Tucked away in 2004's "Loyal to the Game," one of his posthumous albums, Ghetto Gospel, stood out to me even though I've scarcely heard in since early in my high school days not only because of my preoccupation with nice hooks featuring a nice sample from Elton John's Indian Summer; instead, the recent discussion of Tupac's "thug life" message seemed to be strongly reflected in this song. As usual, Pac calls for an end to the violence on the streets, championing instead unity. This message doesn't seem to be limited to the African American community in Los Angeles; in fact, the lyrics seem to reflect a recognition and empathy with those living in poverty. Additionally, Pac himself believes that he can bring positive changes to the urban community as reflected by all the religious allusions. Dubbing the song a "Gospel" and admitting that "God isn't finished with me yet" reflects a focus on disseminating a spirit of solidarity. Stepping aside from the slick production (courtesy of Eminem and Dr. Dre), it's clear that anyone can appreciate Tupac's efforts to deescalate the violence in the inner city and admire the sincerity of his grand visions.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Tupac's Ghetto Gospel
It's always interesting to see how the fog of time has the power to alter a memory or put a new spin on the past. In contrast to the in your face confrontational attitude that we're used to expecting from Tupac, Ghetto Gospel is a tightly produced, elegy that I find at times poignant to label "cute." That, of course applies to more than just the part that Elton John sings. In case you're rubbing your eyes increduously because of the mere mention of Elton John...it's true, Sir Elton does indeed have a part in the song. Funny how these days we have an almost savant-like ability to meld two disparate things together. Nonetheless, the final outcome is rather good.