Sunday, October 05, 2008
Music and vids for Chapter 8, Reeves, "Somebody Scream!"
(I guess we can credit Pac for popularizing this ugly style innovation?)
Tupac Shakur's "I Don't Give a Fuck," from 2pacalypse Now, 1991. Unlike much of his later work, the song is strongly anti-racist and critical of police violence.
"Brenda's Got a Baby," from 2pacalypse Now, the poignant story of a 12-year girl who becomes pregnant, in which Tupac expresses tremendous sympathy for his subject.
"Keep Ya Head Up," from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993), where Tupac expresses his support for stron sistas.
Video for "I Get Around," from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.. Fun and games, poolside.
"I Get Around"--the sound is better here than on the vid above.
"Holler If Ya Hear Me," from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.. Thug Life.
"Dear Mama," from Me Against the World (1995). A heartfelt account of Pac's relationship with his mother.
"So Many Tears," from Me Against the World. Pondering mortality.
"Skandalouz," from All Eyez on Me (1996). New levels of thug misogyny?
"California Love," from All Eyez on Me (1996). Hedonism, materialism, in Southern Cali. Gone are the urban blues and the resistance to police repression.