Kurt Cobain vs. Tupac Shakur: Who defined the ’90s?

Kurt Cobain vs. Tupac Shakur: Who defined the '90s?

Who was better at self-mythologizing their own demise?

From around the time he released the Thug Life, Vol. 1 album in late 1994, 2Pac began to feed into his own mythos. Constantly referencing dying young and ranting about his enemies–along with all of the real-life drama that surrounded him–gave his music a weight and an undeniable sense of inevitable doom. Nirvana’s infamous appearance on “MTV: Unplugged,” with Cobain surrounded by stargazer lilies as he sang the funereal “All Apologies,” was a chilling performance that ultimately served as his final televised performance and the band’s swan song.

Advantage: Shakur

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