AEOM was the first double album because Pac had written so much while he was in prison. He made so many records in such a short time, he was like the precursor to Lil Wayne. Pac isn’t the most quotable MC because of his trance-like approach to recording.
He simply became whatever song he was on. With an artist like Biggie or Jay-Z, you can feel them calculating how to approach a song. It’s very coded and intellectual. Pac was not lyrical in the same way.
You know how Muhammad Ali would start to go into a sort of self-hypnosis before a fight? Pac’s lyrical content had that kind of feel. He seems to be pumping himself up to get into the zone.
He was much more like blues artists, in that his art was more about the feeling he could express and evoke. He pioneered the sing-song style that Ja Rule and 50 Cent would build their careers on. Lyrically, his trope was ‘I’m resurrected,’ but he repeated phrases all the time from song to song.
There was a lot of “cops shot” and “death to the cowards” and all this constant repetition. You know how Muhammad Ali would start to go into a sort of self-hypnosis before a fight? Pac’s lyrical content had that kind of feel. He seems to be pumping himself up to get into the zone.
TDK was more entertaining as a record because it was so specific. “Against All Odds” is the record that makes TDK . It was his last will and testament and called out his enemies by name. He was like Jesus rushing into the temple and chasing out the money changers. Whether you agreed with him or not, you couldn’t deny Makaveli’s valor.