It’s a tale as old as time itself. When a young rapper compares another rhymer’s greatness to that of 2Pac or The Notorious B.I.G., it usually makes for a viral moment and doesn’t end well, with their Twitter replies set on fire.
Lil Gnar tested the waters on Friday (January 14) when he boldly claimed Future was better than the late Tupac Shakur. “Future better den tupac easy,” he wrote.
future better den tupac easy
— lil gnar ✱ (@lilgnar) January 14, 2022
Gnar’s hot take about his fellow Atlanta native amassed over 7,000 likes on Twitter and ignited a passionate debate among fans in his replies.
“2pac record sales- 75 million before the internet Future record sales- 25 million,” one fan reminded the “Death Note” rapper. “Future has made more music and has had more projects while the internet existed. Pac clears Future any day. Don’t forget that Future made a song called ‘2pac.’”
Another fan wrote, “Tupac cared for women as men should, future ain’t no where near that. Never will be.”
2pac record sales-
75 million before the internet
Future record sales-
Future has made more music and has had more projects while the internet existed. Pac clears Future any day.
Don’t forget that Future made a song called “2pac”
— HipHopLegends (@WestCoastDraco) January 15, 2022
Tupac cared for women as men should, future ain’t no where near that. Never will be
— PyrexChef (@Pillinherbut) January 15, 2022
However, the debate wasn’t entirely one-sided, with a number of Future fans jumping in to defend Gnar’s statement. “tupac cant make codeine crazy,” one user declared, to the tune of over 800 likes.
tupac cant make codeine crazy
— kayo (@kayostackin) January 14, 2022
Lil Gnar is far from the first rapper to cause a stir on social media with a 2Pac-related hot take. Back in 2017, Lil Durk hailed Future as the “modern-day 2Pac.”
@1future you the Modern day #2pac for the world
— THE VOICE (@lildurk) May 20, 2017
Meanwhile, a burgeoning Lil Yachty drew the ire of Hip Hop historians when he called 2Pac and Biggie’s music overrated in 2017 after being unable to name five songs from the rap legends.
Yachty later clarified his comments, telling Zane Lowe in June 2021, “I never meant to disrespect. I was just being honest… I didn’t listen to them but I didn’t say they were trash.”