MCs That Should Get ‘Tupac Back’ Treatment
"Tupac Back" is the Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross record that recently set off a feverish frenzy of other MCs saluting their favorite rappers.
Maino jacked the beat, put Brooklyn on his back and cooked up "Biggie is Back." Uncle Murda followed suit, saluting the Notorious B.I.G. with his own version of the track. Not to be outdone, Joell Ortiz rolled out with “Big Pun’s back.” "We have to keep this man’s memory alive,” Ortiz declares on the record before rhyming about what made Pun so great.
Seeing how MCs have used the instrumental to idolize their favorite lyricists –and because XXLMag.com is all about good tributes– we came up with this short list of the next several rappers that should borrow the beat and who they should praise on it. –Mark Lelinwalla
"Remy is Back"
Track Jack: Papoose
Reason: Who better to tribute Remy Martin than her husband? MCs don’t have to be dead to get a tribute track dedicated to them. This would be the perfect example.
"Tru Life is Back"
Track Jack: Saigon
Reason: Sai Giddy’s brother from another mother, Tru Life, was sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this year. If that's not a good reason to rap about dude, we don't know what is.
Track Jack: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Reason: Krayzie Bone recently announced his split from the Cleveland, Ohio crew. But surely they can rejoin for the sake of paying respects to Eazy-E, who signed the group to his Ruthless Records imprint in 1994.
"Ol’ Dirty’s Back"
Track Jack: Raekwon, Method Man and Ghostface
Reason: Let's leave it to the chef, Meth and Ghost to cook up something special for their fallen Wu-Tang brethren. Ol' Dirty's back, Ol' Dirty's back.
"Big L is Back"
Track Jack: Mac Miller
Reason: The young rhyme spitter has made his adulation for Big L perfectly clear. We give him the nod to do this tribute justice.