When I drove across the country with my boy Carson, we played "Changes" every time we crossed a state line. Almost two decades after the song was posthumously released as a part of Tupac's Greatest Hits, it still rings true as a call to action for those who want to uplift marginalized communities and make a better world for our fellow man. "We gotta start making changes." Quotable Lyrics
Thugz Mansion [Throwback]
Tupac Feat. Nas & J. Phoenix
So Bieber's been about that Thug Life, but it was still a bold move of him to lay down a cover of the 2Pac classic, "Thugz Mansion." Despite its release six years after Pac's killing, included on the posthumous album Better Dayz, "Thugz Mansion" is one of the most well-known Pac songs.
Gucci Mane Feat. Tupac
Well look what we have here. With his Everybody Looking album just weeks away, Gucci Mane decides to give ATL's DJ Greg Street the green light to premiere his latest offering tonight called “On Me,” which features non-other than the late Tupac Shakur.
King Vory Feat. Johnny Cinco & AD
King Vory continues to keep the new music rolling following the success of his breakout single “Overdose”.
Hail Mary (Remix)
To pay homage to the legendary Tupac, who would’ve turned 45 today, Chicago rapper G Herbo decides to come through and share a new remix he recorded over Pac’s classic cut “Hail Mary.”
I Get Around [Throwback]
It's the 45th birthday of one of the all-time greats, may he Rest in Peace. In his honor, let's take it back West for this TBT with his first big hit, already coming with God-level bars at the time. "I Get Around" was released in the summer of '93, and it's still hot 23 summers later. It makes one wanna stock up the party supplies and have a throwdown by the pool, as seen in the video, which is just as classic as the song itself.
Dear Mama (Original Version)
Tupac Feat. Yo-Yo
Thursday afternoon, Tupac's DJ, DJ King Assassin, shared the "original" version of "Dear Mama," which he has apparently been sitting on since he attended the Me Against the World recording sessions twenty years ago. In light of the death of Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur, he believed the time had come to share the track with the world.
Starin Thru My Rearview (Remix)
Rozay continues to flood the streets with new material. A few days ago, we heard "One of Us," a new collab with Nas that will appear on Ross' upcoming album, Black Market. Before that, the MMG boss had been steadily releasing a series of remixes over the year's particularly en vogue instrumentals.
Picture Me Rollin' (Remix)
We've seen veteran rappers really bring back the freestyle game this year, and Brooklyn's Maino is happy to partake, spending long nights in the booth dropping heat over classic instrumentals. Unlike those DJ Clue-hosted freestyles of fellow BK don Fabolous, who only rapped over New York records for his #FridayNightFreestyles series, Maino is happy to experiment with different regional hits.
Letter To Pac
Lil Boosie Badazz received plenty of praise with his recent album, and first studio LP post-prison, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell. Since the album's release, he's been featured on a few different records, including Tyga's "Pleazer" and Trae Tha Truth's
H.O.E. (Hell On Earth)
Ace Hood hasn't dropped a tape since last August's Body Bag 3, but he's still fed the streets with sporadic one-off tracks here and there in the past year. The latest of these is a track called "H.O.E. (Hell On Earth)," and it might just be the best thing we've heard from him in 2015.
The Realist Killas
50 Cent Feat. Tupac
We're taking things back real quick for this week's Throwback cut. Not too far back, as this cut was released posthumously in 2003, but nonetheless that's a good twelve years ago. Pac has been immortalized in many different ways, not only through his music and poetry, but through film. There have been many documentaries and films about the legendary rapper, but perhaps the biggest was Resurrection, put out by Paramount. The original soundtrack contained "The Realist Killaz" with a 50 Cent in his prime.
Snoop Dogg Feat. Spanky Danky & Wes West Cuh
Snoop Dogg has lived through a lot over the span of his career, stretching way back to the days of Death Row records. Snoop is one of the few active rappers who can say he worked with Tupac, and on his new track he's decided to honor the fallen legend. "Thug Life" both in artwork and title pays homage to Shakur, and even opens with a quote from the iconic rapper.
All About You
Maino Feat. Mack Wilds
Today two New York locals connect for a reinterpretation of a Tupac track. Maino is back after dropping off "Focused" last week, with actor-turned-singer Mack Wilds by his side. "All About You" remains a chill record like the original, although the sound has been updated slightly with production by Reefa Music. Mack Wilds takes on the hook which is directly borrowed from Pac's: "no matter where I go, I see the same hoes."
Old School (Cookin' Soul Remix)
Kickin' it "Old School" is a specialty of Cookin' Soul as evidenced by their multiple remixes. So much so, that Cookin' Soul feels ready to brave the 2pac catalog without committing what many would consider sacrilege. But 2pac diehards can put down their pitchforks because their take on 2pac's beloved classic, "Old School" does nothing to disservice the original. It's actually quite a fun take, considering.
Big L Feat. Tupac
This past Saturday, on February 15th, marked fifteen years since Big L's death, when he was shot nine times in his native Harlem. The unfortunate death of L saw a talented, lyrical MC of legendary status leave us before his prime. He had released just one LP at the time of his death, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, which would be followed up posthumously with The Big Picture in 2000. Neither albums proved to be chart-toppers, but that should not take away from their importance and their influence on the rap game.
Listen to Tupac Problems, the latest track from Maino. The cut dropped on Monday, February 3rd, 2014. Maino's future brightens with every new release, and Tupac Problems certainly isn't an exception. It's a fitting addition to a solid catalogue that Maino has been developing since stepping foot in the game. We're excited to hear more. Check out Maino on Niggas That Love Me. If you dig this, visit Maino's profile for the latest info, news, songs, and mixtapes.
FYFR (Fuck Your Favorite Rapper)
Ace Hood has dropped a new leak from his upcoming Starvation 3 mixtape, which finds the rapper going hard, as per the usual. The title is an acronym for "Fuck Your Favorite Rapper," which serves as the refrain for the hard-hitting track. What do y'all think? Quotable lyrics:
Stream Tippin Shit, the newest drop from SpaceGhostPurrp. The cut was released on Sunday, October 20th, 2013. SpaceGhostPurrp continues to impress with each new leak, and Tippin Shit is no exception. It's strengthens SpaceGhostPurrp's already impressive body of work, which has seen positive change over the years. We're most definitely anticipating SpaceGhostPurrp's next offering.
Feeling Like Pac
Stream Feeling Like Pac (Prod. By MP Williams) , the newest drop from Doley Bernays. The cut was released on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013. Doley Bernays continues to impress with each new leak, and Feeling Like Pac (Prod. By MP Williams) is no exception. It's strengthens Doley Bernays's already impressive body of work, which has seen positive change over the years. We're most definitely anticipating Doley Bernays's next offering.