21 Years After Tupac’s Death, The Game Questions How He’d Fit In Today (Audio)
Twenty-one years ago today, the physical world said goodbye to Tupac Shakur. Even with a week spent fighting for his life in a Las Vegas hospital, the 1996 news was sudden and scary, surrounding a Rap star that seemed, at times, immortal—and other times, doomed.
The Game and Tupac Shakur’s careers missed one another by close to a decade. Despite that, Jayceon Taylor has surrounded himself with Pac’s homies and affiliates, ranging from mentor Dr. Dre to Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes to MC Eiht, E-40 to Scarface, Ice Cube and more. Throughout his career, Game has frequently rhymed of Pac’s life (along with Eazy-E’s) in an apparent effort to keep the message, the image, and the sound of Gangsta Rap alive.
On today’s ceremonial “Heaven 4 A Gangsta,” The Game honors Pac—as well as late Outlawz members Yaki Kadafi and Hussein Fatal. He also pays honor to two slain Death Row staffers (and Compton natives), Aaron “Heron” Palmer and Alton “Buntry Al” McDonald, before getting to business. In his track, the Hub City MC looks at his city’s resilience and treachery at once. He scoffs at patriotism in the 2017 United States and its elected leader. He questions how Pac would navigate a world like today’s, before asking the very question in the title.
Additionally, Game has fun with the names of new rappers, using wordplay. Migos, Lil Yachty, and Lil Uzi Vert are mentioned, among others.
Game previously released “Last Time You Seen…” with Scarface, which overtly analyzed Pac’s life and sudden death. Today, The Outlawz and ‘Face also released the video to “Born Sinners.”