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A Little Too Much California Love


Georgia peach Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D) wants the late West Coast rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur’s legacy to live on and is sponsoring H.R. 4210, a bill to crack into records (the paper kind, not the audio) surrounding his life and death. One of his most well-known hits was "California Love" a tune lauding the free-styling life of the West Coast: Outta bail/fresh out of jail/California dreamin/soon as I step on the scene/I’m hearin’ hoochies screamin’ 

The bill, is intended to preserve Tupac’s life and death for "historical and governmental purposes," will create the Tupac Amaru Shakur Records Collection at the National Archives and a second repository at the Tupac Amaru Shaku Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Young D.C. hip hoppers wonder if Biggie Smalls supporters (one of Tupac’s arch nemises, also dead, popularly believed to have ordered Tupac dead with the drive-by shooting that felled him) will be lobbying the Hill for to block this legislation, relighting big-label rapper battles all up in the House (of Representatives).