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But music can reach more people than any local and/or national program he could ever be sponsoring. Little kids still running around saying Tupac is a revolutionary.
You must be a little younger than me, cause I remember how progressive and fresh BEP was in the 90s when they came out.
I feel your point, about the reach music has, thats undeniable. At the same time though, Tupac influence is also due in part to when he was around in terms of the time period within the genre. It wasn't the commercial commodity that you see today, and its audience wasn't mainstream America to point that we see today.
IMO I also think people have access to so much these days that a lot fo the things mentioned in music, can also be found in other outlets easier and quicker. IE you give kids a computer and the internet, vs a progressive music album and its obvious what they will learn more from.
Like I said, hip hop occupies a completely different space than previously, no better example than if you look at Jay-Z's career. He effectively has remained relevant throughout the eras due to being able to adapt to the times.
And I am probably a bit younger than you, but I know what the Black Eyed Peas used to be, but they were never going to remain that forever, and to expect them to (I'm not saying that was your point), is a bit unfair, which is what I think a lot of the people in this thread seem to be forgetting.