As hip hop lovers, there are many things that death have robbed us of. We'll never how the likes of Biggie Smalls and Jam Master J might think modern hip hop. Would Mac Dre f*** with mumble rap? And would an alive-and-well Tupac Shakur influence a new generation in the same way as a gone-too-soon Tupac Shakur?
We'll never truly know, but we can dream about their thoughts, and perhaps the kinds of collaborations they'd work on. Instead, the best we can hope for is a catalogue of remixes and freestyles, combining the old with the new and seeing how it all ends up.
This week we were graced with a Kendrick Lamar Freestyle over a Tupac beat after the Compton rapper decided to drop his take on 2 Pac's smash hit, "Hit Em Up".
The Freestyle marked exactly one year since his Grammy-winning album, "DAMN" was released to the public. The reaction to the freestyle was mixed, as is the reaction to just about anything in this day and age:
"He has talent which is why he is where he is at today- successful, everyone has a different style of rap and poetry, he has a gift and that is all that count... it speak for itself....period- Blessed and gifted "
"cha_telleEveryone that's saying this is garbage was born after the 80's era and don't know what a "FREESTYLE" is. #imjustsaying . S/O to @kendricklamar because he's a great artist with a different style."