Who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame more: Janet Jackson or Tupac? | The Tylt
Who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame more: Janet Jackson or Tupac?
We've debated Tupac's best albums! And how could we not? He's a Rap god, and his legacy lives on even in death—inspiring a new generation of rappers like Kendrick Lamar.
Tupac mainly rapped about the pain and struggles of inner-city life; gangsta life; racism; violence, and other social issues. Tupac put meaning and social conscious in gangsta rap music. But he also helped us groove and party our way through the '90s. He's considered one of the greatest lyricists ever, and the best of the best rappers today wouldn't exist without him.
He scored #1 hits with "How Do U Want It" and "California Love." His other signature hits include: "Brenda's Got a Baby," "Holler If You Hear Me," "I Get Around,""Keep Your Head Up," "I Ain't Mad at Cha," "Hail Mary" and "Dear Mama"—a classic dedicated to his mother.
"Me Against the a World" is considered by some critics as his most personal album—attributing elements about his childhood, trouble with the police and imprisonment as themes to the album's success. It was his first album to debut atop the Billboard 200 (while he was imprisoned). The certified double platinum album spun three singles including the hit, "Dear Mama." The lead single details his childhood living in poverty, but shows a deep appreciation to his mother, Afeni Shakur, and the sacrifices she made. Enjoy the tearjerker of a music video!
Janet Jackson broke down so many barriers for Black female artists. Janet revolutionized '80s, '90s and the new millennia's music with her choreography, infectious beats, music videos—and conceptual albums about her independence, relationships and sexuality. She even made us dance along to an album about social issues!
Like Whitney Houston in the '80s—Janet crossed over from R&B to pop music with her third, but breakthrough album "Control"—spawning mega top 5 hits "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty," "Control," "Let's Wait Awhile," the top 20 hit "The Pleasure Principle" and her first #1 pop hit "When I Think of You."
She followed up with "Rhythm Nation 1814" in 1989, which is the only album to have SEVEN top 5 pop hits to chart on the Billboard Hot 100—including "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "Alright," "Come Back to Me," and the song to arguably her greatest music video ever: "Rhythm Nation."
Janet's success carried over into the '90s with albums "janet." and "The Velvet Rope"—making her Billboard's 2nd greatest artist of the decade behind Mariah Carey.
Watch the music video to one of the greatest choreographed songs ever—"Rhythm Nation"—below:
Tupac is one of the best-selling rappers of all time! Most of his albums have gone at least platinum. He released four studio albums before his death in 1996, and he's released seven more posthumously. Five of those albums topped the Billboard 200! "All Eyez On Me" is his best-selling album though— becoming certified diamond (10 million albums sold in the U.S.).
Beyond having seven #1 albums on the Billboard 200, Janet has 27 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Out of those 27, 10 of her hits have gone #1. She's also one of the greatest crossover artists with 14 #1 hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and 16 on the Dance/Club Play chart. Across charts, Janet has so many #1s that she released her "Number Ones" album featuring a new song "Make Me"—and 33 #1s altogether.