Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur died 15 years ago tomorrow, and the L.A. Weekly is marking the anniversary by running a series of interviews about Tupac. The latest of those interviews is with ’80s soft-rock don and Bon Iver influence Bruce Hornsby. Hornsby never met Pac, but Pac’s posthumous hit “Changes” sampled Hornsby’s song “The Way It Is.” Hornsby, we learn in the interview is an affable guy and a Tupac fan, as well as a fan of getting paid from that sample. He also uses the term “brothers” in a way that I would not really consider to be advisable. It’s a pretty charming read, and more people should interview unlikely rap sample sources about the ways their songs have been used. Read the interview here.

Comments (3)
  1. I laughed out loud at the line about “Hit ‘Em Up” featuring the dreaded b-word. Why is it not advisable for a white guy to use that word in that way?? Why would anyone be offended by such an innocuous word, uttered by a white guy? I understand getting upset over the n-word, but “brothers”?

  2. Brandt Hardin  |   Posted on Sep 13th, 2011 -1

    It’s tragic to lose a voice so young, whose violent passing mirrored the culture he was so influenced by. I honored the memory of the poet and artist on my artist’s blog today on the anniversary of his passing with a new portrait inspired by his poem, “The Rose that Grew from Concrete.” You can see it and tell me how his music affected you at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-memoriam-tupac-shakur.html

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