Nelsonville, OH

#1 Aug 14, 2012
It's weird, ya know. I grew up listing to 2Pac, Biggie, and all that. I guess like any other kid, I was over-preparing to face a tough world. With the semi-violent rap lyrics of the 1990's, I thought I was accomplishing just that.
Grown up now, and looking back, those guys weren't hard, at least not in the sense I had understood it. It's so crazy to watch old videos of 2Pac on Arsenio Hall, and see their round faces. You see, 2Pac was supposed to be older than me, it's just that he stopped growing, is all.
I realize now, that he never did half the things we all expected that he did, or else he wouldn't have been making music. What made him tough though, is that he could speak his mind. Ah, if we all could be just that brave.
Today we see rapper lil Wayne entertaining his minions, and it's fascinating to see how the younger perceive him. They don't see the cheetah underwear, just the same as we didn't see 2Pac's nose ring.
Now I'm not saying either was gay, or that a gay person can't be hard. What I am saying, is that's all a matter of perception. What I can see, from where I sit today, is that Pac let an exchange of words go too far, and Wayne appears to be struggling with self-acceptance.
Wayne's been singing since he was a little fella, same as Bow Wow, and having seen them both grow up, it's difficult to perceive them as being hard. What I see, is that they've both covered their bodies with green ink, and I have to wonder, how unhappy must they be with the way their bodies look?
Maybe they're just another generation trying to prove to the world that they have what it takes to make it. What I'd like to say about that is, just speak your mind, no matter what people say. When you look in the mirror, tell yourself,'dam I look good', and 'I'm uniquely special' because you have no idea how true that really is.

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