Flows

When Pac came out of prison, his abilities on the mic had greatly improved. Through his career we watched go from a slightly above average MC to much greater than average. AEOM was that point where he went from B to A.

On tracks like “Ambitionz Az A Ridah,” “Heartz Of Men,” “Ain’t Mad At Cha” Pac shows his versality and musicality. On “Shorty Wanna Be A Thug,” he was developing that haunting, disembodied sound that dominated TDK—Pac was starting to sound like a voice from beyond.

 

It could’ve been the Henny and the weed that helped him reach that state, but by the time he got to “Hail Mary” and “Blasphemy,” Pac was fully into the gangster mystic mode. AEOM is more earthbound and fully commercial. He made records that were engineered to be hits.

 

On TDK, Pac’s delivery is looser and more confident. Recording just weeks before the fatal Vegas shooting, he was starting to catch the holy ghost in the booth. Pac wasn’t cautious about anything. He would lose himself. It was almost like a seance approach to recording.

If you listen closely to “Hail Mary,” you’re like ‘What is this dude rapping about? Is he even fully conscious?’ That’s what made that record so special. Pac was embracing his messianic side.

It could’ve been the Henny and the weed that helped him reach that state, but by the time he got to “Hail Mary” and “Blasphemy,” Pac was fully into the gangster mystic mode. AEOM is more earthbound and fully commercial. He made records that were engineered to be hits. On “California Love,” you can tell he was like, “Okay, this is my intro. Let me keep it clean for a pop audience.”

Tupac was so versatile that he could switch up his flows for whoever he was working with or whatever type of beat he was on. When you listen to him with Method Man and Redman on “Got My Mind Made Up,” it was a much more East Coast beat. He was displaying his versatility across all these different sub-genres of hip-hop. You saw that much more on AEOM than on TDK, but it all comes down to your personal preference. We’ve got to call category this a dead heat.

Advantage: None

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