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I posted this a little later than usual because I wanted people to read it closer to the anniversary of Tupac’s death. Saturday, September 13, 2008 marks the 12th anniversary of his passing.

I know that his name has been brought up again recently because of a Blender article that had to do with him being overrated. I didn’t read it, and probably won’t read it, so I’m not sure what exactly they said was overrated about him. If it’s his rhyme skills, then it’s not that big of a deal. He does get far too much credit for his rapping skill than he deserves, but that’s what happens when your legend grows as his did.

But as far as influence and inspiration, he’s not overrated at all.

I told Money Mike that even though I’m such a huge fan of LL Cool J and Jay-Z, that if I had to pick the 10 best songs of any rapper to listen to, I’d probably pick Tupac’s 10 best over anyone’s. He’s that big of a deal to me.

Here’s to Pac with a Friday Throwback of his classic “Holler If Ya Hear Me”.