It is not uncommon for African Diaspora born artists to become popular in Africa. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Louis Armstrong, and Lord Kitchener are all examples of this. Tupac was yet another example of this
After listening to Ready to Die from beginning to end, I realized how much of a fool I was to have been blind to this album for so many years. To simply call it a classic and leave it at that would be an understatement.
Rappers have been as instrumental in my theological development as any of the scholars I've read. A larger-than-life revolutionary who was simultaneously real and relatable, Tupac lived and he invited us all to live with him.
As it relates to music, I always seem to measure time by a distinct period. I call it A.T.: After Tupac. There's so much that Tupac Shakur accomplished in his 25 years of life that it would be a disservice to narrow his existence down to one label.