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Tupac couldn’t rhyme. Yeah, I said it. Hiphop’s most iconic figure to date didn’t have a knack for the rhythmic flows, clever lyrics, and similar snazzy techniques employed by many of his colleagues in the rap game. Pac’s message has always overshadowed the mechanics of his music. But if his lyrics lack the fancy packaging of other artists’, they are perfect in their ability to convey the emotions of a generation of marginalized kids. Tupac’s posthumous popularity has eclipsed the success he enjoyed in life—countless albums, movies, books, and even college courses about Tupac continue to pop up. Today, George Mason University Professor Andrew Ryan discusses the life and lyrics of the enigmatic rapper/actor/activist/thug in his lecture “Tupac Shakur: Keeping It Real vs. Keeping It Wrong.” Ryan speaks at 3 p.m. at George Mason University’s Johnson Center’s Paul Robeson Room, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. For reservations call (703) 993-4080. (Sarah Godfrey)