The roots of rap
It's been 20 years since Tupac Shakur dropped the album that threw him into stardom as a rap artist. Tupac had already came out with his first album in 1991, 2pacalypse Now, which was criticized for violent lyrics. But his 1993 album changed the game for him and hip hop.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary for many other hip hop and rap artists. Within the 12 month span of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and more than a dozen other rap groups released albums that helped change the sound of America.
In 1993 the influential Tupac was only 21 years old when he dropped his second album, which landed 3 songs on the top of the charts.
One of the songs that made it to the charts was "Keep Ya Head Up" which has a profound meaning about the mistreatment of women in society. The other two hits from Tupac's album, "I Get Around" and "Holler If You Hear Me," take quite the opposite direction however.
So, listen to "Keep Ya Head Up" to celebrate this throwback thursday!