Me Against The World is quite possibly the most emotionally charged and moving hip hop album considering the events surrounding its release.
While apartment-sitting for a friend during the summer of 1995, I saw the Me Against The World CD in their collection and decided, against my nature, to give it a listen. It was the first Tupac album I would ever hear in its entirety.
After the initial listen, I understood why people that talked to me about Tupac spoke the way they did. I realized my bias towards East Coast hip hop could have denied me the experience of listening to Shakur’s songs. I had not heard an MC that deeply poetic, prophetic and profound. No East Coast MC managed to move me and conjure up emotions with his lyrics and delivery like Tupac.
Dear Mama is in my top 5 most moving hip hop songs ever heard recorded. The rest of the album has other special songs as well. I remember Old School and Lord Knows causing me to pay closer attention to the lyrics and production as the songs blasted from the stereo speakers.
June 16 marks the anniversary of Tupac Shakur's birth.