Eminem calls Pac’s Me Against the World a Hip Hop classic

In less than 72 hours two rappers have paid tribute to some of their idols. On Tuesday, Kendrick Lamar shared with the world his letter  to the late Easy E, today, Eminem pays homage to one of Hip Hop’s greats, Tupac Shakur. Em recalls first hearing Pac during his late teen years then goes further to discuss his experiences listening to 2Pacalypse Now and Me Against the World.

“Whatever he was rapping about, it was urgent. If it was a sad song, it’d make you cry. But there were a lot of different sides to him: fed-up, angry, militant, having a good time. His spirit spoke to me because it was like you knew everything that he was going through, especially when he made Me Against the World. You just felt every aspect of his pain, every emotion: when he was happy, when he was sad. His ability to touch people’s lives like that was incredible.”

Take a look at Eminem’s essay here and check out PAPER’s “Nowstalgia” issue on newsstands October 20, which includes written essays by current rappers dedicated to their late idols. The next essay featured in the issue will be by Siwzz Beatz in honor of The Notorious B.I.G.