Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tupac Shakur, Rap Hero, and Blog comments

First off, if you expect the three items in the topic to be related. You will be sorely disappointed. First, Tupac Shakur... I am not sure how I got on to browsing for Tupac... oh wait, yeah I was on facebook, and then I saw that Josh Merris joined a group called "If you were to marry a rapper, which would it be." I thought this was interesting because... first of all, I don't know any female rappers, and I don't think Josh is gay. So as I was pondering this and browsing the wall posts I saw a discussion thread with the title "Tupac is alive!" Who wouldn't click on that? So I followed it, and then followed a link that gave the top 20 reasons why Tupac is still alive.

I'll have to admit, they have several more compelling reasons to hold out hope that Tupac is alive than the Elvis conspiracy theorists. For example, Tupac was producing things under the name Makaveli who was known (the real Machiavelli) to stage his own death as a military strategy. On one of Tupac's final albums (before his death... that needs to be specified as I will show later) has a line on his album art that says "Exit: 2Pac Enter: Makavelli." Interesting indeed.

I find the most compelling evidence not to be listed on the top 20. I would probably put it at number 1 if I had to make a list. I looked up Tupac Shakur on Yahoo Music so I could listen to the person Wikipedia calls "one of the most popular artists in the music industry." What I found interesting is the fact that out of his top 200 downloaded songs, not a single one was released prior to his alleged death. How many dead people do you know that are still producing? I rest my case.

Then I got to thinking that perhaps the next thing after guitar hero could be... Rap Hero. They already have a karaoke game that measures your pitch and rhythm, I am sure they could make a game that measures your rhythm. It may be tough to have it recognize all the words you were saying. I don't even think voice recognition software is advanced enough to identify individual words in a rap, but maybe it could at least identify swears and give you extra points for them. At least James, or "Archie" as he is apparently called in the holy land, would do better with that feature. Just a thought...

Finally, I am kinda disappointed at for not having any provision to notify you when people comment on your blog posts. I guess facebook has spoiled me. James, you were lucky I saw your posts. I kept going back to previous posts to see how many you had posted on. Then when I found one you hadn't posted on, I assumed there were no more? Hopefully that was right. Maybe everyone that posts on previous posts, should also post on the most recent post and say "See entry _____ for my latest comment." Maybe not.

Oh, James. I don't know if I told you, but I saw pictures of you rapping in the JC (is that what you call it? Tell me you coined that), and I started thinking of possible titles if you released an album from Jerusalem. Let me think: "Blingin' in the Holy Land" or "Jews and Palestinians: Conflict over, Archie Style." What do you think? And then if things take off, you could train some locals to rap and start some kinda hip hop battle on a West Bank - East Bank type of thing. You know, like our East Coast - West Coast battles (which actually was heavily fueled by Tupac's suspicion of other rappers including Biggie setting him up when he got shot and robbed in 1994 if you didn't know). Anyway, you might have to... make an East Bank, but that shouldn't be too hard. Rappers do whatever they want to anyway, especially when it comes to the words, terms, and the English language. Let me know what you think. If you want I can start thinking of record label names?


J. L. A. said...


I think the oldest post on which I commented was the one where you were working on your web crawler and broken up with Allison. btw: do I know Allison or is she new?


shoot--I gotta go see the post again (I forgot what I was gonna say).

J. L. A. said...

Also, I do like the titles and things you mentioned. As far as the East bank goes, the Jordan River does have an East bank. Oh, I've also got some rudimentary Hebrew rhymes I came up with that could maybe make the Album. Let me know what you think (note, the accent is on the last syllable for most of these words):

Todah Rabah
shana tova


Thank you very much. Excuse me. You're welcome (or please). Skullcap. Hanukah. Happy New Year. Jewish ritual bath. The five books of Moses. Mishna (in which is contained the oral law)).

Also, I did not coin the term "JC" but I believe that I am sufficiently influential that history may smile one me and credit it to me anyway (it is a good acronym).

I did, however, attempt to popularize the use of our much longer (and more clumsy) acronym BYUJCFNES (BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies), but it did not yet catch.

Cindy said...

I feel like this was a persuasive essay you were writing for a class or something...

I'm convinced.