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2Pac ft. Dr. Dre - "California Love" (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"California Love" is what you get when you mix one of the greatest West Coast rappers with West Coast's greatest producer, and then bring in funk legend Roger Troutman for safe measure.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: "Dear Mama" - Tupac

Recording artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Tupac Shakur: An Icon in Context

How do you tell the story of Tupac Shakur? One book tries connecting his life, and sometimes his music, to the social and historical climate of the times.

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Hip-Hop Hooray: Tributes in Rhyme

Forget the beef, let's talk about honoring our hip-hop icons. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to hip-hoppers is to let them speak in their own words.

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Biggie Gives Us One More Chance

Biggie Smalls' mythology hasn't afforded him a dreamy endgame à la Tupac or Elvis. Nobody imagines Biggie pulling the ultimate Machiavellian coup by making the world believe he's dead while he's secretly chillin' in Jamaica.

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Notorious

Notorious looks back on the day when hip-hop was coming into its seeming own, when telling stories was a way to make order from chaos, as well as money and, as Biggie saw it, mo problems.

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We Don't Die, We Multiply: Posse Tracks

Having more than one rapper on the scene enhances and galvanizes a song, as the central theme is strengthened with each successive verse. As the saying goes, there's strength in numbers.

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Who Says Country Can't Hip-Hop?

Poverty, crime, disenfranchisement, sinning, saving, and no-account women: Stereotypical subjects of the average country song, or the average hip-hop song?

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Mama Said Knock You Out: Hip-Hop & the Family Unit

There are four hip-hop rules for families. One: Fathers, take care of your children and their mothers. Two: Don't talk about other people's mamas. Three: Be good to your own mother. Four: Repeat as necessary.

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Tupac Shakur: Tupac: The Complete Live Performances [DVD]

To enjoy this package, you must either (a) love live rap, (b) love Tupac Shakur, or (c) love Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound. You cannot choose "(d) none of the above".

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Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

Hearing Tupac Amaru Shakur talk about himself in the past tense is unnerving at first. Not only was he profound and perceptive in his early 20s, he was prescient too.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

This sense-making also has to do with extrapolation and education -- granting Tupac yet another chance to speak his mind, indict injustice, and urge action.

Cynthia Fuchs

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