Sunday, February 20, 2011

2-Pac - Strictly 4 My Niggaz

Here at D&M we try to give you throwback joints on Sundays A.K.A "Sunday Throwback". So this morning as I was woken up at 6a.m. by my best friends dog Pivo, that has been joyfully pissing on everything in my house, I was trying to think of one album from back in the day that was a game changer for me. The first thing that came to mind was 2-pac's "Strictly". I know these days people think of 2-pac as an older rapper that had a big influence on the game, but may not really understand him. I mean let's face it... some kids these days just don't get it. I remember going to a tiny local record store back in February 1993 when no one really knew who 2-pac was at the time. I spent hours sifting through all the new albums not knowing what I wanted, but knowing I wanted new music. See back in the 90's a "record store" was our version of "itunes". I know... hard to comprehend for all you little caterpillars, but it worked for us. So as I was at this record store, I came across this new album "Strictly" that had just dropped. I copped it only knowing 2-pac from his single "Brenda's got a Baby" and from digital underground. Back then it was a "tape"... literally. Not a "mixtape"... I mean a physical tape. So long story short I threw it in my stereo when I got home and listened to it from beginning to end. I was hooked. The edgy content, crazy delivery, and piercing beats changed the game for me. I understand that now a days people think of 2-Pac as a legend kind of like a Bob Marley or James Dean to some degree, but back then he was just another dude trying to break through. That's what made that point in time and this record so special to me. It's not everyday you discover a legend in the making, but back then that was exactly what it was. So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. You can download the album from the link below.
  
Download HERE.