The world has changed immensely since the release of "I Gave You Power," but the issue of gun violence in America has, more or less, remained the same. Aside from being a baronial and complex story, Nas' song was a forewarning of what was to come.
Whenever you are sad, happy, anxious, irritable or in love, there is always that one song that can be counted on to cheer your soul. That soundtrack in your life that you can always play and be transported back in time.
Today is Pac's 45th birthday, and as I reflect on his legacy and my own nostalgia towards his music, I think the reason I appreciate his life and work so much is he made public the private struggle of inner-city Black masculinity.
For the maternally conflicted, Mother's Day may be a difficult day. However, let it be a day where you commit yourself to your own process of healing. In so doing, you may give your mother the greatest gift of all.
Unarguably the greatest storyteller to ever touch a microphone, Biggie Smalls ushered in the golden era of hip hop. His messages weren't always perfectly wrapped in the neatest packages, but they were there if you opened your mind to receive them.