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.