The world of hip hop was deprived of a charismatic rapper in a cold winter of 1999, after Lamonte Coleman aka Big L was gunned down at the cursed age of 25 (see 2pac and Biggie) in the streets of Harlem. In “Street Struck” L is saying that the only opportunity the streets are offering is selling drugs or robbing stores and houses and he tells how he got away from the dangers of the hood after starting a career in hip hop but ironically in the end the streets took this gifted lyricist away. Continue reading
Shyheim, the Wu Tang affiliate was only 14 years old when the hit single was released back in 1994. Being raised in the rough neighborhoods of New York, Shy speaks of his daily experiences in the streets of NY, and his routine was far from good. And how can it be, when all you witness is murder, drug dealing, and prostitution? Continue reading
Back when hip hop meant something, in the golden era of West Coast hip hop, Above The Law released this superb single in 1994. Thanks to a fellow blogger i got some information on the group.
Its rhythmic style is West Coast gangsta-like, with heavy use of synthesizer and a strong bass beat (I think you know what i am talking about).
2pac’s background history shaped his character and beliefs, since his mother, Afeni Shakur was a member of the revolutionary ‘Black Panthers’ which was a civil rights activist group advocating for equality for African Americans. Such a background inspired and affected 2Pac heavily in his lyrics, because hip hop meant something back then, it had a cause. Continue reading
Showed so promising, he was destined to become the leader of the ghetto youth, but fate prevented him from becoming one. After a failed attempt on him in November of 1994-an incident which sparked the West East feud-2Pac breathed his last on September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas at the age of only 25 after being shot in the middle of the street on September 7, 1996. Continue reading