Tupac Lives! (In the Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress is adding Tupac's "Dear Mama," along with 24 other recordings, to its National Recording Registry today for their cultural significance. The program coordinator said the song was chosen because it is "relatively tame." What, no Biggie?

So they're adding R.E.M., Tupac, and Bill Cosby (WTF?!) to the Library of Congress, but not Biggie Smalls. Below is the video for "Juicy," a song that is way more significant than some Tupac bullshit. Here is the entire list to be added today:

• "Fon der Choope" (From the Wedding), Abe Elenkrig's Yidishe Orchestra (1913)

• "Canal Street Blues,"King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band (1923)

• "Tristan und Isolde," Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast of March 9, 1935

• "When You Wish Upon a Star," Cliff Edwards (recorded, 1938; released, 1940)

• "America's Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?"(May 8, 1941)

• The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 - August 11, 1944)

• "Evangeline Special" and "Love Bridge Waltz," Iry LeJeune (1948)

• "The Little Engine That Could," narrated by Paul Wing (1949)

• Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)

• "Tutti Frutti," Little Richard (1955)

• "Smokestack Lightning," Howlin' Wolf (1956)

• "Gypsy," original cast recording (1959)

• The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)

• "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)," Max Mathews (1961)

• "I Started Out As a Child," Bill Cosby (1964)

• "Azucar Pa Ti," Eddie Palmieri (1965)

• "Today!," Mississippi John Hurt (1966))

• "Silver Apples of the Moon," Morton Subotnick (1967)

• "Soul Folk in Action," The Staple Singers (1968)

• "The Band," The Band (1969)

• "Coal Miner's Daughter," Loretta Lynn (1970)

• "Red Headed Stranger," Willie Nelson (1975)

• "Horses," Patti Smith (1975)

• "Radio Free Europe" R.E.M. (1981))

• "Dear Mama," Tupac Shakur (1995)

RIP:

[Image via AP; video via Bad Boy]