2Pac and the Vatican...

This affirms my belief that there is order and meaning in the universe. I've been advocating for 2Pac Shakur's sainthood since 1997...

(CNN) -- Music from late rapper Tupac Shakur has been included as part of the Vatican's official MySpace Music playlist.

The seat of the Catholic Church released a list of 12 songs onto the social networking Web site's streaming music service this week when the site launched in the United Kingdom. Among selections from Mozart, Muse and Dame Shirley Bassey is the slain rapper's song "Changes," which was released two years after his shooting death on a greatest hits album in 1998.
"The genres are very different from each other, but all these artists share the aim to reach the heart of good minded people," the Vatican wrote on its official MySpace Music page. As of Thursday night, "Changes" had been played more than 4.6 million times on the Web site. The list was compiled by Father Giulio Neroni, artistic director of church publisher St Paul's Multimedia. He was also responsible for compiling the Vatican's recent Alma Mater album, which combined Gregorian chants and prayers with classical music and the voice of Pope Benedict XVI speaking in five

... The lyrics of "Changes" describe Shakur's desire to change a grim life of drugs, crime and violence on the streets. Lyrics of the song, which is labeled as "explicit," include 'Is life worth living, should I blast myself?" "Give the crack to the kids, who the hell cares, one less hungry mouth on the welfare," and "My stomach hurts, so I'm looking for a purse to snatch."At another point, Tupac sings: "Cause both black and white are smokin' crack tonight..."

Ha! I love it. Now, as a feminist, I probably shouldn't celebrate 2Pac's veneration without some qualifiers. He was a deeply flawed young man. But he was a very young man, and his music was transcendent and conscious as often as (or more so) it was ignorant and vicious. 2Pac certainly wasn't any more misogynystic than St. Augustine or Tertullian.

So I celebrate with this bizarre olive branch extended by the Roman Catholic Church, to hip hop culture and those racially and economically marginalized.

2Pac meditated, "I wonder if heaven got a ghetto..." Maybe this move reflects the grace, complexity and strange juxtaposition inherent in the truth of that answer: "In contrast, the playlist also contains selections from the album "Music of the Vatican" such as "Advocata Nostra" and "Causa Nostrae Laetitiae." (CNN)


Existential Punk said...

Never eally listened to Tupac but because of you and this post i just started listening on iTunes to his Greatest hits album and am actually enjoying. i am gonna buy it! Not sure what he's saying but LOVE the ebats and music! Just Bought the Jay Z album with the Alicia Keys song Empire and love that! Been listening to more hip hop since being in Sacramento! i am stretching and growing, Peter! LOL!!!

Existential Punk said...

i wanted to add this: It's nice the Vatican included 2Pac's song but aren't they being hypocritical to endorse someone who has had violence in his history? Oh, i guess since they like to cover up sex scandals of their priests, it's ok for them to endorse him. YET, it's not ok to be for abortion, pro-choice, being gay, etc. Weird i think.

anthony said...

The roster of people with violence in their history who have been endorsed by the Catholic Church is endless, starting with St. Peter. Might be fun to compile a list. Hmm.

St. Joan of Arc would be right up there.

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