Tupac Is Still Dead…
I suppose there are a few of you that are a little disappointed that Makavelli didn’t resurface this past weekend. If Tupac were to come back after over a decade in hiding what would be left for him inside of rap music anyhoo? T.I. a/k/a TIP a/k/a The King of Rap a/k/a “I Stole Nelly’s General Motors check” is the current schizophrenic, introspective, former thug turned rap music matinee idol. I suppose Tupac could make a few dollars on the book he would write about his stay in Tibet, or was it Nepal? But who is reading memoirs anymore since James Frey fucked up the game? I’m telling you that Tupac would come back to rap only to have his record sell a miserable 100K. If T.I. can’t go gold in his first week out the box then what hope does ‘Pac have of being relevant. He doesn’t know the current slang or even what car rims to rap about. I don’t blame Tupac for staying dead either. The greatest rapper alive said it himself, “You know dead rappers get better promotion.”
So what’s the official SoundScan verdict on ‘TI vs TIP’? It doesn’t have to be a classic to do some decent numbers since TI has the south on his back hotter than a suntan. That and the fact the Curtis project was pushed back farther than Russell Simmons hairline meant that there wasn’t any real competition or interference for the TI release. There’s no way in hell this album hasn’t eclipsed 300K (the new Gold standard). If TI’s album comes in any lower than that you kids better stop buying Nike Dunks and skinny jeans and put your money in a 401k because rap music as a career is over and done with. Even the Jesus Christ of rap music, Kanghey West, won’t be able to resurrect the body. If Tudda is the Jesus Christ of rap music what does that make Fisty Scent? I suppose that’s a post for another day.
Speaking of the Jesus of rap, where the hell is your man NaSir? No more videos from the HHID release, no leaks from the next album, no beef with former colleagues. No nothing. Yo NaS, holler at us big fella. I guess Jigga has the lil’ homey holed up in one of his condos shining his platinum plaques since he lost the bet. HHID was a better album than ‘Kingdome Come’ but how in the fuck could he outsell Jay-Z when Island Def Jam was busy buying up over half a million copies of KC? As it stands, I’m about to get out an ad on a milk carton for NaS and another Def Jam alum, XXL Mag Dot Com’s very own blogging Joe Buddens. Dude came through for a hot second and then skated off into the sunset. I know he didn’t go on vacation with his Harris Publishing check. I can barely keep my DSL active with mine. I can’t blame Harris though since I’m lucky they pay me at all. If you want to feel sorry for someone then shed a tear for those jokers over at The Source.
So here we are kicking off the third fiscal quarter and we still haven’t gotten the date for OB4CL2. That my friends, is some bull fuckin’ shit. I am almost embarrassed to have to admit that some of you may have been correct when you said the album was dropping in Nevuary 2000. As each year passes Raekwon becomes less of a giant in the Hip-Hop pantheon. This is a crime against humanity. July 7th, 2007 was supposed to be the return to glory of the Wu Tang Clan. The new Wu album, Tudda’s ‘Graduation’ and ‘Curtis’ will remind us all why we love this rap shit so damn much. And Tupac, that dude is still dead.