The other day, I asked my roommate about what he thought of 2pac.
"Hey, ya like 2pac?"
"2pac is a hypocrite! Talkin' bout respecting women and peace then going around and rapping about killing!"
Now, I don't have a stance on 2pac at all since I don't know much about him, but it got me thinking. Hypocrisy in rapping is interesting because most rappers do have songs like "I fuck bitches all day, I don't want to hear them talk", AND songs about God and love. It's not fair to single out 2pac since many rappers seem to have many conflicting ideas. For example, "Kim" is a song by Eminem that I listened to recently about murdering his wife. Kimberley Scott, the person in question in the song, is indeed alive, despite the song's clear implication that Eminem murdered her.
In class, we talked about personae in rap, and how he cannot automatically associate the "I" in a song with the actual rapper. Therefore, the hypocrisy in songs and personal life of rappers may be due to the fact that when a rapper is rapping, it's just a persona. Furthermore, multiple personae from one rapper can represent different sides of a rapper, so he/she is entitled to conflicting ideas due to different personae.
What are your opinions?