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This week Rap-Up includes coverage of 2Pac’s death, recognized by his protégés the Outlawz; Big Sean’s upcoming 30-city tour; and Nappy Roots latest collaboration with Organized Noize.
The Anniversary Of 2Pac’s Death Recognized With Outlawz Album
Rap icon 2Pac was killed 15 years ago (September 13, 1996) in Las Vegas in a still-unsolved murder. Although the artist has been gone in a physical form for more than a decade, his influence still radiates throughout rap.
In fact, his protégés the Outlawz are releasing their final album, “Perfect Timing,” on the anniversary of his death. E.D.I. Mean, Young Noble, Hussein Fatal and Kastro intended to put the collection out earlier this year, but when the set needed to be pushed back, they felt it would be perfect timing to release it on the anniversary of their mentor’s death.
The collection features a who’s who of rap, including Bun B, Scarface and Tech N9ne. The Outlawz were among those who were closest with 2Pac back in the early and mid 1990s, when he was one of rap’s biggest acts and an emerging movie star.
Big Sean To Launch 30-City Tour
Big Sean named his album “Finally Famous,” and he has been making notable moves toward living up to that title. His “My Last” single with Chris Brown has been certified gold and the Detroit rapper’s new cut, “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay,” features Kanye West and Roscoe Dash.
Now the G.O.O.D. Music act will be headlining the “I Am Finally Famous World Tour,” a 30-city tour that launches October 2 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, and concludes November 25 at The Music Box in Los Angeles.
Sean will be joined on the road by Cyhi The Prince and Shawn Christopher. While on tour, Sean will learn if he’s going to win any of the BET Hip Hop Awards he’s nominated for, including “Best Hip Hop Video,” “CD of the Year” and “Track of the Year.” The show will be broadcast October 11, another marker on Big Sean’s road to fame.
Nappy Roots Share Some ‘Love’
As the first major rap group from Kentucky, Nappy Roots broke through in 2002 thanks to their infectious beats, soulful storytelling and tag-team rap approach on such songs as “Awnaw” and “Po’ Folks.”
Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille, Big V, B. Stille and Ron Clutch (R. Prophet is no longer in the group) are preparing to return with a new album, “NAPPY DOT ORG.” The project will be produced by Organized Noize -- best known for its groundbreaking sonic work with OutKast, Goodie Mob and TLC.
The lead single “Hey Love” serves as a reintroduction to the crew, which is currently on the “Nappy Dot Org” Tour, which concludes January 14 in Durango, Colorado. Though Nappy Roots was often overlooked, their teaming with Organized Noize makes their music matter even more.
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