Thug Passion

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Tupac

All Eyez on Me
1996

1. - Ambitionz Az a Ridah - 00:00:00
2. - All Bout U - 00:04:38
3. - Skandalouz - 00:09:15
4. - Got My Mind Made Up - 00:13:24
5. - How Do U Want It? - 00:18:37
6. - 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted - 00:23:25
7. - No More Pain - 00:27:31
8. - Heartz of Men - 00:33:46
9. - Life Goes On - 00:38:30
10. - Only God Can Judge Me - 00:43:32
11. - Tradin War Stories - 00:48:29
12. - California Love - 00:53:59
13. - I Ain’t Mad at Cha - 01:00:25
14. - What'z Ya Phone - 01:05:19
15. - Can’t C Me - 01:10:28
16. - Shorty Wanna Be a Thug - 01:15:59
17. - Holla at Me - 01:19:51
18. - Wonda Why They Call U Bitch - 01:24:47
19. - When We Ride - 01:29:05
20. - Thug Passion - 01:34:15
21. - Picture Me Rollin’ - 01:39:23
22. - Check Out Time - 01:44:38
23. - Ratha Be Ya Nigga - 01:49:17
24. - All Eyez on Me - 01:53:31
25. - Run Tha Streetz - 01:58:39
26. - Aint Hard 2 Find - 02:03:56
Who Do You Love
Lil Boosie

Lil Boosie - Who Do You Love

Lil Boosie was so consistently impressive as a rapper that some facets of his talent can feel overlooked without the benefit of his continued creative output. When we are forced instead to revisit his previous work, it can feel like the same themes and material receive disproportionate amounts of focus.

When dealing with a Boosie newbie for example, it’s often easiest to direct that person towards tracks like “Mind of a Maniac” or “Goin Thru Some Thangs”. Both of these tracks are great; standouts from Boosie’s impressive discography. One might point towards Boosie’s introspective street-informed raps on “Goin Thru Some Thangs”, or towards Boosie’s unhinged honesty on “Mind of a Maniac”.

That considered, Boosie’s love-tinged raps were great in their own right and are at times lost in this shuffle of great Boosie output. This was a guy that put out a whole tape called Thug Passion (and it was pretty awesome). In which tape we find tracks like “Who Do You Love”.

“Who Do You Love” finds Boosie boastful, bragging about his complexion and the number of push-ups that he can knock out. Elsewhere on the tape, Boosie raps about the love of his mother (c.f., “Mama Know Love”, produced by none other than Mike Will Made It). I’m just seeing this video released last fall:

So yeah, Boosie is great and has lots of aspects of his personality that he explored throughout his career. No news here, but allow this post to serve as my appreciation for the sincere speaking-to-the-ladies Boosie seen on tapes like Thug Passion

18 Famous Literary First Lines Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics

This is amazing and from mentalfloss.

1. ERNEST HEMINGWAY/WALE

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff
With an impending mixtape that only seems like a myth
(The Old Man and The Sea and “New Soul”)

2. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS/RUN-D.M.C.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
I won’t stop rockin’ till I retire
(“The Second Coming” and “King of Rock”)

3. SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE/J. COLE

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
Pay dues like a hair salon
(“Kubla Khan”and “The Last Stretch”)

4. FOUNDING FATHERS/EARL SWEATSHIRT

We hold these truths to be self-evident
Say hi to the Ritalin regiment
(“Declaration of Independence” and “Pigions”)

5. GERTRUDE STEIN/CAM’RON

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose
Sorta like drano…you know how the game goes
(“Sacred Emily” and “Spend the Night”)

6. JANE AUSTEN/BLACK COBAIN

It is a truth universally acknowledged
That a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife
I’m in your head like a mnemonic device
(Pride and Prejudice and “Busy Now”)

7. LEO TOLSTOY/CAM’RON

All happy families are alike
Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
Drinking sake on a Suzuki, we in Osaka Bay
(Anna Karenina and “Down and Out”)

8. GEORGE ORWELL/KENDRICK LAMAR

It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen
And if you hard then wreck your car and walk up to my crime scene
(1984 and “Ignorance is Bliss”)

9. ROBERT FROST/2PAC

Whose woods these are I think I know
Creep with me through that immortal flow
(“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Thug Passion”)

10. VIRGINIA WOOLF/WALE

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself
Fall in love with defeat, throw my endeavors on the shelf
(Mrs. Dalloway and “The Artistic Integrity”)

11. ALLEN GINSBERG/2PAC

I saw the best minds of my generation
Destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked
See me and hope I’m intoxicated or slightly faded
(“Howl” and “Ain’t Hard 2 Find”)

12. EMILY DICKINSON/WALE

Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me
In the face of adversity, I prepared a verse to see
(“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “DC or Nothing”)

13. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE/J. COLE

If music be the food of love, play on
At dinner with Hov, hoping that he pass the baton
(Twelfth Night and “Beautiful Bliss”)

14. DYLAN THOMAS/ACE HOOD

Do not go gentle into that good night
Tell by your handbag that boy don’t do you right
(“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and “Body 2 Body”)

15. CHARLES DICKENS/SCHOOLBOY Q

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
Daylight saving times all the time on this block of mines
(A Tale of Two Cities and “Live Again”)

16. LEWIS CARROLL/KENDRICK LAMAR

Twas brillig and the slythy toves
Wayne told me that, and that’s just how it goes
(“Jabberwocky” and “Michael Jordan”)

17. WILLIAM BLAKE/LIL WAYNE

Tyger tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night
I’m off the hook like cordless phones, my identity so right
(“The Tyger” and “My Weezy”)

18. WALT WHITMAN/BIG SEAN

O captain, my captain, our fearful trip is done
Rolling in more green than a hole in one
(“Oh Captain! My Captain!” and “Life Should Go On”)