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You’ve been living under a rock this weekend if you haven’t seen or heard about the possibility of never heard before Tupac Shakur music being released out to the public. His mother, Afeni, and Tom Whalley, who first signed Tupac in the early 1990s have been working on the possible release of unfinished songs and even final products of tracks. Whalley spoke on what Tupac left behind and said that: “some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work. the work that is left can be completed, and is worth fans hearing.” To me this says a lot coming from the man that can be credited for originating the legendary rapper. Tupac Shakur’s career and life in general was cut way to short but he left a giant footprint on the hip hop community. Take Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly, where K Dot samples an interview with Shakur on the final track of his album, “Mortal Man.” 

 

In the last couple of years there has been a lot of critiques on the authenticity of this generation of hip hop. I think that if aspiring artists and current rappers and singers in the hip hop community could get to listen to some of this unreleased music it would bring hip hop back to its roots. Before his unexpected death Shakur said: “I want to be somewhat of an ambassador, internationally, for my generation. Not just for young black males, but for my generation as a whole.”  I think he can still serve as an ambassador for this new generation if we can get our hands on some of his unreleased work. Stay tuned for more news on the subject of new Tupac music because this is still a developing story.