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A Guide to Essential Popular Music-Volume One

By Brian Westland

Copyright 2013 Brian Westland

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2 Pac

2 Pac, also known as Tupac Shakur and a slew of other names, was born Lesane Parish Crooks in New York City, in 1971. 2 Pac’s murder in Las Vegas, in 1996, ensured that this West Coast Gangsta rapper would become the mythical figure that he is today.

2 Pac was among the best writers of the rap genre as he amply displayed on his classic albums “Me against the World” (1995) and “All Eyez on Me.” (1996). While not as strong as the aforementioned albums, 2 Pac’s debut release, “2Pacalypse Now” (1991) and his sophomore album, “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” are worthy of attention as well.

5 Royales (The)

The 5 Royales were among the finest and most influential acts from the early rock and roll era, despite their relative lack of fame. The group melded doo wop, R&B and gospel music, and their recordings represented some of the earliest examples of soul.

The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, gospel group the Royal Sons Quintet turned to R&B music and renamed themselves, the 5 Royales, despite actually containing six members. In addition, there were at least two other groups calling themselves the Royales in the early Fifties.

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