I go by the name of Asabagna Alatentou, "Asa" for short. I took this name as my African/Spiritual name when I went on a pilgrimage to West Africa in 1997. I visited Senegal, The Gambia and Ghana. "Asabagna" means "hunter" and I received that name during a naming ceremony when I visited a village in northern Ghana. "Alatentou" is Mandingo for "God is gracious" and I received that name from a village Griot in Senegal. I was born in England and my parents are of Jamaican heritage. I spent most of my formative years in Jamaica, but grew up primarily in Toronto Canada. I currently live in Ottawa, the national capital of Canada. I am professionally employed, married, 2 wonderful kids and regularly attend a Pentecostal church. I am a born-again Christian. I do not consider myself conservative or liberal, right-wing or left-wing, centrist etc., or any of the multiple categories that society likes to confine and define people by. However, I do have strong views, beliefs and opinions but I also consider myself open to listening and contemplating other viewpoints. I am a firm believer that "if you don't believe in something, you will fall for anything".
Hit ’em Up, is a serious rap. When you listen you can really hear the hurt in ‘Pac’s voice. Tupac is pretty violent in the song, but understanding that he is hurt by Biggie not disclosing any info on who shot him in NY. The story he tells of Biggie, corrosponds to Biggie’s own songs expressing how his mom kicked him out of the house. Tupac recounts the times he begged the “*itches” to let Biggie sleep on the couch because he had no where else to sleep. Tupac would also, stop his stage performance (not in the song) to let Puffy and Biggie perfom during his act. Sadly, these men died by their own words, violently.
As far as people comparing these two, they, IMHO, are far apart. Tupacalypse Now, sets Tupac miles away from Biggie. Tupac touches subject matter in so many of his songs that Biggie never dared to broach.
Brenda’s Got a Baby
Part Time Mother
Part Time Father
Keep Your Head Up…And others I won’t name but you get the picture.
However, I believe Biggie was about to incorporate a Jamaican style of verbal delivery into Hip Hop that the industry fought and still fights (sadly succesfully) to this day. Just prior to his death, literally the day before, Biggie was interviewed on a local San Diego radio station. During the interview, the host asked Biggie if the style on his recently released album was fully his style and Biggie answered no, but more than previous releases. He also noted that this was his last album for Bad Boy and Puffy and that his contract was up. The next album that he would release was going to be totally his style, and his style alone. In previous releases I could hear Biggie arching over into the Jamaican style of delivery and matched it so well, better than what KRS could do, or even Shelly Thunder did. Unfortunately, the following night Biggie was killed.
Every since I heard that interview, I was totally suspicious and wondered who really was behind the death of Biggie. Bad Boy was about to lose their only true money maker at that time. Made me go hummmmmm…..
Doc. Lyr said:
Makes you wonder why they did not just have BIG find his own replacement.
Dr. Lyrical said:
Hail Mary Lyrics Emphasized
“Hail till I reach Hell, I ain’t scared.”
Never show fear live your life and die living your life.
“When they turn out the lights
I’ll be down in the dark
thuggin eternal through my heart”
Understand that every soul you meet in the physical realm they carry a piece of you with them everywhere they go. As you leave this world you live on forever in spirit.
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