Just days after the death of Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, an original version of his ode to her, ‘Dear Mama,’ has been found! Click to listen to Pac’s loving tribute to his incredible mom.
The heartbreaking death of Afeni Shakur Davis may have left fans of Tupac Shakur feeling sad, but Tupac has a way to help everyone smile through their tears. Right in time for Mother’s Day, an unreleased version of his loving celebration of Afeni, “Dear Mama,” has been found!
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The original version was released online thanks to early Tupac collaborator, DJ King Assassin, according to Complex. “The original version of ‘Dear Mama‘ was far different than the version that was released, as far as the hook was constructed,” DJ King wrote. The final version of the song, which details Tupac’s troubled but loving relationship with Afeni, became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1995
“Originally, the hook was a sample of a song from the legendary rapper and friend of both of ours named Yo-Yo, from Ice Cube‘s [Da] Lench Mob. The sample was ‘Wouldn’t be a damn thang without a woman,’ which was taken from the original song from Ice Cube’s ‘This Is A Man’s World,'” DJ King added, before explaining that they had to rework the song because they couldn’t get the rights to Yo-Yo’s part. Blast all the hip-hop you want with unlimited and ad-free music streaming music, which you can get here.
DJ King Assassin shared this hidden hip-hop gem in tribute to Tupac’s late mother. Afeni passed away on May 2 from cardiac arrest. Though she and Tupac had a rocky relationship prior to his tragic death in 1996, Afeni dedicated the next two decades honoring her son’s legacy. She started the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which helps to support children and their creative talents.
Sadly, Afeni’s death happened shortly after the heartbreaking passing of Prince. Unlike Prince, Afeni’s affairs were in order. Tupac’s fortune will be handled by Tom Whalley, a former Warner Bros. executive. Thankfully, Afeni’s estranged husband, Gust Davis — who she was divorcing before her death — will not get a single cent from Tupac’s estate. Consider that one final gift from a mother to her son.
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