It was reported by CNN on December 4th that the Vatican selected "Changes" by the late Tupac Shakur for one of the 12 songs on their newly created official myspace page. I feel like this is one of the best things to happen in the world of hip-hop in a while. Think about it. The center of one of the largest sects of religon in the world chose to recognize a song from the hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur among songs from around the world to display to the world. The fact that the Vatican can look past the obscenities in the song and hear the message so eloquently portrayed by Shakur is liberating in a sense.
Think about it some more. Do you think the Vatican cares about commercial appeal, or appealing to the black community? No. They are one of the most long-standing, unchanging organizations in the modern world. They decided to accept the song as a part of what they show to the masses because of the message it portrays. This song is placed next to songs from albums such as "Music From The Vatican Alma Mater"," and songs that are hundreds of years old.
The Vatican wrote on its myspace page that "the genres are very different from each other, but all these artists share the aim to reach the heart of good minded people." I'm just happy that the heart of a good minded person can transcend cultural differences and be recognized by many. Here's to all the good-minded people out there, wherever you are.