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Yet more material from the murdered rap superstar
A shame then, that though his status should be undiminished (a quick recap: Tupac never had the greatest flow and was an often sentimental lyricist, but his bad boy charisma was huge, and this still appeals), his music should have dated so badly. Musically souped up though 'Better Days' is, straight-up, on the block, bitches-and-niggas Thug Life rapping like 'Fuck Em All' can't help but sound very dated indeed.
Time, basically, has moved on. A luxury not afforded Tupac, unfortunately.
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