• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 3 comments on A Class That Explores the Gospel According to Tupac Shakur

  1. Hi,

    I really enjoyed reading the article!

    I just wanted to add on the fact why people do not listen to rappers such as Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, Nas or Black Thought as they comment on society. I strongly believe that there is a huge stigma around the rap culture as people believe that they are “out of pocket” and “outspoken” about the conditions they live in. Moreover, people fail to realise that they have to vent these thoughts out in order for them to just feel heard.

    Also, songs such as “Brenda’s got a Baby” by Tupac play a major role in commenting on what women are subjected to in poorer neighbourhoods. These issues are still prevalent in songs released today. Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me I am dying of Thirst” shows that this lifestyle is a last resort option for making a livelihood. Is this because there is a huge stigma around sexuality and empowerment of women taking control of their sexual lives? Also, is this because there is a lack of accountability from aristocracy accepting that they perpetuated these issues in their own way?

    The trend for rappers getting into gun altercations still has not changed as of yet. From Migos’ Takeoff to Proof of D12 to Tupac, there is a significant surge in gun violence over the last quarter of a century. Why is there not a bigger debate surrounding gun violence in the poorer sections of society? Is it because the Government think that that particular sections of society cannot be helped? Is it because they would rather help higher sections which are more “productive”?

    I was wondering if you agree with these assessments.

    Thank you for your article and spreading awareness about Pac and his legacy.

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