1. POLL: Why Would a Rapper Depict Tupac & Biggie Having Sex On His Record Cover?

    Rap is outta control. We been knowing this since the start of the '90s (when EPMD so eloquently stated it so). But even the Green Eyed Bandit's eyes must be turning blue at the artwork accompanying Philly rapper Asaad's single, “Boss Status,” from his soon-to-be-released EP "006", which depicts the likenesses of deceased rap giants Tupac and Biggie Smalls engaged in a lurid sex act inside a flowery wallpapered room. The rapper issued a statement explaining his reasons for using the artwork (read it after the jump). But we're honestly more interested in our readers' feedback.

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    ASAAD’S STATEMENT:
    Since the release of the artwork for my single, “Boss Status,” from my upcoming debut EP entitled, 006, there has been backlash going around. So, I want to take this opportunity to explain, in my own words, the picture depicting two artists, whom I consider to be legends and arguably the greatest to ever bless the mic, engaging in homosexual activity. We are now in the day and age where this is no longer considered a taboo. But that is not the main reason why I choose this picture. Throughout the inception of the music business, artists have been continuously cheated out of their royalties and bound by erroneous contracts that essentially ‘screw’ artists over. For the record, I did not intend to release this cover to disrespect the memory or the families of Mr. Tupac Shakur and Mr. Christopher Wallace. They have become iconic, speaking for those like myself, giving the ghetto and less privileged a voice as they spoke about so many different things that affect our culture. Shakur & Wallace started out as comrades, then the industry turned them into human guinea pigs. They were embattled in a music war which ultimately led to their untimely death. In no way am I looking for publicity from this cover. My music speaks for itself. People have the option to look, or not to. Journalists and bloggers will have the option to post this on their website if they choose to do so. Again, we don’t ask that you do, but no longer shall the industry control our destiny and turn our people against one another. We have a BIGGER mission in life to speak for those who don’t have a voice and create outlets where we can all be heard.
    –Asaad


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    • Jesse Hagen

      Ummm, so where does he address why he did this, exactly? Publicity stunts kind of turn your audience into human guinea pigs too, no?

    • http://clarencejohnson.tumblr.com clarence johnson

      The taliboombap crew gonna kill you for disrespecting the prophets, or something.

      Rap will survive the loves of middle-aged rap fans, even if we have to set those old heads out on the ice floe.

    • egotrip

      JH: You can read the statement after the jump.

    • Son

      Clarence is trying real hard to coin a new term called Taliboombap but it sounds stupid. Although, there are a bunch of people waiting to tell you what hip hop is or isn’t so I kinda understand the effort. Corny though. Also, Asaad is an ass for this cover. It’s not art. It’s disrespectful on purpose to draw attention and it’s working. His claim to fame is writing for Willow Smith. He’s adoment that if you don’t like him, you’re old and played out but young or old, some people are just wack. Hope he enjoys the attention now because 35 year olds still tryin to “swag out” are going to look even more stupid than they look at 21. SMH

    • http://rockthedub.com khal

      Wouldn’t the cover had made more sense if Pac and Biggie were getting buttfucked by some record label suits, instead of Pac fucking Biggie?

    • Chepe

      The image is art but it is not sending the message that he states. In my opinion, (we all have one, I know.) it states that Tupac was getting his way with Biggie. Nothing more. His reasoning is illogical and weak. If his music did speak for itself, why is it that he is getting attention for the cover and not the music?

    • Bboycult

      Opinion: It’s Art

      Ego trip: Did Assad actually paint that? If not; who is the actual artist? I’d like to hear their personal reasoning/definition.

    • http://www.hotdogdayz.com BNB

      This is hilarious! At least 2Pac is depicted correctly as the top–what with his (alleged) propensity for anal rape and all. I wish Assad would have the balls to not back track and hide behind some deeper meaning-type shit though. He, and whoever painted this, straight clowned on two of hip-hop’s most overrated yet revered MCs. If you can’t appreciate the comedy here, its because you secretly hate laughing. Props for good trolling too. Let’s hope the next EP has JayZ and Kanye 69ing each other to death.

    • SofaKingTroll

      this is such bullshit. And the title of “artist” should goto the actual person who painted the image. NOT Asaad. As he stated on his twitter in a desperate attempt to save his own ass, “I did not even create the image. I found it on Tumblr.” “Artist” my ass. this guy is just a fraud who is obviously begging for attention. I mean, he claims to be all deep and compassionate, but if u check twitter page and listen to his lyrics, it clearly suggests the opposite. speaking for the “ghetto” and “those who don’t have a voice”? all his songs consist of him boasting about how expensive his clothes are. and every other tweet is “bitch, act like you fuckin know!” or “We run this this shit bitch!”. Compassionate? I think not.

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