2Pac Back?

Rick Ross has often likened himself to 2Pac. We heard this in his incessant chant of “2Pac Back, 2Pac Back!”,  and in his feature on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. A lot of times, when people hear Tha Boss make comparisons like this to a legend, they just snicker. I mean, of all the people in the rap game right now, I don’t think that many people would pick Ross to be the most like 2Pac; people like Kendrick Lamar would be much more legitimate candidates. Right?

It seems like Rozay and Pac couldn’t be any more different:

  • 2Pac is certainly a “socially aware” rapper, while that would be one of the last things I would call Rick Ross.
  • 2Pac takes his nickname (Makaveli) from an Italian philosopher, while Ross took his stage name from a drug dealer (Ricky Ross)
  • 2Pac was born in California, while Ross was born on the East Coast in Florida
  • Ross is huge, Pac is skinny…..

So it seems like we’re done. Ross’s claims of being 2Pac are completely absurd.

But really, they aren’t. You can obviously hear the influence of Pac in Ross’s flow. The way he lets the beat speak just as much as he does, and the fact that he uses the right beats on the right songs. They both often speak for the hood often in their music. The success of their music is also very similar, with both artist having dropped three number one albums in their lifetimes (Ross with Port of Miami, Trilla, and Deeper Than Rap; Pac with Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me, and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory).

However, that’s not to say that Rozay is, in fact, Pac reincarnated. Because I don’t believe he is. Pac had 10 Platinum Albums, while Ross has none. Pac was the most popular artist of his generation, while Ross is a little down the list right now. And, I just like Pac’s music better.

But, there is a little validity in the comparison Ross makes between himself and Pac, despite what most people think.

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