DJ Maximum said:
i love pac but to say jay is not diverse is crazy look @ his last couple of singles nothing sounds like it @ all and if u look @ it jay has all those qualities as well, pac didnt go out of his genre and do songs with rock artists so your diversity and variety point is flawed pac had alot of the same records as well. and yes jay is on pacs level and personally overall i think hes better but thats my opinion but to say he doesnt have the most influence impact appeal right now u got to crazy
Yeah, let's look at Jay-Z's last few singles. DOA, On To The Next One, Roc Boys, New York. He makes music for the radio. He can't go out his realm. Jay-Z cannot make any deep singles. Jay-Z can never make a record like "I know I can" or "Brendas Got A Baby". He can only put certain type of songs on the radio. As far as his artistry goes, he's limited to the music he can make.
Pac on the otherhand can make a street single, party single, conscious single, a love song single, an emotional single, club banger, you name it. If you want to talk about working with different artists, in 1996 and before not too many rappers were doing too many features. Even with that said, 2Pac has songs with legends like Charlie Wilson, Roger Troutman, Madonna, Dre, and worked with rap artists from all over even during the East/West beef. From Snoop, Redman, Method Man, Treach, Boot Camp, Jon B, Scarface. For a rap artists in the 90s, I think he worked with a variety of artists as much as he could.