Tupac Shakur's legacy lives on because he never actually died, if you ask YG.
Pac is undoubtedly among the most revered dead figures in hip hop. He passed away nearly 18 years ago, but time hasn't done much to crub the many conspiracy theories surrounding his death. Count Compton rapper YG among those who think Pac is probably still breathing. "Pac aint' dead, that's how I feel," he revealed to Montreality. "My n---a out here somewhere, you feel me? Out here chillin.' They don't know who killed the n---a, you feel me?"
After thinking about it for a split second, the "Who Do You Love" rapper realized that Pac isn't the only deceased MC whose death remains unsolved. "I mean they don't know who killed Biggie either at the same time," added YG. "I don't know, I don't think he ain't dead though."
The Canadian site fired off a bunch of random questions at the 23-year-old, including what was his first job, how he spent his first big paycheck, Pac conspiracy theories, near death experiences and more.
Keeping on the topic of deceased West Coast hip hop artists, YG was also asked about Nate Dogg. "Legend, West Coast reputable. Worldwide legend. Classic," he said of Nate, who passed away in 2012. "Nate Dogg did something to the game I don't think nobody ever else could ever do… like his voice and how he did stuff on a track, that s--t's like it's a one of one. I don't think it's never gon' be somebody that come up and really take Nate Dogg's spot."
As for hip hop, the Compton native declared a West Coast takeover of the genre. Proof of the stronghold can be found in Kendrick Lamar and the rest of TDE, Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, DJ Mustard and of course YG himself. "[Hip hop] belongs to the West Coast, period," he announced. "N----s on the West Coast is making statements right now. I came out with a classic album [My Krazy Life] that nobody expected. Kendrick came out, his s--t went platinum, n---a Mustard producer for years…n---a got like 10 songs on the radio, they all hits. You got n----s like Dom Kennedy…he on his independent grind, getting his money. Yeah, West Coast we got it."
The West Coast has produced a lot of rap stars, although some would argue that from a commercial standpoint no particular region currently has hip hop in the palm of its hand. In fact, the rapper topping Billboard's hip-hop charts at the moment happens to be Iggy Azalea, who is from Australia.
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