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March 17, 2021 1 min read

To many, Tupac is the GOAT of all rappers. In many barbershop debates, it’s either Pac’ or BIG’, while living legends like Nas, Eminem, and Jay-Z often (but not always) tend to get brushed aside. As it happens so often in history, the martyr is elevated. I can’t say myself who’s better, 2pac or Biggie, and the answer may always be subjective. But I can say that my favorite rapper is Tupac. I can’t say that I’ve spent my teenage years in the inner-city 90s streets, as I grew up in the early 2000s, but I can attest to the fact that Tupac’s honesty and passion in his craft appeal to me.

Tupac Shakur in Jail with Hair

Tupac started his mainstream music career as a maverick for social justice for inner city black Americans. Toward the end of his career, he rapped in a dichotomy of playful and angry tones. His “trust no one” persona, as represented by our Tupac t-shirt; portrayed his demeanor and lyrics toward the end of his life. It’s only appropriate that a lack of trust and a Tupac graphic tee go together. And it seems ironic, that a figure like 2pac who was gunned down at the end of his life, knew that he couldn’t trust anyone.