Sixteen years ago Monday, Hip-Hop was still attempting to grasp its collective brain around having its most controversial and troubled enigma silenced in exactly the manner he predicted his entire career. Also, 16 years ago Monday, the last album Tupac record before that fateful night in Las Vegas – The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory – hit shelves. As the darkest and most erratic album of Pac’s life, “Hold Ya Head” remains a political and revolutionary call to action often overlooked in the grand scheme of Pac’s catalog.
“God bless the child that can hold his own
Indeed, enemies bleed when I hold my chrome
Let these words be the last to my unborn seeds
Hope to raise my young nation in this world of greed
Currency means nothin if you still ain’t free
Money breeds jealousy, take the game from me…”
World still greedy? Of course. Currency and freedom, two completely different ideologies? You can say that. Money spawning jealousy? Absolutely. Sixteen years later, Pac’s words still have no expiration date.