When Tupac Shakur rose to fame in the early ’90s, race relations in the U.S. were strained, coming to a head with the Rodney King beating and ensuing riots. He was embraced as an African-American icon — someone who would speak truth to power on behalf of the disenfranchised masses. Never shying away from hard realities, Tupac had a rare gift of being able to tell it like it is — pointing out the unjust circumstances faced by millions — while never leaving the bad taste of negativity in anyone’s mouth.
Tupac’s straight-forward approach seems an odd choice to pair with Flume’s more roundabout, surreal sound — malt liquor meets mushrooms — but the resulting product is exactly what we all need right now. Flume’s beats, hypnotic and otherworldy, elevate and inspire while Tupac’s lyrics, as relevant today as they were 20 years ago, keep our feet planted firmly on the ground ready to deal with the issues we face.
Give a listen below or download the free album from creator Jaymee Franchina here.