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Kendrick Lamar reveals OG album title

More Kendrick press today as he sits down with MTV’s Rob Markman for a great new 10 minute sit-down (Pt. 1 of more to come).

The newly revealed tidbit is the headline — the OG album title for the sopomore album was Tu Pimp a Caterpillar. You see what he did there?

Kendrick explains:

“That was the original name and they caught it because the abbreviation was Tupac, Tu-P-A-C,” Lamar told MTV. “Me changing it to Butterfly, I just really wanted to show the brightness of life and the word pimp has so much aggression and that represents several things. For me, it represents using my celebrity for good. Another reason is, not being pimped by the industry through my celebrity.”

Whoo, that woulda been cool too, but the Kendrick x Tupac influence is pretty clear throughout, of course with the “Mortal Man” 2Pac interview. Looking forward to more from this deep sit-down interview… keep it locked.


ICYMI: Kendrick Lamar x Hot 97 Interview (40 min. Video)


New 2Pac music prime for release

Cool news for 2Pac fans today, that is unless you think his posthumous releases have been too saturated or incomplete. But whether that’s the case or not, it looks like we’re going to be hearing more new, unreleased music from ‘Pac and his estate given today’s news that Shakur’s mother, Afeni, has been working with JAM Inc. Here’s a quotable via RollingStone.

Jeff Jampol, who owns JAM Inc., said he’s dug through “unreleased music, released music, remixes, original demos, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments [and] poems.” Despite the fact that several posthumous Tupac albums have come out since the rapper’s death in 1996, there is apparently still plenty of unreleased material. Jampol described his company’s intention as giving the Shakur estate a “total reset.”

“Some of [the material] is in bits and pieces, some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work,” said Tom Whalley, who signed Shakur to Interscope and is working with Jampol on the project. “But I think the work that is left can be completed, and is worth his fans hearing.”

Hey, if the releases are as quality as the two recent 2Pac inclusions like his “Rose That Grew from Concrete” poem in the chilling new D. Rose x Powerade commercial and his interview for Kendrick Lamar’s “Mortal Man”, then I’ll be all ears.

Who am I kidding? I’ll be all ears anyway because Pac is an all-time fave. I just hope his art is not compromised.

Sidebar: felt festive and chose to use the classic 2Pac in a Duke jersey pic since I’m pulling for Jahlil & Co. tonite. *shrugs*

The full 2Pac interview from “Mortal Man”

Have you been able to fully digest To Pimp A Butterfly yet?

I haven’t either as last night’s week-early drop of the album has elicited much excitement and early reviews of Kendrick Lamar’s much anticipated sophomore album.

One of the many highlights is Kendrick Lamar chopping up an old, rare 2Pac interview and framing it to his own questions. It sounded a little odd at first, but I love examining the substance across this part of the track, the track itself (which musically is great too), and of course the album as a whole.

Adding to that examination is the full 2Pac interview — the rare, extended sit-down with Swedish music journalist Mats Nileskär on the P3 Soul radio show, just two weeks prior to the infamous Quad Studios shooting. I’m pressing play below right along with ya.

ICYMI: My reflections on Me Against The World (which turned 20 a day before TPAB‘s release)

2Pac ‘Me Against The World’ turns 20

Today, as we wish Happy Pi Day to each other on Twitter or go day drinking amidst a Chicago River turned green, we may also recall that 2Pac’s #1 album, Me Against The World, turns 20 years old.

On March 14, 1995, people were flocking to stores for the album as 2Pac was serving his prison term for a sexual assault charge. Me Against The World debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts amidst the controversy that was also chillingly documented on the album’s intro.

The intro of news clips set the tone for a furious ‘Pac to rhyme in alliteration throughout the unfortunately prophetic next track “If I Die 2nite”. The skill on display was one of the initial tracks I really gravitated to as an adolescent and it’s still today in my top tier of 2Pac tracks.

I couldn’t ask for a better start to a hip hop album so between Me Against the World and years later, Common’s Be, I have my answer to the greatest start of an album.

Between the start and the iconic album cover, it’s my first memory that’s triggered of Me Against the World, followed soon after by the next, and title track of the album. It’s a classic rise above anything anthem that still today has a motivational pull on listeners of all generations.

The mood of Me Against the World became increasingly personal and is long considered one of ‘Pac’s most personal albums of his career. “Dear Mama”, his classic ode to his mother Afeni Shakur, was the album’s first single and peaked at #9 in the Billboard Hot 100. Can you imagine that compared to today’s climate of top 10 singles?

Later singles “So Many Tears” and “Temptations” peaked at 44 and 68 respectively and are also personal favorites from the album. I also particularly enjoy “Old School” and “Lord Knows” and in listening to the album in full today, I found myself vibing to some of the subtleties in “Young N****z”.

If I had to pick one 2Pac album as my favorite or as one for first-time listeners I would go with Me Against the World. Join me in a reflective and renewed listen above, 20 years to the day that it was released.

“It was like a blues record. It was down-home. It was all my fears, all the things I just couldn’t sleep about. Everybody thought I was living so well and doing so good that I wanted to explain it. And it took a whole album to get it all out. I get to tell my innermost, darkest secrets I tell my own personal problems.”

– Tupac Shakur

POWERADE Rose From Concrete

UPDATE: Powerade released a new extended video of the spot that features an amazing interview with Derrick Rose. He speaks on being #justakid from Chicago and takes pride in serving as a shining example for the youth of today. Here’s a little snippet of what he said about the commercial’s narrator (above) — Tupac Shakur:

I love ‘Pac for what he stood for. He stood for something more than music. He knew where he was at in his life, and he knew where he wanted to be and where he wanted to go.


02.26.15: Oh Powerade, you know me.

Inspired by the classic Tupac poem comes a new 1 minute spot starring Derrick Rose that hits home for our local readers in the wake of Rose’s unfortunate knee injury this week. But really, anyone will find motivation from this one as after all, “We’re all just a kid from somewhere.” The ‘Pac soundbites from the actual “Rose That Grew From Concrete” song/poem below that narrates the commercial was perfectly chilling. #TBT …