... and you know who you are, but lemme call a couple of names anyway! I'll direct this mostly to AudioGuy and Kweli4Real and Vox ... but anybody else with an answer please feel free to just jump right on in!
I'll try to keep this short, but I have a question and some background is necessary.
On the 4th of July while doing the family BBQ, there was a fight for the CD player. Mostly it was "Get that chit off my box!!!" and "Awww, Auntie, c'mon!!!" However, between my Funkadelic and Gap Band, we "compromised" with Tupac, who, I was told, I should be able to be "down" with! I asked them to explain this to me, and a non-scientific run down of the whole rap/hip hop thing ensued!
As explained to me by my nephews (26 and 27 y/o) what Tupac does is more of a "reality rap" kind of thing and it's not the booty-bumping, shoot everybody, bling-bling kind of crap thats so popular today. What he talks about is real, and therefore I should be able to listen to, and even enjoy, Tupac's brand of rap.
Then they went on to figure that what happened as far as the change in style of rap/hip hop was that we, older people, had our rap with the likes of RunDMC, Sugarhill Gang, Doug E. Fresh, etc. which was more just basic entertainment and performance. Then it turned more of a social consciousness thing with the coming of the group NWA, who tried to tell of "life in the 'hood" and brought the cursing and "keeping it real" kind of aspect to it. After that, things went pretty much downhill with groups trying to copy NWA's style. Then the music industry "establishment" took it and ran with it, and here we are today!
Now, that basically made sense to me, but I would like to ask you guys, (who are closer to my age and can explain things in terms I can understand!) if you think this is pretty much now everything went and the general timeline ... or was there something else in between that they missed that might help me understand what happened? Also, is Tupac really all that? I know he's different ... he had done two songs before I realized the box had been hijacked again ... but, his songs seemed mellow enough (without listening to the words ) so that I wasn't screaming and threating to hurt my children! So, would you recommend that I actually sit down and listen to the guy? Or is he really just a better extention of all the others?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide me in this quest for understanding!