Musically, 2Pac and Kanye West don’t have a lot in common, but if you’ve watched Kanye West’s Zane Lowe interview or last night’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel‘s show, you can’t help but see a little bit of Pac in Kanye. He’s speaking with passion and arrogance, using a public platform to talk about race, music, and the problems with society, and he’s doing it without playing by the typical media-friendly rules.

Comparing Kanye to 2Pac is going to be considered blasphemous by some—and to be fair, there are some drastic differences—but it’s hard to ignore. It seems like Kanye is at a place in his life where his ambition goes way beyond hip-hop and entertainment, and whether or not you like it, the 2Pac comparisons are coming.

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