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America, Growing Up, and Head: #BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur @balleralert BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € 21 years ago today, the world lost the rap icon TupacShakur. Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € He got his start at a young age as a background dancer for Digital Underground, before starting his own rap career in 1991. His debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', was an instant success ranking in at 13 on Billboard's Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € By the time his second album arrived in February of 1993, Pac had become widely recognized for not only his extraordinary lyricism, but also his ability to speak freely about issues affecting the urban youth. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € With songs like 'Brenda's Got A Baby' and 'Keep Ya Head Up', Pac shows us the sometimes ugly truth of growing up poor in America, and encourages us to overcome it. โ €โ €โ € Right before his death, Shakur signed to DeathRow Records where he released music like 'California Love' and his fourth album, 'All Eyez On Me'. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died Sept. 13 while in the intensive care unit from internal bleeding. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Through his music and films, Tupac remains a legendary and unparalleled artist of his time. His impact on the music industry will forever live on through his work.
America, Growing Up, and Head:  #BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop:
 21st Anniversary of the Death of
 Tupac Shakur
 @balleralert
BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € 21 years ago today, the world lost the rap icon TupacShakur. Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € He got his start at a young age as a background dancer for Digital Underground, before starting his own rap career in 1991. His debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', was an instant success ranking in at 13 on Billboard's Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € By the time his second album arrived in February of 1993, Pac had become widely recognized for not only his extraordinary lyricism, but also his ability to speak freely about issues affecting the urban youth. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € With songs like 'Brenda's Got A Baby' and 'Keep Ya Head Up', Pac shows us the sometimes ugly truth of growing up poor in America, and encourages us to overcome it. โ €โ €โ € Right before his death, Shakur signed to DeathRow Records where he released music like 'California Love' and his fourth album, 'All Eyez On Me'. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died Sept. 13 while in the intensive care unit from internal bleeding. โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Through his music and films, Tupac remains a legendary and unparalleled artist of his time. His impact on the music industry will forever live on through his work.

BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € 21 years ago toda...

Friday, Jay, and Jay Z: Gloria Carter Opens Up About Coming Out on Jay-Z's Song, "Smile" @balleralert Gloria Carter Opens Up About Coming Out on Jay-Zโ€™s Song, โ€œSmileโ€ - blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Nearly three months after GloriaCarterโ€™s emotional revelation on her sonโ€™s highly anticipated โ€œ4:44โ€ album, Jay-Zโ€™s mother is speaking out about the entire ordeal. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI just finally started telling (Jay-Z) who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live,โ€ Carter said on the Dโ€™USSE Friday podcast. โ€œSo my son started actually tearing. โ€˜Cause heโ€™s like, โ€˜That had to be a horrible life, Maโ€™. I was like, โ€˜My life was never horrible. It was just different.โ€™ So that made him want to do a song about it.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € However, the song almost didnโ€™t make the cut, as Carter wasnโ€™t happy with it at first. Jay-Z spit lyrics that were so direct and to the point, that Carter became hesitant about the release and subsequent exposure of her personal business. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI was sharing myself with ( JayZ), not to share myself with the world. I donโ€™t know if Iโ€™m ready for that,โ€ she recalled. However, things took a turn when Carter revisited the words that sheโ€™d written for Jay-Z. Her words turned into poetry and eventually became the poetic break on โ€œSmile,โ€ that Jay-Z allowed her to speak for herself on the track. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI was never ashamed of me,โ€ she said. โ€œIโ€™m tired of all the mystery. Iโ€™m gonna give it to them. I donโ€™t have to worry about anybody wondering if Iโ€™m in the life or not. Iโ€™m gonna tell them. So now that I told you what do you have to talk about? So now maybe you can focus on the phenomenal things I do.โ€
Friday, Jay, and Jay Z: Gloria Carter Opens Up About
 Coming Out on Jay-Z's Song, "Smile"
 @balleralert
Gloria Carter Opens Up About Coming Out on Jay-Zโ€™s Song, โ€œSmileโ€ - blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Nearly three months after GloriaCarterโ€™s emotional revelation on her sonโ€™s highly anticipated โ€œ4:44โ€ album, Jay-Zโ€™s mother is speaking out about the entire ordeal. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI just finally started telling (Jay-Z) who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live,โ€ Carter said on the Dโ€™USSE Friday podcast. โ€œSo my son started actually tearing. โ€˜Cause heโ€™s like, โ€˜That had to be a horrible life, Maโ€™. I was like, โ€˜My life was never horrible. It was just different.โ€™ So that made him want to do a song about it.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € However, the song almost didnโ€™t make the cut, as Carter wasnโ€™t happy with it at first. Jay-Z spit lyrics that were so direct and to the point, that Carter became hesitant about the release and subsequent exposure of her personal business. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI was sharing myself with ( JayZ), not to share myself with the world. I donโ€™t know if Iโ€™m ready for that,โ€ she recalled. However, things took a turn when Carter revisited the words that sheโ€™d written for Jay-Z. Her words turned into poetry and eventually became the poetic break on โ€œSmile,โ€ that Jay-Z allowed her to speak for herself on the track. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI was never ashamed of me,โ€ she said. โ€œIโ€™m tired of all the mystery. Iโ€™m gonna give it to them. I donโ€™t have to worry about anybody wondering if Iโ€™m in the life or not. Iโ€™m gonna tell them. So now that I told you what do you have to talk about? So now maybe you can focus on the phenomenal things I do.โ€

Gloria Carter Opens Up About Coming Out on Jay-Zโ€™s Song, โ€œSmileโ€ - blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Nearly three months after GloriaCarterโ€™s e...