Top Dawg Entertainment president Terrence “Punch” Henderson sent social media into a frenzy Saturday evening when he abruptly tweeted out that “Cardi B is 2pac.” Pac fans and hip-hop purists alike demanded answers from Punch, who refused to expand on his thoughts much over the weekend, as nearly 1,500 direct replies poured into his viral sentiment. On Monday (April 9), Henderson took his thoughts to DJBooth to pen an op-ed further explaining his reasoning behind the bold comparison.
Terrence began by apologizing for failing to provide context for his comments. “Pac wasn’t as skilled technically as some of his iconic counterparts, like a JAY-Z or Nas or B.I.G., and yet, he’s still viewed by many as the greatest rapper of all time. Why is that? The answer: a combination of passion, content, delivery, and HONESTY,” Punch wrote.
Henderson continued making the case for putting Cardi and Tupac in the same sentence. “[Cardi B] embodies some of those same qualities. She’s a straight shooter right from the hip. Her interviews are as raw as her music. She’s politically incorrect, yet, her charisma means you cannot stop watching and listening, whether you agree or disagree,” he explains.
The TDE boss concluded his explanation by saying the comparison is a metaphor. “Cardi is one album into her career. Of course, she can’t compare with his body of work,” he wrote. “Pac came from a revolutionary background. Of course, there’s no comparison when it comes to his social impact. I’m not saying she’s the heir apparent to Tupac Shakur or that she’s the second coming, but Cardi B does embody a lot of Pac’s best qualities and his DNA is in her blood.”
Read Punch’s op-ed in its entirety over at DJBooth.
Cardi B is 2pac.
— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) April 7, 2018