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Thread started 03/22/12 10:08am

Shard

Rapper Asaad's mixtape cover features "artwork" of Tupac and Biggie having sex

Thoughts on this? I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but I think it's also disrespectful to use someone else's image or likeness (especially if that person is deceased) to get attention for yourself. This is exactly what Asaad is doing, whether he owns up to it or not. Take a look at the cover and his explanation:

and the "explanation":

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.

You can find this on multiple websites but I first saw it here;

http://cdn.mediatakeout.c...mages.html

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Reply #1 posted 03/22/12 10:10am

nursev

Seriously wtf! neutral

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Reply #2 posted 03/22/12 10:10am

Harlepolis

spit

I mean disbelief

*Glances @ it again* I'm sorry but spit

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Reply #3 posted 03/22/12 10:38am

Timmy84

This generation I swear... neutral

He won't get no respect in the hood for this. NO RESPECT. Fucking idiot...

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Reply #4 posted 03/22/12 10:47am

RKJCNE

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And now he's a household name. This strategy worked for that asshole Lil B too.

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Reply #5 posted 03/22/12 10:51am

SoulAlive

Tupac and Biggie would roll over in their graves if they knew about this pic disbelief
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Reply #6 posted 03/22/12 10:52am

Timmy84

RKJCNE said:

And now he's a household name. This strategy worked for that asshole Lil B too.

In one site I go, people worship that clown like he's Hendrix or something. I don't get it. neutral

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Reply #7 posted 03/22/12 10:54am

NDRU

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Shard said:

and the "explanation":

...bunch of bullshit...

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Reply #8 posted 03/22/12 10:59am

RKJCNE

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Timmy84 said:

RKJCNE said:

And now he's a household name. This strategy worked for that asshole Lil B too.

In one site I go, people worship that clown like he's Hendrix or something. I don't get it. neutral

Yeah a couple of my friends think he's saving hip hop

confused

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Reply #9 posted 03/22/12 11:01am

Timmy84

RKJCNE said:

Timmy84 said:

In one site I go, people worship that clown like he's Hendrix or something. I don't get it. neutral

Yeah a couple of my friends think he's saving hip hop

confused

Yeah. I read his lyrics online and thought "this is not talent... the fuck?" It's like this generation just picks whoever because they think he's cool or something. Like those Odd Future fools...

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Reply #10 posted 03/22/12 11:55am

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Timmy84 said:



RKJCNE said:




Timmy84 said:



In one site I go, people worship that clown like he's Hendrix or something. I don't get it. neutral



Yeah a couple of my friends think he's saving hip hop


confused



Yeah. I read his lyrics online and thought "this is not talent... the fuck?" It's like this generation just picks whoever because they think he's cool or something. Like those Odd Future fools...



First off I think people are more upset b/c Biggie and Tupac were seen as hip hop deities. I frankly don't hold them in that high of esteem, but I see how this can be sacrilegious to fans. I don't doubt that many hard, gangsta rappers may have been gay when they claimed they were not, tho. They are dead I must admit that it seems very insensitive. Also, I'm not saying Tupac and Biggie were actually gay, but ask yourselves, would people be offended if Biggie was replaced Nicki Minaj (if she were dead) or something? No I don't think so. The man who made this the cover of his album did not make any sense in his explanation, he talked about the icon status of the deceased rappers, and how its not a publicity stunt. However, he forgot one thing, why the Fuck did you do it, n!66a? As for the Odd Future atrocity of a rap group, they're basically just another depraved trend for people to latch on to so they can pretend to be "with it" and "deep" since what they're listening to makes no gotdamn sense.
"They did it to try and belittle me, to try and to take away my pride. But I went through the whole system with them. And at the end, I - I wanted the public to know that I was okay, even though I was hurting."
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Reply #11 posted 03/22/12 12:01pm

AsherFierce

SMH... How you gonna do a mixtape cover like this and leave out Diddy giving biggie head? With Craig Mack standing in the corner like neutral

Shock Value works.

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Reply #12 posted 03/22/12 12:01pm

JoeTyler

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this is both lol and no no no!

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Reply #13 posted 03/22/12 12:10pm

nursev

AsherFierce said:

SMH... How you gonna do a mixtape cover like this and leave out Diddy giving biggie head? With Craig Mack standing in the corner like neutral

Shock Value works.

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Just all kindsa wrong lol

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Reply #14 posted 03/22/12 12:11pm

Timmy84

bunnyscotcooper said:

Timmy84 said:

Yeah. I read his lyrics online and thought "this is not talent... the fuck?" It's like this generation just picks whoever because they think he's cool or something. Like those Odd Future fools...

First off I think people are more upset b/c Biggie and Tupac were seen as hip hop deities. I frankly don't hold them in that high of esteem, but I see how this can be sacrilegious to fans. I don't doubt that many hard, gangsta rappers may have been gay when they claimed they were not, tho. They are dead I must admit that it seems very insensitive. Also, I'm not saying Tupac and Biggie were actually gay, but ask yourselves, would people be offended if Biggie was replaced Nicki Minaj (if she were dead) or something? No I don't think so. The man who made this the cover of his album did not make any sense in his explanation, he talked about the icon status of the deceased rappers, and how its not a publicity stunt. However, he forgot one thing, why the Fuck did you do it, n!66a? As for the Odd Future atrocity of a rap group, they're basically just another depraved trend for people to latch on to so they can pretend to be "with it" and "deep" since what they're listening to makes no gotdamn sense.

The cover IS a publicity stunt. lol

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Reply #15 posted 03/22/12 12:14pm

bunnyscotcoope
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Timmy84 said:

bunnyscotcooper said:

Timmy84 said: First off I think people are more upset b/c Biggie and Tupac were seen as hip hop deities. I frankly don't hold them in that high of esteem, but I see how this can be sacrilegious to fans. I don't doubt that many hard, gangsta rappers may have been gay when they claimed they were not, tho. They are dead I must admit that it seems very insensitive. Also, I'm not saying Tupac and Biggie were actually gay, but ask yourselves, would people be offended if Biggie was replaced Nicki Minaj (if she were dead) or something? No I don't think so. The man who made this the cover of his album did not make any sense in his explanation, he talked about the icon status of the deceased rappers, and how its not a publicity stunt. However, he forgot one thing, why the Fuck did you do it, n!66a? As for the Odd Future atrocity of a rap group, they're basically just another depraved trend for people to latch on to so they can pretend to be "with it" and "deep" since what they're listening to makes no gotdamn sense.

The cover IS a publicity stunt. lol

Yeah, thats all it can be, its nothing more than that. It's not a commentary of anything, its for fame and controversy. So prepackaged

"They did it to try and belittle me, to try and to take away my pride. But I went through the whole system with them. And at the end, I - I wanted the public to know that I was okay, even though I was hurting."
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Reply #16 posted 03/22/12 12:15pm

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D exclaim

A exclaim

M exclaim

N exclaim

Sheet lol

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Reply #17 posted 03/22/12 12:16pm

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Timmy84 said:

RKJCNE said:

And now he's a household name. This strategy worked for that asshole Lil B too.

In one site I go, people worship that clown like he's Hendrix or something. I don't get it. neutral

His fanboys are tragic like they are actually breaking it down on how he's so deep. Eveyone can listen to what they want but don't give Lil B false advertising confused lol

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Reply #18 posted 03/22/12 12:17pm

Timmy84

babybugz said:

Timmy84 said:

In one site I go, people worship that clown like he's Hendrix or something. I don't get it. neutral

His fanboys are tragic like they are actually breaking it down on how he's so deep. Eveyone can listen to what they want but don't give Lil B false advertising confused lol

nod

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Reply #19 posted 03/22/12 12:18pm

AsherFierce

babybugz said:

Timmy84 said:

In one site I go, people worship that clown like he's Hendrix or something. I don't get it. neutral

His fanboys are tragic like they are actually breaking it down on how he's so deep. Eveyone can listen to what they want but don't give Lil B false advertising confused lol

Thank you Based God! music

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Reply #20 posted 03/22/12 12:19pm

Timmy84

AsherFierce said:

babybugz said:

His fanboys are tragic like they are actually breaking it down on how he's so deep. Eveyone can listen to what they want but don't give Lil B false advertising confused lol

Thank you Based God! music

Jesus... lol

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Reply #21 posted 03/22/12 12:26pm

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RKJCNE said:

And now he's a household name. This strategy worked for that asshole Lil B too.

I've never heard of him.

"It's not nice to fuck with K.B.! All you haters will see!" - Kitbradley
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Reply #22 posted 03/22/12 12:28pm

vainandy

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falloff falloff falloff

I love it!

Andy is a four letter word.
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Reply #23 posted 03/22/12 12:28pm

AsherFierce

kitbradley said:

RKJCNE said:

And now he's a household name. This strategy worked for that asshole Lil B too.

I've never heard of him.

music headbang

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Reply #24 posted 03/22/12 12:35pm

TonyVanDam

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All I know is that Professor Griff & plenty of conspiracy research will definitely have some harsh words for Asasd real soon. neutral

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Reply #25 posted 03/22/12 12:36pm

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AsherFierce said:

kitbradley said:

I've never heard of him.

music headbang

Ha, dis mofo? Nah...Jeebus save us all

"They did it to try and belittle me, to try and to take away my pride. But I went through the whole system with them. And at the end, I - I wanted the public to know that I was okay, even though I was hurting."
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Reply #26 posted 03/22/12 12:38pm

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What the hell is this shit here eek

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Reply #27 posted 03/22/12 12:45pm

Timmy84

TonyVanDam said:

All I know is that Professor Griff & plenty of conspiracy research will definitely have some harsh words for Asasd real soon. neutral

Y'mean he ain't had no harsh words for Lil Bastard, er, B?

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Reply #28 posted 03/22/12 12:46pm

TonyVanDam

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Timmy84 said:

TonyVanDam said:

All I know is that Professor Griff & plenty of conspiracy research will definitely have some harsh words for Asasd real soon. neutral

Y'mean he ain't had no harsh words for Lil Bastard, er, B?

I'm sure Griff has. I still looking for someone to post the lecture on YouTube. wink

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Reply #29 posted 03/22/12 12:49pm

AsherFierce

Timmy84 said:

TonyVanDam said:

All I know is that Professor Griff & plenty of conspiracy research will definitely have some harsh words for Asasd real soon. neutral

Y'mean he ain't had no harsh words for Based God

music I'mma do this till all y'all get it right. lol

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