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John Gotty

Website: SmokingSection
Twitter: @JohnGotty
Favorite Rapper: 2Pac

I've got 30 years of rap music tucked away, so whittling it down to one specific artist to rank as a favorite isn't exactly easy. But if I got stuck on an island with one artist's discography, I'd prefer those discs all belong to 2Pac. From a party to political statements, violence to lovemaking, no one rapper's music covered more ground. "Passion and fury" run throughout all of Pac's work and each song serves its purpose: to tap into the listeners' emotions. Almost 20 years removed from his death, Pac's spirit stokes the fires when I hear his music. I imagine it'll do the same for the next 20 years, too.

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