '96 murder of Tupac Shakur claims the rapper was gunned down at the behest of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs . In excerpts cited in L.A. Weekly, Greg Kading writes in his book Murder Rap that a Southside Crips gang member named Duane "Keffe D" Davis claims he was paid $1 mil to kill Shakur and his friend, former...
March 2, 2010 |
Like the large-living criminals who inspired them, gangsta rappers tend to have a short life span. Success isn't the problem, since even the wealthiest ex-thug has a rich well of violent incidents to draw on (and plenty more to invent once those run dry). It's a simple matter of aging: Who wants to hear some guy in his late 30s talk about shooting cops and smoking weed? As it turns out, plenty of people, at least when the rapper in question is Snoop Dogg, who plied his trade at the TLA on Sunday night.
March 27, 2008 |
"I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride/I'm wanted dead or alive. " SO SANG Jon Bon Jovi on Bon Jovi's 1986 hit "Wanted Dead or Alive," coincidentally the same time he sang "You Give Love a Bad Name. " So, Richie Sambora, what were you thinking? The band's lead guitarist is reportedly a great guy and a loving family man, but hasn't he been to rehab enough? Richie was arrested about 11 p.m. Tuesday for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, with his 10-year-old daughter, Ava, in the car, a woman and another child.
June 20, 2007 |
Never forget, that God isn't finished with me yet. - Tupac Shakur If you really want to know what makes Kyle Greenwalt tick, take a peek under the brim of his Souderton baseball cap. There, scribbled along with a few other adages, is a lyric from "Ghetto Gospel," by Tupac Shakur, the late rapper-poet. It's not that Greenwalt, a ferociously talented righthander pitcher, is overtly religious or that he's a huge hip-hop fan. "I listen to everything," he says.
August 29, 2006
RE THE AUG. 15 letter "It's a gangsta-rap male thing" from Anthony Johnson: From an African-American/ Caucasian-American 21-year-old female - let's be serious, Mr. Johnson, gangsta rap is NOT why we are out here killing each other. People are too quick to stereotype and point fingers, rapidly washing their hands of a situation is why we are out here killing each other. Gangsta rap is not why kids break their curfew and stay out all night on the corners, stirring up trouble - negligent parents are. Gangsta rap is not why a 15-year-old can easily acquire a gun - negligent gun-sellers are. Gangsta rap is not why a child can make it through high school and not know how to read - negligent teachers are. I agree with you 100 percent that we should teach our youth about violence and crime when they are a certain age. And educate them enough so they know that they aren't supposed to follow what someone says in a song, or does in a movie or video.
October 14, 2005
IN HER later years, C. DeLores Tucker made herself a target of ridicule among younger people, particularly the hip-hop set, over her campaign against rap music. She then became an object of laughter when she filed suit against the estate of rapper Tupac Shakur for comments made in an album. Unknown to the hip-hop set was how much they owed Tucker - how much we all owed her - for her ground-breaking work for equality for minorities and women. She died on Wednesday. She was both a civil-rights leader and a political insider.
June 25, 2004 |
There is a reason fans still buy shirts and tattoos in his image and continue to pressure the Las Vegas police to solve his 1996 murder. He was James Dean, Al Pacino's Scarface, and Malcolm X rolled into one. Tupac Shakur was undeniable. Shakur's status as a pop icon continues to grow with the DVD release of the critically acclaimed film Tupac: Resurrection. Directed by Lauren Lazin and produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni, the film cuts and pastes interviews with the star to provide an autobiographical narrative of his life.