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Ask a Rapper: Savvi of H.I.S.D.

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to [email protected].

This Week's Rapper: Savvi, de facto leader of the hip-hop supergroup Hueston Independent Spit District (H.I.S.D.).

This Week's Subject: Whether or not rappers celebrate Tupac's birthday (June 16) the same way Christians celebrate Christ's.

Ask A Rapper: Let's jump right into it because we assume this is pertinent: How are you celebrating the birth of Tupac, rap's apparent Lord and savior?

Savvi: Well... honestly... it's really more so just reflecting on his influence. I won't be playing any of his songs or anything [laughs]. But he was one of the most influential rappers of all time.

AAR: So, basically what you're saying is that you had no idea it was Tupac's birthday. That's what you're saying, isn't it?

S: [laughs] Nah, I did no. I've been on Twitter, got my tweets about. I heard the mix they did on 97.9 this morning. I've been hearing. I knew.

AAR: So then you'll be getting a Tupac-inspired tattoo, then? Perhaps the chorus to "Dear Mama" somewhere on your person? That seems reasonable.

S: [laughs] I'll say this: for me, my favorite album was Me Against the World, so I'ma put it in tonight. It's one of the most phenomenal records of all time. I'll listen to it again. That's how I'll celebrate.

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Shea Serrano