Song: “How Do U Want It” (feat. KC and JoJo)/“California Love” (feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) by 2Pac
Reached #1: July 13, 1995 (his first, 2 weeks)
Let’s face it, as a middle-aged white guy, I have no hope of understanding the world that produced Tupac Shakur, or that led to his unsolved murder in 1996.
Over 15 years later, though, I’m kind of surprised that we still don’t have any official closure to a murder that took place in front of hundreds on the Las Vegas Strip. Then again, we have about as much information about the murder of his eternal rival, Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, that took place 6 months later.
Much like the Mafia, I guess, rap posses simply don’t talk. They fix things themselves – and there have been a couple of other shootings over the years that are believed to be revenge…
Of course, one of the strangest parts of this whole story is that Shakur has been almost as productive in the 15 years after his death than he was in the decade before… he finished 5 albums before the shooting. Five more have been released after, the last in 2006. Some people believe that Shakur didn’t die – he went underground. The fact that his body was cremated (and, according to some reports, his ashes were mixed with weed and smoked by his rap posse, the Outlawz) makes it easy to believe that someone else’s ashes were used… then again, by now, wouldn’t there have been some kind of Elvis-like sighting?
Oh, almost forgot… a screenplay Shakur wrote in the 1995 is apparently being produced. If the movie, Live To Tell, comes out… will his hologram walk the red carpet?
Finally, in the “Truth Is Stranger” department… when the Vatican put out a MySpace playlist of 12 songs that “aim to reach the heart of good minded people”, Shakur’s “Changes” was one of them. You have to figure he’d have laughed at the irony – or maybe he did, somewhere in hiding?
Tomorrow, a disco-era legend we lost a couple of months ago…
Other songs that reached #1 on July 13:
1959 – “Lonely Boy” by Paul Anka (his second, 4 weeks)
1974 – “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae (his first, 2 weeks)
1985 – “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran (their second, 2 weeks)