October 3, 2012

Maybe you have heard of this 2Pac fellow. Wrote a few cool songs about his mom and your mom and a fat guy’s girlfriend. Managed to pull of wearing leather better than anyone in his generation. Pioneered the slick baldheaded look in a way that the Fab Five and Onyx never quite matched.

The ex-LA Times journalist, Chuck Phillips, has started a new website in which he’s posted a pair of never-before-heard 2Pac interviews. We joke about making history and being very legendary, but these are very historic and very legendary. The first takes place a week after ‘Pac got out of prison and was conducted at the infamous Death Row bivouac in the San Fernando Valley. Pac talks everything from C. Delores Tucker and Bob Dole to his prison sentence and his music, and why Tony Danza wrote him his favorite letter while incarcerated. Tony Danza is real hip-hop.

The other interview took place via phone in 1993, in the aftermath that surrounded the Texas Highway Patrol killer who claimed that 2Pacalypse Now made him do it. Both are essential for any  2Pac fan, rap nerd, or anyone who has wondered why they call you bitch. I just assumed it was because they didn’t listen to enough Lupe Fiasco.

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